Wendy L. Moss

Wendy L. Moss, Ph.D., ABPP, FAASP, has over thirty years’ experience working with children and families as a psychologist in schools, clinics, hospitals, and private practice. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology, is a certified school psychologist, and has been appointed as a fellow in the American Academy of School Psychology. She has also […]

Sue Graves

Sue Graves is a former teacher and a published author. She writes fiction and nonfiction for children from preschool to high school. Sue is married and has four children and two grandchildren. She loves playing golf, painting watercolors, and walking in the countryside around her home in England.

Stephanie Filio

Stephanie Filio, M.Ed., is a middle school counselor in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Virginia and her M.Ed. in counseling from Old Dominion University. In a discussion with one of her UVA professors about her desire to stay in school forever, her mentor wisely responded, […]

Paul Christelis

Paul Christelis has worked as a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, and teacher. He is the director of School of Moments, an organization dedicated to teaching mindfulness to individuals, groups, and communities. He lives in London, England.

Elizabeth Verdick

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Elizabeth Verdick has been writing books since 1997, the year her daughter was born. Her two children are the inspiration for nearly everything she writes. Before becoming an author, Elizabeth edited books for children and parents. These days she writes books for babies, toddlers, teens, and every age in between. She especially loves creating new board […]

Deborah Serani

Deborah Serani, Psy.D., is an award-winning author and psychologist in practice for thirty years. She is also a professor at Adelphi University, and her writing on the subjects of depression and trauma has been published in academic journals. Dr. Serani is a go-to expert for psychological issues. Her interviews can be found in Newsday, PsychologyToday, The Chicago Tribune, The New […]

Lauren Murphy Payne

Lauren Murphy Payne, MSW, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice with over 30 years of experience helping children, teens, and adults. She specializes in the issues of adult survivors of childhood trauma, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, self esteem, relationships, and divorce prevention. In addition to the books, Just Because I Am and We Can […]

Cheri J. Meiners

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Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed., has her master’s degree in elementary education and gifted education. With over 2.4 million books in print, she is the author of the award-winning ‘Learning to Get Along’ social skills series, and the character building ‘Being the Best Me’ series. Her newest release, ‘Making a Difference’, teaches kindness, respect, and purpose, […]

Brad Herzog

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Brad Herzog is the author of more than 30 books for children, including more than two dozen sports books. He has also published three travel memoirs and a fourth book for adults, The Sports 100, which ranks and profiles the 100 most important people in U.S. sports history. For his freelance magazine writing (including Sports Illustrated and Sports Illustrated […]

Natalie Silverstein

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Natalie Silverstein, MPH, is an author, speaker, consultant, and passionate advocate for family and youth service. Her first book, Simple Acts: The Busy Family’s Guide to Giving Back, was published by Gryphon House in 2019 and was named one of the “10 Books for Parents Who Want to Raise Kind Kids” by HuffPost. In September […]

Michelle Salcedo

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Michelle Salcedo, M.Ed., has worked in the field of early childhood for over thirty years, starting as a teacher’s helper in her younger brother’s center. She has served as a teacher, director, trainer, and family educator in numerous childcare settings across Michigan, South Carolina, and Spain. Michelle has led the education initiatives of two of […]

Naomi Drew

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Naomi Drew, M.A., is the award-winning author of eight books. She is recognized around the world for her work in conflict resolution, peacemaking, and anti-bullying. Her work has been instrumental in introducing the skills of peacemaking into public education and has been recognized by educational leaders throughout the world. United Nations staffer Michiko Kuroda praised […]

Myles Cooley

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Myles L. Cooley, Ph.D., has been practicing psychology for over thirty years. He evaluates and treats children, adolescents, and adults for a variety of problems. Dr. Cooley serves as a consultant to schools and has presented educational programs to educators, mental health professionals, physicians, and parents.

Martine Agassi

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Martine Agassi, Ph.D., is a clinical therapist with extensive experience as a behavioral consultant, counseling children and families in schools, residential facilities, foster care, and private practice. She has led workshops and group counseling in communication skills, parenting, drug and child abuse prevention, divorce, and self-esteem. Martine, her husband, and their daughter live in Fallbrook, […]

Christa M. Tinari

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Christa M. Tinari, M.A., is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer, and peacebuilder. She provides educational consulting on bullying prevention, social-emotional learning, and school climate improvement, to schools and organizations across the country. Christa is creator of The Feel & Deal Activity Deck, an empathy-building tool for children used on six continents. She frequently presents at […]

Marilyn E. Gootman

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Marilyn E. Gootman, Ed.D., is founder of Gootman Education Associates, an educational consulting company that provides workshops and seminars for parents and educators focusing on successful strategies for raising and teaching children. Dr. Gootman has been in the teaching profession for over twenty-five years, and her teaching experiences range from elementary school to the university […]

Marie Murray

Marie Murray has lived and worked in several places around the world while pursuing studies in international politics. She began writing children’s stories as a way to observe the world with fresh eyes and a good dose of humor. Originally from New Jersey, Marie now lives with her family in the mountains of Lebanon, where […]

