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About Joseph Taylor

Joseph Taylor is an award-winning science and biography writer for Cricket, the literary magazine for children and teens. “Flying Balloons: The Story of the Montgolfier Brothers” (Cricket, April 2008) won the 2009 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Nonfiction and was later published as an educational book. “Emerging Butterflies: The Story of Maria Sibylla Merian” (Cricket, April 2013) received the 2014 Magazine Merit Honor for Nonfiction. “Launching Rockets: The Story of Robert H. Goddard” (Cricket, September 2017) was named Editor’s Pick of the issue. And “The Path to the Moon: The Story of Katherine Johnson” (Cricket, July/August 2019) was cited in 2020 by the Parents’ Choice Foundation as “a wow of an in-depth profile” in awarding Cricket a gold medal.

Most recently, Joseph has published feature stories in Muse, Cricket’s sister science publication. In late 2020, his educational book Dancing Through Darkness: The Story of Alicia Alonso was published by Heinemann, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He holds a B.A. degree in social science and American studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and, as of May, a master’s degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins University. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his spouse and their two cats and a dog.