History with a Twist Makes Learning Fun!
Welcome to the world of Linda Smigaj’s books. Educator and juvenile fiction author Linda Smigaj, aka Professor Fuddy-Duddy, captures the imagination of readers, ages 7–10, through stories of historically accurate events told from a unique perspective. Come travel through early American history with these adventurous flies.
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Who inspires the illustrations? The author is the first person to inspire the illustrations through their writing. Authors provide suggestions and feedback through writing.
Readers also offer great input! I sometimes read upcoming books aloud at school visits, where students offer loads of suggestions. Most comments are valid and definitely considered.
Hailey’s drawing inspired me to create this cover illustration. Her creative interpretation of the story, closely reflected my thoughts. Great illustrators think alike.
“Dear Mark Wayne Adams,
I thought you were really funny. I also really like your pictures. I thought you were on of the best drawers ever and thanks for coming to our school and sharing with us.”
Eddie Price is a lifelong native of Kentucky. A graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College (BA) and Western Kentucky University (MA and Rank I). Eddie has taught history for 36 years (31 at Hancock County High School). He has also taught part-time classes for Owensboro Community & Technical College.
The winner of numerous teaching awards, Eddie has coached many award-winning academic teams and history contest winners. He is active in the Hancock County Historical Society and helped organize the Young Historians Club. Eddie is world traveler who enjoys bicycling, horseback riding and swimming. He now lives in Hancock County, Kentucky.
Eddie is also an award-winning author of Widder’s Landing, Life and Love on the Kentucky Frontier. The first book in his children’s book series is Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee. Eddie’s charismatic personality shines through in Little Miss Grubby Toes naughty but lovable character.
Let Eddie bring his award-winning teaching style to your classroom! Author Eddie Price is renowned for his energetic, educational school visits. He combines his talents with safety personnel in your community to present an entertaining lesson that could save lives.
Visit www.eddiepricekentuckyauthor.com to learn about Eddie’s books and presentations.
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Hawesville, KY 42348
Jackson’s letter is why authors and illustrators should not only create books, but visit with readers.
“Dear Mark Wayne Adams,
Thank you for coming to Julington Creek Elementary School, I am glad that I got to sit next to you while the 5th Graders were performing their story. I was wearing a blue Under Armor long sleeve shirt with a white stripe going down the shirt. My friend, a girl with a long sleeve pink shirt and you signed her notebook and drew a picture in it.
I love your books, especially “Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous!” I would like to order the “Best Sketchbook.” But I would not like to order “Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous!” because we read it at the assembly.
In the notebook (on the first page) I would like you to draw a baseball player because I am a baseball player. And if you could please give me an autograph.
P.S. You are a really nice and funny man. I loved your “stories” that you told us at the assembly. LOVE YOUR BOOKS! Write back if you get the chance. You are my favorite author now!”
February 18, 2015
Jackson, thank you for being a fan. You’re an inspiring friend! —Mark Wayne Adams
Mark was inspired to chase his entrepreneurial dream in the 3rd grade, selling drawings to classmates. Creating books and inspiring others has always been his passion. Mark’s ability to produce quality illustrations at a fast pace and dedication to mentor others has made MWA, Inc. both successful and unique. In the past five years, his authors have won over 50 book awards and he continues to create new, successful products annually.
Mark contributes his talents and time to the community locally and nationally. He promotes reading and writing via public speaking engagements, book signings, and participation in book events from Florida to the Northeastern United States. He has been recognized through the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, KACo (KY Assoc. of Counties), FAPA Board, SCBWI, IBPA, and national book awards. He also volunteers his talents to the Kids Need to Read annual calendar and donates books to various organizations.
Mark’s Published Books
Mark’s Book Awards
Mark’s Associations & Affiliations:
★ Official judge of the Readers’ Favorite Illustration Award 2013–2018.
★ Florida Authors and Publishers Association Board Member to President 2009–2017.
★ Independent Book Publishers Association Since 2008.
★ SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators) since 2009.
★ Storytellers of Central Florida members range from novice to professionals.
★ Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts Alumni — 1988
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Irina Gonikberg Dolinskiy is a corporate/business attorney, as well as a classically trained pianist and an avid writer and storyteller. Having practiced law in New York for a number of years, Irina is now a partner at a law firm in Central Florida, where she resides with her husband and her daughter, Jayne. Irina’s son, Mitchell—the original audience and inspiration for her stories—lives and works in New York City.
Parts of Speech Parade, New York City was first written as an entertaining grammar aid for the author’s then-young son, Mitchell. After becoming fast friends with the Noun, Verb, Adjective, Preposition, Conjunction, and Interjection, Mitchell started recognizing their familiar faces in every book, making his reading adventures fun and enjoyable.
While Mitchell is now a college graduate, the author is eager to share the Parts of Speech Parade with today’s girls and boys who are newly discovering the magic of reading.
Read more about Parts of Speech Parade, New York City…
Mark, this is simply beyond amazing!! I am absolutely speechless (no pun intended), and in awe of your brilliant creativity!” – Irina Dolinskiy