Children's Picture Books

Van Wieren, M. David

Birth Year (-Died Year)
1963
Birth City
Grand Rapids
Birth State
MI
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Book author - song writer - narrator - music and video producer
Biography

Resident of Colorado Springs for 27 years.
Many of my stories and characters revolve around Colorado.

Awards/Honors
Honorary Mention - New England Writers Conference
1st place Green Chile Cook off - Charter Communications
3rd place Red Chile ground lamb Oscar's Chile Cook off - Make A Wish Foundation.
Education/Training
BA Philosophy USM, graduated Summa Cum Laude
Local Authors Genres
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Inspiration for writing - children's story readings

Kelsay, Cathy

Kelsay, Cathy
Birth City
St. Helena
Birth State
CA
Current Location
Divide, CO
Occupation(s)
Puppeteer/Storyteller
Biography

I have a B.S. in Child Development and have been entertaining and teaching children for over 45 years. I have lived in Colorado for over 21 years and performed shows for all the PPLD libraries (and several other types of venues) as one of my many colorful characters - Mother Goose, Mrs. Claus, Stitches the Scarecrow and more. I use puppets, silly props and lots of audience participation in all my shows. I am now taking some of my original stories from my shows and making them into books. View Cathy's reading of her book Stinky Inky here.

Awards/Honors
First place for Poem "The Beach" written for Oregon Federation of Women's Club
Education/Training
Bachelor's of Science degree in Child Development from UC Davis - Taught school (preschool through high school) for over 45 years - Ran a local play group for over six years
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Ute Pass Social Club - SCBWI
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Anything relating to working with, teaching, reading to, and entertaining children of all ages

Barrington, Gregory

Barrington, Gregory
Birth City
Chicago
Birth State
IL
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography

Originally from Chicago, Gregory Barrington now lives at the foot of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Prior to writing & illustrating his first book, he owned his own boutique design & advertising agency for twenty years, was a publisher of regional magazines, and taught graphic design and art history as a college adjunct professor.

Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Speaker Availability
No
Speaker Topics
Inquire about speaker visits when schools and libraries are fully open.

Van Vleet, Becky

Van Vleet, Becky
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Retired principal/teacher - Current Supervisor for Grand Canyon
Biography

Becky Van Vleet is a retired teacher and principal and former homeschool mom. She and her husband make their home in Colorado Springs, where Becky enjoys gardening, oil painting and hiking and biking in the great outdoors. Becky relishes spending time with her family and especially reading books to her grandchildren.

Education/Training
BS degree, elementary education - MS degree, elementary education with K-12 Reading Endorsement
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Member of ACFW national - Member of ACFW local Colorado Springs chapter - Active in Fervent Church
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
Instilling the joy of reading into young children

Alfieri, Jean

Birth City
Chicago
Birth State
IL
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Children's Poetry Author
Biography

Jean knew when her eyes locked with those of a smooshy-faced little dog who sat inside a kennel at the Humane Society, that it was love at first sight. To capture their many adventures, she self-publishes short story poems starring her often mischievous and always adorable rescue pug named Zuggy. She enjoys visiting schools around the country and local community events, sharing <cite>Zuggy the Rescue Pug,</cite? a collection of light-hearted and beautifully illustrated books. Follow the fun online: FB, YouTube, Pinterest, and Insta @ZuggythePug

Local Authors Genres
Organizations
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) - American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) - Pikes Peak Writers (PPW)
Speaker Availability
Yes

Wickman, Susie

Wickman, Susie
Birth City
Wishek
Birth State
ND
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Speaker - Genealogist - Investigator
Biography

Susie Wickman was born and raised in small town, Wishek, North Dakota. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She lived outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for ten years before moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1988. Susie went back for a Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. She works as a speaker, genealogist, and background investigator. She is inspired to write books her grandchildren will enjoy.

