Born: June 2, 1967
Ohio connection: Resident
Jaime Adoff was born in New York City. He was raised in Yellow Springs, Ohio where he continues to reside. Jaime is the son of the Newbery-Award-winning children’s author Virginia Hamilton and the equally renowned poet Arnold Adoff. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Central State University in Ohio, where he studied drums and percussion. He returned to New York City in 1990 where he attended the Manhattan School of Music and studied drums and voice. Mr. Adoff then went on to pursue a career in songwriting and fronted his own rock band for eight years. He released two CD’s of his own material and performed extensively in New York City and throughout the US. Having a strong desire to make a positive and lasting contribution to children and young adults, Adoff turned his creative energies to writing. Themes running through his opus include the fears and aspirations of young adults, and an exhortation for mutual tolerance, respect, and deeper understanding. Jaime’s publications include The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth: A Celebration of Music, (2002), Names Will Never Hurt Me (2004), Jimi & Me (2005), and The Death of Jayson Porter (2008).
His novel Jimi & Me (2005) was the recipient of the 2006 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, a 2006 YALSA quick pick for reluctant readers, a 2006 NY Public Library Book for the Teenage and was selected to the VOYA Top Shelf fiction list for 2005. The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth: A Celebration of Music (2002) was a 2003 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor book, a 2003 IRA Notable book, a NY Public Library book for the teenage (2003), a VOYA poetry pick (2002) and a CCB Best Book for 2002.