Be What You Want

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is one of the quintessential questions kids are asked (and ask of themselves). Often the answer is “I don’t know,” or the answer changes every time the question is asked. The BE WANT YOU WANT series helps kids explore a variety of possible pursuits and passions that can be an interesting pastime or even turn into a career. Through the series, kids will discover who the leaders and up-and-comers are in the field, what it takes to be in that field, where to go to find further resources and information, and how to get started right now.

Each title in the series follows a basic 12-chapter format—-sprinkled throughout with spotlights of important industry professionals and young people just getting started:

  • Chapter 1: Getting familiar with the field
  • Chapter 2: Tools of the trade/how do you get started?
  • Chapter 3: Structure of the trade (genres, specialties, tips and tricks)
  • Chapters 4–9: Exercises and practice, including a more detailed breakdown of the field
  • Chapter 10: Career options/how to become a professional
  • Chapter 11: Industry resources
  • Chapter 12: Glossary of industry terms

Latest book from Be What You Want

So, You Want to Work with the Ancient and Recent Dead?

Have you ever been excited by forensic science or psyched to dig up fossils? This comprehensive guide reveals a whole host of careers in the underrated world of the no-longer-living.

Covering everything from well known jobs like archaeologists, morticians, coroners, and forensic scientists to the not-so-well-known professions like studying dead stars and planets to playing a zombie on TV, So, You Want to Work With the Ancient and Recent Dead? uncovers a treasure trove of occupational opportunities.

In addition to tips and interviews from professionals in the industry, So, You Want to Work With the Ancient and Recent Dead? includes inspiring stories from kids who are working toward an exciting career in the area of “dead things” as well as activities, a glossary, and resources to help you unearth your interests and discover a successful career.

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About the Authors

J. M. Bedell
Photograph by Arden Bedell

J. M. Bedell

J.M. Bedell spent her childhood daydreaming in hayfields, talking to cows, and finding her heroes between the pages of books. She is a full-time writer of historical fiction and nonfiction for children. She received her MFA in creative writing from Hamline University in Minnesota. She lives with her husband and two Siberian huskies in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at

Cathleen Greenwood
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Cathleen Greenwood

Cathleen Greenwood is a teacher, published writer, consultant for the National Council of Teachers of English, and veteran presenter at national and local professional conferences on teaching and writing. She has helped countless students successfully submit writings to magazines, publishers, and contests.

Vicki Hambleton
Photograph by Pamela Benepe

Vicki Hambleton

Vicki Hambleton is a verbal tutor for students in grades 9–12. She was a project editor and writer or Benchmark Education, specializing in books for grades K–8. Her writing has appeared in numerous children's publications including Cobblestone, Calliope, and Footsteps.

Joanne Mattern
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Joanne Mattern

After working as an editor for several major children’s book publishers, Joanne Mattern became the author of numerous nonfiction books for children. She especially loves writing about animals, sports, and interesting people and places. She lives in New York State with her husband, four children, and assorted pets.


Patricia Wooster

Patricia Wooster is a published author and fact-checker. She has written several nonfiction children’s books and was nominated for Science Books & Film Best Children’s Books of 2011. She lives in Tampa with her husband, Scot, and two boys, Max and Jack.


Laurel van der Linde

Laurel van der Linde’s first career was as a ballet dancer. Trading her pointe shoes for character pumps, she segued into Broadway musical theater, dancing in A Chorus Line, Annie, My Fair Lady, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She also worked with legendary choreographers Gower Champion and Michael Kidd. Moving behind the scenes, van der Linde began her work in sound as a director/producer of audiobooks, working for such publishing houses as Hachette, BBC AA, Brilliance Audion, and Full Cast Audio, and she is the director of the voiceover school at the Famous Radio Ranch in Los Angeles. She is also an instructor of creative writing for children at UCLA and has published four books for kids. She has two sons, Gower and Gavin, and breeds and trains Arabian horses on her ranch in Valencia, California.