Middle Grade Author + Public Speaker for Schools, Parents, and Community Groups

About Katie Mohar

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I grew up with a deep love for reading and exploring, two activities that were encouraged when I was homeschooled in elementary and middle school. I loved the way I could pick up a book and learn anything, and I’ve held onto that excitement into my adult years. 

Now, as a professional author and speaker, I help parents find intentional ways to encourage their children to fall in love with reading, too. It can feel like technology has taken over our world, but I truly believe that you and your child deserve more. Reading opens doors – both academically and personally – that a tablet or smartphone never will. 

It can be frustrating, as a parent, to try to find ways to get your child excited about reading. That’s why I’m dedicated to helping you fill your shelves with high-quality books, inspiring you to bring a natural love of reading into your home, and to find the joy in playing outside and exploring. I’m so excited you’re here, and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together!

children's author, public speaker, and passionate book nerd.

Hi, I’m Katie Mohar

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Brooke Z. M.D., wife and mother

"Katie is a trusted and phenomenal author who can be relied on to provide exciting stories with wonderful messages. Katie's writing has been and will continue to be instrumental in establishing a love for reading and literature in our home."

"As a mom and physician, I'm selective and intentional about what my children are exposed to."

Susan G., mother and grandmother

"Hands-down, the most enjoyable thing I have done with all my children and grandchildren is to read with them — at naptime or bedtime. There is nothing like holding a book in your hands and sharing an adventure with them. Katie's focus on this passion makes me happy."

"I am so thrilled that Katie Mohar shares this passion by writing her blog and writing new classics for kids."

"I've followed Katie's writing for many years and trust her to bring joy into our home."

 "I am so excited to read the new children's book from Katie Mohar. I have two kids and I love to read educational and positive books."

Idevanira S., mother of two

Lessons and symbolism can certainly shine through in a wholesome, well-told story, but that shouldn’t be the focus. My writing centers on solid plot and authentic characters, and while I don’t completely avoid violence, it is a natural part of life after all, I also refuse to glorify it. 

I believe children deserve engaging, classic books written in modern language they can understand that still challenges their minds, stirs their imaginations, and compels their hearts to love and live courageously.

Our middle-grade readers don’t have enough classic, story-driven books to choose from these days, but I intend to give them more options with my own books and to help parents and teachers identify high-quality stories that are out there.

“But I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence.” — from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Foreword to The Lord of the Rings

‘I just want to add that there is no symbolism in “Charlotte’s Web.” And there is no political meaning in the story. It is a straight report from the barn cellar, which I dearly love…’ — from Letters of E. B. White, 1971

I believe stories should first and foremost be about characters. Real characters who encounter challenges and setbacks before ultimately being rewarded for their courage, love, and persistence. Writers I admire, like J.R.R. Tolkien and E.B. White, agree – trying to infuse politics, religion, or an overt “point” often gets in the way of a good story. 

My Philosophy on Literature

— E.B. WHITE

“Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar."

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As a girl, reading was always one of my favorite hobbies. It wasn't long before I wanted to try my hand at writing a book myself. A book, I decided, would make the perfect Christmas gift for my Grandma Lee. I wrote and illustrated my first story at age 11 titled: Grandma is Made of Sugar and Spice. I illustrated each page with colored pencils and bound the pages with thin black ribbon, woven through four hand-punched holes….

My First Book: A Story for Grandma Lee

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