Dori Hillestad Butler is a chapter book series and mystery author who is eager to share her love of books and writing with kids of all ages. She is the author of 40 books for children, including the Buddy Files series (Albert Whitman & Co.), which is about a school therapy dog who solves mysteries. The Buddy Files: Case of the Lost Boy won the Edgar award for best children's mystery published in 2010. She is also the author of My Mom's Having a Baby (Albert Whitman & Co.,), which was #4 on ALA's list of most challenged books in 2011. She speaks openly about the experience of facing her challenger on national television and is happy to talk with other authors about how to handle a potential challenge to their books, or even how to deal with the fact that not everybody is going to like every single book you publish. Dori also has a special interest in the topics of bullying and cyberbullying. Her Truth About Truman School (Albert Whitman & Co.,) is a mystery novel for middle school students that looks at cyberbullying through the eyes of the bully, the bullied and the bystanders. She has developed a unique author visit program for schools that are interested in an all-school reads of this book. Forthcoming books in 2014 and 2015 include a new chapter book series entitled The Haunted Library (Grosset & Dunlap). Dori grew up in southern Minnesota and currently lives in Kirkland, WA. She is also on a quest to do an author visit in all 50 states. If she has not visited your state yet, you could be eligible for a discount. Contact Provato Marketing for more information or to schedule an event.
Melissa Hart is the author of a middle-grade novel, Avenging the Owl (Sky Pony, 2016) two memoirs--Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Lyons, 2014) and Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood (Seal, 2009), and numerous K-8 books for Teacher Created Resources including the best-selling 101 Ways to Love a Book. Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Women's Day, Hemispheres, Orion, High Country News, The Advocate, Brain Child, Mothering, Writer's Digest, and The Writer Magazine. She teaches nonfiction writing for Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program and creative writing for Laurel Springs, a distance-learning high school based in Ojai, California. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband and daughter, four cats and an adventurous terrier.
Diane Hipp C.P.S., is a Certified Prevention Professional and a certified School Counselor with over thirty years of experience in the field of prevention. Her arenas of work have included elementary and secondary prevention education, parenting education, prevention curriculum development and community substance abuse prevention program management.
Diane is the co-author and program developer of “Kelso’s Choice” a conflict management curriculum for elementary children. The curriculum is being implemented throughout the United States and in 13 foreign countries. The “Kelso’s Choice” DVD has recently received a 2012 Communicator Award a 2012 Telly and a 2012 Omni Award. In September 2012 her latest curriculum will be released “Building Character With Kelso”. This elementary curriculum will focus on interactive creative ways to build good character traits such as; responsibility, honesty, respect, fairness and caring. Diane is the lead trainer for “Kelso’s Choice” and travels throughout the United States working with school staff, students and parents on the keys of successful implementation.
Diane has worked in urban, rural, Alaska Native, frontier and reservation communities in 48 states. Translating research into practice, she has guided diverse communities in capacity building, community mobilizing, strategic planning and evaluation of prevention initiatives. From 2002-2007 she served as Prevention Coordinator for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s Western Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies in the College of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. She provided TA and Training services to the state of Montana and school districts in the western region implementing a Grant to Reduce Alcohol Abuse (GRAA) through the U.S. Department of Education. Most recently she was the lead Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for the MOST of Us Positive Community Norms initiative out of the Montana State University in Bozeman Montana.