Carrie Cross, Children's Author

Carrie Cross is an avid reader who fell in love with books as a little girl after reading Goodnight Moon. She wrote her first “book” at age four: Blackie the Little Black Dog and the Flying Washing Machine. Carrie discovered her love of mysteries reading Nancy Drew books and The Happy Hollisters series, and after writing three Skylar Robbins mysteries and working on her fourth, she continues to look for clues in unexpected places to this day.

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Rebecca Coyte, Children's Author

Rebecca Coyte has been fascinated with mysterious creatures and tales of the paranormal since she was a child. After teaching fifth grade for 11 years, she decided to write her first middle grades novel, The Bigfoot Paradox, which went on to win a 2015 eLit Award for Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction and a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Juvenile Fiction.

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Rosie J. Pova, Children's Author, Presenter, Writing Instructor

Rosie J. Pova is a multi-published children's author, poet, and the founder of two children's writing contests―KWEST and Haiku Hype. She also works as a writing instructor in the Dallas Independent School District through the Writer's Garret.

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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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Kerry Orchard, Children's Author

I have created The Adventure in Behaviour series for teachers to open discussions around mental health in the classroom — anxiety, self-regulation, anger/frustration, sensory challenges. I would love to opportunity to work directly with students on self-regulation and the brain body connection using the series in a literacy workshop.

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Shannon Anderson, Children's Book Author, Presenter, and Writing Coach for Teachers

Shannon Anderson is an award-winning children's book author and third-grade teacher. She is the regional advisor for the Indiana Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, is on the executive board for the Indiana State Reading Association, and is a frequent presenter at teaching and writing conferences.

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Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf, Children's Author

I began writing at an early age. While in elementary school, I was the recipient of two Young Author Awards (1994, 1997). I went on to receive my Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications – Journalism from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. While there, I earned the Outstanding Student in Journalism Award in 2006.

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Dorothea Jensen, Author of Books for Young Readers (Children/MG/YA)

In 1989, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich published Dorothea's novel for young readers about the American Revolution, The Riddle of Penncroft Farm, which has been read in schools all over the US ever since. A Buss from Lafayette is set in 1825 in the town where Dorothea lives.

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Shirley Moulton, M.S, Award-Winning Children's Author

"Scary-Fun Adventures With a Cool Magic Moon"

Shirley Moulton is a retired Special Education teacher. She has spent her professional career teaching special needs students for over 35 years, including children with autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, emotional disturbances, and other health impairments. She worked for several additional years previously as a paraprofessional with adults with mental and physical disabilities, and with preschool children. Shirley has also worked with gifted children as well as with children in regular education.

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