Jacqueline Davies was born on July 25, 1962, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Dr. I. John Davies and Ann R. Davies. She has 3 siblings. Ms. Davies lived in Cleveland; Portland, Oregon; Hingham, Massachusetts; La Jolla, California; and Wellesley, Massachusetts, as a child. In 1980, she graduated from Wellesley High School and then went on to attend Brown University, where she was graduated in 1984 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Creative Writing. While at Brown, she studied with poet Michael Harper, novelist John Hawkes, and novelist Meredith Steinbach.
After graduating from college, Ms. Davies lived in Greece and France for two years. Upon returning to the Boston area to live, she began a successful career writing corporate marketing pieces on a freelance basis. In 1992, she wrote her first children's book, a picture book about a discontented blowfish that remains unsold to this day.
Ms. Davies's books have won numerous awards, including the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12, the John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers, The Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, the New York Library's Best Books List, the NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, the IRA/CBC Children's Award Notable Book for Fiction, the Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books, and the CCBC Choices Award.
Ms. Davies lives in Needham, Massachusetts with her husband (John Bennett), their three children (Sam, Henry, and Mae), and their dog (Harley). She enjoys reading, gardening, and sipping tall, cool glasses of lemonade.