Kendra Muntz

Kendra Muntz - Editor

Chicago, IL, USA

I specialize in non-fiction children's books and education/reference texts, so I know how and why we read–for learning or just plain fun!

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Overview

Hello there! I'm a strong professional storyteller with a passion for crafting narratives that engage and educate both children and adults. I am a versatile writer and editor and am just as comfortable writing about frogs as I am about professional growth. I've worked for multiple children's book publishers, including World Book, Inc. (yes, the encyclopedia that you may have read at school) and specialize in transforming complex concepts into digestible, captivating stories.

I'm looking forward to helping you turn your creative text into your dream book. I work collaboratively with authors at any point in the publication process–from brainstorming concepts, to line editing, to finishing touches. Wherever you are in your written draft, we will partner together to express your unique point of view while differentiating your book from others in the marketplace. With a little back and forth and plenty of positive encouragement, we can make your vision come to life!


Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Career Guides
Children's - Non-fiction
Earth & Space & Environmental Sciences
Education & Reference
History
Life Sciences

Work experience

Associate Manager, New Print Publishing

World Book, Inc.
January, 2013 – June, 2017 (over 4 years)

Wrote, edited and shaped the direction of approximately 60 digital-first books per year from manuscript through publication, totaling more than 20,000 pages of content. Specialize in non-fiction children's book content for children grades K-8, with experience writing for high-school and professional audiences.

Editorial Assistant

Norwood House Press
July, 2012 – December, 2012 (5 months)

Co-editor of a 30-book series introducing elementary mathematical concepts, and implemented appropriate grammar, format, and style for K-8 reading levels.

Portfolio (17 selected works)

Dr. Mollie Cule Reboots the Robot: Awesome Science Activities You Can Do At Home

Kendra Muntz, Bright Connections Media

Science is made fun for children through an exciting narrative adventure and hands-on experiments Join Dr. Mollie Cule on her mission to reassemble Axel the robot. Complete with step-by-step, illustrated instructions, this book introduces the amazing science behind some of the coolest activities out there, including creating a tornado and building a robot hand. In the process of helping Mollie... read more

Science is made fun for children through an exciting narrative adventure and hands-on experiments Join Dr. Mollie Cule on her mission to reassemble Axel the robot. Complete with step-by-step, illustrated instructions, this book introduces the amazing science behind some of the coolest activities out there, including creating a tornado and building a robot hand. In the process of helping Mollie... read more

Invisible to the Eye: Animals in Disguise

Kendra Muntz, Bright Connections Media

Wait, look! Is that a bird peeking its head out of the leaves? With stunning photographs and simple text, this book allows readers of all ages to enjoy close-up views of animals in their natural environment while learning new facts about these familiar creatures. Using their camouflage techniques, animals can blend into their surroundings, often becoming “invisible” to the passing eye, and wit... read more

Wait, look! Is that a bird peeking its head out of the leaves? With stunning photographs and simple text, this book allows readers of all ages to enjoy close-up views of animals in their natural environment while learning new facts about these familiar creatures. Using their camouflage techniques, animals can blend into their surroundings, often becoming “invisible” to the passing eye, and wit... read more

Tropical Fish (Learning Ladders Book 3)

Kendra Muntz

Learn about some beautiful and interesting fish that live in tropical waters around the world.

Learn about some beautiful and interesting fish that live in tropical waters around the world.

Secret Files of Professor L. Otto Funn

Steven Gors, Anne Hourjus, Kim O'Connor, Scott Witmer

An engaging book of activities, The Secret Files of Professor L. Otto Funn will introduce kids to the world of Nonfiction! Containing dozens of hands-on activities on high-interest topics, the Professor will engage kids for hours by making learning fun. Each carefully developed activity includes link to videos and other online content to help readers on their quests. Each book contains a compa... read more

An engaging book of activities, The Secret Files of Professor L. Otto Funn will introduce kids to the world of Nonfiction! Containing dozens of hands-on activities on high-interest topics, the Professor will engage kids for hours by making learning fun. Each carefully developed activity includes link to videos and other online content to help readers on their quests. Each book contains a compa... read more

Building Blocks of Life Science 2

Joseph Midthun

With bright, colorful pages in comic-book style, World Books Building Blocks of Life Science series helps make STEM lessons fun and easy for young learners in grades with a primary reading level of grades 3 through 5. Each book focuses on a particular topic in the biology of animals or plants. The books creatively pair humor, action, and real-life examples with scientifically accurate illustra... read more

