Creator Focus

Ella Schwartz


Ella Schwartz is the award-winning nonfiction children’s book author of CAN YOU CRACK THE CODE? (Bloomsbury, 2019) and MAKE THIS! (NatGeo Kids, 2019). Her next book, HER NAME WAS MARY KATHARINE will publish in 2021. She is also a featured writer for National Geographic Kids magazine and the Melissa & Doug toy company. In addition to writing books, Ella works with the U.S. federal government on strategic cybersecurity initiatives. Learn more about Ella and her books at

Featured Book

Can You Crack the Code?

Codes can carry big secrets! Throughout history, lots of good guys and lots of bad guys have used codes to keep their messages under wraps. This fun and flippable nonfiction features stories of hidden treasures, war-time maneuverings, and contemporary hacking as well as explaining the mechanics behind the codes in accessible and kid friendly forms. Sidebars call out activities that invite the reader to try their own hand at cracking and crafting their own secret messages. This is the launch of an exciting new series that invites readers into a STEM topic through compelling historical anecdotes, scientific backup, and DIY projects.

Ella Schwartz's Camp Sessions

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