Julia Key Author Biography on wisdomtalespress.com

flying eagle illustration

You can follow
Wisdom Tales Press on:

Facebook LogoPinterest Logo
buffalo illustration

Wisdom Tales Newsletter

Our periodic e-newsletters keep you up to date with our new books, special offers, etc. It is free, and easy to subscribe (or to unsubscribe):  just click on the secure button below.

Recent Videos on YouTube:

We have a playlist on the World Wisdom YouTube channel, featuring Crow tribe Sun Dance Chief and Medicine Man Thomas Yellowtail.

Click here to view and play any or all of the videos with Thomas Yellowtail, on the YouTube site.

Recent Honors

NYC Big Book Awards:

• Two Winner awards for:

The Clever Wife: A Kyrgyz Folktale

• Two Distinguished Favorite Awards for:

Little Bear: An Inuit Folktale

• Two Winner Awards for:

Zen and the Ten Oxherding Pictures

Wisdom Tales
is a member of:


Sharing the wisdom and beauty of cultures from around the world
Home > Children's Authors > Julia Key

Julia Key
Photo of Jacqueline Jules

Julia Key is a first-time author and lifelong poet, who has also worked as a translator, editor and teacher. Her children’s picture book for Wisdom Tales, Wonder: A Song of the Seasons, follows two young girls on a journey of discovery from dawn until dusk, and through the natural cycle of the year. The beautifully intricate illustrations by award-winning artist Helen Cann capture the splendour of each season, invite deeper reflection on the wonders of creation, and foster among young children a love for the natural world and a desire to explore it for themselves.

Julia has had a love of words for as long as she can remember, a love matched only by that for the green hills surrounding her home in the North of England, which are a constant source of inspiration to her. She finds creative fulfilment when writing poetry and prose that reflect something of the mystery and miracles of nature, and is particularly keen to play her part in helping the younger generation to discover and take delight in the world around them.

Julia has been successful in a number of poetry competitions and had many of her poems published. On graduating from university, she became a professional linguist and worked for some years in the high-pressure world of conference interpreting. She has also taught French to six-year-olds, worked as a language consultant to the BBC, and helped give a voice to refugees and asylum-seekers in court. All of these experiences have enriched her both personally and professionally. Julia Key currently works at the University of York, UK, alongside a team of researchers delving into the big questions of philosophy, political theory and contemporary society.

a sample page-spread from the book “Wonder: A Song of the Seasons” by Julia Keys and Helen Cann

A sample page from Wonder: A Song of the Seasons, featuring a few lines from author
Julia Key’s poetic song to nature — and to children. Helen Cann did the illustration.

Can you follow the trail of a bright shooting star?

Do you know how a grasshopper strums his guitar?

Have you looked at the world through a dragonfly’s wings?

Or been in the front row when a nightingale sings?

Home About Us Contact Us Press Page Privacy Notice FAQs
Copyright © 2012 World Wisdom, Inc.

flying eagle illustration

horses illustration
illustration of a woman in a sari