Amanda McIlwain Hauser is a Midwestern mom on a mission to keep the magic of childhood alive. Long before motherhood, Amanda's imagination captured the attention of others. Winning multiple scholastic awards for her early work, Amanda graduated valedictorian of her college class. Completing her graduate degree in curriculum and instruction proved to be the springboard for her future endeavors. However, it was Amanda's passion for the Christmas season that ultimately led to the creation of Impish and a two decade-long journey alongside Santa's #1 gift-wrapping elf. As a children's author, professional educator, parenting blogger, speaker, and mother to eight kids, Amanda is committed to crafting experiences that not only heighten the anticipation of the holiday season, but also promote problem-solving, collaboration, creativity, and family-based discovery. Her work as an educator and author has garnered national attention from both the Today Show and Mr. Daymond John of Shark Tank. Amanda is devoted to creating more than just books. She builds memories and traditions her family... and your family... will cherish for years!