Jacquie knew she wanted to be an artist since she was in second grade.
She always drew pictures and wrote stories. As a teenager she worked
in the children's book section of the Teaneck Public Library, and realized
that making children's books would be the perfect way to combine
her love of writing and drawing.

She published her first book, "That Man Is Talking to His Toes" when
she was 26. Since then she has been making books, painting, teaching
(at Parsons School of Design, The New School Writing Program, and
Media Bistro), lecturing, and holding private workshops.

She lives in New York City and Woodstock, NY with her husband,
Jeff Byrd, a director of photography. She has a son, Adam, and a
daughter, Maya who live in California. She is a third degree black belt
in tae kwon do. She gets her energy to do all these things by eating
lots of chocolate (the dark kind of course!)