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General Information

Name:  Deloris Jordan  

Pen Name: Deloris M. Jordan


Born: N/A


Illinois Connection

Deloris lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Deloris is the mother of former Chicago Bulls basketball legend Michael Jordan. She is the coauthor of ''Salt in His Shoes'', illustrated by Kadir Nelson, which Booklist called "inspirational," and ''Did I Tell You I Love You Today?,'' illustrated by Shane W. Evans, which was called "a tender read-aloud" by Kirkus Reviews. She is also the author of ''Family First: Winning the Parenting Game'', a book highlighting the seven principles of parenting. Through her work with the James Jordan Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, as well as the Jordan Institute for Families at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mrs. Jordan is widely regarded as an advocate for children and families. Jordan is a sought-after national speaker on famiy issues and serves as the volunteer president of the James Jordan Foundation. She is the mother of five children and the grandmother of eleven.

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Titles At Your Library

Family First: Winning the Parenting Game
ISBN: 0062513885

UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). 1998

Deloris Jordan knows a thing or two about being a mom. She is the mother of five high-achieving children - Ronald, Deloris, Larry, Michael, and Roslyn - a sought-after national speaker on the family, and the volunteer president of the Michael Jordan Foundation. Her galvanizing message on encouraging responsibility and a passion for excellence has inspired parents across the country. Being the mother of basketball's greatest player has given Deloris Jordan a platform, but it's her experience bringing up an accomplished family in a challenging environment, along with her deep commitment to church and community, that gave her the expertise she passes on in this invaluable handbook for parents of children of all ages. Using warm anecdotes and never-before-told family stories, Jordan paints a realistic and uplifting portrait of the potential power of parents. She explores the universal goals that parents set for their children - self-discipline, responsibility, perseverance, moral values, and the desire to achieve - and explains the practical tools and strategies theJordan family uses to realize those goals. And through personal examples and wise, plainspoken insight, Deloris Jordan challenges, guides, and encourages parents who long to do everything they can to help their children learn, grow, prosper, and succeed.

Family First: Winning the Parenting Game
ISBN: 094095544X

UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). 1998

In Family First, Mrs. Jordan talks abouthow she reared her children. She reveals the powerful principles she and her husband applied in helping their children become mature and successful. One result of their dedicated parenting can be observed when her famous athletic son speaks and plays with such poise on the athletic floor.

Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream
ISBN: 0689834195

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 2003

Michael Jordan.
The mere mention of the name conjures up visions of basketball played at its absolute best. But as a child, Michael almost gave up on his hoop dreams, all because he feared he'd never grow tall enough to play the game that would one day make him famous. That's when his mother and father stepped in and shared the invaluable lesson of what really goes into the making of a champion -- patience, determination, and hard work.
Deloris Jordan, mother of the basketball phenomenon, teams up with his sister Roslyn to tell this heartwarming and inspirational story that only the members of the Jordan family could tell. It's a tale about faith and hope and how any family working together can help a child make his or her dreams come true.

Did I Tell You I Love You Today?
ISBN: 0689852711

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 2004

Apart or together, near or far, day or night, from childhood to adulthood -- the never-ending reach and power of a mother's love touches every moment of every day, even when you least expect it. All you need to do is make sure to notice.
Deloris and Roslyn M. Jordan, mother and sister of basketball superstar Michael Jordan, celebrate family in this reassuring book about the many special ways we cherish those we love.

Michael's Golden Rules
ISBN: 0689870167

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 2007

"I've learned it takes heart to come out a winner every time, whether you win or lose."
-- Michael Jordan

Jonathan wants to win more than anything. But the Badgers haven't seen much of that lately. For Jonathan, the only good thing about the baseball season is being on the same team as his best friend, Michael. Jonathan wants to believe in himself and his team, but it's getting harder to do.

Then when Michael's uncle Jack tells the boys about his golden rules of baseball, Jonathan is confused. What could Uncle Jack mean -- there is more to a good game than winning or losing?

Deloris and Roslyn M. Jordan, mother and sister of basketball superstar Michael Jordan, tell a family story of personal best, friendship, and teamwork that will inspire. Kadir Nelson's radiant illustrations illuminate this story of what it really means to be a champion.

Baby Blessings: A Prayer for the Day You Are Born (Paula Wiseman Books)
ISBN: 1416953620

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 2010

This touching story from bestselling author Doloris Jordan celebrates the blessings new parents wish for their babies all through their lives. With a strong emphasis on the bonds families share, the inspirational text is accompanied by exquisite art from renowned illustrator James E. Ransome. From infancy to adulthood, there is always a place for Baby Blessings.


-- Deloris was honored at the 2005 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.