You’re Invited! Please drop by on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5-8 PM.
Celebrate the start of the school year at Free Spirit’s headquarters in the lively Minneapolis North Loop neighborhood.
This is a great chance to meet over a dozen of Free Spirit’s local authors, enjoy wine and cheese, and restock your shelves with discounted books, posters, and other educational resources. The event is free and open to the public, so please share with fellow parents, educators, booksellers, librarians, and others who work with kids.
Meet local authors and our talented staff.
Mingle with the people behind our books—both the Free Spirit staffers that work behind the scenes to edit and market all of our titles, as well as the wonderful community of expert authors and illustrators that make our books possible. We have such a great author network in the Twin Cities—many of whom do consulting, classroom visits, and bookstore events—so we wanted to give our readers and fellow book professionals a place to meet them.
Take a selfie under our lobby tree.
See the offices where our creative team puts together all our books. Browse through our titles, and check out all the resources we have for classrooms and kids.
Your opportunity to talk with these authors:
|Nancy Carlson is a writer and illustrator of children’s books, including This Morning Sam Went to Mars and Armond Goes to a Party, written with Armond Isaak, which is about kids living with Asperger’s and building friendships.||Armond Isaak taught himself to read when he was three years old and hasn’t stopped since. He reached out to Nancy Carlson to create Armond Goes to a Party because he wants to help kids with Asperger’s realize they are not alone.|
|Elizabeth Verdick has authored and coauthored several books including the Happy Healthy Baby™ series, the Toddler Tools® series, and more. She is the coauthor of The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents).||Elizabeth Reeve, M.D., is a child psychiatrist. Her clinical work is mainly with children and adults with developmental disabilities. She is the coauthor of The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents).|
|Justin Patchin is a professor of criminal justice and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. He has coauthored several books including Words Wound.||Diane Heacox, Ed. D., is an associate professor of education and a consultant and trainer. Her books include Differentiation for Gifted Learners with Richard Cash, and Making Differentiation a Habit.|
|Beth Baker was the lead PBIS coach for a Metro school district and is now an independent behavioral consultant and an intervention specialist at Minneapolis Public Schools. She is the coauthor of The PBIS Team Handbook.||Char Ryan is a licensed psychologist, a PBIS coach, and a Minnesota State SWIS (Schoolwide Information Systems) trainer. She coauthored The PBIS Team Handbook.|
|Alison Feigh serves as the program coordinator at the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center. She is the author of I Can Play It Safe and On Those Runaway Days.||Rebecca Kajander, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, has treated children and adolescents for nearly 40 years. She’s coauthored several books including Be the Boss of Your Pain and Be the Boss of Your Stress.|
|Jenny Friedman is founder and executive director of Doing Good Together and a leading national expert on family volunteerism. She has written Doing Good Together: 101 Easy, Meaningful Service Projects for Families, Schools, and Communities.||Thomas S. Greenspon is a licensed psychologist who lectures and writes on perfectionism and the emotional needs of gifted people. He wrote Moving Past Perfect and What to Do When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough.|
|Alison Dotson is a writer, copyeditor, and proofreader who was diagnosed with OCD at age 26. She is a frequent contributor to the International OCD Foundation blog, president of the Twin Cities chapter, and the author of Being Me with OCD.||Earl Hipp has worked as a clinical psychotherapist. His book Fighting Invisible Tigers offers proven techniques that teens can use to deal with stressful situations.|
|Marjorie Lisovskis is the editorial director at Free Spirit Publishing. Along with Elizabeth Verdick, she is the coauthor of the Happy Healthy Baby™ series and How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger.||Judy Galbraith is the founder and president of Free Spirit Publishing. She is also the author and coauthor of several books, including the perennially popular The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids and The Gifted Teen Survival Guide.|
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