Our Authors

Rachelle Kreisman has been a children's writer and editor for many years. She wrote hundreds of classroom magazines for Weekly Reader. Those issues included health topics about nutrition, sports safety, illness prevention, and fitness. When Rachelle is not writing, she enjoys taking walks, hiking, biking, kayaking, an doing yoga in her Connecticut community.

Jean Lawler is the author of Experience Personal Power. Jean learned to experience and enjoy her own personal power, at her home in New Hampshire, after a long and successful career in publishing with D.C.Heath, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Heinemann.  

William Loizeaux is an award-winning author of books for young readers and adults, as well as a writer of stories and essays.  His children’s novel Wings received the 2006 ASPCA Henry Bergh Award and was the 2006 Golden Kite Honor Book for Fiction.  His memoir Anna: A Daughter’s Life was a New York Times Notable Book, and his novel The Tumble Inn was the grand prize winner at the 2015 New York Book Festival.  Loizeaux has been writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins and Boston University.  He lives with his wife in Washington, DC.  Read an Interview with the author about his motivation for writing Into the Wind.  Interview click here.

JoAnn Early Macken has written more than 130 books for young readers. JoAnn earned her M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. JoAnn has taught writing at four Wisconsin colleges, and she speaks about poetry and writing to children and adults at schools, libraries, and conferences. You can visit her web site at www.joannmacken.com.

Jennifer Marino Walters is a writer and editor specializing in family and parenting topics. She has written for major media such as Los Angeles Times, Reader’s Digest, Parenting, Scholastic News, and Care.com.  Jennifer lives with her husband, twin boys and daughter in the Washington, D.C. area where they love to explore museums and more. She writes a blog about their adventures at doubledutytwins.com.

Joanne Mattern is the author of nearly 350 books for children and teens. She began writing when she was a little girl and just never stopped! Joanne loves nonfiction because she enjoys bringing history and science topics to life and showing young readers that nonfiction is full of compelling stories! Joanne lives in the Hudson Valley of New York State with her family. You can learn more about Joanne here: Meet the Author


Charla McMillian, a former Marine Corps Officer and the creator and head instructor of FitBoot™ Basic Training for Professionals, New England's original boot camp fitness training program. Charla was certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®.

Sean O'Neill is an illustrator and writer living in Chicago. He is the creator of the Rocket Robinson series of graphic novels. Sean loves history, trivia, and drawing cartoons so producing 50 Things You Didn't Know About was a dream assignment.

Laura Wiltse Prior is a middle grade author who loves cookie dough, reading and tennis. When she isn’t writing, she is driving her children around, hiking with Cody, her Portuguese Water Dog or hanging with Casper, the nicest cat in town. She lives and writes in Connecticut with her husband and three kids, the inspiration for her stories.  Look for her new middle grade novel from One Elm Books coming in August 2023.

As an accomplished writer who specializes in children’s stories and teacher materials, Anna Prokos is the author of notable books for kids of all ages. Her work has delighted children in the classroom and at home. When she’s not working on new books, you’ll find her in elementary schools conducting writing workshops or at the library with her three sons.