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 special education teacher when she grew up, and did get to enjoy working in her local school system for twenty-plus years. As a researcher, Dionna enjoys discovering lesser-known individuals who shine within the margins of African-American history. Her kidlit work has appeared in Ladybug, Cricket, Spider, and has sold to Highlights for Children. As a work-for-hire author, Dionna’s written projects for Scholastic Press, Lerner, Capstone, Curriculum Associates, WETA, Core Knowledge and Spooky Cheetah Press. Her photo-supported book for 3rd to 5th graders, Orcas, can be found in Scholastic Press’s award-winning Nature’s Children series. A longtime member of SCBWI, Dionna enjoyed curating the content of the Highlighter, the newsletter serving the (most-amazing) Mid-Atlantic region, for five years. 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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