Melissa Trempe has swum with sharks and hiked a volcano, but her favorite pastime is writing for children. Melissa’s picture book manuscripts span from a nonfiction astronaut biography to laugh-out-loud fiction, yet all include a good dose of heart.
Her debut picture book, LADYBUG LAUNCH: Inspired by a True Story of Chinitas in Space, is co-authored with Dr. Natalia Ojeda and comes out in April 2024. LADYBUG LAUNCH is about a ladybug who dreams of flying to the stars and a girl who dreams of becoming a scientist. Many obstacles stand in their way, but when the two come together, anything is possible! This inspirational story is based on Dr. Ojeda's experience as a child when her all girls' science class in Chile worked with NASA to send the first chinitas, or ladybugs, to space.
As a former elementary teacher, Melissa loves connecting with readers during school visits. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband, their two wonderful children, and one fluffy husky.