John Grandits

John Grandits has worked in publishing most of his life. As a designer and art director, he’s attacked adult trade, college text, scholarly, juvenile trade and juvenile text books. For many years he was an art director at the Cricket Magazine Group where he helped launch Muse and Click.

More information about John Grandits can be found on his website:


Dog and Cat Concrete Poems
(Clarion Books)

Picture Books

Seven Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the Cafeteria (Clarion Books, 2017)

“Grandits and Austin team up again to bring readers more school rules that they should (not!) follow. Some solid advice about both the cafeteria and life is embedded in this tongue-in-cheek tale.”

“Viewers learn along with Kyle that anxiety-inducing situations aren’t always what they seem.”


GJTenRulesCovTen Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus (Clarion Books, 2011)

2014 Texas Bluebonnet Award

”Worthy of being shelved next to Jon Scieszka’s funniest.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Though his hair recalls Conan O’Brien, first-time school bus rider Kyle’s anxiety-ridden narration is straight out of A Christmas Story.”
Publishers Weekly


The Travel Game Tad and Aunt Hattie take an imaginary trip to Hong Kong. Funny and tender. (Clarion Books) illustrated by R.W. Alley




Pictures Tell Stories (Open Court)




Blue Lipstick Concrete Poems (Clarion Books, 2007)

2008, Lee Bennet Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book
2008, Notable Children’s Books, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
2008, Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Non-fiction,
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA),
One of the Best Books of 2007, School Library Journal


Technically, It’s Not My Fault Concrete Poems (Clarion Books, 2004)

A Notable Book for Children and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, American Library Association

“Youth will fall for this kind of word play, as will adults…smart, clever, and just plain fun.” – VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

“An exuberant celebration of wordplay that’s certain to broaden kids’ understanding and appreciation of the possibilities of poetry.”
Kirkus Reviews

”combines technical brilliance and goofy good humor to provide an accessible, fun-filled collection of poems…brilliant book design”
School Library Journal, Starred

“graphically inventive sequence of concrete poems…mimes an 11-year-old’s sarcastic perspective…A technically (and imaginatively) inspired typeface experiement.”
Publishers Weekly

“humorous…kid-relevant or kid-voiced…well-pitched to a youthful readership…playful layouts…a quick, funny, and painlessly poetic read.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


Beatrice Black Bear illustrated by Brian Floca (every issue of Click Magazine)