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About

Welcome! I'm so glad you want to know more about me. (Scroll down if you would like to read a more formal bio.) 


I'm Annette Whipple, and I think facts are fun. I write informational books for children to help them celebrate curiosity. 

(You can read about my research trip to the Almanzo Wilder farm or how I met two incredible owls!) 

Annette holding Quincy
Before I was a writer, I was a classroom teacher. (Then I focused on my family for a few years.) It wasn't until I began blogging that I realized how much I enjoyed writing. I became a student of the writing craft (and publishing world) when I got serious about writing. Eventually I attended my first writing conference. My first book was published in 2016. Now I have ten books for curious young readers. But I will always be a student of the writing craft. 

I love the opportunity to visit schools, libraries, and even private groups through workshops and assemblies. I also enjoy connecting onlineWith interactive and engaging programs, I educate children on topics like writing, science, and history. I want others to know that "Facts are fun." I also provide workshops designed for teachers and writers including on-demand videos through KidLit Creatives

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. 

(Please also see Annette's media kit here.)

Brief Bio 

Annette Whipple celebrates curiosity and inspires a sense of wonder in young readers while exciting them about science and history. She's the author of eight children's informational books including The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide (Chicago Review Press), Whooo Knew: The Truth about Owls (Reycraft Books), and The Story of the Wright Brothers (Rockridge Press). Annette is a fact-loving, cookie-baking, stationary-collecting children's nonfiction author living in Pennsylvania. Learn more about Annette at AnnetteWhipple.com.



Longer, Formal Bio

Children's author Annette Whipple writes informational books to inspire curiosity and wonder in children. She’s the author of ten published books including The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide (Chicago Review Press), Whooo Knew? The Truth about Owls (Reycraft Books), and The Story of the Wright Brothers (Rockridge Press). She's also written articles and activities for several magazines including Highlights for Children.

After graduating from Kutztown University with a BS in elementary education, Annette went on to teach elementary and middle school students as an environmental educator and classroom teacher. She learned to love science and history while teaching. After she left the classroom, she improved her writing through classes and workshops. Her first book was published in 2016.

Today Annette provides interactive programs and workshops to engage participants in topics like writing, science, and history. She also mentors writers and provides professional development workshops to educators focusing on writing. When she’s not writing or teaching children, educators, and writers, you might find Annette snacking on warm chocolate chip cookies. Annette lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. Learn more about Annette’s books and presentations at www.AnnetteWhipple.com.

If You Want to Know More...

I grew up in rural northeastern 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. I'm a lifelong learner, so I won't stop taking classes even thought I teach love to teach writers through writing conferences, webinars, and on-demand writing videos.  


2022 Books

Ribbit! The Truth About Frogs (Reycraft Books)
Meow! The Truth About Cats (Reycraft Books)

2021 Books

Scurry! The Truth About Spiders (Reycraft Books)

2020 Books

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide (Chicago Review Press)
Whooo Knew? The Truth about Owls (Reycraft Books)
The Story of the Wright Brothers (Rockridge Press)

Previously Published Books

• Insects as Producers
• Flowers
• Soil
• Africa
• North America

Social Media

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.