In Philadelphia, Hallee Adelman was born with a teeny brain and a last name that began with a Z.

During her early years, Hallee re-envisioned neighborhood games like wire ball and Dungeons & Dragons. She also traveled to space in her under-the-desk rocket, built snow castles for faraway kingdoms, sewed underpants for stuffed animals, and climbed trees taller than the sun (even after falling into a trash can).

Hallee spent so much time imagining that she only read selective favorites like The Monster at the End of This Book, Caps for Sale, Go, Dog. Go!, Amelia Bedelia and Sticky Stanley.

As Hallee grew, so did the size of her brain (arguable), her last name, and her diverse book collection. She fell in love with The Dot, the Weird School Series, Harry Potter books, One for the Murphys, The Truth About Twinkie Pie, The Fault in Our Stars, The Sky is Everywhere, Crank, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Red Queen and Eleanor & Park.

Mixing her desire to imagine with a quest to explore and share, Hallee became a teacher. She was determined to unleash the extraordinary talents of her elementary through university students. Hallee earned a PhD. She also chaired events like Please Touch Museum’s Storybook Ball to celebrate story, authors, and families. Adelman is chairing an initiative with the Philadelphia School District and YPO to coordinate meaningful internships for District students. She advocates for quality education and experiences for children and teens and has supported child/teen-focused organizations such as Donors Choose, Franklin Institute, CHOP, Simon’s Fund, the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, and the Girl Scouts.

Through all of her efforts, Hallee’s goal has been for all children and teens to have opportunities to imagine boundlessly, unlock their strengths and discover their passions.

Currently, Hallee is writing zany picture books and a teen novel, Frayed, about twins in the worlds of fashion and addiction who search for beauty in an imperfect world.

Hallee is also producing an addiction-related documentary (currently in post) and is developing, a children’s property that encourages creativity, kindness, and laughter.

Hallee has two amazing daughters and a mohawked dog named Romeo. Thanks to her awesome husband, her married name will place her work on the first shelf in the bookstore.