From Chicken Soup for the Mother of Preschooler's Soul


Kathleen Ahrens is a professor in linguistics at National Taiwan University. She is also a regional advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. You can read more about her at

Caroline Akervik is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and holds an M.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. The greatest source of joy and inspiration in her life is her family. She also writes romance under the pen name Isabelle Kane. Please visit her Web site at

Linda Carol Apple and her husband, Neal, live in northwest Arkansas along with their children and grandchildren. She is an inspirational writer and speaker. Linda currently speaks for Stonecroft Ministries and is writing a historical fiction novel set during the 1850 Gold Rush. Please visit her Web site at or email her at [email protected]

Carita Stroble Barlow was born and raised in Boone, Iowa. Obtaining a B.A. degree in Music Education, she has taught in public schools and has maintained a private music studio for twenty years, teaching string instruments. Also a popular piano accompanist, she loves to share her talent and love ofmusicwith nursing home residents and anyone who will listen. The mother of five grown children and grandmother of nine, she has lived in Colorado for the past thirty years.

Angie Barr is a stay-at-home mom from Memphis, Tennessee. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading, creative writing, shopping, singing and outdoor activities. She plans to continue writing fun stories and poems to share with other moms of preschoolers. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Melissa Blanco is currently a stay-at-home mom to her children, Madison (4) and Peyton (3). She received her bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in 1996. Melissa enjoys running, scrapbooking and writing. She is continually inspired by her husband and children.

Elaine L. Bridge worked in the woods on theWest Coast as a forester before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her three boys. Now living in Ohio, she is devoted to developing her relationship with God, caring for her family and writing inspirational material. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Natalie Bright is a freelance writer, and her articles have appeared in several local venues. A creative nonfiction article won Honorable Mention in a ByLine Magazine contest. She holds a B.B.A. and lives in Texas with her husband and two sons. She hopes to publish a picture book one day.

Jennifer Brown is a freelance writer whose award-winning fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in over a dozen publications around the world. Jennifer is a graduate of William Jewell College and a happily married stay-at-home mother of three. To contact Jennifer, visit

Stephanie Ray Brown of Henderson, Kentucky, has learned as a mother not to make a mountain out of a molehill. Children are little for only a short time. She enjoys writing about raising Savannah and Cameron with her husband Terry’s help. Her stories have been blessed to be included in over ten anthologies. This Murray State elementary-education grad is currently working on her ultimate dream as a writer and teacher—a children’s picture book.

Karen Olson Burkhartzmeyer has a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and is a former Chicago televison news producer. Now she’s a freelance writer and the mom of four-year-old twin girls. Karen, her husband and daughters live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Avagail Burton is a full-time animal control officer in Oklahoma. She insists writing is her daily stress relief. She enjoys fishing, camping and boating. She takes a vacation with her son whom she has remained close to, every year on his birthday. She is almost finished with a book on animal control, but enjoys writing short stories. She can be e-mailed at [email protected]

Cheryl L. Butler is a freelance writer and proud mother of seven children. She is passionate about helping families and educators understand the extreme importance of taking a positive approach when helping children manage and overcome their developmental delays. Cheryl enjoys family time along with walking, scrap-booking and gardening.

Dave Carpenter has been a full-time cartoonist and humorous illustrator since 1981. His cartoons have appeared in Barrons, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping,Woman’sWorld, First, the Saturday Evening Post and numerous other publications. Dave can be reached at PO Box 520, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 or by calling 712-852-3725.

Dr. Mary Comeau-Kronenwetter is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Humanities at Colby-Sawyer College. Previously published work includes journal articles on civic participation, Japanese culture, linguistics and foreign language teaching, and sports education for the physically and developmentally disabled. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and son.

