Children's Chapter Books

Dandridge, Rosalind

Dandridge, Rosalind
Birth City: 
Queens
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Monument, CO
Occupation(s): 
Preschool Teacher
Biography: 

Rosalind was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Walden University with a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in teaching. She comes from a family of musicians and singers and began writing poems and songs at the age of fifteen years old. She lives in Colorado with her daughter Symone and her two cats Rosealee and Mimi.

Education/Training: 
bachelor’s in psychology; master’s in teaching
Organizations: 
Member of Pikes Peak Fiction Writers - Member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers - Advocate for Facing Homelessness Denver
Speaker Availability: 
No
Local Authors Genres: 

Baxter, William Edwin

Baxter, William Edwin
Birth City: 
Fullerton
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Civilian Contract Worker at Ft. Carson (Service Source Inc. hires people with disabilities to work as contract workers)
Biography: 

William Edwin Baxter was born on October 11, 1954 in Fullerton, California. He was born with developmental disabilities, but has strive not to let his disabilities defeat him in life, but to go above and beyond them by accomplishing great things and inspiring others to do the same. This became his legacy. He lived most of his life in Orange County, California; but currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

On July 9, 2016, William suffered a massive pulmonary embolism which almost ended his life, but he survived. Had he died in the E.R. at Memorial Hospital, his legacy would have died with him. Realizing this, he began to write his first book, entitled W.E.B. Tales (W.E.B. is his initial name for William Edwin Baxter). The book was published as an e-book in May 2018, and as a paperback in July 2018.

Other books have been published since W.E.B. Tales which can be found on my author page on amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/William-Edwin-Baxter/e/B07GC44FVR

Awards/Honors: 
President's Team Award for Service Excellence - from Service Source Inc., August 2015
Employee of the Year Award - from Service Source Inc., in August 2018
Distinguished Toastmaster Award - Highest award from Toastmasters International, February 1996
Education/Training: 
B.S. Degree, Recreation, California State University, East Bay, 1979 - A.A. Degree, Liberal Arts, Ohlone College, 1977 - Graduated from Thomas S. Wootton High School, Rockville, MD, 1974.
Organizations: 
Member of Toastmasters International since November 1990
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
I would like to talk about "Going Above and Beyond" disabilities and other obstacles which can stand in the way of working towards one's goals and achieving them (as chronicled in my keynote speech: https://webblog305448100.wordpress.com/2020/02/05/w-e-b-keynote-address/)

Wilson, Neil

Birth City: 
Tampa
Birth State: 
FL
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
US Air Force
Biography: 

Serving America in the US Air Force for 20+ years; spent 12+ years overseas (Korea and Germany) but now living/stationed in Colorado Springs. Interests include books (reading/writing - of course), travel, art, Asian languages, Asian food...my kids.

Speaker Availability: 
No

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
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.

Manivong, Tai

Manivong, Tai
Birth City: 
Colorado Springs
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Teacher - Author
Biography: 

Tai Manivong is a fantasy author. Her first middle grade fantasy novel, Crimson, was published in 2018. She attributes her writing to reading lots of fantasy novels growing up. Some of her favorite authors are R.A. Salvatore, Anne McCaffrey, and Melanie Rawn. She is currently working on “The Dragon Keeper Chronicles” series and several other books. She teaches elementary school in Colorado and dreams of one day becoming a best-selling author.

Visit her website at www.taimanivong.com or visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/taimanivongbooks.

Awards/Honors: 
5 Star Reader's Favorite Review - https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/crimson
Education/Training: 
Master of Arts in Teaching - Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Organizations: 
Member of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
I can speak about world building, character inspiration, my journey self publishing, formatting novels or education topics.

