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About Joseph Taylor

Joseph Taylor was recently named editor of Muse, the acclaimed children’s science magazine from Cricket Media. He is an award-winning science and biography writer for kids; his work has appeared in Muse as well as its sister literary publication, Cricket. “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. “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.

In 2020, Joseph’s educational book Dancing Through Darkness: The Story of Alicia Alonso was published by Heinemann, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Joseph holds a master’s degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in social science and American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his spouse and and a growing menagerie of amazing cats and the cutest dog on the planet.