Mariam G. MacGregor

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Mariam G. MacGregor, M.S., is assistant vice chancellor for Employee Engagement and Success at TCU and a nationally recognized leadership consultant who works with schools (K-12 and higher education), nonprofit agencies, faith groups, and communities interested in developing meaningful, sustainable leadership efforts for kids, teens, and young adults. Mariam lived in Colorado for many years, […]

Lory Britain

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Lory Britain, Ph.D., has more than forty years of experience working with children, teachers, and families. Her background includes time in the classroom as a preschool teacher; helping found therapeutic child and family programs; teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in early childhood education; and presenting at state, national, and international conferences for professionals who work […]

Lindsay N. Giroux

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Lindsay N. Giroux, M.Ed., specializes in coaching preschool teachers on implementing the Pyramid Model to promote social-emotional development and prevent challenging behavior. She is a contributing author of Connect4LearningR, a PreK curriculum and the ChooseFi Pre-Kindergarten financial literacy curriculum. Her professional interests include teacher training, social skill instruction, and inclusion of preschoolers with special needs. […]

Lauren Starnes

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Early childhood education expert Dr. Lauren Starnes has completed doctoral studies in both child development and educational leadership. She currently holds the position of Chief Academic Officer of Goddard Schools, where she is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the curriculum, educational programming, assessment, and accreditation achievement for the nearly 600 Goddard Schools […]

Mimi P. Black

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Mimi P. Black, Ph.D., is a psychologist, bullying prevention specialist, and actor. She has published articles on several developmental psychology topics and given invited addresses on bullying prevention to school administrators, faculty, parents, and students. For more than 25 years, she has played countless roles in various media as an on-camera and voice actor. Mimi […]

Katie Douglass

Katie Douglass has written many nonfiction titles for children, specializing in social issues for young children. She has a particular interest in educating children about their emotional health and well-being. She lives in London, England.

Katia S. Petersen

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Katia Petersen, Ph.D., is an author, consultant, and educator. She is a training expert in school climate improvement, student support, teacher coaching, and parent engagement. She has delivered professional development courses in schools nationwide on how to use literature to infuse social and emotional learning into core academics. Katia has trained over 65,000 educators and […]

Judy S. Freedman

Judy S. Freedman, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., is a licensed clinical social worker with more than thirty years of therapeutic and educational experience with children, adolescents, and adults. During her more than two decades as a social worker in elementary schools, she created the Easing the Teasing program, which empowers kids with essential skills and strategies to […]

Jonathan C. Erwin

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Jonathan C. Erwin, M.A., has been a secondary English teacher, professional development specialist, college professor, and director of training and curriculum for a federally funded character education program. His previous books include The Classroom of Choice (ASCD, 2004) and Inspiring the Best in Students (ASCD, 2010). Jon is currently an independent educational consultant, a senior […]

John F. Taylor

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John F. Taylor, Ph.D., has written and created many materials for young people with ADHD and their families. He is the founder and president of ADD Plus, a company that offers resources and workshops for parents and teachers of kids with ADHD. The father of three children with ADHD, John lives in Monmouth, Oregon.

Jill Starishevsky

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Jill Starishevsky has been an assistant district attorney in New York City since 1997, where she has prosecuted thousands of sex offenders and dedicated her career to seeking justice for victims of child abuse and sex crimes. Her mission to protect children, along with her penchant for poetry, inspired My Body Belongs to Me. A […]

Lisa Berger

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Lisa Berger, Ph.D., is a clinical, counseling, and rehabilitation psychologist who works with adolescents and adults in a private practice. In 2003, Dr. Berger received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Toronto. She has practiced in hospitals, post-secondary institutions, and community-based settings. Lisa’s professional interests include emotional health and wellness, psychological trauma, and […]

Kelli J. Esteves

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Kelli J. Esteves, Ed.D., is an associate professor of education and the coordinator of global experiences for the College of Education at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She teaches courses on topics related to special education, developmental theory, and children’s literature. She lives in Zionsville, Indiana.

Katharine Covino

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Katharine Covino is a college professor who teaches teachers how to teach. She’s been a teacher for almost 20 years. She’s interested in finding ways of helping young teachers who are just starting out. She also writes about her work asking young kids interesting and tough questions. She believes that all students should be able […]

Jean Sunde Peterson

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Jean Sunde Peterson, Ph.D., is professor emerita and former director of school counselor preparation at Purdue University. She conducts workshops on academic underachievement, prevention- and development-oriented small-group work with children and adolescents, bullying, and more. Dr. Peterson has authored more than 130 books (including Get Gifted Students Talking, How (and Why) to Get Students Talking, […]

Janet S. Fox

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Janet Fox writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction for children of all ages. Her published works include the non-fiction middle grade book Get Organized Without Losing It (Free Spirit, 2006), and three YA historical romances: Faithful (Speak/Penguin Group, 2010), Forgiven (Penguin, 2011), and Sirens (Penguin, 2012). Janet’s debut middle grade novel The Charmed Children of Rookskill […]

