Written in collaboration with Tom Little, head of Park Day School in Oakland, California, Loving Learning will be published in March 2015 by W.W. Norton.
A “memoir and a manifesto” written with Todd Rose, the co-chair of the Harvard Graduate School Institute Connecting Mind, Brain and Education, who references his own experiences as a high school dropout to make the case for a much-needed learning revolution.
A hilarious and heartrending account of one mother’s journey to understand and reconnect with her high-spirited preteen son—a true story sure to beguile parents grappling with a child’s bewildering behavior.
"...Ellison's often humorous and always thorough approach...will amuse and intrigue smart mothers everywhere...."
-- Publishers Weekly
"A lively and outstanding book."
--Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel
"The research here is superb, the writing is gripping and graceful."
--The Washington Post


Katherine Ellison is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, public speaker, editor, and writing consultant.

Her two main areas of expertise are neuroscience and energy reform.

These two issues have more in common than it may at first appear, not least because, as a species, our cognitive limits and increasing distraction have been holding us back from overcoming our energy and environmental challenges.

Ellison has explored brain science and distraction as the author of three recent books: “The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes You Smarter”; “Buzz: A Year of Paying Attention,” and “Square Peg: My Story and What It Means for Raising Visionaries, Innovators, and Out-of-the-Box Thinkers.” Simultaneously, she has freelanced articles and done consulting work on clean energy, encompassing writing speeches, website content, and congressional testimony for Silicon Valley firms including Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers and Her environmental writing includes co-authoring “The New Economy of Nature: The Quest to Make Conservation Profitable,” and editing “The Atlas of Global Conservation.”

For more than 20 years, Ellison was an award-winning foreign correspondent for Knight-Ridder Newspapers, reporting from Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and serving as bureau chief in Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. More recently, she has been a writing coach for private clients and for Stanford University business students, and taught a workshop on Cardio-Writing every summer at the Rancho la Puerta spa in Mexico. She has also delivered keynote speeches on attention and learning issues at venues including Tufts University, UCLA, and Kaiser Permanente.

Contact Ellison at the link on this page to speak to your group or advise you on your project.