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Cara Judea Alhadeff

Dr. Cara Judea Alhadeff engages embodied feminist theory, publishing essays in philosophy, art, gender, ethnic, and cultural studies’ journals and anthologies. Alhadeff has exhibited her photographs and performance videos internationally, and her work is in numerous public and private collections including MoMA Salzburg and SFMoMA. She is the subject of several documentaries for international public television. Her transdisciplinary book Viscous Expectations: Justice, Vulnerability, The Ob-scene (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014) explores... Full Bio

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

Billy Bloom

Billy Bloom is an elementary school teacher in New York. Before becoming a teacher, he had several other jobs, including professional Frisbee player (finishing 6th in the World Championships in 1983), newspaper editor, advertising copywriter, and volleyball league owner. He currently referees middle and high school volleyball and basketball games after school and on weekends. Billy loves to tell people... Full Bio

Peter Dawson Buckland

Peter Buckland has loved forests, fields, streams, and what they teach us about living in the Anthropocene. In college, he won writing and musical awards but turned away from them as he turned more toward teaching, research, and advocating for conviviality, sustainability, and conservation. Heartwood, his first book of poetry, marks his return to writing. He lives in State College,... Full Bio

Sandy Cameli

Dr. Sandy Cameli (EdD) is a teacher, author and educational consultant in Hawaii. She has worked with students in various grade levels and learning environments for 30 years, and is always looking for her next adventure! Her "Grouchies" include sitting in traffic, unhappily-ever-after movies, and meanies or bullies! Her "Happies" are reading, writing, Grandmas, puppies and most things dipped in... Full Bio

Erin E. Carter

Erin E. Carter is a mother, wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunt and friend. She is also a Board Certifi ed Art Therapist (ATR-BC) who holds her Master of Science (MS) in Art Therapy Counseling and a Graduate Certifi cate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Emporia State University in Kansas. Erin also holds a Bachelor of Science in Family and Child... 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

Sherrie Conaway

Sherrie Conaway enjoys a simple life in her “little house by the sea” in Panama City Beach, Florida, where she resides with her husband, Joel, and her 5 Chihuahuas. She likes reading, writing, painting, cooking, quiet moments by the ocean, spending time with her husband, her son Forrest, her 5 dogs, and the many children in her neighborhood. She... 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

Cat Eskey

Cat Eskey was born in Boston and traveled across the United States in several moves during her early life. She grew up in central Pennsylvania surrounded by natural beauty. She began her education in fine arts, but graduated from Penn State in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is currently pursuing a masters in Speech Language Hearing Science at Temple University.... Full Bio

Dana Fonash

Dana Fonash was born in New York and moved to State College, PA when she was 11. She attended Denison University and Penn State University. Her husband Dave and their two children, Alec and Nina, were the inspiration for this book because she felt the issue of bullying and learning how to be independent are consistent topics in their lives.... 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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TeMika Grooms

TeMika Grooms is a visual artist and arts advocate who is inspired by great stories and the characters who live in them. She is intrigued by sequential art, specifically in the form of Children’s Literature and Graphic Novels, as she recognizes herself as being a reluctant reader and visual learner early in life. TeMika uses her joy of learning... Full Bio

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

Heather Herzog

Heather Herzog has lived in cities on both U.S. coasts, including Santa Barbara, San Diego and Boston, where she earned a Masters in Education from Harvard University. She is a published author, and has worked in Public Television, as well as at the Chopra Center and Penn State University. After several years in the public relations field, Heather experienced a... Full Bio

Sven Kinzel

Sven Kinzel, born in Berlin in 1979, works as an integration educator with school children in Berlin. He is married and has two children. In addition to his passion for music and stories, he discovered a love of drawing and illustrating through aquarel painting and creating children's cartoons.... 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

Betty Levene

Betty Levene studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art, Cornwall, after a childhood spent in London, where she bunked off a fair bit of school in favour of wildlife watching. As an environmental campaigner, she has learned lots about the natural world and basic zoology and has undertaken wildlife and other illustration work for Jane Wilson-Howarth’s Bradt & Cadogan... Full Bio

Joann Rose Leonard

Joann Rose Leonard was Texas-raised and has the chigger bite scars to prove it. She was theatre-trained and frostbitten at Northwestern University before working as an actress in New York and Paris. She raised 9 kids (2 human and 7 goats) in Pennsylvania, where she was founder and director of the MetasStages youth theatre program at Penn State University. And... 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

Kyle Olson

Kyle J. Olson, Lisa’s son, works as an artist in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Kyle has the gift of creativity, imagination and humor and continues to amaze his mom and everyone around him with his talents! His kind, gentle spirit touches everyone and makes us all want to be better. Working together on this book has been one... Full Bio

Lisa Olson

First and foremost, Lisa Olson is a mom of three amazing young men; Grant, Kyle & Jay. She lives with her husband Bruce in Coon Valley, WI, where she is the secretary at the Coon Valley Elementary School….a job she adores! She believes the most important skill we can ever teach our children is “How to be Kind.”... Full Bio

Jill Korey O'Sullivan

Jill Korey O’Sullivan has been a writer and editor of educational materials for over 20 years. She has authored dozens of books including A Big Lesson for Little Frog, The Heinle Picture Dictionary for Children, and the National Geographic Learning’s preschool series, Welcome to Our World. Every day, she, like all of us, fights not only to keep her kids’ screen time... Full Bio

Bronwyn Preece

Bronwyn Preece lives by the sea on Lasqueti — an honored guest on the Traditional Territory of the Straits Salish People— with her daughter, partner, three horses, and cat! As an improvisational performance eARThist and writer, she marries her passion for artistic expression with activism. She performs and facilitates workshops internationally. Currently pursuing a PhD, she holds an MA and... Full Bio

Dorothy H Price

Dorothy H. Price is a former high school English teacher. She enjoys teaching children fun and imaginative ways to write creatively through her Charlotte-based Young Authors Program. Diabetes has affected many of Dorothy’s close relatives and friends. She is hopeful that Nana’s Favorite Things will create dialogue around diabetes awareness and prevention. This is her first book.... Full Bio

Oliver Renner

Oliver Renner lives with his two sons in Berlin. For over a decade, he has been working as an integration educator for school children in Berlin. Through his passion for poems and stories, he has always been creating rhymes full of fantasy and humor.... 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

Hans von Rotenhan

Hans Freiherr von Rotenhan wurde 1951 in Rentweinsdorf geboren. Er studierte in Marburg, Lausanne und München Jura. 1978 zog er nach Ibiza, „weil das der beste Ort auf der Welt war, um nicht erwachsen werden zu müssen“. Er verdiente auf der Insel sein Geld als Stiefelverkäufer, Radiosprecher und Journalist. Auf Ibiza lernte er seine Schweizer Ehefrau Brigitte kennen, dort wuchsen... 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

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

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

William Schroder

Bill Schroder has been a theatrical costume and scenic designer for over 40 years. designing on Broadway and around the country. He headed the MFA stage design program at Penn State University before retiring. He is now authoring a whimsical blog about rhinoceroses at Your Inner Rhino.com.... 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

Brooke Welsh

Brooke holds degrees in Music and Psychology from Susquehanna University and has a Masters Degree in Music from Temple University. Brooke is a pianist, non-profi t director and lover of all things creative.... Full Bio

Jane Wilson-Howarth

Jane Wilson-Howarth is a physician with qualifications in zoology and parasite biology, who loves animals, wild places, and cycling. She lived in Nepal for six years and speaks Nepali - but not very well.... Full Bio