Autumn Conley is the author of several articles, essays and poems inmany notable national and local publications. Her first book, The Monster’s Mind: A Novella, was released in early 2005, and her second book, Colby’s Peace, will be released in early 2006. Autumn enjoys writing a monthly column for Sisters in the Lord, mentors young writers, and will be working as co-editor for American Dialogue and Postscripts in 2006. You can contact her at [email protected]

Karna Converse is a full-time mother and part-time freelance writer whose work has been published in several regional publications. She lives in Storm Lake, Iowa, with her husband, Ken, and their three children, who are now fourteen, eleven and nine. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Lisa Wood Curry grew up in Chicora, Pennsylvania, graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and lives near Pittsburgh with her husband, two sons, two dachshunds and two cats. She is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Working Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Fisherman’s Soul. E-mail Lisa at [email protected]

Michele Ivy Davis is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in a variety of magazines as well as in newspapers and law-enforcement publications. Her story, “Diane’s Walk,” was included in Chicken Soup for the Sister’s Soul. Michele’s award-winning debut novel, Evangeline Brown and the Cadillac Motel, was published in 2004 by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin, USA. Learn more about her at

Mindy Ferguson writes Bible studies and speaks to women’s groups with messages of encouragement and hope. She served as Director of Curriculum Development at Cy-Fair Christian Church and is the founder of Fruitful Word Ministries. Mindy lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and two children. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Lizann Flatt has been a writer and full-time mom living in Ontario, Canada, since 1997. She often finds herself at soccer fields, hockey and skating arenas, and playgrounds with her husband and three kids. Everyday life often provides inspiration for her writing. She writes short stories and nonfiction books for kids.

Tessa Floehr is a former teacher now devoting her time to raising her two young daughters. She enjoys writing, teaching crafts to children and teaching Sunday School with her husband. She has been involved with her local Mothers of Preschoolers group, creating curriculum and volunteering for MOPPETS. Contact her at [email protected]

Mandy Flynn is a wife and mother of two living in Albany, Georgia. She began a newspaper career at the age of nineteen and currently writes a Sunday column for The Albany Herald. Her book, Act Like You’ve Got Some Sense, was published in 2004. Email her at [email protected]

Sally Friedman has contributed to national, regional, and local newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Family Circle and Bride’s. She is happily addicted to chocolate, her three daughters, and her seven beautiful and brilliant grandchildren. E-mail her at [email protected]

Sheree Rochelle Gaudet,mother of three, has published features and essays on parenting, husband/wife relationships and surviving breast cancer. She enjoys Rollerblading, reading and dancing with her children. She is at work on her first novel. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Cindy Gehl writes parenting-related articles and provides copywriting services to small businesses. She lives in Farmington, Minnesota, with her husband and two very busy little girls. Please e-mail her at [email protected] or visit her Web site at

Randy Glasbergen is one of America’s most widely and frequently published cartoonists. More than 25,2000 of his cartoons have been published by Funny Times, Harvard Business Review, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Medical Economics and many others. His daily comic panel “The Better Half” is syndicated worldwide by King Features Syndicate. He is also the author of three cartooning instruction books and several cartoon anthologies. To read a new cartoon everyday or order cartoon merchandise please visit Randy’s Web site at

Sandra Giordano holds an M.A. in English fromWilliam Paterson University and is amember of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. She is a consultant and freelance writer for educational and parenting publications. Her most rewarding job, says Sandra “is being a mommy to Christina and Joey.”

Speaker-artist Bonnie Compton Hanson is a former editor and author of books for both adults and children, including the popular Ponytail Girls series and several teacher’s resource books, plus hundreds of published articles and poems. Contact her at 3330 S. Lowell St., Santa Ana, CA 92707; (714) 751-7824; [email protected]

Jonny Hawkins loves his two young sons, Nathaniel and Zachary. They often provide hilarious material for the many thousands of his cartoons that have appeared in over 300 magazines, such as Readers Digest, Guidepost, Natural History and many others. He lives in Sherwood, Michigan, with his wife, Carissa, and the boys. He can be reached at [email protected]

Libby Hempen received her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Christian University in 1990. She is a wife and mother of two preschool boys. She has worked as a flight attendant for fourteen years and enjoys traveling, reading, writing and anything outdoors.

