Looking for a way to connect with Free Spirit authors beyond their books and our blog? Many of them are on social media! Check out just a few of our children’s book authors and where you can find them below.
Shannon Anderson is the author of four Free Spirit titles: Mindset Power, Y Is for Yet, Coasting Casey, and Penelope Perfect. She’s taught for twenty-five years, from first grade through college level. Her career highlight was being named one of the Top 10 Teachers who inspired the Today Show. Shannon is also the author of many children’s books and a national speaker. She was named the JC Runyon Person of the Year for her work helping kids with social and emotional issues through her writing and speaking.
Good mail day!!! Mindset Power has arrived! 🧠 Two years in the making and I’m so happy with how it turned out.😊
I’m hoping to do a virtual book launch party.📚Stay tuned!#growthmindset @FreeSpiritBooks pic.twitter.com/eMeJv96qXX
— Shannon Anderson, M.Ed (@Shannonteaches) August 12, 2020
Lydia Bowers is the author of our new We Say What’s Okay series. The first book, We Listen to Our Bodies, will be available in March! She’s a speaker, consultant, and trainer who happily exists in the Venn diagram overlap between early childhood and sex education. After spending almost two decades of working directly with children as a classroom teacher and a parent, she is passionate about reframing sexuality conversations. Lydia now teaches families and educators how to talk to children about subjects like gender, reproduction, and abuse. When she’s not traveling around the country for conferences and speaking engagements, she lives in Cincinnati with her husband and two children and adds to her growing collection of children’s book character tattoos as often as she can.
James J. Crist
Dr. James J. Crist is the author of What’s the Big Deal About Addictions?, What to Do When You’re Cranky & Blue, What to Do When You’re Scared & Worried, Siblings, and The Survival Guide for Making and Being Friends. Dr. Crist is the clinical director and a staff psychologist at the Child and Family Counseling Center (CFCC) in Woodbridge, Virginia, and a substance abuse counselor, working with addictive disorders in teens and adults. At CFCC, he provides psychological testing and individual, couples, and family psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults, specializing in children with ADHD, depression, and anxiety disorders.
My latest book has arrived! I am so grateful to my publisher, @FreeSpiritBooks, for being awesome to work with and making my writing so much better! I hope this book helps struggling teens. pic.twitter.com/7loKuFUqS6
— JamesJCristPHD (@JamesJCristPHD) January 30, 2021
Connie Bergstein Dow
Connie Bergstein Down is the author of From A to Z with Energy! She has an MFA from the University of Michigan and is the author of two books for teachers: One, Two, What Can I Do? Dance and Music for the Whole Day and Dance, Turn, Hop, Learn! Enriching Movement Activities for Preschoolers. She has also written a preschool teacher handbook for WeTHRIVE! with movement activities that address the Ohio Early Learning Content Standards for language arts and mathematics and contributed to the development of a dance curriculum for the Ohio Department of Education Model Arts Curriculum. Connie has also written articles for Highlights High Five, Teaching Young Children and Young Children (NAEYC), and Early Childhood News. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.
— Moving is Learning! Connie Bergstein Dow (@cbergsteindow) August 15, 2020
Mélina Mangal is the author of Jayden’s Impossible Garden. Working at the intersection of nature, literature, and culture, Mélina’s writing highlights youth whose voices are rarely heard, and the people and places that inspire them to explore their world. She is the author of short stories and biographies for youth, including The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just, winner of the Carter G. Woodson Book Award and named an NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Mélina also works as a school library teacher in Minnesota and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, whether it’s in her backyard or hiking in the woods.
— Mélina Mangal (@melinawriter) November 29, 2020
Afsaneh Moradian is the author of Jamie Is Jamie and Jamie and Bubbie. She’s loved writing stories, poetry, and plays since childhood. After receiving her master’s in education, she took her love of writing into the classroom where she began teaching children how to channel their creativity. Her passion for teaching has lasted for over fifteen years. Afsaneh now guides students and teachers (and her young daughter) in the art of writing. She lives in New York City.
So excited that Jamie and Bubbie: A Book About People's Pronouns is available from @FreeSpiritBooks! Get your copy today! #LGBTQIA #kidlit #PictureBooks https://t.co/ofKjZEQ54e pic.twitter.com/KQP6tZDRoY
— Afsaneh Moradian (@writerafsaneh) October 12, 2020
Deborah Serani, Psy.D., is the author of Sometimes When I’m Sad. She’s an award-winning author and psychologist in practice for thirty years. She is also a professor at Adelphi University, and her writing on the subjects of depression and trauma has been published in academic journals. Dr. Serani is a go-to expert for psychological issues. Her interviews can be found in Newsday, Psychology Today, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Associated Press, and affiliate radio programs at CBS and NPR, among others. She is also a TEDx speaker and has worked as a technical advisor for the NBC television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She lives in New York City.
Thank you @ReadersFavorite for the Finalist Medal in the Children's Picture Books category at the 2020 Readers' Favorite Book Awards.
— Dr. Deborah Serani (@DeborahSerani) September 4, 2020
Erik Talkin is the author of Lulu and the Hunger Monster. Erik, CEO of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, is a recognized innovator and leader in America’s food bank network. Previously, he was a board member of the California Association of Food Banks and sat on the National Advisory Council of Feeding America. Committed to helping people move from simple charity to building long-term food security, Erik authored Hunger into Health and has helped create innovative, national-award-winning children’s nutrition education programs such as Healthy School Pantry and Kid’s Farmers Market.
Erik is also a writer and filmmaker and has served as a principal in two production companies. His short film The Gallery, starring Helena Bonham Carter, was selected for the London Film Festival. He has won an International Television Association Award for writing and directing educational drama and his theatrical work has been produced on the London Fringe. Erik lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Connect Erik on Twitter (@TalkinErik), Facebook, or Instagram (@eriktalkinbooks). You can also visit his website (hunger-monster.com) and check out this YouTube playlist of Lulu and the Hunger Monster videos.