Our Authors

Aaron Derr is a writer based just outside of Dallas, Texas. He has more than 15 years of experience writing and editing magazines and books for kids of all ages. When he’s not reading or writing, Aaron enjoys watching and playing sports, and being a good sport with his wife and two kids.  

Always looking to make kids smile, Jeff’s books are filled with humor and silliness that captures a child’s imagination. When not writing, Jeff runs a successful design firm specializing in textbooks for use in classrooms from K-8. Committed to literacy, Jeff’s design firm also contributes to charitable organizations who promote the importance of reading and writing to young children.

Deborah Wood and Marko Galjasevic have over a
decade of experience bringing yoga and wellness to
students of all ages. Originally from New York City,
they own a yoga studio in upstate New York where
they live and teach with their daughter.

Jack Guinan is a distinguished author and cartoonist. His published works include the popular children’s bedtime storybook SomeDay, SomeNight and the critically acclaimed personal investing books, The Online Trading Survival Guide and The Investopedia Guide to Wall Speak. His cartoons have appeared worldwide with King Features Syndicate.  

Gail Hennessey taught social studies for most of her 33 ½-years of teaching. She was named Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year by both the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the New York State Council for the Social Studies. She has authored eight books for teachers and more than 35 books for children. When not writing about history, Gail and her husband Radcliffe read about history at home in Harpursville, NY. Look for the first of Gail's new nonfiction picture books to come in Spring 2020.

Gwendolyn Hooks writes fiction, nonfiction and magazine articles. When she is not writing, Gwendolyn visits schools to share her passion for books with students.  She is a frequent speaker at teacher and librarian conferences talking up books and the excitement of writing them. Working from her home in Oklahoma City, Gwendolyn keeps busy planning new projects to help kids explore their world through reading.

Suzanne Kamata was born and raised in the United States, but she has lived in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan, for over half of her life. She earned an M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia. In addition to writing many stories, essays, and books, she has taught English as a Foreign Language to learners of all ages. Having raised two kids, she now lives with her husband and two cats in Aizumi. Look for her new middle grade novel Pop Flies, Robo Pets, and Other Disasters to come in Spring 2020 from One Elm.

Rachelle Kreisman has been a children's writer and editor for many years. She wrote hundreds of classroom magazines for Weekly Reader. Those issues included health topics about nutrition, sports safety, illness prevention, and fitness. When Rachelle is not writing, she enjoys taking walks, hiking, biking, kayaking, an doing yoga in her Connecticut community.

Jean Lawler is the author of Experience Personal Power. Jean learned to experience and enjoy her own personal power, at her home in New Hampshire, after a long and successful career in publishing with D.C.Heath, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Heinemann.  

William Loizeaux is an award-winning author of books for young readers and adults, as well as a writer of stories and essays.  His children’s novel Wings received the 2006 ASPCA Henry Bergh Award and was the 2006 Golden Kite Honor Book for Fiction.  His memoir Anna: A Daughter’s Life was a New York Times Notable Book, and his novel The Tumble Inn was the grand prize winner at the 2015 New York Book Festival.  Loizeaux has been writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins and Boston University.  He lives with his wife in Boston, Massachusetts.  

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