Jody  Smith

Jody Smith

Jody Smith is a first-time author and longtime believer in fairytales. Her book, Princess Monroe & Her Happily Ever After book is for all the princesses who are capable of saving themselves and for all the mindful mothers who revel in raising strong daughters.

Phillipa  Warden

Phillipa Warden

Phillipa Warden is an author and artist. The idea for her first children's book was ignited when, to console her son after a snow day she had to bring a snowman home on a sledge to rebuild.
Previously a knitwear designer, her work has appeared on international catwalks and her work has been featured in Vogue, Tatler and Harper's Bazaar. She is the portrait artist at Tortoise Media and runs a Fashion and Textiles club for children. She lives in Cambridgeshire with her husband and two children.

Natasha  Carlow

Natasha Carlow

Natasha Carlow is a first time author and long time lover of the written word. As a mother of two amazing rainbow babies, who spent much of her time reading stories to her young children, Natasha noted that there were no stories that spoke to her family's journey. So she decided to write one. Thus Happy Tears and Rainbow Babies- a story of hope, resilience and love was born. Natasha is an Itinerant Counselor and Lecturer who resides in Trinidad and Tobago with her husband and two preschoolers. She and her husband are owners of a children's boutique called Rainbow Babies that specializes in customized clothing and accessories for rainbow families.

Christina  Dankert

Christina Dankert

Christina Dankert is a second-grade teacher. She has a passion for literacy and believes that we can change the world by reading to the children in our lives. This is her debut picture book.

She lives in Sylvania, Ohio, with her husband, Chad, and their two children. She has dreamed of collaborating with her husband to merge their two professions of educator and artist into one meaningful product. The Kindness Machine allowed that dream come true. Learn more about Christina at

Sandie  Leigh

Sandie Leigh

About Sandie Leigh and Teddy MacDougal.  The author is a California native and avid gardener.  Sandie is a retired Sales and Marketing Executive who has been in love with West Highland white terriers since she was a child.

The creation of Teddy MacDougal is a culmination of many of her beloved westie personalities over the years.  Teddy loves begging for bacon, chasing squirrels and wearing clothes, believe it or not.  He is full of attitude better know to westie owners as "WESTITUDE".  Teddy's curiosity and independent nature finds him up close and sometimes too personal, with many creatures of the Secret Garden.

Sandie's rural wine country surroundings are the inspiration for many of the whimsical characters that she describes in her book.  The Northern California regional wildlife is abundant and will make for many more intriguing stories to come.

Katelyn  Mabry

Katelyn Mabry

Katelyn Mabry was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 10. It left her feeling very alone and different. She struggled with reading as a child, which ignited the desire to become a Reading Specialist, to face her weakness head-on and to turn it into her strength. She wrote this book and her brother drew the illustrations, based on her personal experiences. She hopes the story touches the hearts of many children so that they will never feel alone.

Katelyn was a Certified Early Childhood/Special Education Teacher for 7 years before choosing to stay home to invest in her own children. She continues to use her masters as a Reading Specialist to tutor children of all ages, with a variety of needs. Her dream is to become an ADHD life coach. Katelyn has a passion for working with children, to instill in their hearts the love of reading, learning and growing.

Media Kit

Chad  Dankert, Illustrator

Chad Dankert, Illustrator

Chad Dankert is a creative director and storyteller. As a child, he grew up doodling on all of his papers in school. Similar to Mr. Wilson, he believes design, art, and creativity can help engage people and bring them together in meaningful ways, and that anyone can learn to be an artist through practice and patience. This is his debut picture book.

Kyle Stephen, Illustrator

Illustrator, Mike Nero and The Superhero School

Alexa  Bigwarfe

Alexa Bigwarfe

Alexa Bigwarfe is the publisher of Purple Butterfly Press, an imprint of Kat Biggie Press. 

J Charles Friedel, Illustrator

Pat  Black-Gould

Pat Black-Gould

Pat Black-Gould is an author, playwright, and clinical psychologist. Her short stories have appeared in several literary journals. "The Crystal Beads," the story of a family's hardship and sacrifice during the Holocaust, was originally published in It later won first place in a national Flannery O’Connor Short Story Competition. Pat chose to rewrite "The Crystal Beads" as a children's book. She believes it is important to keep this story alive for future generations.

Angelica Vargas Martin, Translator

Glynise Martin, Illustrator

Keri T Collins

Keri T Collins

Marcia Adams Ho, Illustrator

Cynthia Baker Gusman, Illustrator

Elle Montemayor


Grace  Ward, Illustrator

Grace Ward, Illustrator

Katya  Royz, Illustrator

Katya Royz, Illustrator

Antoinette T Martin

Antoinette T Martin

Antoinette Truglio Martin wrote the middle grade award-winning series, Becoming America’s Stories, and the memoir, Hug Everyone You Know.  Her picture book, Famous Seaweed Soup was originally published in 1993. For almost twenty years, the book was read and enjoyed throughout the world in classrooms, libraries, households, and vacation destinations. This new edition will continue the legacy and delight children for generations.  


Antoinette retired from a 40 year career as a speech therapist and special education teacher and proudly holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook University. She now devotes time and energy as a writer and nonny. Her stories' inspirations come from observing the magic of children’s play, listening to the rich family histories tales told around the table, and absorbing the beauty and drama of the bay and ocean shores in her hometown of Sayville, New York.


Follow Antoinette Truglio Martin and join the table filled with family stories, her writer’s journey,  and life musings.

Talar  Herculian Coursey

Talar Herculian Coursey

Talar Herculian Coursey is a lawyer by day and a children’s book author, Life Coach and philanthropist by night (more like mornings). Her first children’s book, Ralphy’s Rules for Living the Good Life, was first published in 2021. A new edition will be published in 2023 by Purple Butterfly Press.  The second, Ralphy’s Rules for Feelings, is coming out Summer 2023. Connect with Talar on her website.

Riley Herculian Coursey