Ruby Shamir (rubyshamir.com) is a writer and literary researcher based in New York City. Currently, she is writing a series of children's books on American history and civics published by Philomel. Her first book in the series, What's the Big Deal About First Ladies, will be released on January 3, 2017. Ruby aided in the researching and editorial planning of many high-profile non-fiction titles, including books written by Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and Tom Brokaw. Ruby's public policy and political experience includes working for three and a half years at the White House. Her professional experience includes policy development work for the AFL-CIO and writing coaching for the marketing department at IBM. Ruby holds an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and a B.A. from Bates College where she graduated cum laude. She lives with her husband and three children in the Bronx.