Children's Chapter Books

Diller, Janelle

Diller, Janelle
Birth State: 
KS
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

I’ve always had a passion for writing. Early on, I polished my writing skills by passing notes to my friends instead of paying attention in math class. The resulting time in detention gave me lots of time to write more notes. As a young child, I wouldn’t leave home without a pad and pencil just in case my novel hit me, and I had to scribble it down quickly. Sadly, I eventually lost this naiveté. However, as a result of my love of writing, I have an unusual variety of books published. The list includes books for the construction industry and grammar textbooks. (If writing about drywall or gerunds is better than not writing at all, it says something about what drives me.) Fortunately, I also write novels for adults, as well as early chapter books for young readers. This is the writing that feeds my soul.

These days, I’m having a ball creating the Australian, Austria, and Mexico books for Pack-n-Go Girls travel and adventure series. The Amazon best selling series is targeted for early readers ages six to nine.

In whatever spare time I have, one of my favorite things to do is to connect with my readers. Whether you’re in a classroom, book club, or other group, I’d love to visit in person—time and geography permitting—or on Skype. Contact me at janelle@packngogirls.com.

Awards/Honors: 
2017 IPPY Bronze Award - Never Enough Flamingos
2017 CIPA Evvy Gold - Never Enough Flamingos
2017 Kansas Notable Book - Never Enough Flamingos
2017 Literary Classics Gold - Best Series - Young Reader, Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures
2017 CIPA Evvy Silver - Children's Story Books, Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures
2017 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Silver - Best Chapter Book Series, Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures
2016 CIPA Evvy Award Winner, Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures
2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards - Gold Medal for Best Children's Chapter Book Series
2016 Colorado Book Award Finalist - The Virus
2016 Book Pipeline Competition Semifinalist - The Virus
2015 CIPA Evvy Silver - Literary and Contemporary Fiction, The Virus
Education/Training: 
Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs - Bachelor of Arts Degree in History/English, Goshen College
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing - Children's books - Mennonites - Personal privacy issues

Regan, Dian Curtis

Regan, Dian Curtis
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

Dian Curtis Regan is the author of 60 books for young readers, ranging from picture books for toddlers to novels for teens. Popular and recent titles include: Princess Nevermore, Monster of the Month Club, the Ghost Twins series, Barnyard Slam, The Snow Blew Inn, Monster Baby, and Rocky Cave Kids. Coming next year is a beginning reader series called SpaceBoy. Visit her website at http://diancurtisregan.com

Awards/Honors: 
"Mommies" - American Booksellers Assn. (ABA) "Pick of the List" & Children's Book of the Month Club selection
"Daddies" - Children's Book of the Month Club selection
"The Thirteen Hours of Halloween" - Finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award
"A Sparkly Christmas Eve" - Children's Book of the Month Club selection
"CyberPals According to Kaley" - Junior Library Guild selection
"The World According to Kaley" - Finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award
"The Friendship of Milly & Tug" - Junior Guild selection; Children's Literature Choice Book; Los Angeles Times' Recommended book; New York Public Library's "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing"; Winner of the Muse Medallion from the Cat Writers' Associatio
"The Curse of the Trouble Dolls" - Oklahoma Book Award finalist; Maryland Children's Book Award nominee
"Monsters in CyberSpace" - South Dakota Children's Book Award nominee; Maryland Children's Book Award nominee; Rhode Island Children's Book Award nominee
"Princess Nevermore" - Junior Library Guild selection; Oklahoma Book Award finalist; Oklahoma YA Sequoyah Award nominee; Maryland Children's Book Award nominee
"The Initiation" - 1994 Oklahoma Cherubim Award; 1995 International Reading Association's YA Choice Award
"Game of Survival" - 1990 ALA/YASD Recommended book for reluctant readers; 1990 Oklahoma Cherubim Award
"I've Got Your Number" - 1987 International Reading Association's Children's Choice Award
"Soul Stories: Thirteen Stories about Faith and Belief" - Junior Library Guild Selection
"Dirty Laundry" - 1999 Best Book for the Teen Age, NY Public Library; 1999 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
Speaker Availability: 
No

Hamel, Mike

Hamel, Mike
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1952
Birth City: 
Ellis
Birth State: 
KS
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Professional writer
Biography: 

MIKE HAMEL is the former editor of INTEREST magazine and Director of the Resource Center for Interest Ministries in Chicago. In 1996 he moved to Colorado Springs and started EMT Communications. Mike has written or co-authored more than twenty books, including a trilogy dealing with faith in the marketplace: The Entrepreneur’s Creed (Broadman & Holman), Executive Influence (NavPress) and Giving Back (NavPress).