Born in Michigan and raised in Texas, Renee Hixson now resides in beautiful British Columbia with her husband and four children. She has taught Sunday School, high-school English and written early childhood educational curriculum. At present, Renee is working on a romantic adventure novel. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Rachelle Hughes received a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Brigham Young University in 1996. She freelances for magazines, newspapers and organizations on home design, parenting, art and writing. She has had a children’s e-book published, as well as poetry. She enjoys reading, gardening and mothering her three children.

Contact her at [email protected]

Tasha Jacobson received her Bachelor of Arts in Health Information Administration from the College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, Minnesota) in 1995. She now resides in Minnetonka, Minnesota, with her high-school sweetheart husband and their three children. Tasha cherishes time spent with family and writing for children.

Ellen Javernick is a first-grade teacher in Loveland, Colorado. She’s the author of numerous articles and books for children. She enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her five children and their families. You can reach her at (970) 667-5725.

Brian G. Jett has published works and quotations in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, The Washington Post and Venice Magazine. He holds honorable mention status with the National Poetry Guild, and he loves being a dad and husband. His Web site is

Maureen Johnson received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Stirling, Scotland, in 1987. She met her Australian partner in Japan and moved to Sydney in 1991. She has just completed her first young adult novel, SomethingMore, and is currently working on her second. E-mail her at [email protected]

Diane Kagey has been married for twenty-five years and is a mother of five children. She lives in West Linn, Oregon. Diane has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science. She enjoys working with children at church, running, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. She can be contacted at [email protected]

Libby Kennedy is the proud mother of two preschool graduates. She thinks children should be issued full-body, helmeted, bubble-wrapped jumpsuits. Aside from throwing herself in the path of potentially lethal pathogens (e.g., furry lollipops under the sofa), she writes creative non-fiction and kooky stories for kids. Her email address is [email protected]

Cheryl Kirking is an author, songwriter and conference speaker who tickles the funny bones and tugs at the heartstrings of audiences nationwide. Her many books include Crayons in the Dryer: Misadventures and Unexpected Blessings of Motherhood and Ripples of Joy. She is also the mother of triplets. For booking information visit

Mimi Greenwood Knight is a freelance writer and artist in residence living in Folsom, Lousiana, with her husband, David, and four precious gifts from God: Haley, Molly, Hewson and Jonah. Her essays and articles have appeared in Parents, Christian Parenting Today, American Baby, Working Mother, Campus Life, Today’s Christian Woman, Sesame Street Parents and At-Home Mother, as well as in anthologies like Chicken Soup for Every Mom’s Soul, A Cup of Comfort for Christians, Lists to Live By and Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work and Family. She can be reached at [email protected]

Amy Krause is currently the Director of Special Services in the Missouri public-school system. She lives in Nixa, Missouri, with her husband, Tom, and two boys, Tyler and Sam. You may contact her at [email protected]

Jennifer Lawler is the author of more than twenty books, including the Dojo Wisdom series (Penguin Compass). She lives in the Midwest with her daughter and two rambunctious dogs. Her Web site is

Tanya Lentz, a Utah native, is a wife to Derek and mother of two. She received her B.S. in Marriage, Family and Human Development from Brigham Young University. She plans to write children’s books, and is passionate about people, nature and writing. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Jaye Lewis is an award-winning writer and contributing author to two Chicken Soup books. She lives with her family in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. Jaye has completed her first book, which is still looking for a publisher. Jaye’s Web site can be found at E-mail Jaye at [email protected]

Karin A. Lovold is a stay-at-home mom to three daughters, ages ten, eight and almost four. She and her husband, Michael, reside in Minnesota where she enjoys writing, reading and hanging out in the woods. She loves writing true stories and many fiction stories as well. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Donna Lowich received her Master’s of Library Science degree from Rutgers University in 1978. She currently works as an information specialist for a nonprofit organization. Besides writing, she enjoys cross-stitch projects featuring cats and Victorian houses.

