Posts tagged Youth Issues
Meagan Carner, Christian Children's Book Author & Creator of CRAM, the Christian Resource & Academic Manual

Meagan Carner’s vision is to create a curriculum structure for elementary education that motivates holistic success in children by fully incorporating biblical principles into traditional education. She does this through the Christian Resource & Academic Manual (CRAM), a workbook series aimed at preschool through grade three students.

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Dwight DeRamus, Author Motivational/Inspirational Speaker and Life Coach

I have first-hand knowledge and experience of how challenging living with without a father for all but six years of my life and learning to navigate through life that many take for granted is a humbling experience. I taught as an adjunct professor in the human services department for ten years in the family and child development area. The vast majority of students I have taught both on high school and college levels come from fatherlessness homes.

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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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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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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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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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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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Elizabeth Cummings, Children's Author

Elizabeth Mary Cummings was born in Manchester England, grew up in Scotland, and studied in Edinburgh. After completing a degree in Psychology and Business Studies, Elizabeth went on to train and work as a primary school teacher for many years in Scotland and New Zealand before moving to Australia to run a language education business.

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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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Christina Dorr Ph.D., Professional Author, Speaker, Consultant, Media Specialist, University Faculty

Now many years later I'm in my 30th year in libraries, public, colleges, but mostly schools. The last few have been middle schools, which I'm loving! My education includes a Ph.D. in children's & YA literature/literacy from the Ohio State University (OSU). I'm so proud to have been mentored by both Rudine Sims Bishop and Janet Hickman. It doesn't get any better than that. I've also loved the last 10 years teaching adjunct for OSU and Kent State University. I have the unique experience of having taught from preschool to grad school.

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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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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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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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Eileen Hobbs, Children's Author

Eileen Hobbs lives in Oklahoma with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. She teaches English composition to international students at a nearby university. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending time with her family. She grew up in Thailand, where her parents were missionaries.

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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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