When friends Lauren Kelley, a writer, and Emmy Mitchell, an illustrator, couldn’t find the perfect books to help teach life lessons to their kids, they decided to do something about it! Together they started Books with Purpose, a series of children’s books designed to support parents as they teach their little ones lessons of love, safety, and healthy habits to last their lifetimes.



Lauren Kelley writes stories for pre-readers and early readers. She earned her degree in English, with a minor in Disability Studies, at The Ohio State University, where she co-edited the opening book of the Deaf Lives Series, Alone in the Mainstream, and contributed to the introduction. She started her career as a public relations professional for a Fortune 100 health care company, but left her corporate role to pursue her love of writing while traveling the world. She ended up back in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, after realizing her best friend was also her soul mate. They married and moved to Powell, Ohio with children Leo, Beckett, and Blake.



Emmy Mitchell is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Columbus, Ohio. She earned an MFA in the Interdisciplinary Studio Program at PennDesign, but ran for Corporate America when she realized that her work wouldn’t pay the bills. Having worked for a few different companies and lived in a few different cities, she met her husband and settled in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where she started her own design company and began illustrating children’s books. She enjoys dance parties and reading with her twin boys.