Meet the Small Group of Authors Giving Kids a Big Break from COVID-19

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COVID-19 has impacted families around the globe. Children who are familiar to public and private school settings are now learning from home, away from their teachers and friends. This dramatic and sudden change has left many children with confusing emotions and increased stress.

A small group of authors has come together to bring a sense of normality and helping to reduce stress. These authors are providing children an escape by reading to kids in the comfort of their own homes. Some of these authors are also including educational and fun activities that relate to their books. Here is a list of the incredible authors hosting Storytime Adventures with Authors!

Michelle Korenfeld

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Listen to the story Cute and Cuter and learn to cherish having brother/s and/or sister/s, discover interesting facts about butterflies, and be inspired with coloring tips by author and artist Michelle Korenfeld.

“Creative Children Like the Animals of the World” is an enriching STEAM resource for elementary students that sums up Michelle Korenfeld’s teaching at The Dr. Erica Landau Institute for the Advancement of Youth to Creativity and Excellence in Israel.

Michelle’s useful resources are also based on conversations with Dr. Moshe Rishpon, who established the Clore Garden of Science and The Science Oriented Youth Department in The Weizmann Institute. This is a pioneer program in science education and a leader of that field worldwide.

Michelle believes much of children’s anxiety derives from stifled creativity, and hopes her resources help direct students toward fulfillment of individual creative potentials. She believes all children today are bright with unexpressed thinking, and that creative teaching strategies practiced for years in gifted education should be implemented for the education of all children.

Michelle’s useful tools are based on her life research and on raising her daughters. Already teenagers, they still teach her creative thinking lessons every day. Michelle’s resources are also based on conversations with Dr. Moshe Rishpon, who established the Clore Garden of Science and The Science Oriented Youth Department in The Weizmann Institute. This is a pioneer program in science education and a leader of that field worldwide.

Michelle believes much of children’s anxiety derives from stifled creativity, and hopes her resources help direct students toward fulfillment of individual creative potentials. She believes all children today are bright with unexpressed thinking, and that creative teaching strategies practiced for years in gifted education should be implemented for the education of all children.

Michelle’s original materials are based on her life research and on raising her daughters. Already teenagers, they still teach her creative thinking lessons every day.

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Creative Children Like the Animals of the World

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Carole P. Roman

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Join Carole P. Roman as she reads her book “If You Were Me and Lived in…Australia,” from her award winning “If You Were Me and Lived in…” series! This amazing series gives children a fun introduction to various countries and their cultures.

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 a blog radio program called Indie Authors Roundtable and is one of the founders of the magazine, Indie Author’s Monthly. She’s been interviewed twice by Forbes Magazine. Carole has co-authored two self-help books. Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing with Julie A. Gerber, and Marketing Indieworld with both Julie A. Gerber and Angela Hausman. She published Mindfulness for Kids with J. Robin Albertson-Wren and a new joke book called The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids: 800+ Jokes!

She writes adult fiction under the name Brit Lunden and is currently helping to create an anthology with her mythical town of Bulwark, Georgia with a group of indie authors. She lives on Long Island near her children and grandchildren.

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If You Were Me and Lived In… Australia: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World

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Jessica Adams

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Join Jessica D. Adams and her friends for a reading of her book, The Underground Toy Society Saves Peggy!

Jessica D. Adams writes children’s books about The Underground Toy Society that aim to teach children to love and appreciate what they have, think of others, and hopefully clean their rooms. Jessica’s two daughters are the inspiration for the books, as well as co-illustrators for many of the books. Jessica also wrote a short time travel chapter book, Meeting Grandmom, which is a great story for kids as well as adults to remember or talk about lost loved ones and family history.

Jessica has visions of The Underground Toy Society traveling around the world, with many books being created to help teach children to clean their rooms, appreciate what they have, and think of those who may not have as much. While the goals of the books are to help kids want to clean their rooms, appreciate what they have, and think of others, there are no guarantees that kids will learn these lessons. These books are for entertainment purposes and individual results may vary.
Visit YouTube to find exciting kid friendly videos about The Underground Toy Society!

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The Underground Toy Society Saves Peggy

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Eugenia Chu

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Come make Jiǎo Zi (Chinese dumplings) with Eugenia Chu!

