Kimberly Morris is the author of more than 50 books for children and young adults, many of them for popular series including Disney Fairies, , Mary-Kate & Ashley, Animorphs, Sweet Valley, Freshman Dorm, Generation Girl, and Real Kids Readers. She has also written read-aloud stories for the Muppets, Muppet Babies, and Fraggle Rock, and television scripts for the animated classic, ThunderCats. Among her publishers and producers are Bantam, HarperCollins, Dorling Kindersley, MacMillan U.K., Millbrook Press, Golden Books, Scholastic, Jim Henson Associates, Lorimar-Telepictures, and Rankin/Bass Productions.

Kimberly is an active speaker and workshop presenter for students of all ages as well as adults and teachers. Participants have a huge amount of fun while experiencing one “ah-hah!” moment after the other.

Her workshops incorporate many of the principles she learned in the course of her own training as a writer in New York City where she attended the highly competitive musical theater writers’ workshops sponsored by BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) and ASCAP (American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers).

In order to eat and pay her rent while living in New York City, she began writing animated television scripts for Lorimar-Telepictures and – VOILA - a children’s writer was born.

In 1991, Kimberly returned to Houston where she is a children’s docent at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the editor of the SCBWI-Houston newsletter. (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), and serves as a judge for a variety of student writing competitions.

Kimberly is also the Founder and Director of Project Development for PUBLISHING MATTERS, a custom content company that designs participatory custom publishing projects for schools, corporations, and nonprofits for use as fundraising and marketing tools. She recently developed and facilitated The Inventors Club, a customized writing and art initiative for HISD’s Sharpstown Learning Community. This collaborative project included 50 author visits for grades 4-8, and a series of innovative creative meetings and workshops for teachers. The finished product will include creative contributions from students at every grade level and teachers from every discipline.

Previous custom publishing projects include Stranded, Stormy’s Adventure by Mary Wright, published on behalf of the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network in Galveston; and 2001 A Faith Odyssey featuring the photography of Valentin Gertsman.

Marketing efforts for Stranded, Stormy’s Adventure included the design of an in-school education program on marine mammal rescues. This project was awarded a grant from the Houston Endowment to fund the program in Houston’s Title I schools. The book has been an enormously successful education, marketing, and fundraising tool for the Stranding Network.

2001 A Faith Odyssey was produced as a fundraising item and donor gift for use by churches. The museum-quality calendar featured 12 highly unique photographs by artist Valentin Gertsman of "accidental crosses" found in architectural configuration and light formation. The project receiving glowing reviews in the art section of 002 Houston Downtown Magazine.

Ms. Morris received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Sophie Newcomb College at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. She is a native Houstonian who returned to her hometown in 1991.

 

 

 


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