|Melanie Ellsworth writes in an old barn in Maine, surrounded by books clamoring to be read. Her picture books, often inspired by her family and pets, include Battle of the Books, Clarinet and Trumpet, and Hip, Hip…Beret! Before becoming a children’s book writer, Melanie worked as an ESOL teacher and a literacy specialist. She has a M.Ed. in Language and Literacy from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. www.MelanieEllsworth.com.