Saturday Storytime and Book Launch with Author/Illustrator Jessica Lanan

Saturday, April 15, 2023
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join author and illustrator Jessica Lanan to celebrate the launch of her latest book, Jumper: a Day in the Life of a Backyard Jumping Spider! Enjoy a live reading and Q&A with the author, book signing, and craft activity for kids who'd like to take home their own special spider friend.

From the critically acclaimed illustrator of The Lost Package comes a bold nonfiction story following a day in the life of a backyard jumping spider—meticulously researched and utterly charming.

What if you were small as a bean,

and could walk on the walls and ceiling,

sense vibrations through your elbows,

and jump five times your body length?

That is Jumper's world.

This beautifully illustrated nonfiction picture book explores the tiny, secret world of backyard jumping spiders, with robust back matter sure to delight young readers and educators alike. Perfect for fans of Katherine Roy, Candace Fleming and Eric Rohman, and Jason Chin.

JESSICA LANAN is the author and illustrator of The Fisherman and the Whale, a Colorado Book Award finalist and the winner of the Bull-Bransom Award for Wildlife Art, and she has illustrated many other books including The Lost Package and Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet. Jumper: a Day in the Life of a Backyard Jumping Spider is her first book as a nonfiction author. Jessica lives in Boulder, Colorado. Visit her online at