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John Claude Bemis

Children's Book Author
Hillsborough, North Carolina
An inspiring speaker and entertaining performer, John Claude Bemis received the Excellence in Teaching Award from UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Education for his work as an author-educator in schools around the state. He is the author of seven books including The Wooden Prince, a re-imagining of the Pinocchio story and the first in his Out of Abaton series from Disney-Hyperion Books. His novel The Nine Pound Hammer was a New York Public Library Best Children’s Book for Reading and Sharing and a NC Battle of the Books selection. John was chosen as North Carolina’s Piedmont Laureate for children’s literature. A musician and former classroom teacher, he lives with his wife and daughter in Hillsborough, NC.