Ingalls, Ann

Ingalls, Ann

Ann Ingalls has worked as a freelance writer since January of 2002. In that time, she sold LITTLE PIANO GIRL (2009) to Houghton Mifflin, a book she co-authored with her sister, Maryann Macdonald. Highlights High Five, The Kansas City Star, Learning Express LLC, Primary Treasure, Reiman Publications, Babytalk, Adams Media, Way of St. Francis and many other publishers have used work of hers. She has written curricula for early childhood, elementary and special education in Michigan and Missouri, Praxis II (competency) exams for early childhood educators and ACT Prep tests.

Professional memberships include: JWKC Classic, SCBWI, Missouri Writer’s Guild, Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors, the Liberty Arts Commission and Reach Out and Read, Kansas City.

Please contact Ann for information about programs on jazz, the Underground Railroad and writing in general.


Little Piano Girl
What if you loved music more than anything? Mary Lou Williams, like Mozart, began playing the piano when she was four; at eight she became a professional musician. She wrote and arranged music for Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and was one of the most powerful women in jazz. This is the story of Mary Lou’s childhood in Pittsburgh, where she played the piano for anyone who would listen.

Author visits

I visit schools and libraries to talk to children about what I write and how I do it. I describe the process I go through when writing and researching a fiction or nonfiction book, telling students that it is similar to the process they go through when writing a school report.

On a typical school visit I make three or four presentations in a classroom or library setting. I talk about how I started writing. Depending upon time, I visit classrooms, meet with groups of young writers and sign books or magazines in which my work is featured. I am pleased to offer classroom writing workshops, tailored to the developmental age of the students.

Please contact me at for schedules and fees. Thank you.

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