Jamalodin Akrami, writer, poet, and scholar, was born in Semnan in 1957. He has studied surveying in Tehran University, but had been interested in arts from the beginning. He was selected in 1976 to be a drawing instructor in the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (Kanoon).
He has been a board member in Iranian Illustrators Society and Iranian Association of Writers for Children and Youth.
Jamalodin Akrami’s first works comprise his poetry collection. The novels he has written for young adults deal with different subjects, such as immigration, cultural contrast, rituals, and traditions. He has also had some experience in writing fantasy novels.
Akrami has done research on children’s and young adult literature, e.g. Children and Illustrations in two volumes containing essays on illustrating children’s books.
Some of the works by this writer have been translated to English, French, and Korean.
Lonely Turtledove (1993), Kanoon
My Sea(2004), Shabaviz
Golden Wing (2005), Shabaviz
Stumpy-tailed Fox (2006), Shabaviz
The Return of Professor Zalzalak (2011), Kanoon
The Sons of the Sun (2011), Behshahr
The Bald Hassan and the Destiny Genie (2012), Khaneye Adabaiyat
Mr. Smoking-Hat’s Wife (2013), Mehrab Ghalam
Selected Awards and Recognitions:
Best Book Award from the Book Festival of the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (Kanoon), Blue Bird Award (awarded by Elmi-Farhangi Publishing House)