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Paul Beck

Fast Forward! (from Blast-off Rocket Racer)
Gear Up! (from Motor Mania )
Mission to Mars! (from Remote Control Rocket )
Slap-Shot Science (from Face-Off! Air Hockey )

Paul Beck began his professional writing career in 1993 on the exhibit development team at Seattle's hands-on Pacific Science Center. Since the turn of the 21st century he has written more than 25 books about science and other subjects for young readers. When not writing, Paul performs in several bands and draws moose cartoons.

Jim Becker

Light-Hearted Technology (from Fiber Optics Lab )

Jim Becker not only has the capacity to co-preside over a book packaging company for three-ish decades, but also makes a super-complicated sounding technology like fiber optics simple and fun. And he’s pretty happy to finally be able to answer that age-old refrigerator light question!

Jan Bloom

Rain or Shine! (from You-Track-It Weather Lab )

Jan Bloom is a frequently published author whose fascination with the world and learning has led her to investigate and write on a wide range of subjects, including weather and its effects on us humans.

Zena Chew

Testing the Limits! (from You-Build-It RoboXplorer )
Petite Palette! (from Itty-Bitty Art Studio Kit )
Pizza World Tour (from )


Zena Chew writes and finds photos for children's books. She also enjoys doodling during work meetings.


Sara Easterly

Lights Camera Fashion! (from Fashion Studio-edition no longer available )
Style Guide (from House of Fashion Design Studio )


Sara W. Easterly has been inspired by fashion ever since she was a young girl. At the age of two, she had an uncanny patience for spending hours at the mall, shopping for clothes. She's written several short stories, articles, and books for kids, and was the SCBWI Member of the Year for 2009.

Ingrid Emerick

A Balanced Life (from Sprout House)
Recon 6.0 Programmable Rover Owner’s Manual (from ReCon 6.0 Programmable Rover )


Ingrid Emerick has been in publishing for twenty years, both as an editor and freelance writer. She is the author of a number of non-fiction books, and the cofounder of Girl Friday Productions, a book development and editorial services company. Ingrid teaches editing at the University of Washington, and lives in Seattle with her husband and two children.

Jenna Land

Free Sweet! (from Cupcake Decorating Studio )
Sweet Spa! (from All-Natural Spa Lab )
Snap It Up! (from Snap Fashion Jewelry Studio )


Jenna Land Free, of Girl Friday Productions, has worked in book and magazine publishing for over a decade, covering everything from agenting to editing to ghostwriting. When she is not elbow-deep in sugary frosting, homemade berry lip balm, or fabric odds and ends, she’s teaching her toddler daughter not to eat mommy’s work.

David George Gordon

Bug Playground (from Bug Playground )
Robo-Bug (from You-Build-It Robo-Bug )
T.rex Attacks! (from It’s Alive T. rex)


The author of 19 books and dozens of articles for National Geographic Kids, David George Gordon has been featured on National Public Radio and appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, ABC’s Nightline, and The View. This champion of the obscure’s Eat-a-Bug Cookbook placed third in the World’s Top Ten Weirdest Cookbooks list.

Delia Greve

Baker’s Oven! (from Itty-Bitty Baking Kit )


Delia has worked in the children’s book industry for nearly ten years as a writer and editor—and has become an avid baker in her quest for the perfect sweet.

Ben Grossblatt

Heads Up! (from The Amazing Squishy Brain )
Slap-Shot Science (from Face-Off! Air Hockey )


Ben has authored several youth titles for Scholastic and SmartLab, and also works as a children's book editor.

Anne Harris

Fashion Rocks! (from Rock Fashion Studio )


Anne Harris loves all things fast and loud, especially '70s guitar riffs and military aircraft.


Christina Henry de Tessan

Face It! (from Hollywood Makeup Artist Studio )


Christina Henry de Tessan has worked in publishing for twelve years, as both an in-house editor and freelance writer. She currently works with Girl Friday Productions, a boutique editing and writing agency based in Seattle. She lives in Portland, Oregon.


Mary Iverson

Saddle Up! (from Horse Drawing Studio )


Painter and illustrator Mary Iverson has been teaching art since 2001. She is currently a professor at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington. Her landscape paintings are inspired by national parks and ports.


Lucille M. Kayes

Insides Out! (from Squishy Human Body )


Lucille M. Kayes is a research physician and pharmacist with publications in genetics and alternative medicine. The mother of three, she enjoys exposing elementary school kids to hands-on science.


Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone

Mad Lab Journal (from Extreme Secret Formula Lab )
Up Close and Personal! (from Indoor-Outdoor Microscope )


Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone have co-authored more than 60 books, five of which have been awarded Parent’s Choice Awards. Shar is the president of the Children's Writers & Illustrators of BC Society and the recipient of three Science Journalism Fellowships. Leslie is the department head of science at a large high school in Vancouver, BC.


Leslie Miller

Sweet! (from Cupcake Decorating Studio )


Leslie Miller is the author of many articles, essays, and books including Ethan Stowell's New Italian Kitchen and Women Who Eat. While Leslie adores working on all food-related projects, she works in a range of genres and also teaches classes and workshops on editing. Cofounder of Girl Friday Productions, she lives in Seattle.


Dennis Schatz

Earth and Beyond! (from Stars and Planets )


Dennis Schatz is the Associate Director of the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington. He has authored many children’s books and curriculum resources for teachers and is known internationally for developing innovative science activities.


Colleen Sheridan

Testing the Limits! (from You-Build-It RoboXplorer )


Colleen Sheridan is a biologist with a passion for teaching teachers how to teach science.


Frank M. Young

Custom Cars & Cycles (from Custom Rides Design Studio )
Full Throttle! (from Custom Motorcycle Studio )
Rev It Up! (from ) Black and Light (from Black Light Studio ) Author, artist, songwriter, and screenwriter


Frank M. Young has 25+ years under his belt as a published author. This modern-day Renaissance man draws on his years in art school to bring a fun, challenging, and encouraging approach to his work.