Nebraska Authors

Jean Lukesh

Born Lincoln, NE (USA)

Places Lived

Grand Island, NE
Lincoln, NE
Palmer, NE

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction


History text for fourth-graders; Young Adult literature


B.A. in Education (Magna Cum Laude), Kearney State College, NE
M.A. in Education - English, Kearney State College, NE.
M.A. in Education - History, University of Nebraska-Kearney
Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Publishing Certificate, Denver University of Publishing Institute, CO


School teacher
School librarian

Places Worked

Walnut Middle School, Grand Island


Text and Academic Authors Association 2005 Textbook Excellence Award for Humanities and Social Sciences
Mari Sandoz Award
Central Nebraska Reading Council and International Reading Association's Celebrate Literacy Award
Community Discovered and Smithsonian's Trail Blazer Award
University of Nebraska - Kearney Distinguished Alumni Award
National TEXTY Book Award, 2005
Nebraska Book Award, 2006, Nebraska Adventure
Moonshell Arts and Humanities Literary Award for "The Nebraska Adventure" 2006
Bronze Medal Book Award, 2010
IPPY Book Award, 2010
Mari Sandoz Award, Text and Academic Authors Associations, 2010
Finalist for 2012 Benjamin Franklin Book Award and 2012 Western Writers of America SPUR Award
Communications Contest 1st Place, Nebraska Press Women, 2013, Doorstep Orphan
Communications Contest 2nd Place, National Federation of Press Women, 2013, Doorstep Orphan
Moonbeam Children’ Award 1st Place, 2012, Doorstep Orphan
SPUR Finalist Award, Western Writers of America, 2012, Wolves in Blue
Benjamin Franklin Finalist Award, 2012, Wolves in Blue
Moonbeam National/International Book Award for Children’s Book, 3rd Place, 2011, Lucky Ears
IPPY Book Award 3rd Place, 2011, Lucky Ears
Smithsonian Institution Community Discovered Project Trailblazer Award, 1998
Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Hall of Honor Inductee, Grand Island Public Schools
Mountain Plains Library Association Literary Contribution Award, 2012
Celebrate Literacy Award, Central Nebraska Reading Council & International Reading Association, 2013


Nebraska Writers Guild
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Sisters in Crime Mystery Writers;Women Writing the West
National Federation of Press Women


The Nebraska Adventure. 2005.
Lucky Ears: The True Story of Ben Kuroki, World War II Hero. 2010.
Sky Rider: the story of Evelyn Sharp, World War II WASP. 2011.
Wolves in Blue: Stories of the North Brothers and Their Pawnee Scouts. 2012.
Eagle of Delight: Portrait of the Plains India Girl in the White House. 2013.
The Doorstep Orphan: Eugene Field and a Trilogy of His Best Loved Poems. 2012.
Do You Know Hero?. 2012.
My Favorite Dog and Cat Story. 2013.
A Sesquincentennial Commemoration of Hall County Nebraska. 2008. (contributor)
Nebraska Life Magazine. (contributes the “Nebraska Trivia Quiz” since 2008)

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