Donna Marie Merritt is the author of six books of poetry . . . No Winter Maintenance: Pass at Your Own Risk (2017), We Walk Together (2015), Her House and Other Poems, (2013), What’s Wrong with Ordinary? Poems to Celebrate Life (2012), Cancer, A Caregiver’s View (2011), and Job Loss, A Journey in Poetry (2010). Click here for more about her poetry.

Merritt's poems have also appeared in magazines, school reading programs, language arts books, and American Library Association’s Book Links, along with anthologies such as Yale Medical Group's Caduceus, the Garbanzo Literary Journal, and for children, National Geographic's Book of Nature Poetry and Little, Brown's One Minute Till Bedtime.

Her sixteenth children's book, Hush That Hullabaloo!, will be published in June 2017.

A Special Message from Donna for Kids...

Hi! I am a lucky grown-up. I'm lucky because I LOVE my job. My job is to write. I write children's books, poems, and stories. What could be better than that?

Did you guess my job? That's right! I'm an author. You'll see my name on the books on this website. Sometimes you'll see Donna Marie Merritt, but many of my books have pen names. A pen name (or pseudonym) is a made-up name authors can choose to use. Some books say Christine Casteel; Christine is my youngest daughter and Casteel is my grandparents' last name! Other books say Brianna Cain; Brianna is my oldest daughter and Cain is my great-grandparents' last name!

You can find my books in schools and libraries. One of my favorite parts about being an author? I get to visit schools, read my books, and answer your questions!