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 BookCaps for SaleGo, 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 Other Side, the Weird School Series, Harry Potter books, One for the MurphysThe Truth About Twinkie PieThe Fault in Our StarsThe Sky is EverywhereCrankThe Daughter of Smoke and BoneRed Queen and Eleanor & Park.

Mixing her desire to imagine with a quest to explore and share, Hallee became a teacher and earned a PhD. She was determined to unleash the extraordinary talents of her elementary through university students. She has hosted free community access days to The Franklin Institute and has chaired events like Please Touch Museum’s Storybook Ball to celebrate story, authors, and families. Adelman advocates for quality education, and worked with local businesses to provide internships for District students. She has supported child/teen-focused organizations such as Donors Choose, Franklin Institute, CHOP, Simon’s Heart, and the Wissahickon Charter Schools.

With a love of story, Hallee founded World of HA Productions to develop films and theater projects and to support their makers. Some titles include The Social Dilemma, UsKids, and The Truffle Hunters. She is co-directing/producing Our American Family, currently in post. 

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

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

Currently, Hallee writes small books about big feelings and creates big stories about important issues.