Eugenia Chu is an attorney, turned stay-at-home mom, turned writer. She lives on a magical beach in Miami with her husband and son, Brandon, who is the inspiration for her stories. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, yoga and drinking too much coffee. She has been a presenter at numerous schools, libraries and book festivals.

When Brandon was very little, the author couldn’t find children’s storybooks to read to him which touched upon Chinese culture and which included some Chinese (Mandarin) words to teach and/or reinforce his Chinese vocabulary, so she started writing her own. She is the author of Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi (餃子) — a picture book, and Brandon Goes to Beijing (北京) — a chapter book.

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Brandon Makes Jiǎo Zi

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Jedlie

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Jedlie has been inspiring students throughout the United States & Puerto Rico since 1983. His award winning Children’s Book “The Great Maritini” has been named “one of the top seven books that teach kids kindness” by ChildrensPublishing.com and has received “Story Monster Approval” from Story Monster Ink Magazine. His “Reading With Your Kids” Podcast has inspired families around the World to spend more time reading together and was nominated for the iHeartRadio Best Kids and Family Podcast Award. And his brand new school assembly program “We Will ROAR — Respect Others And Read” will help your students and teachers make this the best school year ever!

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REAL Magic

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Yujia Zhao

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Yujia Zhao is the Chinese mom of a bilingual and bicultural family in Southern California. She has lived in China and America and is fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and English. She is passionate about providing her son the opportunity to be bilingual, connect with his Chinese heritage, and embrace the diverse and beautiful cultures of the world. She is a user experience designer by day, book author and aspiring illustrator by night.

Little Sen’s Chinese Holidays is the first of many books she plans to create as part of the Shiny Lantern mission: To publish high quality bilingual children’s books for curious little minds who wish to explore other cultures of the world and learn another language.
For more resources for the book and bilingual education in general, please visit her website at shinylantern.com

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Little Sen’s Chinese Holidays

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Cindi Handley Goodeaux

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Cindi Handley Goodeaux lives in Florida with her husband and muse. She is a proud mom, graphic designer wannabe, and sometime poet.
She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and a professional member of the Cat Writers Association (CWA).

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When Cats Fly

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Barbara Ann Mojica

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Barbara Ann Mojica, M.A. S.A.S., S.D.A is a historian and retired educator. Her education career spans more than forty years serving as a teacher, special educator, principal, and school district administrator. Barbara writes monthly historical articles for the Columbia Insider under the banner “Passages.” Using the whimsical Little Miss History character to narrate her book series, Barbara hopes to educate, entertain and inspire children to learn about historical people and places. Little Miss History’s antics make reading nonfiction a fun-filled adventure for all ages. She firmly believes, “If you don’t know your history, you don’t know what you’re talking about”.

The Little Miss HISTORY book series has garnered two dozen awards including B.R.A.G. Medallions, International Book Excellence Awards, International Readers’ Favorite Awards, Eric Hoffer, and Independent Author Network Awards.

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Little Miss HISTORY Travels to Ellis Island Volume 6

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Andrea Olatunji

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Validating children and instilling an appreciation for diversity define Andrea Olatunji’s mission as a new author and seasoned educator. She developed a passion for languages and cultures early on in her twenty-year-plus career. She has taught English as a Second Language and Spanish in her native Uruguay and here in the United States, gaining valuable expertise with diversity and multicultural environments.

Her recently published book “Omar, el jaguar” is first in a series that highlights native animals of the Americas. The story celebrates diversity while raising awareness about climate change. “Omar” has already generated a great deal of attention having been featured in local media outlets and selling worldwide.

Andrea lives with her husband and son in New Orleans, the perfect place to nurture her passion for books, art, and education. You can learn more about her at: www.cuentacuento.com

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Omar, el jaguar

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Diann Floyd Boehm

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Diann Floyd Boehm has always enjoyed the art of storytelling, and has now taken her imagination to print so she can share her stories with more children and families around the world.

A former classroom teacher, Diann was one of the first educators chosen for Steve Job’s Apple Education program in the early 1980s. This was so innovative, there was no degree program and Diann became one of the first self-taught, education technology pioneers who saw the magic of technology as a tool and, working with Apple, began training other teachers and wrote some of the first technology cross-curriculum for teachers and students. This led to her teaching technology to grades 1–8 and to establishing the Texas Capitol Schoolhouse, to increase awareness among legislators of the benefits of funding technology in the classroom. Diann is also the founder of one of the very first educational sites on the interent, www.internetschoolhouse.com.