Myrna C.G. Mibus is a freelance writer and a stay-at-home mom. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two children. She enjoys quilting, gardening, reading, writing and taking her family flying in her vintage airplane, a 1955 Piper Pacer. E-mail her at [email protected]

Lisa Moffitt is a successful business executive, wife and mother of three. She loves to write and speak to women’s groups across the country. She uses a blend of humor and charming Southern style to encourage women in all facets of their lives. You can contact her at [email protected]

Maria Monto resides in New Jersey and is the mother of three grown children— Lauren, Andrea and Christopher. She is a travel consultant and has always had a passion for writing. Maria is currently working on a humor collection of both fiction and nonfiction stories and can be e-mailed at [email protected]

Jo Moon grew up in the shadow of the Empire State Building on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. At age seventeen, she moved with her family to the rocky coast of Maine near Acadia National Park. She owned a women’s clothing store for twelve years before changing careers and working for major corporations as Director of International Sales. Her career brought her to the Ozarks where she now resides. An avid traveler, Jo enjoys meeting and writing about the people she encounters.

After brief sojourns in Germany and southern California, Maryjo Faith Morgan is immensely grateful to be writing full-time back in Colorado. She enjoys reading (of course!), hiking and tandem biking with her husband, as well as time spent with her now grown son and his family. Contact her at [email protected]

Rochelle Nelson speaks nationwide to audiences of women at events and retreats. Rochelle and her husband, Peter, own and operate Nelson Building and Development out of Buffalo, Minnesota, where they also partner in raising their three sons. You can e-mail her at Rochelle[email protected]

Marilyn G. Nutter and her husband live in Pennsylvania and have three daughters and a granddaughter. She is a speech-language pathologist; a partner in “Shepherd’s Cup,” a tea ministry providing inspirational workshops; and a MOPS mentor. Her book, Dressed Up Moms Devotions to Go, will be released in 2006. Contact her at [email protected]

Eliza Ong received her Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from California University State Northridge. She is an elementary-school teacher in southern California. Eliza enjoys reading, writing, snowboarding, fishing, cooking and spending time with her husband and two children. You can contact her at jeds)[email protected]

Jennifer Oscar is a former Army officer from Colorado and a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She and her active-duty husband are busy with Army life and raising their five children. When she isn’t keeping track of children, Jennifer is an avid quilter and scrapbooker. She can be e-mailed at [email protected]

Jackie Papandrew is a freelance writer and often harried mom living in Florida. She writes a humor column called Airing My Dirty Laundry, using material generously supplied by her family and other assorted ne’er-do-wells. She loves coffee and reading, preferably together. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Mark Parisi’s Off the Mark comic panel has been syndicated since 1987 and is distributed by United Media. Mark’s humor also graces greeting cards, T-shirts, calendars, magazines (such as Billboard), newsletters and books. His cartoons can be found in the pages of many Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Lynn is his wife/business partner and their daughter, Jenny, contributes with inspiration (as do three cats).

Sherrie Peterson likes to stay busy. She is an actress, director, producer, writer, inspirational speaker, jewelry designer and mother of two. When she is not traveling doing one of the above, she lives in Boynton Beach, Florida, with her husband, Lee, and their children, Layne and LB. She has her degree in theater from Samford University, but admits that her greatest education in life has come from mothering her two preschoolers. She can be reached at [email protected] or

Rita M. Pilger has been a stay-at-home mother of five and recently launched a unique new venture as the “Traveling Tea Lady.” Rita is an accomplished quilter and avid button collector. She enjoys leisure time with her husband and traveling to visit their two grandchildren. Contact her at

Kay Conner Pliszka is a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup books, recently winning their 10th Anniversary writing contest. A former teacher and motivational speaker, she is now entertaining audiences with her humorous and inspirational stories. To schedule her for speaking or storytelling engagements, Kay may be reached at [email protected]

Sheri Plucker is a published freelance writer. Her picture book, Me, Hailey (Jason and Nordic Publishers), was launched in summer 2005. It explains that children with Down syndrome may look, act and learn differently, but they are special just like you and me. She resides in Snohomish, Washington. Visit her Web site at

Dan Rosandich is a Michigan based cartoonist who operates his cartoon licensing agency with clients around the globe. Dan also syndicates the daily cartoon on his homepage, which appears electronically on web sites worldwide. To commission “custom” illustrations or license cartoons, contact Dan at [email protected]

