Author Bio

Ed Spicer teaches first grade students at North Ward Elementary School in Allegan, Michigan. He has served on numerous American Library Association committees including the Michael L. Printz Committee and the Caldecott Committee. Spicer gives presentations on books to schools, universities, libraries, and other organizations. In 2010, he was a featured speaker for the Texas Library Association, discussing his life as a homeless teen and the role libraries played and continue to play in his life. Spicer recently published an article on nonfiction and the Common Core and hosted a webinar for School Library Journalon Boys and Reading. Currently he is writing many more new curriculum guides about amazing scientists. Find him on Facebook (spicyreads). His website address is: www.spicyreads.org. Send email to: info@spicyreads.org.

Bena Hartman is the author of two children's books, jasmine Can and September's Big Assignment. She was a former classroom teacher and university professor of reading education. She is currently working on a picture book called An Elephant Size Dream.

Kristina Rouech is an Assistant Professor of Education at Central Michigan University. She earned her Ph.D. in reading and language arts with a cognate in children's literature from Oakland University. Her current areas of interest are reading aloud, questioning strategies, and teacher training.

Rhonda Turner is an educator for Battle Creek Public Schools. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in science and has been a classroom teacher for 15 years.


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