Posts in Skype Presentations
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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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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Aprel Phelps Downey, Author

Aprel created Frankenpumpess as a way to show children that there is nothing wrong with just being yourself. As a victim of bullying herself, Aprel knows the pain and heartache of not fitting in and wants children to avoid changing who they are just to make that happen.

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Michelle Wright, Middle-Grade Author, Adult Author, Speaker

Michelle Wright opens the world of graphic novel writing and illustrating into the classroom so students are using different types of learning. She also explains story origins and very textual and thematic issues (based on the particular class dynamic) to open up the text.

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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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Susan Elizabeth Hale, Children's Author and Singer/Songwriter

I’m an American transplant living in the hills of Malvern, England which has been my home since 2011. For over 40 years I have helped thousands of people find and free their natural voices through my work as a music therapist and sound healer. My latest book is a juvenile fiction novel, Emma Oliver and the Song of Creation published by Our Street Books in October 2016.

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Malik Abdul-Khaliq, Author, Expert on Islam, Expert on Ethnic Studies, Expert on African-American Studies, Professional Speaker, and Published Poet

Malik Abdul-Khaliq is a scholar of Islamic studies, ethnic studies, and education. He is the author of a blog-site containing essays, poetry, literary criticism, and critical pedagogy.

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Deborah Dolan Hunt, Children's Author and Professional Speaker

Both of my books address important themes. Same Inside Different Outside is about cultural diversity, the human body, and overcoming fear. The One Eyed Pug is about pet adoption (which could also relate to adopted children), acceptance, love, and overcoming a disability.

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Cindy Orlandi, Children's Author and Speaker

Dog lovers are happy people, and those who love the breed called Weimaraners, also known as Grey Ghosts, aren’t just happy – they are as loyal as these dogs are faithful friends.

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