Jim Spensley, Storyteller Extraordinaire, Author

I have spent thousands of hours telling stories to kids about African animals, including many that were related to true stories passed on by an uncle and a cousin living in central Africa most of their lives.

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Zachary Astrowsky, Teen Author of Children's Sci-Fi Novel

I am hoping my book will motivate people to read. Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's leading organization for children's literacy, has partnered with me and together our hope is to encourage children to read more often.

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Patrick Adams, Children's Book Author, Self-Publishing Consultant, Songwriter

His debut children's travel adventure, Lisa Goes to England, was released in May 2015. The story was inspired by his own children, and especially his daughter Holly's vast imagination and love of her stuffed animals. England was the first of many travel adventures, followed by France, Australia and India. Each story features exploration, mischief and magic in the most enchanting places around the world.

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Alexis Bloomer, Published Author and Journalist

Alexis allows students to open up about their bullying experiences. By the end of her presentation, you see children leave saying sorry to their peers and complimenting their strength. Alexis uses her own story to show that no matter what, being kind will always be key.

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AJ Cosmo, Children's Book Author & Illustrator, Self-Publishing Expert

I am an author and illustrator with over seven years of experience in self-publishing and over a million books sold. Most famous for The Monster That Ate My Socks and I Don't Want to Go to School, I continue to create unique content that stirs emotions, inspires imagination, and pushes the envelope.

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Andi Cann, Children's Author

Andi grew up in the Midwest. Her early life was rich with books, reading, and library visits. Nancy Drew was one of her best friends! Mrs. Gladieux, the town librarian, encouraged her love of reading, allowing her to check out many more books than were allowed! Andi's stories are about children learning to embrace their uniqueness, find friends, or stand up for themselves.

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Carrie A. Pearson, Children's Book Author, Professional Speaker, Children's Book Industry Consultant

Carrie Pearson is a traditionally published narrative nonfiction author of three picture books and the Co-Regional Advisor for SCBWI-Michigan. She is a former early elementary teacher and business development officer. Now, her focus is now on creating memorable books and helping others navigate the children’s book industry.

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Adam Wacker, Children's Author and Doctor of Chiropractic

Dr. Adam W. Wacker has been an doctor of chiropractic for over 20 years with an emphasis on the mind-body connection for health and happiness. He has worked overseas in Australia, and currently has two practices in Wisconsin. He teaches classes and workshops on mindfulness, the law of attraction, and the power of words. He also does private transformational life coaching.

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Joyce Evans, Children's Author, Illustrator, Award-Winning Book App Designer

After reading the FrootBearer™ Series — Character on Display Books, young children will learn how to apply God's Word in everyday challenges to help them build Godly character. These character traits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and self-control.

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Lily Petit, Children's Author

In 2015, Lily had a dream. She asked herself, "How can I help others who are going through the same experiences as myself?" At the age of two years, her son, Joseph, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Since then, life began to be quite interesting! Driven by her desire to help others, Lily began the creative process by contributing to the world of autism awareness and support.

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

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

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Artika Tyner, Children's Author, Professional Speaker

Dr. Artika Tyner (a.k.a. Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire) is a passionate educator, an award-winning author, a civil rights attorney, a sought-after speaker, and an advocate for justice who is committed to helping children discover their leadership potential and serve as change agents in the global community. She is the founder/CEO of the Planting People, Growing Justice Leadership Institute.

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Holly Niner, Children's Author

I love to read and I love words! Words are powerful. They can help us express our feelings and connect us to others. The words in books help us learn about other people and places; they help our imagination take flight. Through picture books, I can help children explores topics such as friendship, bullying, problem solving, sadness, siblings, fears, and many many more.

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