Jennifer Marino Walters

Jennifer Marino Walters – Ghostwriter

Award-winning children's book author and freelance writer. Former editor at Scholastic. I've written for kids in preschool through HS!

Overview

Hi, I'm Jennifer! I am a seasoned educational-publishing professional who has written 14 fiction and nonfiction books (and counting), countless news and feature articles, video scripts, and teaching materials for kids in grades preschool through 12.

I have tackled all sorts of topics for a variety of age groups, which has kept life quite interesting for me. One day I might be explaining the decline of coral reefs to elementary-age kids, while the next I'm writing about bionic limbs for high schoolers. I've interviewed many celebrities, but also REALLY cool people such as a hurricane hunter, an Egyptologist who explores the pyramids, and child entrepreneurs. I've had to explain the war in Afghanistan to third-graders in 400 words or less and write a 700-word biography of Senator Daniel Inouye for kids in grades K-2. An extremely thorough researcher, I aim to become a mini expert in all of the topics I write about.

If you're looking for someone to ghostwrite your children's book, create teacher's guides and other educational materials, write articles or website copy, or take on any other writing task, I'd love to help you!
Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Children’s Non-Fiction Education & Reference
Fiction
Picture Books
Languages
English (US)
Awards
  • 2019 Moonbeam Children's Book Award for "ABCs at the Haunted House"
Certifications
  • BA in Journalism, New York University

Work experience

Red Chair Press

Aug, 2015 — Present

I am the author of 14 fiction and nonfiction books for children in preschool through grade 2. Topics include seasons, nature, ABCs, and beginner biographies.

Self-employed

Sep, 2003 — Present

I have written hundreds of news and feature articles, blog posts, nonfiction children's books, teacher's guides, newsletters, and video scripts for a wide variety of magazines, websites, educational publishers, universities, and non-profit organizations. Topics include:

• Science and technology
• Health
• Geography
• History
• Pop culture
• Current events

Clients are as follows:

CHILDREN'S BOOK PUBLISHERS: Age of Learning, Red Chair Press

CLASSROOM MAGAZINES:

• Scholastic Choices (grades 7-12)
• Scholastic DynaMath (grades 3-6)
• Scholastic Geography Spin (grades 3-6)
• Scholastic MATH (grades 6-9)
• Scholastic News (grades 3-6)
• Scholastic Science World (grades 7- 8)
• Scholastic Super Science (grades 3-6)
• TIME For Kids (grades 3-6)

Red Chair Press

Oct, 2018 — Present

• Copy edit and proofread all book manuscripts before they go to print
• Write teacher's guides and discussion guides to supplement books
• Served as lead editor for an upcoming novel from the company's middle-grade imprint, One Elm Books
• Maintain the company's social media presence via daily Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter posts
• Work with review outlets such as Kirkus, Foreword Reviews, and Publishers Weekly to secure book reviews
• Build and maintain relationships with book bloggers and reviewers to facilitate book reviews

Scholastic News, Edition 5/6

Jul, 2009 — Aug, 2010 (about 1 year)

• Wrote cover stories for most issues of this magazine targeting 5th- and 6th-graders, including news items and features about science, politics, sports, culture, and more
• Edited news stories and quizzes written by the associate editor and interns
• Edited the magazine’s teacher’s edition and trafficked it to its final version
• Moderated and published blog comments written by readers on
• Wrote reading comprehension tests to help prepare students for standardized tests

Scholastic News, Edition 5/6

Oct, 2008 — Jul, 2009 (9 months)

• Conceived, researched, reported, and wrote cover stories and secondary news and feature stories for most issues of the magazine
• Researched and wrote graphs and skills pages related to stories
• Wrote a feature on kids and money that was turned into a regular series

TIME For Kids magazine

Sep, 2003 — Dec, 2005 (about 2 years)

