• Ellen R. Braaf has published works of fiction, nonfiction, and humor for children and adults in publications as diverse as The Washington Post, Woman’s Day, Odyssey, and Soap Opera Digest. Since it was launched in 2002 by the Cricket Group and Smithsonian magazine, she has been a monthly columnist (Ask ASK) and feature writer for ASK magazine.

    In 2018, Pioneer Valley Books published From Wild to Mild about the evolution of cats from feral creatures to household pets and Dances with Animals about intra- and inter-species communication through body movement.

    PowerKids Press (Rosen) published her six-book Science Detectives series written under the name Ellen René. Titles include Investigating Volcanic Eruptions, Investigating Spiders and Their Webs, Investigating Why It Rains, Investigating How Flowers Grow, Investigating Why Leaves Change Their Color, and Investigating Why Animals Shed Their Skin.

    A champion of science literacy, Ellen has been an educator for more than thirty years. She has taught a wide range of subjects from college-level classes in microbiology, biology, botany, and human reproductive physiology to history, science, and language arts at the elementary school level. 

    Ellen holds a BS in Bacteriology and an MS in Biology. For eight years, she also worked as a researcher for a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and historian. An Authors Guild member, Ellen is SCBWI’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisor. 


  • [Science is] an imaginative adventure of the mind seeking truth in a world of mystery.

    (Sir Cyril Herman Hinshelwood (1897-1967), The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1956. 

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