Children's Picture Books

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.

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.
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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
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
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Alfieri, Jean

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

Jean Alfieri is the author of short story rhymers starring an often mischievous and always adorable Pug named Zuggy. Her love of poetry started at the age of five when she read Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells. Jean is a native of Chicago, and has always had a special fondness for dogs, no matter where she’s lived: Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Wisconsin, or Arizona.

She and her fur-family currently reside in Colorado Springs, where she volunteers at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. She and her husband are dedicated to adopting vintage puppies (aka: older dogs). RESCUED is her favorite breed!

Organizations: 
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) - American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) - Pikes Peak Writers (PPW)
Speaker Availability: 
No
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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
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
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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.

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
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
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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
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.
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Crespo, Ana

Crespo, Ana
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1976
Birth City: 
Rio de Janeiro
Birth State: 
Brazil
Current Location: 
Monument, CO
Occupation(s): 
Children's book writer
Biography: 

Ana Crespo is the author of The Sock Thief, a CCBC 2016 Choices book that tells the story of Felipe, a Brazilian boy who can't afford a soccer ball and must use a lot of creativity (and a few socks) to solve his problem. She is also the author of the My Emotions and Me series. The series follows JP, a little boy with a big imagination, as he learns how to deal with his feelings.

Ana is originally from Brazil, but lives in beautiful Colorado with her family.

Education/Training: 
M.Ed. in Career and Technology Education - Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism
Organizations: 
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
The making of a book (The Sock Thief) - Brazilian culture - Presentations to elementary schools only, grades PK-3. No "whole school" presentations, please! Please visit my website for more information.
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Thompson, Faye

Thompson, Faye
Birth City: 
Fort Morgan
Birth State: 
CO
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Retired
Biography: 

Faye was a crafter during the 1990s. She sculpted with chicken wire and won the President's Award for a large free-standing sculpted horse at the Tempe, Arizona Craft Show in 1993.

She also writes poetry and philosophical sayings. Her favorite poem is If, by Rudyard Kipling.

Faye settled in Colorado Springs in 1997 and has been a resident ever since.

Education/Training: 
Graduate of Greeley High School - Miscellaneous college courses
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Writing children's books with positive messages
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Kuiper, Daryl

Kuiper, Daryl
Birth Year (-Died Year): 
1947
Birth City: 
Fairmont
Birth State: 
MN
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Mathematics Instructor - Business Owner, Plbg/HVAC Inspector
Biography: 

My family moved to Colorado Springs in 1953. I graduated from Widefield High School and the University of Colorado. I have a Master's Degree in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. I taught mathematics in Nebraska and at Widefield High School. I owned a business for 13 years and was the Colorado State Plumbing Inspector Supervisor for 3 years.

Education/Training: 
Master of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Organizations: 
Volunteer at North Cheyenne Canyon Park
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Mathematics - Education - Construction - Philosophy - I have lectured and taught many classes.
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