Kelly Milner Halls was always the weird kid, "the kid who asked too many questions, the kid who couldn't stop talking to her neighbors, the kid who couldn't find a book she wanted to read," she confesses on her website, www.wondersofweird.com.
But when Halls discovered in high school that she could actually write, she channeled her inner weirdness to launch a children's writing career that now includes more than 1,500 articles for publications from Highlights for Children and Teen People to Writers Digest and the Washington Post, as well as a slew of award-winning children's books. Her touchstone topics? Anything weird, of course, and the weirder, the better. Dinosaurs, cryptids, aliens, mummy children, wild dogs—they're all Halls' stock-in-trade and what make her offbeat books especially appealing to reluctant readers, her favorite audience.
Causes Susan VanHecke Supports
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
National Trust For Historic Preservation