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Meet Norwood House Press

Norwood House Press is proud to present here a sampling of the contributors to our publishing plan. The people that create our books are some of the best writers, illustrators and content experts in the business.


Matt Christopher

Matthew Christopher is well-known for his sports fiction novels and won numerous state awards as well as the Boys' Club of America Junior Book Award. In high school, Mr. Christopher played baseball, football, and soccer. He also played basketball on the company team while working at the National Cash Register Company in Ithaca, NY. He became interested in writing while a freshman in high school and retired from NCR in order to write full time. Christopher became America's bestselling sports writer for children. He wrote over 120 books for children spanning a variety of sports. Over the years, he added more contemporary issues, such as divorce and adoption, but whether it was competition or the problems faced by children, his main subject remained underdogs and average people demonstrating courage and tenacity. Besides his books, Christopher produced more that 275 short stories and articles published in over 65 children and adult magazines. Mr. Christopher died in 1997.

Margaret Hillert

Margaret Hillert has written over 80 books for children who are just learning to read. Her books have been translated into many languages and have helped children throughout the world learn to read. She first started writing poetry as a child and has continued to write for children and adults throughout her life. As a first grade teacher, Margaret realized that the books available for students just learning to read were beyond their comprehension. She then began to write her easy readers and poetry for children. Her first collection of poetry Farther Than Far was published in 1969. Her many awards include the Chicago Children's Reading Round Table Annual Award for outstanding contributions to the field of children's literature. Other honors include the David W. Longe Prize and the Michigan Bookwoman of the Year Award. A teacher for 34 years, she is now retired and lives in Michigan where she continues to write stories and poetry.

Mark Stewart

Children's non-fiction author Mark Stewart has written more than 100 sports books for the school and library market. He has authored histories of almost every major sport and sporting event, and produced more than 700 athlete profiles, both in print and online. Mark's extensive work with children and with athletes has given him a unique appreciation of how young readers relate to the sports they love. Mark comes from a family of writers. His grandfather was Sunday Editor of the New York Times and his mother was Articles Editor of Ladies’ Home Journal and McCall’s. He has also written several books about his native New York and New Jersey, his home today. Mark is a graduate of Duke University, with a degree in history.

Gary T. Chmielewski

Gary T. Chmielewski is a former reference librarian who also served as a library director. He went on to work in children’s publishing both as a publishing executive and an author. Mr. Chmielewski has authored numerous jokes books for children. He resides in Crystal Lake Illinois.


Jason Aikens

Mr. Aikens is the Collections Curator at the Professional Football Hall of Fame. He is responsible for the preservation of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's collection of artifacts and memorabilia and obtaining new donations of memorabilia from current players and NFL teams. Jason has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Michigan State University and a Masters in History from Western Michigan University where he concentrated on sports history. Jason has been working for the Pro Football Hall of Fame since 1997; before that he was an intern at the College Football Hall of Fame.

James L. Gates, Jr.

Mr. Gates has served as Library Director at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum since 1995. He had previously served in academic libraries for almost fifteen years. He holds degrees from Belmont Abbey College, the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University. During his career Jim has authored several academic articles and has served in an editorial capacity on multiple book, magazine and museum publications, and he also serves as host for the Annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture.

Denis Gibbons

Denis Gibbons is a former newsletter editor of the Toronto-based Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR) and a writer and editor with The Hockey News. He was a contributing writer to the publication Kings of the Ice: A History of World Hockey and has worked as chief hockey researcher at five Winter Olympics for the ABC, CBS and NBC television networks. Denis also has worked as a researcher for the FOX Sports Network during the Stanley Cup playoffs. He resides in Burlington, Ontario, Canada with his wife Chris.

Matt Zeysing

Mr. Zeysing is the resident historian at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. His research interests include the origins of the game of basketball, the development of professional basketball in the first half of the twentieth century, and the culture and meaning of basketball in American society.


Shannon Cannon

Shannon Cannon contributed the instructional note and activities pages that appear in the Beginning-to-Read series. Shannon serves as a literacy consultant and provides staff development to help improve reading instruction. She is a frequent presenter at educational conferences and workshops. Prior to this she worked as an elementary school teacher and as president of a curriculum publishing company.

Manuel Kalmanovitz

Manuel Kalmanovitz born in Bogotá, Colombia, where he grew up watching soccer and rooting for the Santa Fe club. He began following baseball in his native country, and became a basketball and football fan after moving to New York City in 2001. Among the sports books Manuel has translated is Major League Soccer's Official 10th Anniversary Retrospective. He also translates sports shows for HBO programming.