Melissa Taylor

Mom, Teacher, Blogger, and Writer


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Hi, I’m Melissa Taylor, a mom of two, an education blogger & writer, a children’s book expert, a former award-winning bilingual teacher with an M.A. in Education, a former literacy trainer, and a passionate advocate for literacy, representation in children’s literature, and high-quality education.

freelance write for various clients such as Random House, Adobe Education, eBay, ALEX Toys, Imagine Toys, Scholastic Parent and Child, Babble, Sylvan Learning, Parenting Magazine, and others about education topics and children’s books.

A big part of my story is that my girls and I had HUGE health issues for the last decade — all different symptoms but with one root cause. Read our poisoned mold story here. I share this mainly to spread the word about this toxin that destroys the health of about 20% of people. It’s not well known, but it’s treatable. (Eventually.) 

Also, if you’re wondering how I went from teacher to writer, I share a bit about my process here and here.

Imagination Soup is a place where parents, grandparents, librarians, and teachers can find great children’s books as well as educational learning ideas, resources, and community. My goal is to make your life easier. Let me know how else I can help!

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Melissa Taylor, Creator of Imagination Soup

Mom, Teacher, Blogger, and Writer

  • PBS Kids VIP Blogger 2012 – 2014
  • Circle of Moms Top 25 Teacher Blogs
  • Mom Congress, Colorado Delegate, Parenting Magazine
  • Advisory Committee Member, Colorado State Early Childhood Education standards, 2011
  • Scholastic Parent and Child Best Book and Reading Blog, 2010
  • Outstanding Teacher, Douglas County School District, 2000, 2001, 2002
  • Book Editor-at-Large, Colorado Parent Magazine 2010-2012 

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If you are pitching me a book, I ONLY accept traditionally published children’s books (NO SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS) for ages 0 to 13 and require the following information:

  • a link to the publisher’s website (& include any other pertinent links)
  • a brief description of the book
  • the type of book (picture, board, chapter, middle grade)
  • audience age range
  • PLEASE NOTE: I get over 300 books to review every month and do not accept rhyming books, self-published books, or digital books. I only accept physical review copies or Netgalley Kindle books from traditional publishers. I will not respond if you pitch me rhyming or self-published books. 98% of books, reviewed or not reviewed, are donated to nonprofits like Reach Out and Read. (I keep 2% of the books.)
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