After having lived in many different regions of France and abroad, and working in technical and commercial publishing as well as tourism, Madeleine Brohas settled down a few years ago in the north of France to work as a full-time translator. Her passion for languages has always let her to travel to discover new places and people, and recently has begun to learn Italian.
A true bookworm, Madeleine also adores reading aloud to her six-year-old nephew. Thanks to family roots in Scotland, she is lucky to be able to read books in both English and French.
After a successful career as a radio personality, Josh Brandon ventured out on his own and now records voiceovers for video games, commercials, animated projects, films, and television programs. He is an actor with several TV and film credits. Josh is also a masters-level Licensed English, Speech Communication, and Government teacher!
More than anything, though, Josh loves reading to children and bringing characters to life through voice-acting. Whether reading his children stories before bed or volunteering at the local library, reading children's stories offers Josh the ability to live the dream - have FUN at work! Josh currently writes several blogs on his website, JoshBrandonMedia.com, including the "Happy Hubby Homemaker", which chronicles his journey from career professional to work-from-home husband, dad, and entrepreneur.
Marilisa Bragazzi started out her career as web and graphic designer, then later worked exclusively for children publishers. Currently, her attention is dedicated to creating graphic suites for weddings and planning events. Graphics and creativity are her passions!
Marco Bragazzi has been a high school teacher since 2012. Teaching is a passion for him because teaching young people today means he is teaching the adults of tomorrow. Marco also teaches jujitsu. His motto, both on and off the mat is: “Use your mind, not your strength.”
Marilisa and Marco are sister and brother who have shared this experience as writers for children. They enjoyed joining their very different knowledge bases and their very similar passions for reading.
Navigating the world through the lens of a mother, storyteller, musician and traveler, Kali Blunt focuses on stories that celebrate diversity, joy, and the vast Australian landscape. With a background in education and professional songwriting, Kali now works to create meaningful content as a digital marketing specialist for a broad range of national and global clients.
Hisham Billal started his career in radio and music recording before making the transition to film and TV in 2010, when he was hired as a sound effects recordist for Alzheimer’s (2010). Since then, Hisham has worked in a wide variety of creative capacities within sound departments of many films and TV series.
Hisham has been on staff as a sound designer and mixer at Radio One for media production. He mixed for many TV commercials, radio productions, and TV series such as Sister Teresa (2012) and Compulsory Choice (2017). He has also worked as a freelance sound director for many films, including Helm Aziz (2012), Al Makida (2014), 72 + 2 (2016), Our Dream Christmas (2017), When It Comes Around (2018), Bronx SIU (2018), and Ladies of the Law (2018).
Hisham believes that his work of manipulating and fine-tuning sound is not simply a series of technical processes, but an art form.
An avid reader, Miriam Betz developed a fascination for storytelling at an early age. Her bilingual upbringing and years spent living abroad fostered her interest in foreign cultures. She currently lives in Germany, where she works as a freelance writer and translator.
It’s no secret that Camila Barrena has always been both a bookworm and an amateur anthropologist, constantly trying to wrap her mind around whatever culture is happening to surround her at that given time. Because of her curiosity, she has found herself immersed in diverse cultures, ranging from the Angkor Empire to modern-day Aztecs, from which she draws inspiration for her stories.
Translator, teacher, yogi, softball enthusiast, and aspiring explorer, Camila is passionate about traveling and discovering new worlds. The worlds of music and nature are two of her favorites. But for her, the most enthralling world of all will always be the world of storytelling, with its winding paths and endless possibilities, and the ancient creatures that lurk in the deep mountains and nimble dryads that keep vigil over the woods.
Andrea Barragan is a journalist from Spain who works as a freelance content writer. Her passion is traveling, and she tries to integrate her travels with her work as much as she can.
Andrea has lived in the United Kingdom, Georgia, and Colombia and enjoys sharing her experiences there in her blog. She is always looking for new adventures on the horizon!
