Posts tagged Nature
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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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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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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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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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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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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Lisa Anne Novelline, Award-Winning Children's Author, Professional Speaker, Mathematics Teacher, Storyteller

Lisa Anne Novelline is a multi-award-winning writer. She is the author of the Piccadilly and her Magical World picture book series, a universe wherein children can imagine possibilities, experiment with ideas, and dream solutions as rich and diverse as they are.

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Thomas Cochrane, Geologist, Author, Regional Speaker

Meet a wildcatter whose back-in-the-day journey from the hills of New York, to the ice fields of Alaska, to the plains of the Midwest brings the reader along on this complex quest to see underground. Here’s an insider’s look at the petroleum industry of the latter 20th century—and what geologist Thomas E. Cochrane experienced along the way. From Oklahoma, to Texas, to rubbing elbows with iconic oilman T. Boone Pickens, his personal tales of the oil fields provide a firsthand glimpse into the art as well as the science of exploring and drilling—all in the relentless pursuit of “hitting the big one,” every wildcatter’s dream.

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Rita Campbell, Children's Author, Teacher, Master Gardener, Fairyologist, Moonbeam Medal Winner, Story Monster Ink Children's Book Award Honorable Mention, Speaker, Illustrator

Georgia author Rita Campbell is among the Moonbeam Medal winners. Her book, Emberlina Sprite-a-Light, was honored with Bronze in the category of Books with Merchandise. Her book has also won other awards, including Honorable Mention in the Purple Dragonfly Award with Story Monsters Ink.

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Sheri Fink and Derek Taylor Kent, #1 Best-Selling, Award-Winning Children's Authors and Inspirational Speakers

Whimsical World is an empowering brand created by #1 best-selling authors and inspirational speakers, Sheri Fink and Derek Taylor Kent. Whimsical World’s mission is to inspire, delight, and educate children of all ages while planting seeds of self-esteem and high achievement. We aim to make positive change through the power of whimsy and imagination.

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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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Diamante Lavendar, Author, Artist, Songwriter

I am an award-winning author of three published books in the genres of inspirational fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. I am also an award-winning artist. I dabble in writing music as well. I write to inspire my readers to find hope, healing and new possibilities in life.

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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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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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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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Robin Brickman, Natural Science Illustrator and School Workshop Leader

Robin wants everyone to discover that they can explore the natural world through art. Success involves observation and simple supplies such as paper, scissors, and crayons. Art is a great way to study science and science is a great way to learn art.

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Shannon DeVivo, Children's Author and Professional Engineer

I love inspiring young students to achieve their full potential. There are so many students who feel that engineering is beyond their capabilities, but that's just not true. I have made it my life's mission to inspire young students to consider all the careers that a degree in engineering can lead to.

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Carmela Dutra, Speaker, Presenter, Award-Winning Children's Author & Illustrator of STEM Picture Books

A good non-fiction story should be more than just a bunch of facts. Non-fiction stories should be fun and entertaining. That's exactly what I try to do with every Little Katie book.

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