Rosie J. Pova, Children's Author and Speaker

I was a shy child and I am still an introvert by nature who spends a lot of time with my imagination. Furthermore, as an immigrant, I know what it feels like to be a newcomer so Sunday Rain is close to my heart.

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Rick Niece, Award-Winning Author, Educator, and Inspirational & Motivational Speaker

Rick D. Niece, Ph.D., is an award-winning author and educator who served as a classroom teacher, public school administrator, and university professor, provost and president. His three-book series has won over twenty regional and national awards.SIDE-YARD SUPERHERO, THE BAND PLAYS ON, and PERFECT IN MEMORY share carefully pocketed memories about family values, community influence, and personal responsibility.

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Joseph Kimble, Children’s Author, Professional Speaker, Distinguished Professor Emeritus (of Law)

I want kids to laugh—and they do. But they also learn some important things about words, word meanings, word play, and metaphor. I say this in the book’s introduction: “Learn to love words—big and small—and learn which ones to use when."

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Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf, Children's Author, Business Owner, Professional Speaker, and Animal Advocate

Lauren Kramer-Theurekauf began writing at an early age. While in elementary school, she was the recipient of two Young Author Awards (1994, 1997). She went on to receive my Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications – Journalism from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her children’s picture book, Priceless Penny, shows children is that differently-abled animals are able to adapt and live full and satisfying lives and should not miss out on a second chance at life because they don’t look like most other animals.

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Martha Joseph Watts, Author, Instructor, Content Developer, Independent Educational Consultant, and Teacher Trainer

Dr. Martha Joseph Watts — known affectionally as “Aunty Marcella” — is a former English teacher, who currently serves as a literacy coach in Brevard County, Florida. She is best known for her Writing to Respond (WTR) process, an approach for guiding students through evidence-based writing. Her latest focus has been on children’s fiction, with the Adventures of Iyani, series is set in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Anita Iaco, Children's Author and Guest Speaker

Anita Iaco owns a preschool in North Haledon, NJ, where her little students gift her with funny, sentimental, and inspirational story ideas almost daily. Iaco tries to teach them not only about letter and numbers, but how to share, take turns and respect each other. In her book, Let's Vote! A Fruitful Election Tale, Iaco attempts to capture those messages and feelings.

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Meagan Carner, Christian Children's Book Author & Creator of CRAM, the Christian Resource & Academic Manual

Meagan Carner’s vision is to create a curriculum structure for elementary education that motivates holistic success in children by fully incorporating biblical principles into traditional education. She does this through the Christian Resource & Academic Manual (CRAM), a workbook series aimed at preschool through grade three students.

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Andrew Schatkin, Author, Speaker, Podcast Host & Philosopher

Andrew J. Schatkin is a business and educational consultant, writer, speaker, teacher, and host of the Schatkin Show. His focuses on a range of topics, from religion to current events and has written several law review articles and treatises, as well as a number of religious and philosophical books.

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Dwight DeRamus, Author Motivational/Inspirational Speaker and Life Coach

I have first-hand knowledge and experience of how challenging living with without a father for all but six years of my life and learning to navigate through life that many take for granted is a humbling experience. I taught as an adjunct professor in the human services department for ten years in the family and child development area. The vast majority of students I have taught both on high school and college levels come from fatherlessness homes.

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Pam Saxelby, Children's Author

Fun Family Stories that inspire and delight!

After having taught for over 20 years as a Pre-K teacher, I have now have turned my love of good books into works of my own, that speak to issues both kids and parents can relate to. Introducing a new sibling, finding the right place in your family, wondering about all the changes that go on as a family welcomes a new child from a little one's perspective!

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Jeff Mondak, Children's Poet and Songwriter

Get ready to dance! Get ready to sing! Jeff Mondak will be joined at your school by one of his musician friends, Jordan Kaye or Sergio Wals. Their programs combine discussion of poetry and songwriting with fun, high-energy performances. Teachers, be warned—you will be dancing! 

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Michael Dooling, Author & Illustrator of Children's Books

Even reluctant readers will join in on the fun. My assembly program is a behind-the-scenes look at creating picture books: how I research extensively at museums and libraries.

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Marquelle Redmond, Author, College Instructor, Motivational/Inspirational Speaker

Revelations of A Real Man (Or Woman) is a short jaunt through the life of a man who has gained introspective on the choices he's made as a son, brother, father, and husband. Some decisions bolstered his future, while others left his growth stagnant. This book will give you, the reader, insight on how God is still in the miracle-making business despite our many shortcomings.

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Donna Sager Cowan, Children’s Author, School Visits, Speaker

As the youngest child in a large family, Donna Sager Cowan felt lost in the crowd. She entertained herself by making up stories and friends to play with. By age 5, Donna had taught herself to read, and that began her imaginative journey to dreamy castles with princes and fairy godmothers. Donna is a grandmother, random fact-finder, and encourager.t

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Donna M. McDine, Award-Winning Children's Author

My books take the reader on unique spell-bounding rides whether it be the adrenaline rush of escaping via the Underground Railroad, the slip of the ice beneath your skates, the harsh reality of the Royal Navy Press Gangs, the discovery of whale poachers at the beach, experience the first day of kindergarten nervousness or follow the journey of a rescued dog in finding his forever home.

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Sherrie Todd-Beshore, Middle Grade/Young Teen Author and Speaker

While writing for magazines and newspapers, fiction plot ideas kept popping up that I eventually couldn't ignore, so in 2006, I left journalism for creative writing full time. Since then, those ideas have become mystery or suspense-thrillers for young readers and adults.

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Tish Rabe, Best-selling Children's Book Author

In 1991 following the death of Dr. Seuss, she was selected by Random House to create The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library, a series of popular rhyming science books for early readers. A prolific children's song writer, she has written more than 200 children's songs and received an Emmy nomination for Musical Direction for her work on the PBS award-winning children's science series, "3-2-1 Contact!"

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Tony Shavers III, #1 Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Writer, Philanthropist

At 26 years of age, I am a # 1 best-selling author, writing coach, and founder of The Shavers Family Foundation. Pursuing your passion is that everything I've done has been while working full time. The principles that I discuss in the book are lessons we have heard all our life but very rarely does someone take the time to actually ask thought-provoking questions to truly get us to think about our decisions and if we are playing it safe.

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