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from the people that love family most. Familius is a family of authors, therapists, parents, and more, all with one special purpose: helping your family be happy. See who we are!

Children's Picture Books Contributors

AnneMarie Guertin

AnneMarie's Topics:  Books, Children's Books...
Annemarie Riley Guertin graduated with a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education from Wheelock College and a master’s degree in elementary education from Fitchburg State University. She is currently an adjunct professor at Amslee College and a first-grad...

Ashley N. Sorenson

Ashley's Topics:  Books, Education...
As a child, Ashley Sorenson struggled with mathematic concepts. Through continual education, that struggle allowed her to fully understand how important a solid academic fou...

Benjamin R. Fox

Benjamin's Topics:  Parenting, Time Together...
I am not Groot.

Brooke Jorden

Brooke's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Brooke Jorden earned a BA in English and editing from Brigham Young University. The author of If It Fits, I Sits: The Ultimate Cat Quotebook, I Dig Bathtime, and the Lit for Little Hands series, Brooke is also the managing editor at Familius. Brooke, her husban...

Christy Monson

Christy's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Hi! I am a retired marriage and family therapist. My husband and I have raised six children.

Clay Rice

Clay's Topics:  Young Fiction, Young Adult...
Clay Rice is described by author Pat Conroy as a “great talent who combines soul and passion”. Silhouette artistry and storytelling have been in his family for more than 80 years. His grandfather, Carew Rice, was described by Poet Carl Sandburg as “America’s Greatest Si...

David Miles

David's Topics:  Young Fiction, Music & Art...
Hi there, I'm the Creative Director for Familius.

Erin Garay

Erin's Topics:  Love, Health and Wellness...
Erin lost her own mother in 2008 and used all of the activities and inspirations found in Angel Birthdays to help her daughters process their grief. It was so helpful that Erin felt compelled to turn their life experience into fiction so others could heal through celebr...

Familius Contributor

Familius's Topics:  Young Fiction, Family Fun...

Forrest Everett

Forrest's Topics:  Books, Gift Books...
Forrest Everret is an author, designer, and illustrator. He has worked on several book series including Nom Nom Knowledge (Familius 2018). He loves leftovers, glasses, and car washes—in that order. Forrest lives west of the Mississippi and east of Hawaii with his wife a...

Ginny Tilby

Ginny's Topics:  Love, Books...
Hi there, I'm Ginny!

Heidi

Heidi's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
I received my degrees in communication from BYU (BA) and Wake Forest University (MA). One of my passions is learning about marriage and family relationships and using what I learn in my own home. I love being a mom to my three kids, exploring new cultures, reading a goo...

Henry Herz

Henry's Topics:  Books, Children's Books...
Henry Herz writes fantasy and science fiction for children. He is represented by Deborah Warren of East/West Literary Agency.
Henry's Latest Books:
Alice's Magic Garden

Jeff Harvey

Jeff's Topics:  Family Fun, Books...
Jeff Harvey grew up in northern California doing nothing but making art. Since then, he has graduated from BYU in illustration and moved to Utah, where lives with his wife a...

Jess Smart Smiley

Jess's Topics:  Family Fun, Books...
Jess Smart Smiley is a writer, illustrator and designer living in Utah. His books include Upside Down: A Vampire Tale (Top Shelf Productions, 2012), The Adventures of William Worm (Piggy Press, 2013), and Rumpus on the Run: A Mo...

Josh Shipp

Josh's Topics:  Parenting, Love...
Josh Shipp, a former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, is the author of two national bestsellers: The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans and The Teen’s Guide to World Domination. Josh was listed on Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list and is regu...
Josh's Latest Books:
No Matter What

Judy

Judy's Topics:  Parenting, Love...
Judy Gilliam is an educator who has served as a teacher, principal, superintendent and college professor. Her greatest points of pride are her children and grandchildren, who inspired her debut book Florence and Her Fantastic Family Tree.

Kathy MacMillan

Kathy's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Kathy MacMillan is a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, writer, teacher, librarian, and storyteller. She is the author of nine books for parents, libra...
Kathy's Latest Books:
The Runaway ShirtNita's Day

Kimberlee Gard

Kimberlee's Topics:  Family Fun, Books...
Kimberlee Gard was a reluctant reader as a child and struggled with a learning disorder through her elementary years. Reading was a dreaded chore until she found one great book that changed every...
Kimberlee's Latest Books:
SnoozapaloozaThe Mighty Silent e!

