Theresa Seidlitz - Author

Marguerite Hartill - Editor

     My name is Theresa Seidlitz, and I am the author of Countdown to Christmas: 24 days of the Jesse Tree Tradition.  I am eleven-years-old, and I am part of a big family. There's Gabriel, John, Paul, Peter, Anna, and Mom and of us all together. 

      I love writing! I guess the reason I like to write so much is that it gives me a chance to be creative and use my imagination. I really enjoy telling stories. Right now, I'm working on a funny book about the crazy stories of some fifth graders.

     I also like to read. I probably love Archie Comics the most, although I really enjoyed a mystery book I read a few months ago called The Ring of McAllister. I also recently read The Giver, by Lois Lowry. It's a good book, but it was very sad.

     I wrote the book about the Jesse Tree partly because I wanted to see what it would be like to be an author and write a whole book!  I also wanted people to know about Jesus' family tree. I hope the book will make the Christmas season even more exciting for kids as they count down the days to Jesus' birthday.



     Marguerite Hartill is the published author of many educational books and activity packets that aid teachers in the best practices for the classroom. Some of her titles are: Foundations, Essential Skills, Level S (Kaplan, Inc.), Fab Vocab!, 35 Creative Vocabulary-Boosting Activities for Kids of All Learning Styles (Scholastic, Inc.), 1001 Vocabulary and Spelling Questions (Learning Express), The Black Pearl Activity Packet (Sundance, Literature is for Thinking - LIFT), Shades of Gray Activity Packet (Sundance, Literature is for Thinking - LIFT), The Human Comedy Activity Packet (Sundance, Literature is for Thinking - LIFT), The Pigman Activity Packet (Sundance, Literature is for Thinking - LIFT), and Prairie Songs (Sundance, Literature is for Thinking - LIFT).

     Additionally, she has designed/authored online university courses titled, Writing in Secondary Grades; Using Technology, Fundamentals of Integration, and Teaching Writing across the Curriculum

     From Lanterns to Liberty: the story of Midnight Rider Paul Revere is one of her first ventures into the field of historical fiction for the middle school grades. In addition, she recently edited Countdown to Christmas: 24 Days of the Jesse Tree Tradition, a unique, colorful, and vibrant children's book that celebrates the Christmas season.