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

Erica Perl

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Laura Shovan

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

A.R. Capetta

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Anica Mrose Rissi

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Melanie Crowder

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Mary Quattlebaum

Faculty, MFA in WCYA