Mathilde Armand is a French author who previously worked as an advertising copywriter and a journalist before choosing to write stories for children.
Even if witches, fairies, and other other monsters are her favorite topics, she enjoys speaking about daily life as well. You can follow Mathilde’s work on her youtube channel, which has over 9000 subscribers and 13 million views.
To Jonathan Andrew, audio is more than just a science. Over the years that he has worked with clients both private and corporate, he’s found that one thing remains the same as it did when he started: we are all humans connecting with each other.
Jonathan believes that the purpose of what he does comes from his wish to show the greatness that all people have inside of them, no matter who they are or where they come from. He believes that we all have stories to tell, and he bring those stories to life using his vocal talents.
Growing up in rural northwest New Jersey, Weston Anderson has loved stories for years, so he finally decided to write some of his own. He graduated from Centenary University in Hackettstown, New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a concentration in creative writing. When not at work, Weston loves to spend time with friends or immerse himself in stories and let his creativity generate new ideas for future works.
Wendy Ahmad (Walaa) is from Cairo, Egypt. She is a doctor and a freelance writer. In 2018, she finished her master studies in hematopathology. As a child, reading was a hobby to her along with listening to bedtime stories. Knowing how important reading is to a child, she joined Tiny Readers and became an author of multiple stories aiming to reach every child and parent around the world. Her motto is “Once a child forms a habit of reading, this passion can totally change his life in the best way!”
Sara Bormolini was born in Como, Italy and spent her childhood between her hometown and the Alps of Livigno. Being on the move gave her a passion for travelling and a taste for new places and cultures. She’s studied in Milan, Birmingham, and Venice, and has been living in the UK after completing her master’s degree in Children’s Literature at Cambridge. Cat lover and picture book enthusiast, Sara now lives in Oxford, where she enjoys the local eateries, the theatre scene, and long hours playing board games. She is a member of the Society of Young Publishers, and she has been working as a children’s literature editor at TRP since 2014.
Diana Delamarian lives in a beautiful Spanish city in Costa Blanca, Spain, surrounded by sunlight, sea breezes, and tourists. Speaking English is almost mandatory there, but her love for the English language goes much further. English has given her the opportunity to learn new things, and doing translations has allowed that little artist inside of her to emerge.
“Translation is the other side of a tapestry.” - Cervantes
KC Murphy has always had an extremely vivid imagination and finds story ideas popping in her head at the most inopportune moments, like at 1am! Writing in rhyme is a firm favorite with KC and she reckons she was rhyming before she could speak properly.
KC lives in the beautiful city of Plymouth in the United Kingdom with her husband, their little dog and 17-year-old chinchilla. Her inspiration for story writing comes from everyday life and seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. She volunteers at a local school where she helps children to improve their reading skills, firmly believing that every child deserves to be able to read and enjoy the magic of books.
Elaine Cashmore has loved to hear and act out stories since she was little. She struggled with reading in school, but was able to become engaged in audiobooks. Audiobooks helped her to develop her love for books and enabled her to achieve a Bachelor’s degree in musical theater.
As a mother and a professional voice talent, bringing stories to little listeners is a treasure in her full life. In addition to singing, performing live theater, and continuously learning, she also loves hanging out with her family, dog, and cats in her northern Illinois home.
Marcello Caruso was born and raised in South Africa. His father was Italian and his mother was South African, so needless to say growing up was a cultural adventure. In 2014 Marcello moved to Florence, Italy to commence his studies at the Florence Academy of the Fine Arts, where he majored in printmaking. Having been made aware of art’s ability to communicate indiscriminately across all age groups and cultures, Marcello passionately pursues it. He is currently working on his Masters degree in illustration and plans to pursue a career in teaching or practicing it.