With bright, colorful pages in comic-book style, World Books Building Blocks of Life Science series helps make STEM lessons fun and easy for young learners in grades with a primary reading level of grades 3 through 5. Each book focuses on a particular topic in the biology of animals or plants. The books creatively pair humor, action, and real-life examples with scientifically accurate illustra... read more

World Book Discovery Encyclopedia

Inc. World Book

The Discovery Encyclopedia is optimal for elementary readers, ESL/ELL students, and visual learners. This set is an effective introduction to informational content and the development of critical fact-finding skills. This beginner's set promotes comprehension, knowledge retention, and the research skills necessary for learning success.

The Discovery Encyclopedia is optimal for elementary readers, ESL/ELL students, and visual learners. This set is an effective introduction to informational content and the development of critical fact-finding skills. This beginner's set promotes comprehension, knowledge retention, and the research skills necessary for learning success.

Iscience Readers Level A

iScience is a leveled science reader series that uses SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY and real life situations to teach and ignite interest in basic science principles taught in grades K-6. Each book involves a SCIENCE PUZZLE that relates to real life and an activity to engage readers' interest and encourage creativity and questions. Topics are aligned and reading levels calibrated to science curriculum pr... read more

iScience is a leveled science reader series that uses SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY and real life situations to teach and ignite interest in basic science principles taught in grades K-6. Each book involves a SCIENCE PUZZLE that relates to real life and an activity to engage readers' interest and encourage creativity and questions. Topics are aligned and reading levels calibrated to science curriculum pr... read more

Feliz Navidad! Celebrating a Mexican Christmas (Christmas Around the World)

Tom Evans

What is the Mexican term for Christmas? What do Mexicans do during the family festival called Las Posadas? Why roles do poinsettias and piñatas play in Christmas celebrations in Mexico? The exciting, eye-catching pictures and easy-to-read sentences in Christmas in Mexico help young readers learn about how people in Mexico celebrate Christmas. The book also features maps, special songs, and eas... read more

What is the Mexican term for Christmas? What do Mexicans do during the family festival called Las Posadas? Why roles do poinsettias and piñatas play in Christmas celebrations in Mexico? The exciting, eye-catching pictures and easy-to-read sentences in Christmas in Mexico help young readers learn about how people in Mexico celebrate Christmas. The book also features maps, special songs, and eas... read more

World Book Discovery Science Encyclopedia

Inc. World Book

The Discovery Science Encyclopedia, from the publishers of The World Book Encyclopedia, is a starter science look-up source in nine hard-cover volumes. The set is designed to be used by newly independent readers ages 8-10 whose first language is English and by students ages 10-13 learning English (English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language-ESL/EFL). Young readers can learn abou... read more

The Discovery Science Encyclopedia, from the publishers of The World Book Encyclopedia, is a starter science look-up source in nine hard-cover volumes. The set is designed to be used by newly independent readers ages 8-10 whose first language is English and by students ages 10-13 learning English (English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language-ESL/EFL). Young readers can learn abou... read more

J Is for Jazz

Ann Ingalls, Bright Connections Media

Winner of: 2015 American Graphic Design Award B is for Blues, the heart of jazz, and some of the best jazz cats have been hip to the blues! Go on a riotous romp through some of the foundations of jazz in this fun and educational look at America’s golden era of music. Readers are transported into the Jazz Age through sweeping, bold illustrations and lyrical profiles of historical figures and mu... read more

Winner of: 2015 American Graphic Design Award B is for Blues, the heart of jazz, and some of the best jazz cats have been hip to the blues! Go on a riotous romp through some of the foundations of jazz in this fun and educational look at America’s golden era of music. Readers are transported into the Jazz Age through sweeping, bold illustrations and lyrical profiles of historical figures and mu... read more

A Timeline Of

Tom Evans

From papyrus to computers, from mud and brick to steel and glass, each volume in World Book's ""A Timeline Of"" eight volume series traces the history of some of humanity's greatest achievements. Designed for young readers, these richly illustrated books feature graphical timelines and curious facts following developments in communication, medicine, space research, and much more.

