Jessie Haas grew up on a small farm in Westminster, VT, making hay, weeding a large garden (reluctantly) and riding horses. After attending Wellesley College she, with husband Michael J. Daley, built a tiny cabin in the woods west of the family farm, using only hand tools. Living off-grid and on a small scale allowed the couple to be full-time activists and writers. Haas is the author of 40 books for children and adults, with number 41 ‘in the hopper’ and scheduled to be published in 2020. Her children’s books have focused largely on horses, and include picture books, early readers, and novels. She was awarded the Golden Kite Honor by the Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators for Shaper; the Parents Choice Gold Award for Unbroken, and two American Horse Publications Equine Media awards for Horse Crazy and The Horse Lover’s Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition. Her picture books Mowing, No Foal Yet, Sugaring, and Hurry were Vermont Farms in the Classroom books, and Mowing and Sugaring were on Yankee Magazine’s list of 100 ? Picture Books.
Haas’s books for adults include two local histories, Revolutionary Westminster, and Westerminster VT, 1738-200; Township No. One, both published by The History Press. She is currently on the board of the Westminster Historical Society. She is currently working on a young adult novel centered on the Westminster Massacre and Fanny Montresor, who was fifteen and a resident of Westminster in 1775, and who would later marry Ethan Allen.