Mattie Reynolds

Mattie Reynolds practices the four basic skills of financial literacy in her life. She earned money in the insurance business and learned to save for things her family needed. Mattie continues to be a smart shopper buying what she needs and saving for what she wants. She shares with her church and charity in Duncan, Oklahoma, where she lives. Start Smart: Money is the first series for children she has written.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Little Engine That Could by Lois Lensky – and all the Little Golden Books.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I never thought I’d be an author. But I know how important it is to teach the skills of being responsible from a very early age. Luckily I had a great editor, and I hope my writing will help young children for many years to come.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Work with publishing companies who share the same values and beliefs you do.  And if you have a story to tell or lessons to share, do it!