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August 24, 2020

Constance, “Connie,” Van Hoven grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota with six brothers, one sister, and plenty of dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and pigs. Actually, the horses, chickens and pigs were in Nebraska where she spent lots of time in the summer on her grandmother’s farm. Connie and her...

July 20, 2020

Enjoy your imaginations, create,

and celebrate your unique wonderfulness!

~ Jennifer Black Reinhardt

Jennifer Black Reinhardt grew up in a cozy town in the mountains of Pennsylvania, surrounded by creative artists and quirky collections. Drawing from that inspiration, Jennifer graduated from...

July 8, 2020

Today I have the pleasure to introduce you to three authors from the STEAM Team 2020 with books releasing around July.

I do hope you enjoy this look at some great books and fascinating creatives. "STEAM Team 2020 is a group of authors who have a Science, Technology, Eng...

June 22, 2020

The best thing about writing books 

is getting to visit lots of cool places for research,

like Alcatraz.

~ Emma Bland Smith

Emma Bland Smith is the award-winning author of Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West, as well four other picture books, two chapter-...

June 8, 2020

Look around!
We are surrounded by lights!

                                      ~ Faith Pray

Faith Pray is an author-illustrator from the Pacific Northwest who regularly wrangles four wildebeests - twi...

June 3, 2020

Michael Armstrong began his career as a marketing professional. Changing course, he served as the Executive Director of The ALS Association, The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, and other nonprofit organizations.

When his daughter was born, Mike changed course again to become a stay-at-home d...

June 1, 2020

Patricia Hruby Powell was born & raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois, where she played in barns and prairie-covered hills and tadpole-filled creeks created by piles of dirt from the slow construction of neighborhood houses. She currently lives in Champaign-Urbana, IL with her husband, M...

May 25, 2020

Born and raised in the Midwest, Amber Hendricks grew up reading everything she could get her hands on- including the morning cereal boxes. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Merchandising, with an emphasis on Visual Merchandising, from Northwest Missouri State University.

Amber has worn man...

May 22, 2020

Molly Ruttan grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY and holds a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art. Upon graduation she moved to Los Angeles and established a career as a graphic designer and illustrator. Molly and her family currently have the pleasure of caring for five strays and rescu...

May 4, 2020

I love writing, reading, and travelling to faraway places.

~ Linda Marshall 

Linda (Elovitz) Marshall has been an early childhood educator, studied Cultural Anthropology, owned her own bookstore, done freelance writing and ghost writing, and raised four children and a small flock of sheep.


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