Moni Ritchie Hadley grew up in a military family and bounced back and forth from the USA to Japan. Daydreaming was a favorite pastime. She received a BA in Psychology at UCLA and later became a home/hospital teacher for the LAUSD, where she taught students unable to attend regular school due to medical needs. Today she lives in Los Angeles, where she turns her sky-gazing daydreams into stories for children.
Also published in Highlights Magazine, THE STAR FESTIVAL is her picture book debut.
Her picture book, Zan Loves D, was runner-up in the picture book category at the SCBWI 2020 LA Writer's Day and for the 2018 Sue Alexander Award.
Her short film, MANiCUREd, won “Best No-Budget Film” at the 2009 Broad Humor Film Festival.
Her wetsuit story appeared as part of the Fashion Unraveled, 2018 spring exhibition for The Museum of FIT.
Moni Ritchie Hadley