Jennifer Marino Walters

Jennifer Marino Walters - Ghostwriter

Washington D.C., DC, USA

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

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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
Short-Form Content
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Children's - Non-fiction
Education & Reference
Fiction
Picture Books

Certifications

  • BA in Journalism, New York University

Awards

  • 2019 Moonbeam Children's Book Award for "ABCs at the Haunted House"

Work experience

Children's Book Author

Red Chair Press
August, 2015 – Present (almost 5 years)

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.

Freelance writer

Self-employed
September, 2003 – Present (over 16 years)

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)

Publicity and Social Media Manager; Editor

Red Chair Press
October, 2018 – Present (over 1 year)

• 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

Senior Editor

Scholastic News, Edition 5/6
July, 2009 – August, 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

Senior Associate Editor

Scholastic News, Edition 5/6
October, 2008 – July, 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

Editorial Assistant

TIME For Kids magazine
September, 2003 – December, 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 (12 selected works)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Colors in Nature (Nature Is All Around Me (LOOK! Books TM))

Jennifer Marino Walters

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.

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.

Shapes in Nature (Nature Is All Around Me (LOOK! Books TM))

Jennifer Marino Walters

The shape of the moon, the shapes of the stones all around. Let's see what other shapes we can discover in nature.

The shape of the moon, the shapes of the stones all around. Let's see what other shapes we can discover in nature.

Numbers in Nature (Nature Is All Around Me (LOOK! Books TM))

Jennifer Marino Walters

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 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.

Sizes in Nature (Nature Is All Around Me (LOOK! Books TM))

Jennifer Marino Walters

From small ant hills to tall mountains. Ants to elephants. Let's discover what other big and small surprises nature has all around us.

From small ant hills to tall mountains. Ants to elephants. Let's discover what other big and small surprises nature has all around us.

ABCs at the Haunted House (ABC Adventures)

Jennifer Marino Walters

Come along to the haunted house. Let's see how many letters of the alphabet we spot along the way. Beware of the cobwebs!

Come along to the haunted house. Let's see how many letters of the alphabet we spot along the way. Beware of the cobwebs!

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?

It's a beautiful winter day to spend on skis. Can you find all the letters of the alphabet on the slippery slopes?

ABCs in the Forest (ABC Adventures)

Jennifer Marino Walters

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!

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 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!

Come along to the beach. How many letters of the alphabet can you find in the sand and sun? Remember your sunscreen!

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Candace Parker
Jennifer is amazing to work with! She is timely, communicates well, and really delivers! I can’t wait to work together again!

Candace Parker, February 2020

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