From papyrus to computers, from mud and brick to steel and glass, each volume in World Book's ""A Timeline Of"" eight volume series traces the history of some of humanity's greatest achievements. Designed for young readers, these richly illustrated books feature graphical timelines and curious facts following developments in communication, medicine, space research, and much more.

Explore the Universe

World Book;Inc.

With vibrant imagery, World Book's Explore the Universe 10-volume STEM-correlated set takes readers on a guided tour of the universe. From pulsars to quasars to extrasolar planets, readers will learn about the celestial wonders beyond our solar system and how human beings study them. The question-and-answer format effectively draws readers into the material.

With vibrant imagery, World Book's Explore the Universe 10-volume STEM-correlated set takes readers on a guided tour of the universe. From pulsars to quasars to extrasolar planets, readers will learn about the celestial wonders beyond our solar system and how human beings study them. The question-and-answer format effectively draws readers into the material.

If You Don't Feed the Teachers They Eat the Students!: Guide to Success for Administrators and Teachers

Neila A. Connors

Packed with words of wisdom and inspiration, this is one book no administrator or teacher should be without. Dr. Neila Connors presents practical tips to improve school climate, communicate with parents and students, teach to the standards, and make a difference in students’ lives. All this in an enjoyable, easy-to-read format, If You Don't Feed the Teachers They Eat the Students will leave yo... read more

Packed with words of wisdom and inspiration, this is one book no administrator or teacher should be without. Dr. Neila Connors presents practical tips to improve school climate, communicate with parents and students, teach to the standards, and make a difference in students’ lives. All this in an enjoyable, easy-to-read format, If You Don't Feed the Teachers They Eat the Students will leave yo... read more

If You Can't Manage Them, You Can't Teach Them

Kim Campbell, Dr. Kay Herting Wahl

This is a must-have book for anyone who works with young adolescents! A practicing middle school teacher gives straight-talking advice and can-do strategies that really work! With Kim Campbell's help, every teacher can succeed at building the relationships, mutual respect, routines, and expectations for running a classroom without distress and chaos! Look forward to a sane, enjoyable classroom... read more

This is a must-have book for anyone who works with young adolescents! A practicing middle school teacher gives straight-talking advice and can-do strategies that really work! With Kim Campbell's help, every teacher can succeed at building the relationships, mutual respect, routines, and expectations for running a classroom without distress and chaos! Look forward to a sane, enjoyable classroom... read more

Helping Students Improve Academic and Social Skills: Tips for Teachers

This collection of academic strategies is an excellent tool for strengthening any college- and career-readiness standards and offers valuable support for Common Core State Standards. Tips for Teachers: Helping Students Improve Academic and Social Skills is a valuable mix of solid information for the teacher, strategies that work in any classroom, and tools to put in the hands of students—all d... read more

This collection of academic strategies is an excellent tool for strengthening any college- and career-readiness standards and offers valuable support for Common Core State Standards. Tips for Teachers: Helping Students Improve Academic and Social Skills is a valuable mix of solid information for the teacher, strategies that work in any classroom, and tools to put in the hands of students—all d... read more

Building Blocks of Life Science 1

Joseph Midthun

With bright, colorful pages and clever comic-book-style text, World Books Building Blocks of Life Science helps make learning fun and easy for young students with a primary reading level of grades 3 through 5. Each book focuses on a particular organ system in the human body. Cartoon guides creatively pair humor with fact-filled text. They make even the most difficult topics in human anatomy ea... read more

With bright, colorful pages and clever comic-book-style text, World Books Building Blocks of Life Science helps make learning fun and easy for young students with a primary reading level of grades 3 through 5. Each book focuses on a particular organ system in the human body. Cartoon guides creatively pair humor with fact-filled text. They make even the most difficult topics in human anatomy ea... read more

Extending Beyond the Pages

Jodie Fransen

Extending Beyond the Pages will engage students in the skills of deep reading, listening, writing, analysis and evaluation, and interaction with both literary and informational texts through ready-to-use lessons. Educators can save time and trust that these teaching materials are aligned to specific college and career-ready standards. Teach to the heart of language arts and literacy standards ... read more

Extending Beyond the Pages will engage students in the skills of deep reading, listening, writing, analysis and evaluation, and interaction with both literary and informational texts through ready-to-use lessons. Educators can save time and trust that these teaching materials are aligned to specific college and career-ready standards. Teach to the heart of language arts and literacy standards ... read more

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