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Mary Beth Bamat

Mary Beth Bamat enjoys a simple life in the Quehanna woodlands of Central Pennsylvania, where she resides with her husband, Craig, and three children, Jonathan, Stefan, and Laura. She likes cooking, hiking, and canoeing on the Susquehanna River and enjoys her work with young children with Cen-Clear Child Services.... Full Bio

Tina Chwala

Tina Chwala ist zweifache Mutter und staatlich anerkannte Erzieherin. Schon seit ihrer Kindheit malt sie leidenschaftlich gerne und hat ihre Werke schon mehrfach ausgestellt, u.a. in der Fürst-Stirum-Klinik in Bruchsal und der Thorax-Klinik in Heidelberg. Zur Zeit macht sie eine Weiterbildung zur Kunsttherapeutin an der Freien Kunst- und Kulturschule in Karlsruhe.... Full Bio

Tracey Lynn Coryell

Tracey's activism for animal rights has been very strong over the last five years. She has marched and protested for Marine Mammal rights with organizations like PETA and the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida. After writing Tilikum's dream, she discovered and involved herself with helping Blue Freedom.org, an organization dedicated to marine mammal rights and to the release... Full Bio

Phyllis Cohen Deitch

Phyllis Cohen Deitch holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University. She is licensed as both a Psychologist and a Marriage and Family Therapist with over 30 years of experience as a Psychotherapist. Deitch is also a Life Coach, assisting her clients in maximizing their potentials in order to become their best selves in work, life, and love. The... Full Bio

Nadine Gelberg

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Foto Goldberg Mandell

Lisa Marie Foto, Nancy J. Goldberg, and Susan Mandell met at School 17 in Yonkers, New York, where they enjoyed working together for over twenty years. ...... Full Bio

Dawn Griffin

Dawn Griffin has a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from Tyler School of Art.

Her online comic strip "Zorphbert and Fred" has been published in comic collectives and has received many honors.

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Nichola Gutgold

Nichola D. Gutgold is a professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State University and associate dean of academic affairs at the Schreyer Honors College. She passionately researches and writes about women in non-traditional fields and has authored or co-authored six books. She has received a number of awards for teaching and encourages everyone she meets--especially... Full Bio

Howard Hatton

After the events depicted in this book, Howie Hatton attended Chefoo School, a boarding school in northern China, with two of his siblings. When Pearl Harbor occurred, the Japanese were already in the town. After a year, all of the children and teachers were placed in an internment camp as prisoners of war. Late in 1943 all Americans in... Full Bio

Dr Neal Hemmelstein PhD

Dr. Hemmelstein received his B.A. degree and elementary school teaching credential from Sonoma State University in California. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in school psychology at The Penn State University. ...... Full Bio

Josephin Kischitzki

Josephin Kischitzki works at the US Embassy in Berlin but has developed a passion for writing. This is her first book.... Full Bio

Richard Kopley

The author, Richard Kopley, is Distinguished Professor of English at Penn State DuBois and the author of The Threads of “The Scarlet Letter” (University of Delaware, 2003) and Edgar Allan Poe and the Dupin Mysteries (Palgrave, 2008), as well as short stories and children’s books. He and his wife Amy Golahny live in State College, Pennsylvania, and have two grown... Full Bio

Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda

Illustrator Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda has won national awards for graphic design and illustration. She is also an award-winning fine artist and freelance designer (www.suzannelebeda.com). Suzanne has a B.S. in Art Education from Buffalo State and has a M.F.A. degree in Graphic Design & Painting from Rochester Institute of Technology.... Full Bio

Bonnie Lathram

Bonnie Lathram is Getting Smart’s Learner Experience Manager. Bonnie has taught elementary, middle, and high school students in the United States and Tanzania. Before becoming a school design coach, Bonnie taught at an innovative public high school near Seattle, where she honed her skills working with students, mentors, and families. Bonnie has also designed school-wide college and career programs... Full Bio

Phoebe Link

Phoebe Link was an author, poet, musician, and educator, inspiring elementary school children for over three decades. She shared her time between State College, PA and Bar Harbor, MA.... Full Bio

C. Robert Logue

Author C. Robert Logue is a lifelong reader and storyteller. From the Top of the Mountain came to him when his personal life and professional life collided, and he was forced to confront his “boulder-like” ways. When the written words were finished, he reached out to his brother to create the images that truly bring the words to life.... Full Bio

Michael Logue

Michael Logue created the original illustrations that complement this fable in mixed medium watercolors, ink, graphite, and airbrush. An award-winning architect and trained artist, Michael takes his inspiration from the Rimpa School, which uses multiple colors and hues to create literal depictions of nature combined with abstract effects such as water in motion or wind blowing.... Full Bio

Dr. John Apostal Lucas

Dr. John A. Lucas, who was a professor at Penn State University for over half a century, wrote over 200 articles and books on the history of physical activity, track and field, and the Olympics. He gained perspective by participating in a 10,000 meter Olympic trials, coaching track and field in the public schools and at Penn State University, and... Full Bio

Cathy Marine

Cathy Marine is a volunteer at Mote Marine Laboratory who divides her time between helping at the Dolphin and Whale Hospital, working with rehabilitating sea turtles at the hospital, spotting dolphins and recording data for dolphin surveys with SDRP, and assisting Dr. Eugenie Clark, the founding director of Mote, and a world renowned authority on sharks. Prior to volunteering at... Full Bio

Bonnie Morris

BONNIE J. MORRIS, Ph.D., is a women’s history professor on the faculty of both Georgetown University and George Washington University. She has contributed essays, poems and stories to over fift y anthologies of women’s writing. BIG AND STRONG is her eighth book.... Full Bio

Lisa Nielsen

Nielsen is best known for her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator. Her writing is also featured in places such as The New York Times, T.H.E. Journal, Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, Huffi ngton Post, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning, and she is the co-author of the book “Teaching Generation Text.” Lisa Nielsen is a seasoned public school educator who has... Full Bio

Suzanne Ridolfi

The author, Suzanne Ridolfi, holds a degree in Psychology and has done Master's work in Child Psychology.