Christina Quist is a wife and mom of five children: four boys and one girl, whose ages range from ten to four. Although she holds degrees from various institutions, they serve no practical purpose in the humorous daily activities that she encounters with her family. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

Author and editor Carol McAdoo Rehme recognizes motherhood as her most important calling—it keeps her humble and hopping. Mother of four, she’s now the delighted grammy to two. Carol directs a nonprofit, Vintage Voices, Inc., which brings interactive programming to the vulnerable elderly. Contact her at [email protected];

Stephen D. Rogers is a stay-at-home dad. While he doesn’t get out much, you can always find him at

Jodi Seidler is the creator of (a network for single parents), a writer, single parent expert and media personality. She has coauthored a girlfriend’s guidebook for single and stepmothers, and a book of poetry for the hormonally challenged romantic. Most importantly, she is the single mother of Sam, who is now sixteen.

Sarah Smiley is the author of Shore Duty, a syndicated newspaper column, and of the book Going Overboard (Penguin/New American Library). To contact Sarah, please visit

Christine M. Smith is the mother of three, grandmother of twelve and a foster parent. She enjoys writing anecdotes about her family and friends. She believes there is no greater joy in life than sharing her faith in God and to see it reflected in those she loves. E-mail her at [email protected]

Marsha Smith attended college of the Albemarle. She worked with a national television network for over twenty years. While there, she received the President’s Award for Excellence twice and earned her certification in Data Management, She has been published by Blue Mountain Arts and continues to write poetry and short stories. She is currently working on a devotional book for women. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and working in her flower garden.

Andrea Stark lives in West Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband and three children. She has been an English teacher, a children’s pastor and a full-time homemaker. She plans to spend the rest of her life learning, teaching and writing.

Amanda L. Stevens is an exhausted mother of three preschool-aged children. She is a freelance writer and can be found in various places in print and on the Internet. She is an advocate for autism. Please e-mail her at: [email protected]

Tsgoyna Tanzman is a freelance writer and author of several children’s stories. Tsgoyna resides with her husband and daughter in Palos Verdes, California. When she is not carpooling, she volunteers her time as a Speaker/Child Safety Educator. Additionally, she directs “Characters Come Alive,” a program bringing historical characters to life, in elementary classrooms.

Patricia E. Van West, Ed.D., has authored a children’s picture book, The Crab Man (Turtle Books), and over 100 magazine and newspaper articles. She was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, but now lives in exotic central Illinois. She teaches college-level creative writing and can be contacted at [email protected]

Linda Vujnov is a freelance writer who resides in Orange County, California. As the mother of four children ages two to twelve and a fourteen-year marriage, she is able to gather many amusing stories through her daily experiences. She is currently working on a humorous devotional for moms.

Kristin Walker is a freelance writer and a stay-at-home mom. Her three sons, Noah, Logan and Ethan, constantly inspire her writing and her role as Fixer of All Things Smashed, Stained or Smelly. She lives happily with them and her husband, Sean, in Oswego, Illinois.

June Williams has worked as a waitress, florist, clerk and writer, but she enjoys being a mom best. June lives in Brush Prairie, Washington, with her husband, Mac, where they enjoy the company of their three grandchildren.

Emily O. Wilson received her Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is the mother of two children and is very involved in a Mothers of Preschoolers group at her church. She enjoys photography, scrapbooking, jour-naling, volunteering and being with her family.

Leslie Wilson, wife to Bret and mother to Charlie, Molly and Reese, writes a weekly humor column, “Reality Motherhood,” for Star Community Newspapers in Dallas. She speaks to thousands of preschool moms each year at MOPS, ECPTAs, Hearts at Home and Home Front Conferences. Contact her through her Web site at

Gloria Wooldridge resides in Atlantic, Canada, with her husband and two daughters. She works part-time as an education assistant and is involved in facilitating a small-group ministry for women in her local church.

Kris Yankee received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 1990. Mother of two young boys, she enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with her family. In her spare time, Kris is working on several women’s fiction novels. Please e-mail her at [email protected]

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