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Hi there! I'm Annette Whipple, a children's nonfiction author living in Pennsylvania who loves to educate and encourage children. More than that, I inspire a sense of curiosity and wonder in young people while exciting them about life through my nonfiction books! Currently five of my books have been published. In 2020, The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide will be out with Chicago Review Press, and Reycraft Books will publish a picture book called Whooo Knew? Discover Owls.

(If you want a more formal author bio of me, you'll find one here.)

I love the opportunity to visit schools, libraries, and even private groups through workshops and assembliesWith interactive and engaging programs, I educate children on topics like writing, science, and history. For adults, I teach workshops designed for teachers and writers.
Sometimes science experiments are in the backyard under the cover of darkness.

I love to get hands-on when I research. You can read about my research trip to the Almanzo Wilder farm or how I met Quincy, a Eurasian Eagle Owl.

When I'm not writing, you might find me enjoying the outdoors, baking, or crafting...or snacking on warm chocolate chip cookies. I also volunteer for 4-H and in my church. 

If You Want to Know More

I grew up in rural Pennsylvania. I have fond memories of playing in the creek (though we called it a"crick")  and working on the farm. My own teachers inspired me to become a teacher. I earned my B.S. in elementary education from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

Following college, I taught middle school students in a camp environment in New England. There, we focused on hands-on math and science activities. It was a great experience and stayed with me during my traditional classroom years. 
A lot of people have asked how I became a writer. You may have heard how many authors always knew they would write books one day. That was not me. As a child, I never wrote stories for fun. However, I did spend a good amount of time writing notes to my friends and letters to pen pals. 

In 2009, I began blogging. After a while I took a few writing classes and then attended my first writing conference in 2015. Later that year an editor I met there asked me to write my first book: Insects as Producers. As of 2019, I have five published books and two more on the way. 

Insects as Producers
• Flowers
• Soil
• Africa
• North America
And coming in 2020...
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide (Chicago Review Press) and Whooo Knew? Discover Owls (Reycraft Books)
I'm always learning through SCBWI and other conferences and workshops, but I also enjoy the opportunities to teach writers and teachers about writing and more! I include my author visits as well as teaching opportunities in my author schedule. 
Want to know more? Read about how I became a published author here.

You can support me on Facebook through my page @AnnetteWhippleBooks. I'm also on Instagram at @AnnetteWhippleBooks. On Twitter you'll find me @AnnetteWhipple. For Little House fans, find me on Facebook @TheLauraIngallsWilderCompanion and my blog WilderCompanion.com.