Mary Quattlebaum is the author of 23 books for all ages, including picture books (Pirate vs. Pirate, The Hungry Ghost of Rue Orleans), poetry (Winter Friends), nonfiction (Mighty Mole and Super Soil, Together Forever: True Stories of Amazing Animal Friendships), chapter books (the Jackson Jones series), and middle-grade novels (Grover G. Graham and Me).

Mary’s books have been selected for Delacorte/Random House’s Marguerite de Angeli Prize, Parenting Reading Magic Award, Bank Street Best Books, Sugarman Award, Notable Social Sciences Trade Book, and a number of state children’s choice lists. Her MA in English from Georgetown University focused on the teaching of writing, and she developed her thesis into a grants-funded creative writing program, which she ran for twelve years.

She has served as a creative thesis advisor for the Johns Hopkins University writing program and taught creative writing at several venues. Mary also publishes frequently in children’s magazines, reviews children’s books regularly for the Washington Post and Washington Parent, and writes nonfiction online for Gale/Cengage, an educational publisher. She lives in Washington, DC.


MA - English Literature | Georgetown
BA - Psychology | William & Mary

Selected work

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Linda Urban

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

An Na

Faculty, MFA in WCYA; Writing Novels for Young People Retreat

Kathi Appelt

Faculty Emerita, MFA in WCYA

Shelley Tanaka

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Alan Cumyn

Faculty, MFA in WCYA