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Angela K. Durden/Durden Kell

Angela K. Durden won national attention in 2000 for her first published book, Nine Stupid Things People Do To Mess Up Their Resumes. On her first in-studio radio interview, she advised syndicated host G. Gordon Liddy about how to best deal with the long gap in his resume. Angela served…

Author Spiros Gratsias

Spiros Gratsias was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. Spiros is an engineer, designer, artist, illustrator, screen and fiction writer. He is the screenwriter of the award-winning short film animation "Inverse" based on a story from his book Rootless Roots. He is also the author of the historical fiction novel,…

BK Fulton

BK as a child BK Fulton is an author, filmmaker, philanthropist and entrepreneur. BK was awarded a ComputerWorld Smithsonian International Technology Laureates Medal and his influential writings on technology are permanently archived at the Smithsonian Institute. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Jackie, where they raised twin boys. His…

Carole P. Roman

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children’s books. Whether it’s pirates, princesses, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children. She hosts two blog radio programs and is one of the founders of a new magazine,…

Casey Rislov

Casey is the author of five award-winning children's books. Her passion has always been centered around children, and she has been actively involved with children in sports and academics from preschool to high school for over 25 years. These moments have added to her love of all things picture books,…

Creative Thinking With an Engineering Elephant

Children have a natural sense of creativity and exploration. But as they age, their own ingenuity is often repressed or crushed by doubts of peers, self-consciousness or fear of failure. The Thing About Swings (Mascot Books), written by Mona Patel and illustrated by Tomas Christensen, encourages creative thinking, open-mindedness and teamwork…

DeWana Green

DeWana Green knows about foster care. In fact, she spent most of her formative years in foster care. Her experience includes living in over 20 different foster homes, 5 long term treatment facilities, 3 group homes, and the pain that many foster children endure of people constantly giving up on…

Erik Bean

Erik Bean holds a master's degree in journalism from Michigan State University, and he also holds a doctorate in education with sanctioned research interests in cultural competence, leadership and mental health. A section editor of The Journal of Leadership Studies, John Wiley & Sons, he also is founder of the…

James R. Hannibal

As a former stealth pilot, JAMES R. HANNIBAL is no stranger to secrets and adventure. He has been shot at, locked up with surface to air missiles, and chased down a winding German road by an armed terrorist. He is an award-winning author of multiple series, including the Nick Baron…

Kari Allen

Kari Allen is an elementary teacher at a local independent school where every day she gets to share stories with kids. She has an MA in the Teaching of Writing, and one of her favorite things is to help kids fall in love with words. Kari feels happiest with her…

Kimberley Paterson

Kimberley Paterson is the first-time author of a children’s illustrated book entitled Frankie the Ferret,  which has recently been named a 2020 Canada Book Award Winner.  She was born in Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada, a small rural farming town north of Toronto where her mother still resides. Kimberley is the mother…

Mona Patel

Mona Patel is a dynamic entrepreneur with 17-years experience convincing leaders at some of the world’s biggest brands, including NASA, BMW, and Microsoft, to understand, value and optimize their customers’ experiences. As the CEO and Founder of Motivate Design, a user-centered design agency based in New York City, Mona developed…

Reynaldo Encina Jopé

Reynaldo Encina Jopé is a secondary and dual-enrollment mathematics teacher. In 2008, he was named District Secondary Teacher of the Year by McAllen Independent School District in McAllen, Texas, USA. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree from Mindanao State University in General Santos City, Philippines (1990), and…

Ron Barrett

Ron Barrett is the internationally bestselling illustrator and author of many books for children and adults, including Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Animals should definitely not wear clothing and others. Ron was Art Director of The National Lampoon. His illustrations have been honored by the Society of Illustrators and have been exhibited…

Susanna Shetley

SUSANNA SHETLEY has been writing since childhood where a napkin or scrap of paper was often used for poetry. She has always loved working with kids, and taught middle school language arts until becoming a full-time writer, parenting blogger and speaker. With her children as her greatest inspiration, she now…

Suzanne Kamata

Suzanne Kamata was born in Michigan and later moved to South Carolina where she graduated from the University of South Carolina. She has an MFA from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of books for both young and adult readers, and currently teaches at a university in…

Ursula Masdal

URSULA MASDAL was born in Ireland and moved to London, England at an early age. She was educated in a convent. Surrounded by her Irish family sparked her interest in Irish folk lore, thus her writings show her Irish humor. This can be seen in her short plays and children’s books.…

Wendy S. Swore

Born a crop-duster’s daughter, Wendy S. Swore grew up flying over fields with her dad, which meant long drives before dawn to be ready to take flight at first light. As her family moved from state to state for work, and her facial tumor made it difficult to fit in,…

Wiley Blevins

Wiley is a writer and educator living in New York City. He is originally from West Virginia, taught school in both the United States and South America, trains teachers throughout the US and Asia, and graduated from Harvard University. He also teaches a writing course at the Highlights Foundation. Read…