Meet the senior editor!
Marla F. Jones
Marla F. Jones has read thousands of children’s books. Literally. As a first grade teacher, story time was her favorite part of the day. As a writer, she has authored four picture books. As an artist, Jones has illustrated five. She uses a colorful mix of media, papers, fabrics and found objects, and layers them to create texture and dimension to her folkart style.
Jones is a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Oklahoma Writers Federation, and the Independent Book Publishers Association. She currently owns Doodle and Peck Publishing, where she pairs up talented authors and illustrators to make fun, educational, family-friendly books.
Received the Creative Women of Oklahoma Award for Illustrator, 2022
Jones illustrated these four and has another being released Spring 2020.
Jones authored the book entitled The Night the Mice Sang, which won the 2017 Best Juvenile Book. She was inspired to write the story after reading an article in Smithsonian Magazine on animal behaviors. The animal behaviorist had discovered that with special equipment, humans can hear mice singing. She just knew it had to be in a picture book. The book is illustrated by Oklahoma artist Holly Abston.