Linda Hayward began her career in publishing thirty years ago as an elementary school teacher. She worked at Golden Books as the head of educational publishing, where she oversaw the workbook line and launched the Road to Reading series. She oversaw the Step into Reading series at Random House and started the First Stepping Stones series. She has authored more than 100 books for children under the age of ten, including 49 Readers. Dr. Seuss Beginning Fun Books were also conceptualized and written by her. Hayward is a resident of Naples, Florida.