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I'm thrilled to announce a new speaking group, SPEAKING OF KIDS' BOOKS.

Nine of us children's writers and illustrators in Northern California have joined together to form a speaker's bureau. We are each available for school visits, events, book signings, teacher workshops and library presentations for both children and adults.

You can find us at our website

There you will also be directed to our individual websites for further information about the types of workshops and presentations we offer and  how we can help share our love of children's literature with you and the children you love.

Our members are:

Janet Ann Collins
Jeri Chase Ferris
Lynn E. Hazen
Shirley Parenteau
Carol Peterson
Mira Reisberg
Linda Joy Singleton
Marsha Sylvester
Tekla White

On this page, I will post upcoming news about our group, including scheduled speaking presentations by our members.


Our illustrator extraordinaire, Mira Reisberg (Baby Rattlesnake), Uncle Nacho's Hat, Where Fireflies Dance) has just announced her spectacular online art course "Hero's Art Journey." Go to for more information and to sign up.

For those of you in the Sacramento area, our Shirley Parenteau (author of One Frog Sang and Bears on Chairs) will be at the California State Fair along with other California authors on July 27 and 30. Go to her website to learn more about Shirley: