Shaunda Wenger, writing as S.K. Wenger, is an author and awarded science teacher who grew up among the mountains and lakes of New Hampshire and then found another beautiful backdrop in Utah to raise three children with her husband. With both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in science and numerous adventures in the outdoors Shaunda loves weaving tidbits of the natural world into her stories and feels extra sparkly when they pivot on humor. In 2020 she received a WIP Fellowship Grant from the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference for a middle grade manuscript. Other writing honors include selection as a PBParty Finalist in 2021 and honorable mentions in Vivian Kirkfield’s 50 Precious Words Contest in 2020 and 2021. Her published works include Chicken Frank, Dinosaur! (Albert Whitman 2021), a co-authored literary cookbook (Ballantine Books 2003), educational leveled-readers (Benchmark and Richard C. Owen, Publisher), and poems and nonfiction in BabyBug and Cricket magazines. When Shaunda sits down to write, she leans toward creating stories that leave readers wanting to step into the world and follow where their curiosities lead them.