Authors

Meet our A Kids Book About authors.  They come from many different backgrounds and all with incredible stories to tell.  They each write from their own experience, expertise, and lives.  Our hope is that our books and authors represent the diversity of stories there are to tell.
Kevin Carroll

Kevin is an author + creative catalyst + social change agent. Kevin brings a playful curiosity, a keen understanding of human nature and a lifelong love of competition to all of his endeavors. Kevin believes that play is serious business!

Jamie Letourneau

Jamie Letourneau makes illustrations as an extension of herself to help humans navigate and share ideas and emotions. She can also be found slinging sentimental paper goods under her company: Meander Ink, biking around Portland, Oregon, and waving at all of the dogs.

Elizabeth Tom

Elizabeth Tom is a high schooler who enjoys basketball, swimming, softball, and most of all horseback riding. She dreams of one day becoming an Equine Veterinarian. A hope of hers is to see people simply love people. Everyday she is excited to see how God works in her life.

Sara & Stewart Scott-Curran

Sara and Stewart Scott-Curran are a wife and husband super team with the coolest secret weapon: Their daughter Skyler! They all live together in Portland, Oregon with their dog Marvis and live out their creativity every day.

Kileah McIlvain

Kileah is a writer, musician, knitter, and lover of all things Middle Earth. She and her husband raise hobbits and chickens in the verdant wilds of Washington State.

Jelani Memory

Jelani Memory is an African American entrepreneur, thinker, and constant learner. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and six kids. He still wants to be an artist when he grows up.

Rebecca Alexander

Rebecca Alexander is Founder & CEO of AllGo, a community review platform where plus-size people rate the comfort and accessibility of public places so others can know what it’s like before going out.

Ben Kenyon

Ben Kenyon is a podcaster, influencer, founder of The Younique Piece, and a performance coach for the Trail Blazers. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and tries to live generously and with gratitude every day.

Ben Tertin

Ben is a pastor in Portland, Oregon, living out the adventure, that is life, with his wife and two (tree climbing) kids.

Emma McIlroy

Emma Mcilroy is the Co-Founder & CEO of Wildfang. Wildfang is one of the fastest growing retail brands in USA and exists to help every kind of woman become the best possible version of herself, smashing gender roles and the patriarchy in the process.

Caverly Morgan

Caverly Morgan is the founder of Presence Collective and Peace in Schools, a nonprofit that specializes in teaching mindfulness to teens and teachers alike. She has been practicing mindfulness since 1995 and created the first for credit mindfulness course in public high schools. As an artist and educator, Caverly brings insight, passion, and humor to her transformative work with students. As a teacher and public speaker, she shares the vision of liberation for all with the world at large.

www.caverlymorgan.org

Ashley Simpo

Ashley Simpo is a writer, mother, and wellness advocate, writing about motherhood and civic issues through the lens of race, culture and politics. She lives in New York City where she co-parents her son Orion and leads conversations with and about mothers and children.

Daron K. Roberts

Daron K. Roberts is a recovering NFL Coach, practicing leadership professor and hopeful triathlete. He averages 100 keynote speeches a year. Daron and his wife corral five children every Saturday during their weekly "Donut Council" outings.

Kristine Napper

Kristine Napper teaches middle school just outside Portland, Oregon. She’s a lifelong wheelchair user and social justice seeker. She finds joy in good books, long conversations, bright colors, and tacos.

Dr. Laymon Hicks

From troubled youth to graduating high school with a 4.0 grade point average and obtaining a doctorate by the age of 29. Dr. Laymon Hicks’ story is moving, his words are empowering, and his message is practical.

Interested in bringing Laymon Hicks to your school or event? Visit topyouthspeakers.com

Ross Szabo

Ross Szabo is an award-winning pioneer of the youth mental health movement. During his 8 years as Director of Outreach at the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign, he helped create the first youth mental health speakers’ bureau in the country and personally spoke to over one million people. He is currently the Wellness Director at Geffen Academy at UCLA and CEO of the Human Power Project. He’s using both of these opportunities to change the way communities learn about mental health. 

Interested in bringing Ross Szabo to your school or event? Visit topyouthspeakers.com

Dr. Kelsie Storm & Sarah Porter

Dr. Kelsie Storm is a pediatric oncologist who treats children with various types of cancer. She lives with her husband and young children in Portland, Oregon.

Sarah Porter is a social worker who works supporting children and families when a child has been diagnosed with cancer. She also lives in Portland, Oregon, with her spouse and daughters.

Adam Stramwasser

Adam Stramwasser is a financial coach, educator, and life hacker. He’s originally from Venezuela and has been helping people and organizations be more efficient with money for over a decade. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Michelle.

Interested in bringing Adam Stramwasser to your school or event? Visit topyouthspeakers.com