Local Author Jerry Barrett is the writer and illustrator of the Wide Mouth Frog series of children’s picture books.  “My award-winning books have garnered a Next Generation Indie Book Award medal for each of the past three years: Wide Mouth Frog Goes to the Zoo, 2013 Finalist; Wide Mouth Frog Goes on Vacation, 2014 Finalist; and this year’s 2015 Winner, Wide Mouth Frog’s Big Birthday,” he shares.   In addition, Jerry authored and illustrated the Wide Mouth Frog’s Activity Book, and he has a fourth book in the works: Wide Mouth Frog Goes to Kindergarten.

A native Illinoisan, “I grew up on a small farm near the Village of Metcalf in Eastern Illinois,” he says.  “After graduating from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, I worked there as a graphic designer for the University and later on as a freelancer.  I am a newcomer to this area, having moved to Springfield when my wife, Nancy, took a new position at UIS.”

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