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Nancy Krulik  is the author of more than 200 books for children and young adults, including three New York Times bestsellers. She is best known, however, for being the author and creator of the Katie Kazoo Switcheroo, George Brown Class Clown, How I Survived Middle School and Magic Bone book series. Nancy currently lives in Manhattan with her husband, composer Daniel Burwasser, their two children, Amanda and Ian, and a wacky beagle mix named Josie.

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Funke Treasure is an accomplished broadcast journalist. She is the author of the book Memory of My Grandma.

Memories of Grandma is about the lived culture of the Yoruba ethnic group in Western Nigeria. It is about the author’s personal walk with her maternal grandmother and her perception of her other grand parents. It is the transfer of norms and values from a generation to another , the ideology of culture, a ‘lived’ experience and the celebration of that inter-relatedness.

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Jan Ziff is the CEO of Broomstick Productions the company behind the Meet Heckerty a series of children stories to enchant and entertain kids.

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Cares Diaz Farre is an English teacher based in Barcelona. She teaches at the Ramon Llull School in Barcelona.

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Mathew Ward is author of The Fantastic Family Whipple.
The Fantastic Family Whipple has gone on to win an Editor’s Choice Award at the 2007 SDSU Writer’s Conference and the Lincoln City Fellowship in 2011.
He currently lives in San Diego with his wife Wendie and their two boys, Henry and Miles. He does not usually refer to himself in the third person.

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Mariana Llanos is a Peruvian born writer who has written stories since she was young. Her first book, Tristan Wolf, was published in 2013.
“I first started writing poems and then moved on to short stories. When I was at school I liked to adapt classic plays like Hamlet or Faust and make them into comedy skits. Then, my friends and I had a great time performing them at school functions. I love art in all its forms. I not only write for children. I write for whoever wants to hear a story with a heart.
Now that I have a family, I write stories that I know my children will read. I put a lil’ bit of them in my characters and a lil’ bit about myself but mostly, my characters come from deep inside my imagination. I sometimes think that I have little people living inside my head and, from time to time, they take over and command me to tell their story.
My hope is that children and grown-ups will be inspired and entertained by my writing. If I put a smile on your face today, then my job is done.”

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Julie Chibbaro is the award-winning author of three books: Into the Dangerous World (Viking, 2015), a novel about a girl artist on the NY streets in 1984, Deadly (Simon & Schuster 2011, Scholastic 2012), a medical mystery about the hunt for Typhoid Mary in 1906, and Redemption (S&S 2004) a historical novel about a girl’s unintended trip to the New World in 1524. All three novels received stellar reviews.Into the Dangerous World is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Deadly won the 2011 National Jewish Book Award, and was Top 10 on the American Library Association’s Amelia Bloomer Project list. It was named a Bank Street Best Book, and an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the National Science Teachers Association and is now part of many schools’ curriculum. Redemption (Simon & Schuster 2004), an epic tale of love, kidnapping, and white Indians, won the 2005 American Book Award. Julie is a mentor for the PEN Prison Writing Program.

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Jonathan Emmett is was born in Leicestershire, England in 1965, the son of a rig factory and a primary school teacher.

He loved books from an early age and some of his earliest memories are of visiting his local library. The picture books that he borrowed then, including ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by ‘Maurice Sendak’ and ‘The Cat in the Hat’ by Dr. Seuss, have had a great influence on the picture books that he now writes.

He developed his skills as a writer and illustrator while studying and working as an architect, before leaving the profession to become a children’s author in 1995.

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Joe Born is an entrepreneur and a lifelong learner. In partnership with his daughter he developed the Kangaroo Cup for helping Parkinson’s disease sufferers cope.

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Amber Heern is a full-time elementary school teacher at Trico CUSD 176 school district.

Heern has 4 years of experience as an elementary school teacher, overseeing third grade students and below at Trico Elementary School.

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Julie Salamon has written a series of award-winning books, including Wendy and the Lost Boys (2011), Hospital(2008), Facing the Wind (2001), The Net of Dreams (1996), and Rambam’s Ladder(2003). The Devil’s Candy (1991) is considered a Hollywood classic about film making gone awry, and her novella The Christmas Tree (1996), illustrated by Jill Weber, was a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into eight languages.

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6 Paul Aertker


Paul Aertker writes the Crime Travelers Spy Mystery series, a squeaky-clean international action-adventure collection, for kids.

As a traveler and multilingual teacher, Aertker (pronounced ETT Kerr) has clocked nearly half his life outside the US. When he was a teenager, he slept on the streets of London to watch a royal wedding. He took the CIA exam because he wanted to be a spy for the good guys (and not the “Good Company”). He was an au pair in France and built a children’s library in Africa.

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Flying Classroom  is a cutting-edge, global, STEM+ learning adventure. It is a Digital Learning Tool designed to help students excel in Math, Science, Reading, and other core subject areas aligned to academic benchmarks for grades K-8. The curriculum serves as an intervention and enrichment tool.

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