Alessandra Alesi is from Sicily, Italy. When she was a child, she spent her afternoons reading comics and books. She enjoyed imaging the wonderful fictional lives of March sisters from Little Women and the mysteries of Burnett’s secret garden from The Secret Garden. She also loved (and still loves) Gianni Rodari and Bianca Pitzorno, two Italian children’s authors. Inspired by their stories, Alessandra started writing short stories and little funny rhyming poems, and her primary school teachers encouraged her writing and imagination.
Alessandra attended Liceo Classico high school, where she studied Latin, Ancient Greek and literature. She learned more about styles, history, and grammar, and obtained a starting point to realize her dream of becoming a writer. After a degree in foreign language (English, Spanish, and Chinese) Alessandra obtained her PhD; by writing a doctoral dissertation about the use of comics book to teach foreign languages and to improve communicative skills. She thinks that, in every kind of learning, a spoonful of fun is necessary.
Now Alessandra is a middle school English teacher in Palermo, her hometown. The sea, the atmosphere, and the rich history of Palermo give Alessandra the right nourishment for her mind. She loves cats, cooking, Walt Disney works, Japanese mangas and everything that gives her ideas and stimulates her imagination. She still writes tales for children, and she has several notebooks full of ideas for more!
Learning another language was Sara Hamdy’s dream since she began school. She set a goal to become a translator and embarked on a study program to accomplish that. She graduated from Al-azhar University in 2018 with a degree in literature and English translation. Although she is a new graduate, she has three years experience in translation since she has been working in that field since her sophomore year of college. Sara enjoys working as a freelancer as it allows her to work with people all over the world and learn more about their cultures.
Pilar Gari has always loved children. When she was a teenager, she earned her first pocket money as a babysitter in England looking after three children...and learned her first three English words. Since then, she has enjoyed staying connected to children in many ways: as a shop assistant in a children’s bookshop, as a translator, as a writer, and of course, as a mother.
Pilar especially loves writing for children, whether it is stories, games, or recipes. She also enjoys writing nonfiction for children using simple words while providing accurate information. Her favorite topics are animals, science, and history.
Pilar’s other professional passion is research. She is originally from Spain, but freelancing has given her the chance to spend long periods of time in other countries, such as France, England, or the USA. She is able to work on translations and do historical research in some of the most important libraries and archives of the world! Traveling has given her the great opportunity to meet children from different cultures, learn new languages, and remain open minded.
Martina Gallo Galitiello is an illustrator and painter who lives on the Atlantic coast of Argentina. There, she studied visual arts and earned a degree at the Professional Illustration School of the Visual Arts Martin A. Malharro.
Martina loves working with mixed and traditional techniques, like watercolor painting, but she really enjoys digital painting as well. She loves working on children’s stories and concept art, and she always tucks magic and nature into her artwork.
Martina has worked as a freelance illustrator since 2016 and is currently studying to be a middle school art educator. She hopes to encourage children to express themselves in art and to value themselves, just as she was taught.
A self-taught illustrator, Bethany Ann began illustrating her favorite stories when she was a child living with her family in Devon, England. In her early twenties, she began showcasing her work on social media and in digital portfolios. You can support Bethany on Artstation and Instagram, where she showcases her imaginative illustrations and concept art for all ages.
Dmitry Fedorov was born and still resides in Kiev, Ukraine. He has always loved colorful and interesting illustrations in children’s books. As a child, Dmitry liked drawing funny pictures. Later, after years of practice, he became a professional artist and illustrator. He has been illustrating children’s books since 2016. His daughter loves to watch him as he works, and she often draws her version of each illustration. Sometimes Dmitry uses her ideas in his own work.
Davor Dramikanin, from Skopje, Macedonia, admits to being a book and comics-collecting addict. He is grateful that he has been able to work on books, covers, magazines, and all sorts of other design over the past 15 years, and he loves his work.
As a father of two daughters, Davor always tests his work on them to see if they think that his designs work well. He spends his free time in fun and games, and is a big fan of Magic: The Gathering. He also enjoys writing comics and is a voracious reader.
