Meet Melissa

What You Need to Know

  • Creator and blogger of the popular blog Imagination Soup.
  • Children’s book writer represented by Allison Hellegers at Stimola Literary Studio.
  • Former Educator with an M.Ed. 
  • Passionate about helping kids love to read and write.
  • Mother of two daughters.
  • Freelance writer with magazine articles for Parenting, Scholastic Parent and Child, USA Today Health, Colorado Expression, Colorado Parent, Denver Magazine, Mile High Sports Magazine, Competitor Magazine, and FiberArts.
  • Freelance online writer with articles on Parenting, Random House Brightly,, Imagine Toys, Colorado Parent, and more.
  • Book Editor-at-Large for Colorado Parent Magazine, 2 years.

Melissa created and writes the highly popular and award-winning learning blog Imagination Soup for parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians to share the best children’s books and playful learning resources.

A mother of two girls and an award-winning educator, Melissa Taylor holds a Master’s Degree in Global Education with expertise in early childhood, elementary education, literacy, and children’s books. She has taught all subjects for the elementary grades and preschool.

Bilingual in English and Spanish, Taylor has taught English as a Second Language, taught Spanish-speaking children in inner-city Denver Public Schools and in the federal migrant program, and served as a literacy trainer in underperforming schools for the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC). She was a four-time consecutive winner of Outstanding Teacher in Douglas County.

Melissa writes about education, learning, children’s literature, technology, and advocacy for publications online and in print, including, USA Today Health, The Writer, Scholastic Parent and Child, Working,, Colorado Parent Magazine, Denver Magazine. In 2010, she won the coveted Colorado delegate spot for Parenting Magazine’s Education and Learning Mom Congress. In January 2012, Entrepreneur magazine featured Taylor as the “’Trep of the Month.”

“A steadfast advocate, she is always willing to go the distance to support me—as an author and a person—and my books. On top of her professionalism, she is simply one of the warmest, kindest people I know. Any author would be lucky to have Melissa Taylor in their corner!” – Ellen Potter