JoEllen McCarthy, a dedicated educator for 20+ years, is a self-proclaimed “literacy geek.” Her considerable knowledge of effective literacy practices and child development, coupled with her passion and expertise for children’s literature, makes her a significant resource in the school districts with which she works. A true believer in the power of collaborating and sharing, JoEllen is proud to be a connected educator, using Twitter as her online “literacy lounge” to share “literacy snapshots” and “#PDlove” to grow ideas and celebrate literacy and learning in action. A proud member of the NerdyBookClub, she can be found tweeting daily about reading, writing, and learning together at @JoEllenMcCarthy as well as occasionally blogging at McCarthyJoEllen.blogspot.com.
Kathryn Otoshi is a multi-award winning author/illustrator and national/international speaker best known for her character-building book series, “Zero”, “One”, and “Two”. She goes to schools across the country to encourage kids to develop strong character assets, and helps teachers find customized, creative methods to engage students through art, reading and the power of literature. Her latest books, “Beautiful Hands” and “Draw the Line” (Roaring Brook) make important statements about connecting, reaching out and building community. Follow Kathryn on Twitter @KathrynOtoshi
Arree Chung is the author of author and illustrator of Ninja! and Ninja! and the illustrator of the Danger Gang. He’s also the founder of Storyteller Academy, where he teaches his creative process in making stories.When he’s not working on ideas for stories or businesses you can find him playing basketball or riding his bike around the San Francisco Bay area. Visit Arree online atwww.arree.com and www.storytelleracademy.com. Follow Arree on Twitter @arreechung
Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than 40 books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. His books are available in over fifteen languages throughout the world. He is the co-creator of the popular children’s television show ToddWorld as well as short films for Sesame Street. Todd has partnered with Target, SF-MARIN Food Bank, Stouffer’s, People Magazine and several companies and organizations to help people, animals, and promote literacy. Todd’s books have won several awards and his TV show, ToddWorld, was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards. Todd lives in Berkeley, California with his three adopted Pit bulls. Follow Todd online www.toddparr.com or on Twitter @toddparr.