James Butler

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James Butler, M.Ed., has been teaching kindergarten and prekindergarten since 2002. He has a B.S. in education and early childhood from Indiana’s Manchester University and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Grand Canyon University. He is now the SEL (social-emotional learning) mindfulness specialist for the Austin Independent School District (AISD), working with teachers, staff, […]

Goldie Millar

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Goldie Millar, Ph.D., is a clinical and school psychologist. Since earning her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Toronto in 2003, Goldie has worked with children in hospital, forensic, community, and educational settings. She has a deep interest in children’s mental health, emotional regulation, and evidence-based intervention strategies. Goldie lives in Ontario with […]

Gill Hasson

Gill Hasson is a career coach with over twenty years of experience in the area of personal development. She is also a freelance tutor, teacher, and writer in the field of mental health. She lives in Brighton, England.

Erin Frankel

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Erin Frankel has a master’s degree in English education and is passionate about parenting, teaching, and writing. She taught ESL in Madrid, Spain, before moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband Alvaro and their three daughters, Gabriela, Sofia, and Kelsey. Erin knows firsthand what it feels like to be bullied, and she hopes her stories […]

Eric Braun

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Eric Braun writes and edits books for readers of all ages, specializing in academic and social-emotional topics. Books he has worked on have won awards and honors including the Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award, a Foreword Book of the Year Gold Award, a Benjamin Franklin Award, and many others. A McKnight Artist Fellow and […]

Elizabeth Whitten

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Elizabeth Whitten, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies and director of the special education internship study abroad program at Western Michigan University. Prior to moving into higher education, she served as a special and elementary education teacher, principal, and director of special education. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Elizabeth Englander

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Elizabeth Englander is a college professor who has spent more than 25 years doing research and thinking about ways to help kids be happier, less worried, and make more friends as they grow up. She’s written eight books and about a hundred really nerdy, technical articles in research journals. She likes writing, riding her bike, […]

Earl Hipp

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Earl Hipp is the author of many books for young people. He has a B.A. in psychology and a master’s degree in psychophysiology. He has worked as a clinical psychotherapist, helping hundreds of people to better understand, cope with, and grow through the challenges in their lives.

Alice Woodrow

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Alice Woodrow, Ed.D., is director of special education at Allegan Area Educational Service Agency in Allegan, Michigan. Alice has also served as the supervisor of special education in the Comstock (MI) Public Schools.

Michele Borba

Michele Borba, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned educator, award-winning author, and parenting child expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s character, resilience, and reduce peer cruelty. A sought-after motivational speaker, she has spoken across the world and served as a consultant to hundreds of schools and corporations. Dr. Borba is recognized globally for […]

Char Ryan

Ryan, Char-web

Char Ryan, Ph.D., is a PBIS coach and evaluation specialist. She has been a Minnesota state SWIS and PBIS trainer working with school teams. Char was formerly the Minnesota state PBIS coordinator and PBIS coach for a regional PBIS project. She was an assistant professor at St. Cloud State University and an adjunct professor in […]

Celeste C. Delaney

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Celeste C. Delaney grew up in New Zealand, where much of life is lived outdoors. As a child she loved playing at the beach, reading, playing piano, writing stories, and drawing. She left New Zealand after earning a degree in occupational therapy and has since lived and worked in many countries including the United States, […]

Benjamin Farrey-Latz

Farrey-Latz, Benjamin-web

Benjamin Farrey-Latz is a special education teacher (grades 3-5) in the Saint Paul School District. He has worked in education since 1996 in private, public, and charter schools as both a general and special education teacher. After working several years at the elementary level, Benjamin completed his master’s degree at the University of Minnesota. His […]

Amadee Ricketts

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Amadee Ricketts received her MLS degree from the College of St. Catherine and has been a librarian since 2002. She is currently the library director at the Cochise County Library District in Arizona. When not working or writing, she enjoys taking photos of insects and other tiny things. She lives with her husband, who is […]

Alex J. Packer

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“Etiquette Guru to the Youth of America,” Alex J. Packer, Ph.D., is an educator, psychologist, and award-winning author of numerous books for parents and teenagers including How Rude! The Teen Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out. Alex’s books have been translated into many languages including Spanish, German, Korean, Japanese, Thai, […]

Afsaneh Moradian

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Afsaneh Moradian has loved writing stories, poetry, and plays since childhood. After receiving her master’s in education, she took her love of writing into the classroom where she began teaching children how to channel their creativity. Her passion for teaching has lasted for over fifteen years. Afsaneh now guides students and teachers (and her young […]

Kellen Glinder

Glinder, Kellen-web

Kellen Glinder, M.D., is a pediatrician and site lead for the Silicon Valley office of Private Medical. He is also the emeritus chair of pediatrics at the Palo Alto Division of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and an adjunct clinical assistant professor at Stanford University. He is active in both the American Academy of Pediatrics […]

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