Nebraska Authors

Jeri Ferris

AKA: Jeri Chase Ferris

Born Lincoln, NE (USA)

Teacher and Author, Jeri credits her local Carnegie Library in Lincoln, Nebraska for helping her develop a love for books and the desire to become a writer.

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Los Angeles, CA

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction


Juvenile Biographies; United States History;


High School Diploma, College View High School, Lincoln, NE
Bachelor of Arts Degree in History
Master of Arts Degree in Urban Education



Places Worked

Los Angeles Public Schools


1989 Carter G. Woodson Award from the National Council for Social Studies for her book Walking the Road to Freedom: A Story About Sojourner Truth
Author-Illustrator Human and Civil Rights Award, from the National Education Association, 1995
1995 Carter G. Woodson Award from the National Council for Social Studies for her book What I Had Was Singing: The Story of Marian Anderson
2013 Golden Kite Award for Best Nonfiction of 2012 from the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators for Noah Webster and his Words
The California Reading Association has honored her with the 2013 Schulz Literary Award for "Outstanding Contributions in Promoting Social Justice Through Books"


Nebraska roots: her grandparents lived in sod houses in the Minden and Beatrice, NE areas
Chase Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus was named for her grandfather, Leon W. Chase
Her other grandfather was Otto Liebers, a state senator in Nebraska


Go Free or Die: A Story About Harriet Tubman. 1988.
Walking the Road to Freedom: A Story About Sojourner Truth. 1988.
What Are You Figuring Now? A Story About Benjamin Banneker. 1988.
What Do You Mean? A Story About Noah Webster. 1988.
Arctic Explorer: The Story of Matthew Henson. 1989.
Native American Doctor: The Story of Susan LaFlesche Picotte. 1991.
What I Had Was Singing: The Story of Marian Anderson. 1994.
With Open Hands. A Story About Biddy Mason. 1998.
Thomas Jefferson: Father of Liberty. 1998.
Remember the Ladies; A Story About Abigail Adams. 2000.
Demanding Justice: A Story about Mary Ann Shadd Cary. 2003.
Stalin's Russia: Visions of Happiness, Omens of Terror. 2014. (with Wendy Salmond and Mark Konecny)

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