Maria Ashworth, Children's Author, Storyteller, Speaker

Award-winning Author

I have published five picture books and a middle grade novel. A few of my adult short stories have published in literary contests and a woman’s anthology. Iggy Loo received silver in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards and first place in the Royal Dragonfly Book Award contest. Tommy James, The Littlest Cowboy in Reckon received Honorable Mention in the Royal Dragonfly Book Award contest. Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four made top ten in the Gittle Contest. It was also a featured article in December 2017 in Story Monsters Ink. When not writing, I volunteer at Barnes & Noble for a weekly story times with 2-8 year-olds. I offer my volunteer services with two local libraries for the Friends Board, one as acting President. Lastly, I lead a weekly critique group that I started in 2009. I continue to perfect my craft by being a long-standing member with SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:

That reading is fun and enjoyable.

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:

The majority of ideas for books come from my own personal experiences.


Social Media:




Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

I have a few different presentations. Please see my website for reference.

Presentation Audience:


Grades K-3

Grades 4-6

Middle School


11-100 appearances



Willing to travel

Book Type:

Picture book

Children's Fiction,

Tween/YA Fiction

Adult Fiction






Youth Issues

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Kitty, a young woman in Japan during the 17th century, desires to change traditions and the thinking of those around her. For hundreds of years, sushi has been considered an art, crafted and dominated only by men. Sushi Kitty brings the reader on a journey of how one's determination can influence their dream into a reality.