Valerie Tripp is writing a STEM series for National Geographic Kids called "Izzy Newton and the S.M.A.R.T. Squad." Valerie Tripp wrote the books in the American Girl Felicity®, Josefina®, Kit®, Mary Ellen, and Molly series and three of the books in the Samantha series. She also wrote American Girl’s eleven Welliewisher titles and the eight Hopscotch Hill School titles. She has written songs, stories, skills book pages and plays as part of The Superkids’ Reading Program. Tripp was a writer and the editorial director of the “Boys Camp” series. She was a writer, editor, and art editor for Starry Forest/Sterling Publishing Company. Tripp received a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated with honors as a member of the first co-educated class at Yale University and has a Master's of Education degree from Harvard University. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. She speaks frequently at schools, libraries, and scout troop meetings. She gave the Anne Scott McLeod Lecture at the Library of Congress, and has spoken at Williamsburg, The Smithsonian, Mt. Vernon, The New York Historical Society, many universities including Yale, Harvard, American University, and the University of Maryland. Tripp was a March of Dimes Mother of the Year and recipient of The Prevention of Blindness Community Service Award.

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