Diann is not only an educator but also a wife and mother of three. Her creative flair encompasses the performing arts as well, having performed in musical theatre productions in Dubai produced by Popular Productions out of the UK. Throughout her life, Diann has been involved in various humanitarian projects. She is a member of Bpeace.org and a supporter of and Aerobridge, a non-profit organization that assists in disaster relief.

Her community involvement has given her an insight to the importance of people working together to help others develop skills needed to create a sustainable life for themselves and their families.

Diann was born in Tulsa, OK. but grew up in Texas with five brothers. She has traveled extensively to many parts of the world, including living in Dubai for 14 years. She now lives in Houston, Texas with her husband. She has a Bachelor of Education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and has taught elementary school both overseas and stateside.

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The Little Girl in the Moon

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Edna Ma

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Edna Ma is a physician anesthesiologist and mom, who was motivated to write a bilingual Chinese children’s book, inspired by her son’s friendship after he enrolled in a Mandarin immersion school. Although she is not a native speaker of Mandarin, she wanted to read to her children in Mandarin. She found a limited selection of books for this age group. So she created these stories to include English and Mandarin with pin yin, to facilitate different reading levels. Her stories celebrate friendship and cultural diversity. When she’s not in the operating room, she enjoys traveling with her family. You may have seen her on either SURVIVOR or Shark Tank.

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Travel, Learn and See your Friends: Adventures in Mandarin Immersion

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Tiffani Teachey

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Tiffani Teachey is a Sr. Mechanical Engineer, STEM advocate, professional speaker, and author of the children’s book What Can I Be? STEM Careers from A to Z. As an engineer with more than fifteen years of experience, Tiffani has a passion for inspiring the next generation to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers. She was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, enjoys traveling and being a youth mentor.

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What Can I Be? STEM Careers from A to Z

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Eileen Hobbs

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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 Christian missionaries. Her desire is to write books that have diverse characters and that take her readers to fictional places that they might not otherwise get to explore in real life. The Heath cousins are based on the growing up years of her children and their cousins.

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The Heath Cousins and the Crystal Canyon: Book 3 in the Heath Cousins Series

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Lori Brown

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Lori Brown grew up in a small town on the banks of the Tombigbee River. It is here where she first found inspiration to begin writing. She would always sit on the deck of her family’s camp house overlooking the river and use the calming sounds of the river and the gentle breeze blowing as her muses to create her poems and stories.

Lori’s love for writing became embedded in her and she continued her passion for writing into adulthood. Lori became a teacher and immediately knew how her writing must change. She decided to write books that would help students remember what they read through rhyming words and fun-loving characters. Friends Count is the first book in a series of educational supplemental books. She hopes everyone who reads them will learn to love her characters just as she does.

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Friends Count

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Jeanne Buesser

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Ms Jeanne Buesser, runs a non profit support group for parents of children with speech impairments, giving support and resources for parents and professionals for 19 years including surrounding areas. She provides articles and support by email and voice mail to those who cannot attend the meetings by mail. She is President, of The Apraxia Network (in Northern NJ).

She has been interviewed by radio stations, blogs, local tv stations. Her websites are Apraxianetwork.org, and JeanneBuesser.com. Ms Buesser is also an author of a special needs book called He Talks Funny. Which explains to others about the neurological speech disorder called Apraxia, along with teasing and bullying of a child who is unable to be understood with resources and other information.

Her other books are Water Line, Willow Tree. Breezi’s Island is her first love story. Poetry and grief related books, Moonlight Till Dawn, Journey From Darkness to Light. All of her books have resources.

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Willow Tree

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Shawn P.B. Robinson

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Shawn P. B. Robinson, or as his friends call him, “Shawn P. B. Robinson,” has been writing and telling stories for many years, but only for family and small groups. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, a potentially deadly illness changed all that. As he lay in a hospital, wondering if he would live or die (spoiler alert, he lived), he started to write Arestana: The Key Quest. It wasn’t long before many other books were written, and he was moving toward exposing the world to his strange and odd sense of humor.

Shawn is the author of fourteen books (eleven of which are published, the others on their way) and just can’t seem to stop! He loves the challenge of writing something new and unusual. Most of what he writes is children’s fiction, filled with humor and adventure, but he is currently working on a new YA Fantasy series.

