Couples Who Collaborate: Sarah and Ian Hoffman

Mary-Kate Sableski


California couple Sarah and Ian Hoffman are the authors of Jacob’s New Dress (2014), Jacob’s Room to Choose (2019), and Jacob’s School Play (2021). The duo, who live in San Francisco with their two children, were inspired to write these books based on their experience raising their gender nonconforming son. They are passionate about making sure children see themselves in literature and represent their experiences in sensitive, informative ways.

Sarah is a developer and Ian, an architect. By day, they renovate old homes together. Both have written and illustrated an array of articles and books in their other careers. The “Jacob” books, however, are their labor of love as a couple. Passionate about the issues they write about in their books, Sarah and Ian are a delight to talk with, and an inspirational couple.

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