Bestselling children's author Andrew Clements grew up in New Jersey and Illinois and is a teacher by trade. Clements worked in the publishing business before becoming an author and has more than 9 million books in print as of September 2014. Clements is known for the children's novels "Frindle" and "The Report Card." The author also developed curriculum books for elementary-age students and wrote dozens of picture books with various illustrators.
Clements was born in Camden, New Jersey, and lived in the state until sixth grade. His parents moved to Springfield, Illinois, where the author graduated from high school before attending Northwestern University. There, Clements earned a bachelor's degree in literature. Clements became a teacher in Chicago after he obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University.
Clements worked in the publishing industry in New York after his teaching career and after his subsequent singer-songwriter gig failed. Clements built projects for "A Country Christmas Treasury." Clements then wrote picture book texts while editing books for the company Picture Book Studio.
His big break came in 1996 when Clements published "Frindle," a story about a child who makes up his own words. As of September 2014, "Frindle" is Clements' most popular work, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. The trademark of the covers of the author's novels is a portrait of a student in the background with a close-up of a hand holding objects such as a pen, report card, newspaper, key, book, flashlight or sheet music.