Shawn’s newest series of six books is called, “Annalynn the Canadian Spy.” The series is about a 10-year-old girl who is hired by CSIS (Canada’s Spy Agency) to be a spy, but is never given any “normal” missions. The series is packed full of humor (or “humour” as we Canadians spell it) and gives a light-hearted glimpse into Canadian culture and life!

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Annalynn the Canadian Spy: Terrible Tissues

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K.A. Mullins

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K.A. Mullins is a writer, instructor, and pet adoption advocate. A professionally trained instructor, Mullins has spent over a decade teaching children how to build character, improve self-esteem, and fostering a positive attitude through acts of kindness.

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Kapi the KIND Dog

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Erin Murphy Welch

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Erin Murphy Welch is a first time Author. The Mother of three lives in a small town in Upstate NY. After her second child was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, she decided to write a short story to encourage children to be kind and accepting of others despite their differences.

Murphy Welch hopes to provide a small look inside the life of someone who has to work a little harder to accomplish their goals. She is hopeful that by collectively spreading this message to children, they will then grow to teach in their own lives that it’s always so important to be respectful of others, whether it be in the way we look, learn or how we get around in life.

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Little Bluebird

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J.K. Coy

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J.K. Coy became a mother to two daughters in less than two years. This means her life is full of laughs, diapers, late nights, and next to no sitting still!

Born and raised in Michigan, she now considers California her second home. During the brief moments between her roles as a corporate climber, mom and wife, she enjoys sharpening her creative pencil.

Her intent is to entertain parents and children at the same time. Sometimes it’s the little joys, and inside jokes, that get everyone through another bedtime routine.

Read her humorous and delightful children’s books: Love You to Pieces Beautiful Monster, My Mom is the Worst and Best Trip Ever! The newest book will release in April 2020: Princess Winnabelle and the Missing Jewels.

She is also the creator of the Minimal Intervention (M.I.) Birth Method designed to provide evidence-based strategies, and inspiring stories, to help women achieve more positive birth experiences using minimal medical intervention (Because YOU are Superwoman).

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Best Trip Ever: The Best Vacation Travel Book for Toddlers, Kids, and Parents

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Caroline Lee

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Fed up with polygraphs, security clearances and a daily commute, Caroline Lee fled a career writing classified reports for the Dept. of Defense to become a full-time storyteller and daydreamer-in-chief. Often inspired by her surroundings, her Maxzyne adventure series features “America’s Most Impulsive Heroine” Maxzyne Merriweather, whose madcap adventures take place in the historic and magical city of Chicago. Caroline currently resides in the city of Chicago and is a member of the Society of Children’s Bookwriters & Illustrators (SCBWI). Learn more at www.maxzyne.com

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Maxzyne Meets the Mannequins

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Habbi Habbi

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Created by two moms, Habbi Habbi Reading Wand & Bilingual Books — is the easiest way to teach kids Chinese & Spanish — without a screen! Their book series and Reading Wand combines their love of books, their interest in bilingual exposure for their own children, and their desire to make it more accessible for all families. Every inch of their books is tappable, making the series accessible for families who are not native (or just want to encourage independent play). All their book content is both practical and intentional, highlighting themes like sharing emotions, strong female role models, and more.

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Habbi Habbi Book of Careers

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Erica Graham

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Erica Graham is an award winning children’s author. Graham graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with her Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. As a mother, Graham understands the difficulty parents have finding time to work on speech with their children. In her pursuit to create a fun easy way for therapists, children, and their parents to enhance speech development while promoting literacy, she has written a series of exciting children’s books. Each book focuses on a core sound used in the English language. Outside of writing and working as a Speech Language Pathologist, Graham enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and daughters, volunteering with the youth group at church, and a good cup of tea.

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Talking Tales: Catch that Chinchilla

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*All author photos and videos are owned by the featured authors. Permission was given from each author to use these images and videos for the Storytime Adventures with Authors Event in effort to bring storytime to kids quarantined at home secondary to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Speech-language pathologist, award-winning children’s author, photographer, and tea lover. www.talkingtalesbooks.com www.etsy.com/shop/TeTreasuresStore

Speech-language pathologist, award-winning children’s author, photographer, and tea lover. www.talkingtalesbooks.com www.etsy.com/shop/TeTreasuresStore

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