News and Updates

Brian Truitt

Brian has been interpreting since 2001 in a wide variety of settings such as schools, hospitals, conferences, and theme parks. When he’s not using his hands to facilitate communication, he may be using them to bang away on his keyboard attempting to finish his first novel.

Kellie Sheridan

Kellie spends more time than she cares to admit talking about books, both with the WordNerds on Youtube, and as a member of the 4thewords team!

Kathryn Harrison

Kathryn Harrison is a kindergarten teacher for a Title I school in Henrico, Virginia. She loves reading and shares her love of books with her students. She often asks people what they are reading before she asks their name.

Andrea Williams

Andrea Williams is an author and journalist who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and four kids. Her debut—a middle grade biography on Effa Manley, the only woman inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame—will be published by Roaring Brook.

Meghan Jashinsky

Meghan Jashinsky grew up in an old city full of ghost stories that fueled her passion for writing dark, twisty books. She can be found geeking out over all things books on the WordNerds YouTube channel.

Jessica Moore

Research, technology, literature and equity are in Jessica Moore’s DNA which comes in handy as licensed school media specialist working as a curriculum coordinator at a district of 10,000+ students. Being a widow with four school-aged children means lots of cooking, activities, family & friends (and an exhausted INTJ)!

Kate O’Shaughnessy

Kate O’Shaughnessy writes middle grade fiction. She has been a chef, earned a fellowship with the Yale Sustainable Food Program, and backpacked around the world. She and her husband live in Berkeley, CA. Her debut novel, THE LONELY HEART OF MAYBELLE LANE, is out now.

S. K. Ali

S. K. Ali is the award-winning author of SAINTS AND MISFITS and LOVE FROM A TO Z, and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller, THE PROUDEST BLUE. She’s also the co-editor of the anthology, ONCE UPON AN EID.

Ella Schwartz

Ella writes fiction and nonfiction books for young readers. She is the author of CAN YOU CRACK THE CODE? (Bloomsbury, 2019), STOLEN SCIENCE (Bloomsbury, 2020), IS IT OKAY TO PEE IN THE OCEAN? (Bloomsbury, 2020) and MAKE THIS! (National Geographic Kids, 2019). In addition to writing books, Ella is a cybersecurity warrior interfacing with the […]

Jessica Khoury

Jessica is the author of multiple books for teens and young readers. Her latest novel, THE MYSTWICK SCHOOL OF MUSICRAFT, was an Audible Best of 2019 pick and is listed in the top 20 Most Listened-to kids’ audiobooks of all time.