Goskel Gulcan is an illustrator from Turkey. He feels that his art creates a door into the imaginary world of children, giving color and life to their thoughts. Each time he has passed through that door, he has felt like he was in Neverland and wished he could stay there as a grown-up child.
To be a part of his fairy tale world, where you can travel in his dreamworld for a while, you are invited to peruse the magical art he has created for Tiny Readers Publishing.
Rosemary High is from Southeast England. From a very young age, she always loved to read and create stories with fantastical characters. After spending a couple of years teaching, she received her Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Lincoln, and was then promptly whisked away by her Texan husband to the Lone Star State where they currently live. They have two glorious children who Rosemary hopes will grow up to enjoy her stories, and maybe even create some of their own.
A former teacher, Rusty Fischer is the author of several books for children, including The Littlest Werewolf’s Story and The Littlest Witch’s Story, both part of the Story Time for Little Monsters Series (Looking Glass Library, 2014). When he’s not writing about Halloween or little monsters, you’re likely to find him bussing tables or running food at the family restaurant!
Irina grew up in a small Siberian town in Russia. At the age of four, she learned her first English words and fell in love with the English language. At school she was the best student in her English class and decided to enter the Linguistic University to study it further. After graduating from the University with Honors, she taught English to kids in Japan and South Korea. It was a wonderful experience. Irina also got the chance to learn some Japanese and Korean. After that she moved to Canada and then to the US, where she’s been living ever since with her husband and two kids.
In 2012, she changed her career path by becoming a freelance translator. She loves her job and the freedom and flexibility that it gives her. Irina also likes traveling, reading and mountain skiing.
Theresia Lisa Lorensa is an illustrator from Indonesia. Her major was graphic design, but because she likes to try new things, she now works as tenant relation builder during the day and a freelance designer in the evening. With these two jobs, Theresia enjoys helping people and hopes she makes them smile.
Theresia likes to read anything, especially comics and classic fairy tales. She can’t go anywhere without her sketchbook, as she loves to dream and paint whatever interests her, such as her family, her lovely dog, and beautiful scenery.
Valerie has always loved reading. As a teenager, she wrote her first novel for a writing contest. In college, she won a prize for a short story she had written. Valerie continued writing in university, where she studied literature and language.
Now bilingual French and English, Valeria puts her love of writing and languages to work as a translator and proofreader. While working with students in French immersion, Valerie discovered a need for good stories using vocabulary appropriate for learners of a second language, which started her on the road to writing children’s stories. Her nine-year-old son is always her first reader and critic.
According to Zhan Li, growing up in the coastal Chinese city of Tianjin is not a fun experience for any child because it’s hard to have any activities outdoors there. Throughout her teenage years, Zhan stayed at home and read books.
One of her fondest memories is the first time she received a whole set of children’s story books. Those stories, from different countries and regions, inspired her by showing her how culturally diverse the world is. If there was one consistent thing that reading offered her, it was the reinforcement about how big the world is.
Miguel Viegas Leal’s writing compulsion is almost as old as he is. His desire to write emerged when he first started to read fantasy books. Since childhood, he has spent his hour before bed traveling through books and into parallel worlds. Miguel reads whatever he can find, writes about magic and children’s adventures, and still manages to find time to work as an aeronautical engineer in Portugal. You can find his surreal and fantastic short stories on literary blogs and in magazines.
Being the daughter of a working mom, Olga Son always felt that reading was the best way to spend quality time together. Listening to her mom read stories made her love books before she could read. Once she was able to read on her own, she never stopped.
Born in Ukraine, Olga lived and studied in several cities, traveled a lot around the world, and ended up in Turkey, where she got married and became mother to an adorable little girl. As a parent raising a bilingual child, Olga encourages interest in books by all means. A parent’s power to choosing first books for their children is a privilege and an amazing opportunity to introduce the right values to them.
As a writer, Olga underlines the importance of kindness, creativity, open mindedness, tolerant attitudes, and respect in building better, stronger, and happier society in all of her works.
