Posts tagged Middle School
Rosie J. Pova, Children's Author and Speaker

I was a shy child and I am still an introvert by nature who spends a lot of time with my imagination. Furthermore, as an immigrant, I know what it feels like to be a newcomer so Sunday Rain is close to my heart.

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Rick Niece, Award-Winning Author, Educator, and Inspirational & Motivational Speaker

Rick D. Niece, Ph.D., is an award-winning author and educator who served as a classroom teacher, public school administrator, and university professor, provost and president. His three-book series has won over twenty regional and national awards.SIDE-YARD SUPERHERO, THE BAND PLAYS ON, and PERFECT IN MEMORY share carefully pocketed memories about family values, community influence, and personal responsibility.

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Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf, Children's Author, Business Owner, Professional Speaker, and Animal Advocate

Lauren Kramer-Theurekauf began writing at an early age. While in elementary school, she was the recipient of two Young Author Awards (1994, 1997). She went on to receive my Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications – Journalism from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her children’s picture book, Priceless Penny, shows children is that differently-abled animals are able to adapt and live full and satisfying lives and should not miss out on a second chance at life because they don’t look like most other animals.

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Martha Joseph Watts, Author, Instructor, Content Developer, Independent Educational Consultant, and Teacher Trainer

Dr. Martha Joseph Watts — known affectionally as “Aunty Marcella” — is a former English teacher, who currently serves as a literacy coach in Brevard County, Florida. She is best known for her Writing to Respond (WTR) process, an approach for guiding students through evidence-based writing. Her latest focus has been on children’s fiction, with the Adventures of Iyani, series is set in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Jeff Mondak, Children's Poet and Songwriter

Get ready to dance! Get ready to sing! Jeff Mondak will be joined at your school by one of his musician friends, Jordan Kaye or Sergio Wals. Their programs combine discussion of poetry and songwriting with fun, high-energy performances. Teachers, be warned—you will be dancing! 

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Michael Dooling, Author & Illustrator of Children's Books

Even reluctant readers will join in on the fun. My assembly program is a behind-the-scenes look at creating picture books: how I research extensively at museums and libraries.

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Donna Sager Cowan, Children’s Author, School Visits, Speaker

As the youngest child in a large family, Donna Sager Cowan felt lost in the crowd. She entertained herself by making up stories and friends to play with. By age 5, Donna had taught herself to read, and that began her imaginative journey to dreamy castles with princes and fairy godmothers. Donna is a grandmother, random fact-finder, and encourager.t

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Sherrie Todd-Beshore, Middle Grade/Young Teen Author and Speaker

While writing for magazines and newspapers, fiction plot ideas kept popping up that I eventually couldn't ignore, so in 2006, I left journalism for creative writing full time. Since then, those ideas have become mystery or suspense-thrillers for young readers and adults.

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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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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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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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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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Tevin Hansen, Children's Author, Illustrator, and Musician

Tevin Hansen is the author or illustrator of more than 20 books for children, from picture books to middle grade adventures.

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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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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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Dorinda Nicholson, Award-Winning Children’s Author and Professional Speaker

Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson is a primary resource to the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor bombing. As a child survivor, she has made it her mission to share WWII through the eyes of an American child.

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Linda Maria Frank, Author, Lecturer, Local Access TV Producer

With the introduction of Annie Tillery Mysteries, Linda Maria Frank has been launching her career as an author. Inspired by a childhood passion for Nancy Drew mysteries and the popular television series, CSI, she successfully married an appealing heroine (Annie Tillery) with gripping story plots to create a new fiction series.

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