Education/Training
Master's Degree, Emergency and Disaster Management - Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes

Pease, Elaine

Pease, Elaine
Birth City
Boulder
Birth State
CO
Current Location
Boulder, CO
Occupation(s)
Children's Author
Biography

Award-winning Children's Author, Elaine Pease, has three picture books, a middle grade novel GHOST OVER BOULDER CREEK, the journey of a half-Cheyenne boy as he searches for his white father with Buffalo Bill in 1860s Colorado, and her most recent: an easy reader chapter book based on the true heart-warming stories at Colorado Horse Rescue, SAFE AT LAST.

Awards/Honors
SAFE AT LAST: TRUE STORIES OF HORSE RESCUES. 2016 1st Place CIPA EVVY. A 2016 Denver Public Schools Libraries Recommendation
GHOST OVER BOULDER CREEK. 2015 Youth One Book, One Denver Finalist. 2011 1st Place CIPA EVVY Juvenile Fiction
Education/Training
SDSU B.S. Journalism
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
RMSCSBWI - RMFW
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
I've spoken about or conducted workshops on topics such as self-publishing vs. traditional publishing (having equal exposure to both in my career), researching and writing the historical mystery middle grade novel ("Dust to
Dust Jackets" panel at Barnes & Noble), and writing and finding the right publisher for your picture book.

Bowersox, Jodi

Bowersox, Jodi
Pseudonym
J. B. Stockings
Birth City
Franklin
Birth State
NE
Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author - Artist - Seamstress
Biography

Jodi Bowersox has never liked being put in a box. Over the course of her life, she has been an actress, seamstress, designer, business owner, homeschool teacher, kid's choir director, and artist, so it's only natural that her writing would take on an eclectic flare as well.

Her romance novels span genres from faith fiction to suspense to time travel to sci fi with small town and big city settings. Several have won awards from the Colorado Book Awards, the Colorado Authors League, and the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. She has also been named a finalist in the American Fiction Awards and the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Awards.

In addition to novels, she has children's picture books to her credit under the name J.B. Stockings that include her new series of books for birth to three that she calls Sing-a-Story books.

As an award-winning watercolor artist, Jodi specializes in pet portraits and has illustrated a couple of her children’s books herself. A Tale of Two Kitties and Cats feature some of her favorite pets. You can read more about Jodi’s writing and other creative endeavors, as well as read samples of her books, at jodibowersox.com.

Jodi lives in the heart of Colorado Springs with her husband and too many cats where they never get tired of looking at the mountain views.

Education/Training
B.A. in Theater from Sterling College, Sterling KS
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Member of the Colorado Authors League
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
The Writing Process - The Editing Process

Faulconer, Maria

Faulconer, Maria
Biography

A San Francisco native, Maria Faulconer is a children's author and freelance writer. Her latest book, A Mom for Umande, is the heart-tugging true story of a baby gorilla who finds love in the arms of a surrogate mom. Recommended by the New York Times and USA Today, Umande received a starred-review in Kirkus and was nominated for a Show Me Award by the Missouri Association of School Librarians. Her first book, Arianna and the Strawberry Tea, was promoted on a national morning talk show. A graduate of Stanford University with an MA from the University of Colorado, she taught high school English, counseled emotionally disturbed teens, and writes for Colorado Springs Style Magazine.

Education/Training
Master of Arts degree, University of Colorado - Bachelor of Arts degree, Stanford University
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Speaker Availability
Yes

Dunning, Rebecca

Current Location
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s)
Author of children's books
Biography

Several years ago my husband and I, along with our three children, settled back in the Colorado Springs area to be near family and for our love of hiking and climbing.

Education/Training
Grand Rapids Community College, focus on English and writing
Local Authors Genres
Published Works Book Jackets
Organizations
Greenhouse Arts Group - Women of Global Action (WOGA)
Speaker Availability
Yes
Speaker Topics
I have a background in public speaking, especially to women on issues of identity, value, healing, and restoration. Topics include: social justice issues, my testimony/journey with God, nutrition, motherhood, and more.