Mia Coulton

Author and Owner

Mary Ruth Coulton (nee Simpson), named after BOTH of her grandmothers, grew up in a home filled with pets that included a white mouse, parakeet, chicken, alligator, hamster, turtle, and assorted rescued cats. Mia, her name simplified by a brother who was unable to correctly pronounce Mary Ruth, also had a dog she named Rhubarb. With a mother who was a librarian, it’s no wonder that Mia loved books. In 2001, while working as a Reading Recovery® teacher in Shaker Heights, Ohio she wrote her first book for one of her students who, up to that point, showed no interest in reading. The boy’s family had a yellow Labrador Retriever and it was the end of October. Mia wrote Halloween Danny, using pictures of her own yellow lab. Since writing that first book, Mia has sold well over 1,000,000 books and helped an untold number of children learn to read. Getting children excited about reading and helping them feel successful are the achievements about which she’s most proud. And her favorite MRB book? “Well, anything with Bee,” she says, “just because Bee’s funny.”

Laurie Rose

Business Manager

laurie-profileLaurie Rose is the first person you’ll talk to if you call MaryRuth Books. She answers our phones, handles questions, and is the person we count on to keep everything organized from our warehouse to trade shows. She is also credited with introducing Norman to bananas, his current favorite snack. Laurie has endless patience and a ready smile. She says the best part about working at MaryRuth Books is partnering with teachers helping children learn to read. Outside work, Laurie herself is a ceaseless reader. She and her husband, a retired teacher, share their home with their own very spoiled yellow lab, named Rose.

Carol Ann Stroia

Marketing and Communications

carol-profileCarol worked in banking, publishing, and healthcare before finding her way to MaryRuth Books. A proud grammar geek, she’s responsible for the written communication between MaryRuth Books and our customers. Carol’s favorite thing about working at MaryRuth Books is that half of her coworkers have 4 legs. She loves being able to bring her own dogs, Mr. Darcy and Toggle, to the office. Her two cats and large aquatic turtle are satisfied to remain at home… for now. When not at work, Carol enjoys gardening (Certified Horticulturist), binge watching Netflix, and an occasional yoga class.

Kaye Hood-Tatara

Curriculum Development Specialist

kaye-profileKaye has an extensive background in inquiry-based early education ranging from the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Academy of Sciences to the Cuyahoga County Public Library. At MaryRuth Books, she coordinates supplemental materials for our books. You may also meet her at national and local literacy conferences. Kaye enjoys her home life with husband Mark, a son and a daughter, and Moose, who, according to Kaye, is the greatest cat on earth. The large, male, black and white cat’s interests include ham, chasing chipmunks, and an evil plan to overthrow Kaye’s daughter in the family pecking order.

Amy Musser

Creative Support

Amy comes from a long line of educators. She earned her Master’s in Education from The Ohio State University and worked as a teacher before staying home to raise her three children. She enjoys all things creative and loves the challenge of mastering new skills and techniques. At MaryRuth Books, you will find Amy designing posters, making costumes and backgrounds, or taking photos and creating visuals. You may also find her representing us at conferences across the country. During her free time, Amy likes to read, row, do yoga, and walk her own Yellow Labrador Retriever, Obie, with her husband, Chris.