Margaret

Margaret 's Topics:  Family Fun, Adult Fiction...
I enjoy reading, listening to music, and trying new foods.

Michael Leannah

Michael's Topics:  Books, Children's Books...
Michael Leannah writes both fiction and nonfiction for children and for adults. In addition to authoring 
Michael's Latest Books:
Goodnight Whispers

Michelle

Michelle's Topics:  Young Fiction, Adult Fiction...
Michelle Woshner graduated from McDaniel College with an English degree this past May. She spends her free time reading, baking, and looking for her next good cup of tea.

Mike & Debbie Schramer

Mike & Debbie's Topics:  Family Fun, Time Together...

Mike and Debbie Schramer’s nature art has been featured in many books including Chairmania<...

Mike & Debbie's Latest Articles:
Fairy House Crafts: Princess Canopy Bed
Mike & Debbie's Latest Books:
F is for FairyFairy Village

Natalie

Natalie's Topics:  Family Fun, Time Together...
What you fill your mind with can control the direction in which your life travels. Fill it with the good things in life!
Natalie's Latest Articles:
Emotional IntelligenceWhen Love Hurts

Pamela

Pamela's Topics:  Family Fun, Time Together...
After an academically shaky freshman year at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, I married my best friend, Sam, and began 25 years of full-time motherhood. When my youngest child began her senior year in high school, I began attending SUNY Adirondack in upstate New...
Pamela's Latest Books:
Color Me 4Color Me 3

Rachel Garahan

Rachel's Topics:  Family Fun, Books...

Rachel Garahan is a creative director, artist, and innate nurturer. In all of her work, she is drawn to what she calls the “elemental connection”:...

Rick Walton

Rick's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
Rick Walton has worked as a cook in a Mexican restaurant, a secretary, a missionary, an arts administrator, a school teacher, and a computer software writer and designer. But now he has the best job of all--writing for children. He has published riddle books, picture bo...

Rino Alaimo

Rino's Topics:  Love, Joy...
Rino Alaimo works as a cartoonist and filmmaker. The Boy Who Loved the Moon is his first book, adapted from his own short film that has won accolades around the world. He holds a degree in art history from the University of Genoa in Italy. He resides in Italy.

Russell Hicks

Russell's Topics:  Family Fun, Entertainment & Media...
With a distinguished tenure at the helm of Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Russell Hicks has masterminded countless iconic franchises like Scooby-Doo, SpongeBob, and Dora the Explorer. As Chief Creative Officer of Curiosity In...
Russell's Latest Books:
Santa.com

Stephanie Miles

Stephanie's Topics:  Family Fun, Books...
Stephanie Miles graduated with a degree in child development from Fresno State. She has taught preschool, worked with kids in after-school programs, and volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club. ...
Stephanie's Latest Books:
N is for NebraskaLet's Count Nebraska

Stephanie Campisi

Stephanie's Topics:  Books, Children's Books...
Stephanie Campisi is an Australian-born, Washington-based author who writes twisty odysseys involving strange characters and stranger plots. She credits shameless eavesdropping with the majority of her ideas, and is small and quiet enough that people readily sha...
Stephanie's Latest Books:
Five SistersLuis and Tabitha

Stephen Wunderli

Stephen's Topics:  Love, Books...
Stephen Wunderli is the author of six books for children and young adults. He believes adventure is always the best medicine and that curiosity is the best teacher.
Stephen's Latest Books:
Dear Moon

Tim J. Myers

Tim J.'s Topics:  Young Fiction, Parenting...
Hi! This is Tim J. Myers. Welcome!

Trish Madson

Trish's Topics:  Minute Inspiration, Gratitude...
Trish Madson is a lifelong book enthusiast with over 20 years experience in the publishing and entertainment industry.

Zack Bush

Zack's Topics:  Books, Children's Books...
When Zack Bush was growing up he spent his free time listening to jazz. Instead of imagining a career in law or medicine like so many of his classmates, the Miami native knew he would take a different path. Zack learned to play the piano and would speak with fam...
Zack's Latest Books:
Made for MeMade for Me
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