Kaitlyn Wells

Hi, my name is Kaitlyn Wells (she/her) and I write about Pets, Style, and Carry for Wirecutter, a leading product review site owned by The New York Times. In 2020, I received top awards from the Cat Writers’ Association and the Dog Writers Association of America, as well as a Publisher’s Award from The Times for my ambitious efforts driving innovation and impact across the company. 

A service journalist at my core, I have a decade of experience showing readers how to be more informed and safer consumers. No matter if it’s teaching them the right way to gift a pet, warning them of the dangers of infant bath seats, or exposing how romantic partners can spy on them, I’ll share with them how to stretch their dollar further while making educated decisions for their families.

I’ve written for ABCnews.comConsumer ReportsMarketWatch.com, MSNMoney.com, NautilusThe New York Times, Techlicious.com, TIME.com, TheSimpleDollar.comTheUptowner.orgUrban Home, the Wall Street Journal Sunday, and Washington Post’s On Parenting, among others. My commentary on diverse literature has appeared in Book Page, Diverse Kids Books, and The New York Times Sunday Book Review.  I also contributed to Forty Acres of Fun, an anthology about the history of student life at The University of Texas at Austin.

I have an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a B.J. (B.A.) from The University of Texas at Austin. I live in New York City with my wonderful husband and two rambunctious pets. In my down time, I volunteer with the ASPCA and DiverseSources.org, a database of industry experts. 

My debut picture book, A FAMILY LOOKS LIKE LOVE, arrives May 31, 2022 with Penguin Random House/Flamingo Books. Preorder it now!

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info Subjects


Arts & Culture

notepad Skills

  • Editing
  • Essays
  • Books
  • Feature writing
  • Grant writing
  • Investigative reporting
  • News
  • Op-Ed
  • Profiles
  • Q&A

notepad Book Credits

“A Family Looks Like Love,” a debut picture book about self-love and anti-blackness, as analogized through pets, publishes May 31, 2022 with Penguin Random House.

“Forty Acres of Fun: A look at the unique history, culture and traditions found on the University of Texas campus,” 2010 (anthology).

star Awards, Honors, Appointments

Poynter Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media – Class of 2020-21

First Place, General Excellence – Dog Writers Association of America, 2020 & 2021

First Place, Written Article – Cat Writers’ Association, 2020

Publisher’s Award – New York Times, 2018, 2019 & 2020

First Place, Lone Star Awards – Houston Press Club, 2010

Selected Work

As author, unless indicated otherwise.


A Family Looks Like Love

A heartening picture book about a young pup who looks different from her siblings and ultimately learns that love, rather than how you look, is what makes a family.

Sutton Button has always looked different from her family. While her siblings had short, stout legs, Sutton’s legs were long like noodles. And while her siblings had scruffy, yellow fur, Sutton was a tricolor puppy with soft fur. 
But when others don’t believe that Sutton and her siblings are actually related, Sutton starts to wonder if she really belongs in her family at all–until she realizes that her and her family are the same in all the most important ways and that love, rather than what you look like, is what makes a family.
With heartwarming text and adorable illustrations, A Family Looks Like Love is a story about the enduring power of love and teaches readers that family comes in all shapes and sizes.


Domestic Abusers Can Control Your Devices. Here’s How to Fight Back.

Here’s how to record abuse without being discovered, safeguard your devices, and, ultimately, protect yourself.


How an Adjustable Satin-Lined Sleep Bonnet Helped Me Love My Natural Curls

Rat’s nest. Tumbleweed. A mess. These are the cruel words people have used to describe my frizzy hair. But thanks to the Grace Eleyae Adjustable Slap, I’ve gotten a handle on my curls and discovered how to help them shine. When I tend to my curls at night, I can embrace my hair for what it is: big, bold, and beautiful.


Can Apple’s AirTags Find Lost Pets?

We look at the pros and cons of using Apple’s AirTag tracking device to find our missing dogs and cats.


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