Oswald, Nancy

Oswald, Nancy
Birth City: 
Denver
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Cotopaxi, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author - Writer
Biography: 

Nancy Oswald loves researching and writing historical fiction books for young readers. She has, however, written in a variety of genres including personal interest pieces, children’s plays, poetry, educational research, biography, and nonfiction articles. Oswald spent her growing up years in Denver but has lived as an adult in rural Colorado and the outback of British Columbia where she taught in a one and a two room school. She taught for 20 years in rural Colorado and is now retired.

Nancy currently lives with her husband and their dogs, cats, cows, chickens, and one nearly human donkey on a family ranch near Cotopaxi, Colorado.

Awards/Honors: 
2017 Western Writers of America Spur Award Winner - Trouble Returns
2017 Colorado Author's League Awards Winner - Trouble Returns
2015 Spur Award Winner - Edward Wynkoop: Soldier and Indian Agent
2015 Colorado Author's League and Will Rogers Medallion Finalist - Trouble on the Tracks ​
2014 Cipa Evvy Award Winner - Insects in the Field
2009 Third Place Evvy Winner - Hard Face Moon
Colorado Book Award Finalist, Spur Finalist, and CIPA Evvy winner - Rescue in Poverty Gulch
Willa Literary Award Winner, Spur Finalist, and Notable Book for a Global Society - Nothing Here but Stones
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Please visit Nancy's website at http://www.nancyoswald.com/services.html.

Grant, Khadija

Grant, Khadija
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

Khadija Grant is a proud mother of three little girls and the author of two amazing books. She has published The Influenced, an inspirational book that encourages the reader to look beyond their current situation and to take control of their destiny, as well as an entrepreneurial book for children called You Can Start One Too!

Her passion for writing realistic fiction started after she sent stories to her husband while he was deployed in Iraq. After hearing how it impacted his tour, each book she wrote was written to entertain, yet inspire her readers. Khadija is from Cleveland, Ohio, and when she is not writing, you can find her creating doll shows with her children or watching a TED Talks episode. Her dream is to touch as many lives as possible, especially those who come from unfortunate circumstances and help to build them up to become bold enough to fight for their dreams.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes

Travis, Lisa

Travis, Lisa
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1968
Birth City: 
Springfield
Birth State: 
MA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Author, entrepreneur
Biography: 

Lisa Travis dreamed of faraway places ever since she was a little girl who explored National Geographic magazines every month. Looking for ways to discover the world, Lisa studied at the University of Freiburg in Germany, traveled the USA in a Volkswagon camper, and lived and worked in South Korea. She currently finds ways to pack and go by creating global executive leadership programs that take her to cool places like Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Brussels, Copenhagen, and Prague.

Her experiences around the world inspired her to create Pack-n-Go Girls, an innovative book and toy company for girls that delivers positive messages around independence, adventure, and global awareness.

Lisa brings an MA in Communication and 20 years of instructional design to her writing. She lives, bikes, and skis in Colorado with her husband, two kids, and two dogs.

Awards/Honors: 
2014 Moonbeam Award - Gold Medal, Children's Chapter Book Series
Organizations: 
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Children's literature - Multicultural learning and literacy - Writing (grades K-5)

Pena, Isabel

Pena, Isabel
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1971
Birth City: 
New York City
Birth State: 
NY
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Interpreter
Biography: 

Isabel M. Peña was born and raised in Washington Heights, NYC to Dominican parents. She is currently a single mother of two wonderful boys and is residing in the majestic state of Colorado. She is a first time author who wishes to teach our youth that life is about choices, positive attitude, and love

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Bullying - Compassion - Society - Love - Youth (growing up) - Positive thinking

Finnish, V.K.

Finnish, V.K.
Pseudonym: 
V.K. Finnish
Birth City: 
Chicago
Birth State: 
IL
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

V. K. Finnish is the author of The Discoveries of Arthur Grey books, a middle-grade series that twists together all her favorite genres into one epic adventure.

She grew up in Chicago with a zoo’s worth of pets, including three Alaskan malamutes, who inspired her furry character Griffin. After moving through several states, Finnish now lives just outside Colorado Springs with her family.

Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
For children ... editing and research for fiction.

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