Melanie Ellsworth is lucky enough to live and write in lovely coastal Maine. Her dog and daughter provide daily inspiration for her picture books. Many school years of playing the clarinet in bands and orchestras led to her first picture book, CLARINET AND TRUMPET, about a woodwind/brass rivalry taken to extremes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020).
Her second book, HIP, HIP...BERET! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020), features a repeating rhyme set to the rhythm of Hip, Hip Hooray, and tells the story of a beloved beret that takes an incredible journey on a series of surprising heads before finding its home.
As a former ESOL teacher and literacy specialist, Melanie loves all parts of the writing process, from gathering ideas to revision to sharing books. Visit Melanie on Twitter @melanieells, Instagram @melaniebellsworth, and at her website www.MelanieEllsworth.com.