Tish Rabe, Best-selling Children's Book Author

In 1991 following the death of Dr. Seuss, she was selected by Random House to create The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library, a series of popular rhyming science books for early readers. A prolific children's song writer, she has written more than 200 children's songs and received an Emmy nomination for Musical Direction for her work on the PBS award-winning children's science series, "3-2-1 Contact!"

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Tony Shavers III, #1 Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Writer, Philanthropist

At 26 years of age, I am a # 1 best-selling author, writing coach, and founder of The Shavers Family Foundation. Pursuing your passion is that everything I've done has been while working full time. The principles that I discuss in the book are lessons we have heard all our life but very rarely does someone take the time to actually ask thought-provoking questions to truly get us to think about our decisions and if we are playing it safe.

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Tom Leonard, Children's Book Illustrator and Author and College Illustration Teacher

Tom Leonard has taught Illustration and History of Illustration at UArts in Philadelphia for many years. His editorial work has appeared in Readers Digest, Psychology Today, Science Digest, to name a few.

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Sandra Elaine Scott, Award-Winning Author & International Speaker

Award-Winning Author Sandra Elaine Scott is an International Speaker, Corporate Trainer and Life Coach who inspires joy and specializes in helping individuals turn their someday dreams into today’s reality with her unique blend of powerful, captivating stories, positive strategies and practical action steps.

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Cachet Allen, Author, Illustrator, and Motivational Speaker

Cachet speaks about different ways to develop inner strength, integrity, and self-empowerment. She speaks about how to do daily affirmations and the importance of recognizing how you feel and that feelings are a choice.

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John Delery, Young-Adult Author, Feature Writer

Like my character, Sandalrella, I am a nerd who loves words, my favorite playthings. In a previous professional life, I wrote feature stories for newspapers [ancient, portable, foldable word-storage devices] on a computer the size of a mini refrigerator. Sandalrella: Perceptions of a Teenage Famepire is my third book and first YA novel.

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Artie Bennett, Children's Author

Artie Bennett is an executive copy editor by day and a writer by night. He is the author of a quartet of hilarious picture books: The Butt Book, his first “mature” work and winner of the Reuben Award; Poopendous!, his “number two” picture book; Peter Panda Melts Down!, an adorable departure from derrières and doo; and the explosively funny Belches, Burps, and Farts - Oh My! The merriment continued in 2018 when Artie published a riotous joke and riddle book: The Universe’s Greatest Dinosaur Jokes and Pre-Hysteric Puns, A companion book, The Universe’s Greatest School Jokes and Rip-Roaring Riddles, published in May 2019. And another hilarious, educational picture book, What’s Afoot! Your Complete, Offbeat Guide to Feet, will follow in 2019.

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John Steven Gurney, Children's Author and Illustrator

John Steven Gurney is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel, Fuzzy Baseball, and the picture books, Dinosaur Train and The Bossy Pirate. He has illustrated over 150 chapter books, including the A to Z Mysteries, The Bailey School Kids, and The Calendar Mysteries series. He has illustrated the board board game Guess Who, as well as advertising, posters, puzzles, and a shopping bag for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

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Jonathan Schork, Artist, Author, and Illustrator

Jonathan Schork was born and raised in the mid-Hudson Valley, maintains close relationships there still, and used the Catskills of his childhood as the setting for More Tales from the Enchanted Wood and The Love of Simon Fox. A graduate of Onteora High School, he also volunteered there as a teaching assistant for fourteen years.

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Yesenia Hernandez, Children's Author

Yesenia Hernandez is a cosmetologist who specializes in curly hair. She loves educating people on the subjects she knows best which are curls, writing, vegan cooking, gardening, and traveling. Hernandez is an avid reader and is always helping those who cannot help themselves. One thing that stands out about Hernandez is her get-it-done attitude and love of life.

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Michael Elsohn Ross, Award-Winning Children's Book Author

My wife, adult son and his wife, my baby grand-daughter, and I live on a bluff overlooking the Merced River. During spring runoff the river roars; and in the summer there are placid pools perfect for swimming. The town we live in is El Portal and right next to Yosemite National Park. There’s a small school here with only three teachers. The kids at the school help me a lot with my books and you can see pictures of some of them in my backyards buddies series which includes Rolypolyology, Ladybugology, and other titles about favorite backyard "bugs."

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Timothy Young, Author, Illustrator, Toy Designer, Animator, Speaker

Timothy Young always wondered as a child who made the toys he played with, who wrote and illustrated the books he read, and who made the cartoons he watched. He grew up to be one of the people who got to do all of them.

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Helga Long, Author and Guest Speaker

Helga Long has worn many hats: first as a stay-at-home mom to her three children, then as a fitness instructor, followed by teaching high school German before turning author. She lives with her husband, James, in rural Ohio and is enjoying retirement with reading, playing with her grandchildren, and staying active in many outdoor activities, including gardening, gold, and hiking.

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Tim S. Vasquez, Coach, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Part-Time Wordsmith

Tim S. Vasquez’s casual, easy-to-read writing style has collided with his vast life experiences to create his long-awaited first book, The Taco Stand. Growing up in the kitchen of his parents’ Mexican restaurant in Tempe, Arizona, has provided him the impetus for the book. Tim is the owner and operator of his family’s restaurants, Someburros and Isabel’s Amor, where he strives each and every day to honor the legacy of his Nana Isabel and Tata Poncho.

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Kosa Ely, Author, Artist, Speaker

I’m fascinated by the art and stories of ancient and contemporary people, so whenever I get the chance I’m off to another country to experience their culture, learn their history, and make a lot of new friends. I’ve been to twenty countries so far. My most memorable experiences are living in remote villages in India, spending time with indigenous communities in the Amazon, and visiting the Maori people in New Zealand.

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