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Marsha Nowakowski, Author of "Toddler Tootsies Take On The Day!"

Toddler Tootsies Take On The Day! is Marsha's debut book for toddlers. She has spent forty years in the healthcare industry as a cardiac nurse. Her expertise and inspiration for writing Mattie and Mattie's Adventures developed from her own observations that patients who recovered more quickly exhibited healthy habits and good attitudes toward life. As a mother and grandmother, Marsha recognized the need for books teaching healthy habits to help young ones develop into successful people who always do their best. Matt and Mattie's Adventures makes everyday habits fun, balanced, and adventuresome for toddlers.

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Kristi Meyer, Children's Author, Professor, Physical Therapist, Parent of Child with Feeding Tube

The inspiration to write The Adventures of Team Super Tubie came from author Kristi’s son, who had a G-tube placed when he was two-and-a-half years old. The decision to place the tube was difficult, but necessary, and ultimately the best decision for his health and wellbeing. Being thrust into the world of chronic disease and feeding tubes left the Meyers anxious to find resources and support wherever possible. The feeding tube community was instrumental in this learning process. In searching for kid-friendly resources, the Meyers learned that there were few books related to feeding tubes for kids and none that depicted these kids as the true superheroes they are.

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Jonathan Kuiper, Author and Educator

Jonathan Kuiper is a proud native of New Hampshire. If you ask him whether his home experiences all four seasons, he'll be quick to add there are five. He wants readers to never forget the joys of mud season. Active throughout the year, he runs and ice skates to brainstorm new ideas. A teacher by trade, Jonathan uses his students as inspiration and for feedback on his latest projects. His writing influences are C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jane Austen, Mike Jefferies, and Robert Crane.

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Britt Menzies, Award-Winning Children's Author and Illustrator, Creator of StinkyKids, Co-Creator of the Award-Winning Live Action Musical: "StinkyKids, The Musical"

StinkyKids teaches kids the importance of play, exploring their world, and making mistakes. Mistakes made… lessons learned!!

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Debra Wideroe, Award Winning Environmentally-Focused Children's Author, Professor, and Key Note Speaker

I have a Master's degree from Harvard University and was fortunate to study under Dr. Gerry Lesser, one of the innovators and co-creators of Sesame Street. I am a Visiting Professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and the recipient of the global Charles H. Sandage Excellence in Teaching Award. I work actively with a myriad of non-profit agencies and have for my entire life.

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Debbie Palmer, Author, Physician, Professional Speaker

In Beyond Beauty, I detail exactly how to establish harmony in modern life - through diet, exercise, sleep, spirituality, and skin strategies. Learn how to turn your beauty regimen and skin-care routine inside out for whole-body health and wellness results that you can see and feel!

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Carma Spence, Author, Speaker, Coach

Carma Spence is an award-winning speaker and editor, sole author of four books, and co-author of two books, including the International Best Selling book, Are YOU the Missing Piece?: Don't Leave a Hole in the World.

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Michael Daigle, Mystery Author, Fiction Writer, Journalist, Public Speaker

Michael Stephen Daigle grew up in the Northeast U.S. from the snowbelt shores of Upstate N.Y. to the woods of Maine and the piers of New Bedford, Mass., all the while writing. He and his family now live in New Jersey.

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Sarah Campbell, Children's Author/Illustrator

Sarah C. Campbell creates picture books with facts and photographs. Her latest book, Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature (Boyds Mills Press, 2014), is her second book that explains an interesting mathematical pattern and explores the ways it shows up in nature.

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Cara Koscinski, Author, Pediatric Therapist, Speaker, Mom to Two Children with Special Needs

Cara has her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and has been a therapist since 1997. She is a homeschooling mother to her own children with special needs. After Cara’s children were diagnosed with autism, Cara sought out services to benefit the boys. She could not find a therapy center that provided both quality therapy for autism and Sensory Processing Disorder AND that provided direct education to parents for carryover of treatment. So, she decided to create her own! She was the Co-Founder of Aspire Pediatric Therapy, LLC which quickly grew to provide therapy at schools, in homes, and in centers located around the Pittsburgh area.

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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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