Hi, welcome to my website. I enjoy reading and writing narrative non-fiction. Most of my work
is aimed at children, especially upper elementary schoolchildren. I have written mostly historical
picture books, using stories of my own ancestors as inspiration.
I based my series of four books about "John Honey" on my
great-great-great grandfather John Taylor and his wife Betty. You can learn
more about these books on My Books webpage.
I love to dress up in
period costume as Betty and present stories about John Honey and Betty (shown
below) to students of all ages. At the university
level, I use Betty to illustrate to student teachers how to make living-history presentations.
You can learn more about this on my Presentations webpage. Teachers can find
curriculum suggestions on my Ideas for Teachers
You can also read some short stories I've written for adults that you might enjoy:
"A Day in the Life"
"Ole's Step to Freedom"
This is the website of Melissa Neely.
Revised March 2011.
Website design by Shoppe Foreman.