Molly McCluskey-Shipman, Children's Book Author, Blogger, Clinical Social Worker

Molly McCluskey-Shipman understands children. In fact, a student once told her, "You should change your name to Dr. Feel Better; every time I talk to you, I feel better."

In addition to Emma's Dilemma, Molly is the author of The BIST Bunch, along with various manuals and articles for nonprofit organizations. Being able to laugh and feel a sense of belonging is essential! Molly hopes that children can relate, identify, and see themselves within her books. Molly is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker in Kansas/Missouri and is a Behavioral Interventionist/Counselor for Hogan Preparatory Academy. Molly lives in Kansas City with her daughter and their dog. Don't miss out on the next adventure! A dog doing good deeds to spread holiday cheer?!? Stay tuned... Festeva's Holiday Cheer will be available during the 2018 holiday season.

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:

My goal is to write stories that have lessons to generate reflection, family conversations, laughter, and positivity. I hope that my writing inspires readers to think for themselves, think beyond themselves, and be inspired!

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:

Aside from a history of public speaking on supporting students, adoption, and belonging, I have extensive experience working with adults and students to increase coping skills. The books that I write are based on personal and professional experiences to inspire my readers.


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Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

Molly’s classroom visits can be tailored to match the teacher’s objectives. She will lead discussion to ascertain prior knowledge, read aloud the picture book(s) of choice, review facts presented in the books, assist with coloring pages, and answer students’ questions. Lessons may include but are not limited to: adoption, belonging, giving back, "stinkin' thinkin," and the writing process.

Presentation Audience:


Grades K-3

Grades 4-6


5-10 appearances



Willing to travel


Book Type:

Picture Book

Children's Fiction




Character Education






Youth Issues


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