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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!

Reading Together Contributors

Amanda Hamilton Roos

Amanda's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...

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

Ashley 's Topics:  Young Fiction, Time Together...
I am a writer, student, daughter, sister, and friend. My philosophy is "Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."
Ashley 's Latest Articles:
Secrets of SuccessLessons in Forgiveness

Brooke Jorden

Brooke's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Brooke earned a BA in English and editing from Brigham Young University. In addition to managing the editorial production at Familius, Brooke is also a licensed Zumba® Fitness instructor, teaching several classes a week. The oldest of seven children and a believer in th...

Carol Williams

Carol's Topics:  Young Fiction, Family Fun...
Carol Lynch Williams is the author of more than 25 books for kids and teen readers. She runs Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers—that features a publication prize from Familius (www.wifyr.com), has an MFA in Writing for Children and Adolescents from Vermont Colle...

Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

Carolyn's Topics:  Reading Aloud, Reading Together...
Carolyn's Latest Articles:
The child who saw Santa Claus

Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick

Catherine's Topics:  Adult Fiction, Books...
Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick grew up in the 1950s and 1960s in suburban St. Louis. She is the second of six children. She, like many children her age, enjoyed summer vacations unscheduled and unfettered. After graduating from the University of Missouri School of Jour...
Catherine's Latest Books:
Going On Nine

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...

Cynthia MacGregor

Cynthia's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Cynthia MacGregor describes herself as "arguably the happiest woman in the world" and says "There's no one in the world I'd want to change lives with!"

David Miles

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

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:  Parenting, Time Together...
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

Jaime

Jaime's Topics:  Young Fiction, Family Fun...
Hi, I'm Jaime!

James Orgill

James's Topics:  Family Fun, Young Adult...
James Orgill graduated with a BS in chemical engineering in 2010 and received his PhD in chemical engineering in 2014 from Brigham Young University. While working as a process engineer in the semiconductor industry, he began a YouTube channel in 2015 called The Action L...
James's Latest Books:
Extreme Garage Science for Kids!

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...

John Olive

John's Topics:  Family Fun, Parenting...
Anyone can become a master teller of thrilling bedtime stories!

Kathy MacMillan

Kathy's Topics:  Parenting, Books...
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:
She SpokeNita's First Signs

Kimberlee Gard

Kimberlee's Topics:  Books, Education...
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...

Kristin

Kristin's Topics:  Young Fiction, Family Fun...
I'm a wife, mother, editor, writer, creative person and all around awesome! I love finding inspiration in everyday occurrences and recreating those things in my own life - whether it's a twist on the blueberry muffin I just pinned or accomplishing one of those "I can to...

Laura Torres

Laura's Topics:  Parenting, Food & Cooking...
Laura Torres is the author of over two dozen books for young people. She also writes magazine articles and educational material, and has worked as an editor and journalist. Visit her website at lauratorres.com for links to her various books, blogs and other fun stuff.

Margaret

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

Marian

Marian's Topics:  Young Fiction, Music & Art...
Marian Spencer is a seasoned traveler and third culture kid, having spent most of her life in Australia and Southeast Asia. She currently studies English and Editing at Brigham Young University and is passionate about all things, beautiful, meaningful, and edible.

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

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”:...

Raun Melmed

Raun's Topics:  Parenting, Young Adult...
Dr. Raun Melmed is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician. He founded Developmental Pediatric Associates, now known as the Melmed Center, in 1989, where he is currently the medical director. He is also a co-founder and the medical director of the Southwest Autism R...

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...

Robyn Buttars

Robyn's Topics:  Music & Art, Family Fun...
Robyn is an award winning author. Her books, stories and songs have been recognized in many contests. She and her husband, Kent, live on their family dairy farm in Lewiston, Utah and are the parents of six children. Professionally she is a registered nurse with experie...
Robyn's Latest Books:
Christmas Wonders

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:
Luis and Tabitha

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

Cathryn

Zoë's Topics:  Family Fun, Food & Cooking...
I feel most alive when I'm outdoors. I love research because curiosity can never be quenched. My family means the world to me. I prefer silence to music & sunrises are the best part of the day.
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