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Authors Telling Stories event in Lake Mills, WI


At the Authors Telling Stories event, eight Wisconsin authors told true stories from their lives that related to how they wrote their books. Mel told a story about how she and Teghan co-wrote LUCY, UNCENSORED. Read about the event and see some cool photos here!


Co-writing Chat


Teghan and I talked with my writing partner Kat Abbott about how to write and revise with a co-author. Check it out here, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Mel and Teghan Talk Philosophy


Listen to Teghan and Mel discuss life's big questions on the Something Rather than Nothing podcast, hosted by Ken Volante. We had a lot of fun! Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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LUCY, UNCENSORED Interview with Savy Writes Books


Teghan and I did a fun podcast with YouTube book lover Savy Leiser! Check out the video on YouTube.

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Mel and Teghan Featured on Jo's Boys Podcast


Thanks to Peyton Thomas for inviting us on to chat about Little Women! Check out the episode on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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LUCY, UNCENSORED will be published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in Fall 2024


Deal alert! My sister, Teghan Hammond, and I co-wrote this YA novel together. Check out our write-up in Publisher's Weekly.

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I wrote a trans-friendly kids' book. The Internet called me a filthy Groomer


Check out the article I wrote for Tone Madison about my experience being at the center of a storm of right-wing harassment.

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A Smart Girl's Guide: Body Image goes viral


This book celebrates all kids, including trans kids. Some people didn’t like that. (Don’t worry, I turned all my hate mail into a rainbow collage and hung it above the cats’ litter box.) Read more about the drama here.

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Love the Earth and Pets both win Moonbeam gold!


The 2021 Moonbeam awards judging is complete, and Love the Earth and Pets both took home gold medals! Love the Earth won gold in the Environmental Issues category, and Pets won in the Animals/Pets Non-fiction category. What an honor!

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American Girl Doll News Interview


Sydney of American Girl Doll News interviewed me about Love the Earth. What an honor! Read it here: Interview with Mel Hammond: Author of Love the Earth.

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Love the Earth wins NPPA award


The National Parenting Product Awards (NPPA) announced Love the Earth as a 2021 winner. One evaluator said: "My daughter was immediately drawn to the book and read it four times…. She suddenly became an environmentalist."

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Love the Earth review


Sam Killmeyer of 350 Colorado wrote a beautiful in-depth review of Love the Earth, which includes some quotes from me. It was so much fun to talk about the book with her! Find the article here: Teaching Girls To Love The Earth – And Take Action To Protect It!.

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Love the Earth released


Love the Earth appeared on the December 31, 2020 episode of Good Morning America, as part of American Girl’s Girl of the Year 2021 reveal. Havana, Ember, and Azalea, young climate activists featured in Love the Earth, appeared virtually on the segment. Ember and Azalea even got to speak about their 250-mile bike ride to New York City last year, which helped raise money for solar panels at their school.