• Wrote, reported, researched, and copy fit news and feature stories for this weekly children’s newsmagazine and its Web site
• Managed the Kid Reporter news team: Assigned and edited Kid Reporters’ stories, accompanied them on assignments, and supervised their reporting and writing
• Coordinated the annual TIME For Kids National Student Publishing Awards and Kid Reporter Contest: Organized entries, facilitated the judging process, and obtained and distributed prizes

Portfolio

ABCs at the Beach (ABC Adventures)

Jennifer Marino Walters

Come along to the beach. How many letters of the alphabet can you find in the sand and sun? Remember your sunscreen!
Do you like to take a walk in nature? The forest is a great place to find all the letters of the alphabet. Be sure to look high and low!
ABCs on Skis (ABC Adventures)

Jennifer Marino Walters

It's a beautiful winter day to spend on skis. Can you find all the letters of the alphabet on the slippery slopes?
Come along to the haunted house. Let's see how many letters of the alphabet we spot along the way. Beware of the cobwebs!
From small ant hills to tall mountains. Ants to elephants. Let's discover what other big and small surprises nature has all around us.
The number of points on a starfish or on a snowflake, the number of moons in the night sky. Let's count how many surprises nature has all around us.
The shape of the moon, the shapes of the stones all around. Let's see what other shapes we can discover in nature.
The color of an apple, the colors of trees in fall, the sky so blue. Let's discover what other colorful surprises nature has all around us.
Sweet Summer (Seasons)

Jennifer Marino Walters

The warm summer sun means time for a splashing good time. Picnics with friends and family, sand castles at the beach. Fireworks in the night sky, and ice pop treats in Sweet Summer.
Surprising Spring (Seasons)

Jennifer Marino Walters

Suddenly the Earth warms up from a long winter nap. Green appears all around. Nature comes alive and spring surprises us all as robins hatch and flowers bloom, beginning a new cycle of surprises.
Amazing Autumn (Seasons)

Jennifer Marino Walters

The fall season can be truly amazing with colorful leaves in big soft piles, Halloween pumpkins and pumpkin pie. Oh my, what an Amazing Autumn.
Wonderful Winter (Seasons)

Jennifer Marino Walters

Winter is the time for bundling up, playing in the snow with a new snowman friend. And catching snowflakes on your tongue before they disappear as Wonderful Winter fades into Spring.

Jennifer has 16 reviews

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Maureen C.

Maureen C.

Mar, 2022

Jennifer helped me craft the story I was trying articulate! I felt she was very successful at bringing the dialogue in my children’s story to life. I look forward to using her services in the near future!
Dan K.

Dan K.

Dec, 2021

Jennifer is awesome to work with. Jennifer's knowledge and craft sets her apart from everyone else. I have worked with her on multiple projects and I always look forward to the next.
Jennifer M.
Thanks so much! I really enjoyed working with you again as well!
Abdul A.

Abdul A.

Jun, 2021

It was such a joy and pleasure working with Jennifer! She helped me create such an amazing project and she was really easy and fun to work with. I highly recommend working with her on your next project and she will help bring it to life. She's a wonderful and creative writer and I'm so glad and blessed to have worked with her.
Jennifer M.
Thank you so much, Abdul! I really enjoyed working with you as well, and I hope to do it again soon!
Lioness S.

Lioness S.

Jun, 2021

Jennifer Marino Walters is a superior writer with the keen ability to take complex topics and break them down into simple words children can understand. That ability is a rare gift. And that unique gift is simply mind-blowing. Jennifer is a treasure. A gem. Her professionalism, thoughtfulness, kindness, and dependability are just precious added bonuses. I love her work (who wouldn't?) and I ado...
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Jennifer M.
Yamile, you've brought tears to my eyes! I am so humbled by and grateful for your kind words. I absolutely adore working with you and look forward to doing it more in the future!
Nicholas D.

Nicholas D.

May, 2021

Very good job on this project!
Jennifer M.
Thanks so much, Nicholas! I can't get the song out of my head. :-) Ha!

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