Joni Klein-Higger is an award-winning Floridian children's book author, songwriter and musical theater playwright/composer/lyricist.  

Joni's zest and love for music and songwriting began when she was a girl living in the suburbs of New York, and it continued on as she earned her Speech Communications degree from Ithaca College. But it wasn't until she moved to New York City that she learned the ropes (and hard knocks!) of the songwriting business.

Joni was fortunate to have trained and worked with some of New York's finest songwriters and playwrights. Participating in the Songwriter's Guild, The New School Songwriting/Musical Theater Workshops and "the one and only" BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop, she loved living and learning in one of the greatest artistic cities in the world. 

Her songs have been recorded by various artists, have been featured in motion pictures, and her children's songs and musicals can be frequently heard ringing throughout the halls of preschools, elementary schools and middle schools across the country.

Joni may have been a songwriter for decades, but her love for writing children's books didn't kick in until she had children of her own. Her award-winning children's books, Rainbow Of Friendship and Coby Ryan Harris is Officially Fat, along with several other books and children's musicals are available through Guardian Angel Publishing. Her picture book, Ten Tzedakah Pennies, which has been included in many Judaic preschool curricula throughout the world, is available through Hachai Publishing.  Joni's latest release is Barnyard Bubbe's Hanukkah, a board book Joni co-wrote with Barbara Sharf (Lerners Publishing Group/ Kar-Ben Publishing.) To learn more about the Barnyard Bubbe Musical Book Tour, click here:

Awards:

Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award

Book: Rainbow of Friendship

 

Literary Classics Gold Award

Health/Self-Esteem  Middle Grade

Book: Coby Ryan Harris is Officially Fat

 

Literary Classics Seal of Approval

Book: Coby Ryan Harris is Officially Fat

 

SCBWI Florida Rising Kite Picture Book Manuscript Award

A Dreidel's Journey

 

2016 USA Songwriting Competition Award Finalist

Song: "Buckle Up Those Seatbelts" (aka "The Safety Song")

 

Organizations Joni is affiliated with:

Authors Guild
BMI
SCBWI
Songwriter's Guild Of America

Music Licensing:

https://www.wacbiz.com/Joni-Klein-Higger/artist/924

 


 

© 2012 by Joni Klein-Higger