About MarmooWorks

Where Reading Takes Flight


In March 2012, I founded MarmooWorks, a company featuring 

original children's books & companion pieces that promote 

literacy and a love for learning & language at an early age. 

Six months later, MarmooWorks earned the prestigious 

InnovationErie Grand Prize for overall business concept, 

first place for the Multi-Media Design Arts Competition,

 and the People's Choice Award.



For this, I feel honored and thank my family and close friends.


Publications & Creations: Where Art & Technology Meet

2012: Christopher Counts The Constellations

(book e-book, 

audio, interactive app, and Readable Wear);

2013: A Hero at Three (book, audio, Books on Walls --

high quality prints with story imagery and text, 

& Readable Wear);

2014: A Hullabaloo of Hippos: 

A Lollapalooza of Language from A to Z 

(book, audio, and Readable Wear); 

2014: Goin' Explorin' (book, published by masonjars.com);

2016: When the Camel Sneezed (book, coloring book);

2017: Sheldon and the Hot-Nosed Husky (book, prints, 

personalized mugs with story imagery). 




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Movin' with the Works

A visual storytelling of Mary's founding MarmooWorks: its Trials & Triumphs

Marmoo Who?

When I was young -- really young, I wanted to be a chipmunk. 

At least, that's what I said any time anyone asked, "What do 

you want to be when you grow up?" 


Sometimes, I imagined being a gull catching air currents 

above the waves or becoming Amelia Earhart flying 

around the world. I dreamed of becoming a ballerina. 

If I couldn’t fly, I thought, I’d leap. After reading 

National Velvet, I wanted to be a jockey, even though 

I’d never ridden a horse. 


The day I was assigned an essay to write about Career Goals

I stared at the blank paper, the clock, then the paper. My mother 

must have heard me moaning. She walked into my room and

listened to me rattle off a litany of possibilities. 


"Why not become a writer?" she said. "You're always 

telling stories and you love poetry." She kissed my 

forehead and left the room.


Eventually, that is what I chose to do. However, I didn't start 

writing children's stories until after I had received my M.F.A. 

in Creative Writing, a Masters in Education, and taught for 

twenty-five years. Teaching didn't keep me from writing short 

stories and poetry; in fact, it prompted me to write more. 

How could I expect others to write, if I didn't practice the art 

myself? Then, something incredible happened: my students 

and I collaborated on the Hap and Chauncey Series, stories 

about two zany dogs who leaped parts of speech in a single 

bound, diagrammed sentences faster than a speeding greyhound, 

and recited Shakespeare's sonnets more powerfully than Kenneth 

Brannaugh, They barked in figurative language, chased squirrels, 

and howled at the moon -- all at the same time.


Then, another incredible thing happened: I left teaching, 

despite my love for my students and the subjects I taught. 

You need to devote more time on your own writing, a voice 

nagged inside me. As it grew louder, a friend said, "Mary, 

why don't you turn your art form into a business?" 


Thus began the most unexpected journey I could ever imagine: 

the founding of MarmooWorks: a company featuring original, 

whimsically rich children's books that promote literacy and a love

for learning & language at an early age; a company that engages 

readers of all ages; a company that produces the element of 

surprise -- creating companion pieces where books fly off 

the cover and land anywhere.