Dionna L. Mann


Dionna L. Mann was born in Chicago, but grew up in the Windy City’s south suburbs where her imagination placed her onto her bike and into the woods on all-day make-believe adventures. She dreamed of becoming a teacher when she grew up, and has enjoyed working in her local school system for twenty-plus years. As a freelance journalist on editorial assignment for CharlottesvilleFamily’s award-winning Bloom magazine, she has covered a wide-range of human-interest topics. Her kid lit work has appeared in Ladybug, Cricket, and has sold to Highlights for Children. As a work-for-hire author, her nonfiction photo-supported book, Orcas, was published by Scholastic Press in their Nature’s Children series in 2019. She is a longtime member of SCBWI who enjoys being the content editor of the Mid-Atlantic’s region’s newsletter, the Highlighter, way too much. Dionna is repped by Jacqui Lipton and Kelly Dyksterhouse. 


Favorite quote: “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” —Groucho Marx

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