"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."

~ Eden Phillpotts

Joseph Taylor, children's science and biography writer. Illustration by Alen Halj.

'Flying Balloons'


"Not only did they finish in time, but Étienne took the opportunity to add a wicker basket to the new design. This aerostat would carry passengers—animal passengers, to be precise! No living thing had ever flown in a machine. No one knew whether it was even possible for living creatures to endure the air at a high altitude. Étienne felt it was time to try."


(From "Flying Balloons: The Story of the Montgolfier Brothers" by Joseph Taylor, Cricket magazine, April 2008.)

Cover ilustration courtesy of Cricket magazine, © 2008 by Stephen Costanza.

Writing Biography


I contribute stories about pioneering scientists and artists to the children's literary magazine Cricket and, more recently, to its sister publication Muse. My latest pieces include "The Path to the Moon: The Story of Katherine Johnson," which appears in the July/August 2019 issue of Cricket, and "The Bird-Herding Bot," in Muse's October 2019 issue. I have a new educational book out in late 2020, "Dancing Through Darkness: The Story of Alicia Alonso," illustrated by Jani Orban.



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    'The Path to the Moon' in Cricket

    Described by the Parents' Choice Foundation as "a wow of an in-depth profile," "The Path to the Moon: The Story of Katherine Johnson" by Joseph Taylor can be found in the July/August 2019 issue of Cricket magazine. (Cover artwork by Kevin Kelly.)