Robbin Miller, Children's Author

Robbin Miller wrote her chapter book to inspire girls to play little league baseball with boys. Girls are just as capable as boys to play on the baseball diamond. Robbin teaches the lessons on how self-determination, grit, and support can help you achieve your dreams despite the obstacles that get in the way. Robbin is the author of two picture books, Playgroup Time and Three Best Friends, that promote inclusion and diversity for children of all abilities. Robbin is a mother of an active nine year-old boy and is an adjunct faculty member for a community college. Robbin is also a licensed mental health counselor in practice.

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Kesha Nichols, Author, Empowerment Speaker, Writing Coach

Inspirational author, Kesha Nichols, is a native of New York. She is an advocate for children who are exceptional, penning her second children’s book on this very subject matter. Kesha is very involved in her community and has partnered with Fun Creative Writing to bring her love for writing to the school system through what she calls "her power tools: a pen and notepad." Nichols struggled herself with writing. She has a heart to cultivate and nurture the creative imagination of young people while enhancing their reading and writing abilities.

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Kalia Doner, Non-Fiction Writer Specializing in Health, Nutrition, and Cooking

In every book of non-fiction, the goal is to help the reader discover new ways to understand and/or negotiate the world and their daily life. In my work, whether I am discussing managing a chronic health condition like diabetes or exploring ways a reader can upgrade his or her lifestyle through improved nutrition and physical activity, I want to provide accurate, authoritative, accessible facts that inform and inspire.

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Jim Petipas, Author, Illustrator, Musician, and Publisher with Boardwalk Books

Jim has always been creating art. When he was a kid he would often be found drawing cars, animals, or boats. Throughout his teen and college years, he was creating music as a drummer in a local band. After college, he worked in the business field for a few years and then went to seminary.

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Patty Costello, Neuroscientist

Patty lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, a zany awesome toddler, a dog named Pippa, and a dog named Spencer. She grew up in the Twin Cities and is a Minnesotan at heart (you betcha!). She has a BS in Psychology from the University of St Thomas and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota.

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Richard Rieman, Author of "The Author's Guide to Audiobook Creation"

Children's books are one of the fastest growing audiobook genres. Listeners buy the audiobook and an accompanying PDF of the picture book, or a PDF of the images is included in the book. Young Adult audiobooks are also rising in popularity among the "always plugged in" generation.

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Marla Roth-Fisch, Award-Winning Children's Author/Illustrator, Speaker

During our four-year-old son’s parent/teacher conference, his Montessori teacher noticed some different behavior during school time, so she bluntly told us she thought our son had Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SPD, better known today as Sensory Processing Disorder). Thinking the absolute worst while holding back the tears and feeling a lump in my throat, my husband and I said, “What is that? And how do we get rid of it?” The message delivered from the teacher may not have been the most professional; however, it changed the course of our family’s life.

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Elizabeth Raum, Children's Author, Educator, Speaker

I want kids to find history and historical characters as fascinating as I do. People in the past were not cardboard figures but real people who were shaped by the time in which they lived. By getting to know the past, we gain a better understanding of the present and can work to create a better future. When talking about animal or weather topics, I focus on the joy of uncovering new facts. Research, no matter the topic, is a treasure hunt!

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Andrea Torrey Balsara, Children's & Young Adult Author/Illustrator, Motivational Speaker

I want to inspire young people to think for themselves, and to dig deep to find the resilience and treasures that lay within.

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Christina Nicole Smith, Award-Winning Children's Author and Speaker

The most important message in Joseph’s Journey is teaching a child to become aware of and utilize their power to choose in order to create what they want to experience daily. A “fancy” way of describing this concept is “social and emotional intelligence."

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Michelle Worthington, Children's Author, Professional Speaker, Skype Workshops, Book Fairy

Michelle Worthington is a real-life book fairy. Her magic powers include turning coffee into award-winning picture books published all over the world. As founder of Share Your Story Australia, she waves her wand to coach aspiring authors achieve their dreams of publication. She flies around from Canberra to New York sprinkling her dynamic brand of fairy dust over audiences.

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