Mike is a cancer survivor who has written about his experience. In Stumbling Toward Heaven he traces his physical journey toward the Valley of the Shadow of Death, and in We Will Be Landing Shortly: Now What?, he chronicles his spiritual musings along the way.

As to fiction, Mike is the author of Matterhorn the Brave, a four-volume juvenile fiction series, the five-volume TLC series for young readers, and Lizzy the Leatherback, an illustrated book for kids dealing with cancer and other challenges. You can find his books listed on his Amazon Author Page, http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001JSB7FE.

To learn more about Mike, check out his blog, OPEN Mike, https://mikehamel.wordpress.com/, his About Me page, http://about.me/mikehamel, and his Wikipedia entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Hamel.

Speaker Availability: 
No

Hillenius, Patti Werner

Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1933
Birth City: 
Denver
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Biography: 

I have lived many places ... married and raised five children in Arizona. There I worked in Social Services, tax offices, and secretarial jobs. I was widowed and moved to Colorado in 1984 where I worked for El Paso County. After retiring, I cared for my mother (who was in a wheelchair) and also my younger sister (with M.S.). I am very busy -- but am forever "trying to write!"

Awards/Honors: 
A Letter of Merit from SCBWI in 2009 for "The Crooked Pumpkin"
Education/Training: 
West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas - Always taking classes when available in literature and English
Organizations: 
SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators)
Speaker Availability: 
No
Local Authors Genres: 

Banks, Marty Mokley

Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1960
Birth City: 
Lynwood
Birth State: 
CA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Writer
Biography: 

Marty Mokler Banks is a children's author, travel writer, editor, tennis player, hockey fan and dog lover.

As a full-time writer, her books and articles show a bit of a split personality--the reality of making the writing life work. Her magazine stories are often about exotic, freakishly amazing places all over the world. She's also co-authored a travel book about her hometown: Insiders' Guide to Colorado Springs (Globe Pequot Publishers, 2011). But long ago, her love of reading morphed into a love of writing fiction... which, once she had kids, transformed into a love of good, inventive, thoughtful and funny children's literature.

Her most recent children's book is G.G. Snowboards (The G.G. Series, Book #1)(Switch Monkey Press, 2013). The series follows the spunky, sassy, eight-year-old G.G. as she explores a new extreme sport in each book. Due out spring 2014 is G.G. Rock Climbs (The G.G. Series, Book #2). In 2012, Marty launched her first chapter book, The Adventures of Tempest & Serena, a charming yet suspenseful adventure that features exploding volcanoes, yaks, dragons and a little bit of magic. The Splatters Learn Some Manners (Harvest House Publishers, 2009), Marty's first published book, is a lively, zany children's picture book and a Colorado Book Award finalist for Children's Literature, 2010.

Marty's writing comes out of her love for reading. She found reading easy to learn, but not exciting until fourth grade, when she discovered an old middle grade novel, The Raft by Robert Trumbull. That book showed her how incredible the world of fiction could be. Since then she's had her eyes in at least one book and sometimes multiple books at a time.

Marty grew up in Southern California in a noisy house with lots of brothers, horse trails and a view of the ocean. After an early, casual foray into barrel racing and riding bareback just for the fun of it, Marty spent most of her elementary, middle and high school afternoons training for horse shows on the weekends. By college, she gave up both her horses and view of water when she moved to Boulder, Colorado and earned a B.S. in journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

After various jobs at magazines and big corporations, Marty spent time with the smart and creative people at the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. She now freelances travel and marketing writing when not writing children's fiction. Marty is highly involved with the motivated and gung-ho Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). She lives in Colorado Springs with her family and dogs.

Awards/Honors: 
2010 Colorado Book Award finalist for Children's Literature (The Splatters Learn Some Manners)
Education/Training: 
Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1982
Organizations: 
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
I do school visits, so a presentation to children is always available. Speaking topics can include publishing (both traditional and self); also topics including girls and careers.

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