Diane Namm Writer/Director/Producer

For film, television, stage, internet and print

My Works

Sterling Books - Little Acorn Series
Diane's Little Acorn titles are: PRINCESS AND THE PEA, GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS, THREE LITTLE PIGS, GINGERBREAD BOY, PUSS IN BOOTS, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, FROG PRINCE, KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS, EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES and UGLY DUCKLING

Sterling Books/Barnes & Noble Publishing Classic Starts Series
The Classic Starts series makes classic stories accessible to young readers. Diane's adaptation of the GREEK MYTHS, ANIMAL STORIES, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS are just some of a number of outstanding classic adaptations published by Sterling.

West of Broadway Easy-Reader Adapatations
Original classics by Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Beatrix Potter and O.Henry, published by West of Broadway in each show's program. An easy-reader version of every original classic appears in the show program along with puzzles and games, which can be viewed at the West of Broadway website www.westofbroadway.com.

Sterling Books/Barnes & Noble Publishing Classic Readers 2006 and 2007
Namm adapts and updates Rudyard Kipling's beloved Jungle Book Stories and Hugh Lofting's The Story of Doctor Dolittle in a new series of beginning-reader books.

Here's what School and Library Journal, January 2008 had to say about Namm's Doctor Doolittle's series:

SLJ January, 2008

LOFTING, Hugh. Doctor Dolittle's Great Adventure. Bk. #3. ISBN 978-1-4027-4122-7.
––––. Doctor Dolittle's Magical Cure. Bk. #4. ISBN 978-1-4027-4123-4.
ea vol: adapt. by Diane Namm. illus. by John Kanzler. 32p. (The Story of Doctor Dolittle Series). Sterling. 2007. pap. $3.95. LC number unavailable.
Gr 1-2–The doctor and friends are sailing toward Africa to return Circus Crocodile to his mother when a giant wave washes their ship away, marooning them on a beach. When the island's king discovers that the animals talk, he locks them away, but Polynesia the parrot saves the day by swooping in with the keys. The group takes off into the jungle with the king in hot pursuit, and with the help of some monkeys, finds Circus Crocodile's mother. Magical Cure takes up the story with the island's animal king, the lion, begging the doctor to help his ailing son. Doctor Dolittle and his friends look for cures within the jungle, but just when Dolittle has lost hope, the ship reappears with his medicine on board. The cub is cured, but the group is split when Polynesia and Chee-Chee decide to stay in the jungle while the rest make their way home. With their easy writing style and simple vocabulary, these books are perfect for beginning readers. Pencil-and-watercolor illustrations grace each page and will draw in reluctant readers wanting a glimpse of Doctor Dolittle's funny friends. –Erika Qualls, Ela Area Public Library District, Lake Zurich, IL

Doctor Dolittle Series:
#1. Animal Talk
#2. The Circus Crocodile
#3. Dr. Dolittle's Great Adventure
#4. Dr. Dolittle's Magical Cure
#5. Dr. Dolittle and the Pirates
#6 Dr. Dolittle Goes Home

Jungle Book Series:
#1. Rikki Tikki Tavi Moves In
#2. Rikki and the Mystery in the Garden
#3. Mowgli's Big Birthday
#4. Mowgli Knows Best
#5. The Boy and His Sled Dog
#6. The Brave Little Seal

Laugh-A-Long Readers Re-release and TWO new Readers for 2007/2008

Learning to read is serious business - but it doesn’t have to be. The "Laugh-A-Long Readers" are proof that reading can be fun and easy - for everyone. And that’s no joke! Using age-appropriate vocabulary and tie-in illustrations, Namm demonstrates that learning to read can bring a smile to every young reader’s lips.

Laugh-A-Long Reader (tentative titles):
Slithery, Squirmy Jokes
Silly Jokes
Funny Bunny Jokes
Gags and Giggles from A to Z
School Time Riddles 'n' Giggles
Jumpin' Jungle Jokes

My First Readers
Children's Press
Spring 2004

Namm's charming stories delight young readers while the simple vocabulary lets them quickly master the words.

My Best Friend
Guess Who?
Pick a Pet
Monsters!
Little Bear

The Big Book of Monologues
UPCOMING RELEASE


In response to the ever-growing need for audition material for young, aspiring actors, Namm, along wtih co-creator, Georgia Bergman, was asked to develop a collection of original monologues specifically designed to focus on the wide range of experiences, emotions and social situations faced by children and young teens.

Selected Works

Fiction/Fairy Tale
Sterling Publishing's Little Acorns are briefly told adpatations of children's best loved fairy tales.
Fiction
Diane Namm adapts GREEK MYTHS, ANIMAL STORIES, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS.
"A Christmas Carol," "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "Tale of Peter Rabbit," and "Ransom of Red Chief."
Fiction-Beginning Readers
Timeless classics adapted especially for beginning readers.