Posts in School Visits
Kevin Coolidge, Children's Author, Presenter

The Totally Ninja Raccoons is a series of early chapter books, target audience first through fourth grade. The books are specially structured to encourage reluctant readers. Short chapters, humor, adventure, and one picture per chapter keep kids feeling a sense of engagement and accomplishment as they plow through these stories and ask for more! Each book has the Totally Ninja Raccoons encountering a cryptid — a creature from folklore or mythology, whose existence is not currently confirmed by modern science. The “monsters” are presented in a fun, not-too-scary way, and readers are encouraged to do their own research to make up their minds about the possible existence of Bigfoot, werewolves, thunderbirds, sidehill gougers, the Loch Ness monster, and others.

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Gail Trauco, Children's Author, Keynote Speaker, TV/Media Personality

The Emma meets the Grief Monster book series is dedicated to children (and former children) everywhere. Losses, both great and small, are a part of every human life and it’s time for children to be comforted and reassured in that. Grief is something to experience and express as fully as possible in order to lead a most healthy, fulfilling life. Children are often our greatest teachers. So perhaps the Emma meets the Grief Monster book series will have them teach us by example how to face and then thrive through our losses, fears and life challenges.

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Carole P. Roman, Children's Author

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children's books. Whether it's pirates, princesses, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children.

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Dr. Dawn Menge, Children’s Author, Professor, Special Education Educator

Dr. Dawn Menge has won twenty-nine national awards as a self-published author of the Queen Vernita's Educational Series. Dr. Dawn Menge has a PhD in Education and has specialized in Curriculum and Instruction.

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Patricia M. McClure-Chessier , Award-Winning Author, Educator, and Speaker

Patricia M. McClure-Chessier has been in the health care industry for almost 25 years. She holds a MBA, MPA, and Bachelors Degree in Psychology. McClure-Chessier is presently a Hospital Administrator at one of the largest Psychiatric Facilities in Illinois and an Adjunct Professor.

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Jane Frances Ruby, Young Adult Author, Professional Speaker, Writing Enthusiast

JANE FRANCES RUBY never enjoyed writing unless for an academic degree or paycheck. After years of writing technical papers in the chemical industry, she longed to write fiction.The opportunity arose when she came to Phoenix. Volunteering at her daughters' library, Ruby noticed a lack of fictional Arizona adventures for the junior high readers.

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Lisa Gammon Olson, Children's Author

Lisa Gammon Olson believe the most important skill we can ever teach our children is “How to be Kind.” Any kindness we do—no matter how small—has the power to change someone’s life. It’s easy to get sucked up into the enormity of life and not think you could ever make a difference. That’s what I like all my books to say. "YOU ARE IMPORTANT...What you Do...Matters!”

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Sharifah Hardie, Entrepreneur Expert, Professional Speaker, and Influencer

In Signs You Might Be An Entrepreneur, Sharifah shares from her well of experience as an entrepreneur and business consultant and provides ways to resolve a plethora of entrepreneurial issues. Readers believe her book is the solution that entrepreneurs have been waiting ages for. Implementing its established strategies eliminates the misconceptions associated with entrepreneurship and starting a business.

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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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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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