Melissa Ross

Stories are in our DNA.  Whether we like hearing them told by a relative, reading them from a book, or watching them on a screen, we all enjoy and learn from stories.  I have always loved telling stories with words and pictures ever since I was a little girl.  I would spend hours writing,  drawing, and painting pictures.  It is still what I love doing today.

 

Teaching seems to be in my blood as well.  It just comes through in my projects.  I love to inspire creativity and a love for learning in children. It is what I call "imagication." Learning should be an adventurous, mind expanding, fun, creative journey  that  excites and ignites children in not just their heads, but their hearts.  I have taught art classes for children for 14 years now and learned that their creativity fuels my own. 


 After high school, I earned an associates degree in child development and a bachelor's degree in illustration.  Soon after college, I married a comedian, math major (he keeps me laughing and balances the budget)  and had four amazing children in eight years. Our home has always been full of creativity: children running around imagining, drawing, painting, singing, and making movies.  Our two grandchildren continue the joyous cycle. 


 When I am not busy writing and illustrating, I enjoy visiting schools,  hoping to impart  imagication in all the new friends I meet there.  


SCBWI member

 

Writing and Illustration Clients:

Warner Press

Guardian Angel Publishing

YS Magazine

Viatouch

Bumples Magazine

North Texas SCBWI Newsletter