Meet Our Authors.

All of our authors have inspiring personal stories and expertise on their subjects. They are a diverse group, representing different races, genders, and experiences, and we are so excited to bring their stories to kids and grownups alike.

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.

A Kids Book About Feminism

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!

A Kids Book About Belonging

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.

A Kids Book About Creativity

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.

A Kids Book About Racism

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.

A Kids Book About Depression

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.

A Kids Book About Body Image

Ben Kenyon

Ben Kenyon is a podcaster, influencer, and 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.

A Kids Book About Gratitude

Ben Tertin

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

 

A Kids Book About Adventure

Dr. Kelsie Storm & Sarah Porter

Dr. Kelsie Storm is a Pediatric Hematologist and Oncologist and lives with her husband and young daughter in Portland, Oregon. Sarah Porter is a social worker who works with Dr. Storm supporting children and families when a child has been diagnosed with cancer.

A Kids Book About Cancer

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

A Kids Book About Failure

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

A Kids Book About Anxiety

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

A Kids Book About Money