Things that bring me joy: books, kids, kids reading books, writing books for kids. After nearly a decade as a public health professional, I made the jump from office to keyboard. Now, I spend my days reading stories to my kids and writing stories for kids everywhere.

I am an active member of SCBWI San Diego, where I serve as the In-person Critique Group Coordinator, and Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge. I write lyrical picture books about nature and science. I’m a research fiend and love using my professional background to translate science in ways that inspire wonder and curiosity about the natural world. I love too many picture books to list, but my all-time favorite might be Marion Dane Bauer’s THE STUFF OF STARS.

My writing has appeared in numerous outlets including, The New York Times, Motherwell Magazine, and Pregnant Chicken. I also offer affordable picture book critiques.

I’m an avid hiker and often find inspiration in National Parks and on the trails of southern California. I tweet @kateallenfox.