Mari Schuh

Mari Schuh’s love of reading began with cereal boxes at the kitchen table. Today Mari is the author of hundreds of nonfiction books for beginning readers, covering topics from tomatoes to tornadoes. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and still enjoys a big bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. Learn more about her at


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Our habits shape our existence, and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.” Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Michael Pollan, Naoko Stoop, Molly Idle.

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I love learning and sharing information. I have also worked as a journalist, which gave me the opportunity to research new topics and explain complex ideas in a simpler way. Those skills have transferred well to writing children’s books.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read and write as much as you can. Practice leads to improvement. Be curious about the world. There are so many exciting things to learn!