Janie Jaehyun Park was born and grew up in Seoul, Korea. She spent her childhood in love with music, reading, drawing and painting. She has a BA in French literature from Yonsei University in Seoul, and a diploma in Illustration from Sheridan College in Ontario, Canada, where she won the Board of Governor’s Silver Medal and was named a Sheridan Scholar.
Her work has won several awards including the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award from IBBY Canada, two Applied Arts Magazine awards, and two awards from The Korean Publishing Illustrators’ Association.
Her first picture book, The Tiger and The Dried Persimmon, the retelling of a Korean folktale, was nominated as a finalist for the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Awards and won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award in 2002. She has published several children’s and educational books in Canada, the United States, Korea and Japan. She currently lives in Ottawa, Canada with her husband and two children.