She and her husband, Joe, live in New Jersey with their three children, Ashley, Nick, and Ryan.

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Mark Ross

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR/MUSICIAN Mark Ross first began combining his musical talent and his love of children in the early 1980’s at the Rainbow School in State College, PA. Ella Jenkins, Hap Palmer, and Mrs. Patty Hild were his biggest influences. Mrs. Hild encouraged Mark to write songs and use his guitar to teach as well as to entertain. This is what he did for... Full Bio

Virginia Sanders

Though trained to be a high school mathematics teacher, she has always had a passion for drawing, painting, and cartooning. This, together with her abiding love for children and animals, is what triggered the creation of this book.

Her other passion is the protection of wildlife and the environment, and to that end she writes a regular column for the local... Full Bio

Susan Russell

SUSAN RUSSELL is on the theatre faculty at Penn State University. She had a twenty-five year career as a professional actor on and off-Broadway, in regional theatre and at opera companies across the country. While performing in Phantom of the Opera, she was an artist/teacher for New York Offstage where she created, developed, and implemented workshops in musical theatre performance... Full Bio

Laura Scott Schaefer

Laura has written several kids picture books, short fiction stories and loads of adult and children’s poetry since graduating with an English degree in 1993. She later obtained a juris doctor.

She enjoys reading, writing, walking, karate, pottery and relaxing with friends, while her very favorite activity is spending time with her wonderful son and daughter – her little inspirations.... Full Bio

Carri Schneider

Carri Schneider is Director of Knowledge Design at Getting Smart. She has taught in classrooms from elementary schools to college campuses and online. She is co-author of the books “Navigating the Digital Shift” and “Building a 21st Century U.S. Education System,” and has written extensively on the future of education. She holds an M.Ed. in educational administration and an Ed.D.... Full Bio

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Celebrated as the “King of Kid Hop”, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a one of a kind, stand out star in the indie family music scene. A proud father and stoked husband who also had a decade of experience nationally touring with and producing various hip hop acts, he joined his worlds together in a flash of inspiration and created... Full Bio

Dr. Ronald A. Smith

Dr. Ronald A. Smith is a noted sport historian and Professor Emeritus at Penn State University. He grew up on a dairy farm in Southern Wisconsin and attended Northwestern University majoring in history and participating on the baseball and basketball teams.

He then played minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox. Following his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin,... Full Bio

Susan F. Smith

Susan F. Smith is a former elementary school teacher and dedicated pre-school volunteer. She is also a community leader, activist, and loving grandmother. Sue's interest in children's literature goes back to the 1960's when she was teaching first grade and penned this poem along with several others. Now she volunteer's in her grandchildren's school libraries and loves reading aloud to... Full Bio

Andrea Strongwater

Andrea Strongwater has been an artist since birth. She works out of her studio in New York City. She received her BFA from Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning. Over 100 paintings of lost relics of European Jewish history are included in this project, that will encompass numerous paperback, hardcover, and even a coffee-table edition of Lost Synagogues.... Full Bio

Kenda Swartz Pepper

Kenda is a trained art therapist and spent ten years providing therapy to children in urban settings and also to children coping with the challenges of an ill parent or the loss and grief of bereavement. For over a decade, she has been self-employed as a staff and management development specialist in organizations. In her past life, she was a... Full Bio

Keith Torgan & Barbara Siesel

Juilliard-trained flutist Barbara Siesel, aka Green Golly, makes music by some of the greatest composers of the 19th and 20th centuries come alive. Writer and storyteller Keith Torgan fairly dances through the voices of the new characters he has created to grace the beloved old tale, from the goofy prince and the wacky witch, to Vlotek the Gypsy and Mousey... Full Bio

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is founder of Getting Smart, an education advocacy firm, and author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World. Previously he was the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and served as a public school superintendent in Washington State. Tom serves on many nonprofit boards including Charter Board Partners,... Full Bio

Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Marci Warhaft-Nadler is a body image advocate, writer, and founder of the “Fit vs Fiction” project, which is aimed at arming kids with the self-confidence they need to tune out negative messages and be exactly who they want to be instead of who they think they’re supposed to be. She frequently appears in the media breaking down the dangerous myths... Full Bio

Willyn Webb

Mobile learning experts Lisa Nielsen and Willyn Webb are also co-authors of the book, Teaching Generation Text. Webb, a teacher, administrator, and licensed professional counselor in Colorado has published numerous books and teaches online classes for educators using mobile technology. She is mom to three girls and has developed an innovative alternative high school.... Full Bio

Maggie Weir

Maggie Weir graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in art and elementary education.  She is known for her whimsical animal murals in local buildings and for her “trompe l’oeil” creations on cutting boards and furniture.

Maggie is curator of the Door County Historical Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and a “Puppy Counselor” for Leader Dogs for the Blind.  She and her husband, Jeff, are... Full Bio