Amanda McIlwain Hauser keeps magic a part of childhood! As a mother to eight children, an elementary school teacher, and an author, designing and delivering engaging and enchanting childhood experiences is not just a job; it's a passion.
Growing up on a farm in rural Indiana, Amanda spent her free time crafting, experimenting, creating, writing, and exploring... the cornerstone of a life spent doing and growing. Graduating valedictorian of her college class with a degree in elementary education and then earning a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction, the desire to serve children led her to the public classroom where she taught over fifteen years. During a short respite to raise her small children, Amanda revisited the expressive threads of childhood and immersed her family in various learning experiences through a self-created homeschooling curriculum that journeyed her family across the entire United States. It was then that Amanda embarked upon a new endeavor, sharing her family's magical holiday experiences through a new children's picture book series. Based on her own Christmas traditions and rooted in foundational educational design elements, Impish the Elf is not merely a book series; it is an engaging tradition. For nearly two decades, Impish has visited the Hauser family... bringing challenges, clues, and riddles to encourage imagination, collaboration, and excitement on Christmas morning. Whereas some North Pole elves label presents with name tags, Impish replaces them with thematic clues. Her antics heighten the anticipation and magic children feel during the holiday season. In her first book, Impish the Christmas Elf, Amanda shared the tradition of the creative gift-wrapping elf with the world. In Impish the Elf: World Traveler, the world itself is Impish's clue-of-the-year. And now, the fun continues with Impish the Elf: Confection Perfection. Join Amanda and the Hauser family in this unforgettable holiday gift-giving tradition. Visit impishtheelf.com.