Svetlana Kravchenko lives in Dnipro, Ukraine. As long as she can remember, she has always wanted to be an artist. Because of this, art has always been a part of her life. She drew throughout her life and even attended art school. Once she began attending university, she studied architecture, but worked as an artist on the side.
Svetlana is currently working in graphic design and is learning programming, but she hopes that one day she can devote all of her time to drawing. Until then, she enjoys working with the beautiful illustrations drawn by the artists at Tiny Readers. Each story that Svetlana has worked on has been amazing. Her son was also mesmerized by the artwork and asked her to read the books to him, even though he doesn’t understand other languages. Svetlana plans to help her son learn new languages using Tiny Readers books.
After growing up overseas on army bases, Laura Kraft has settled down in a small town in Pennsylvania. She lives with her husband and their four children. Her family inspires her creativity with their never-ending humor, support, and love.
Nadia Kotkina is an illustrator from the town of Arkhangelsk in northern Russia, where the sun doesn’t appear for over six months during the polar night and never sets for two months during the polar day!
Nadia has a studio where she teaches English to children, teenagers, and adults. She enjoys playing piano and takes piano lessons. She is also a good dancer, and has been dancing since childhood. Now she is active in ballroom dancing and enjoys it very much.
Illustrating children’s books had always been Nadia’s dream. She is very pleased to be living her dream as she creates beautiful illustrations for Tiny Readers Publishing!
Growing up, Karin King always loved the sound of her mother’s voice as she read aloud to her and her brothers. That is what fueled her desire to use her voice professionally. She became a radio DJ then, as she and her husband started a family, she began doing voiceover work from home.
Her two children are grown and off on their own now, but Karin still loves narrating books, training modules, and other educational materials for kids and adults all over the world from her Chicagoland in-home studio.
Daria Kalnitskaya hails from Saint Petersburg, Russia, where she works as an English language teacher and a freelance translator. She enjoys working on various kinds of translation, including fiction. Daria also loves to spend time raising her adorable tiny daughter.
Elizaveta Kalacheva is an illustrator based in Valencia, Spain. She grew up in a small town in Russia, where she studied at the School of Art and Music. After graduating, she moved to Spain to study environmental science at the University of Valencia.
During that time, Elizaveta freelanced for different companies. She draws only in traditional format, using watercolor. Elizaveta considers illustration to be her hobby, and enjoys her career as an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist.
Arpan Joshi was born in Ujjain, one of the most famous holy cities in India and home to the famed Mahakaleshwar temple. Drawing and designing has always been Arpan’s passion, which is what led him to get his degree in multimedia.
Having worked with over 140 clients from around the world, in 2009 Arpan founded his own firm, 3AP Creations. He enjoys being able to express himself and showcase his skills in his art. He is also passionate about spending time with his family and enjoying life.
Born and raised in Japan, Mayumi Ito moved to Alaska in the late 1980s with her husband and her then-six-month-old son to start a new chapter of her life. Many years later, her story in America’s Last Frontier still continues, and she’s loving every moment of it—except for driving in winter and paying higher shipping fees. Freelance translator by trade, Mayumi enjoys walking in the woods, reading good mysteries, and training with her agility dog, Pika. Her favorite quote is “The best is yet to be.”
Ghada Itani was her grandmother’s little companion, so she had the chance to visit many old ladies and listen to amazing (but weird) stories from Lebanese culture. She grew up with a tremendous amount of curiosity, which she satisfied by studying archaeology and philosophy, and read about paranormal phenomena and mystical knowledge. Writing children’s stories for Tiny Readers is a very delightful experience for her.
Alice Irizarry is a kid at heart (or a grown-up with a heart for kids). Her love for music and literature has prepared her well for narrating children’s books. Using a literature-heavy curriculum as a home educator meant many hours of filling her children’s minds and hearts with great stories. Reading to her children when they were young was a daily treat and included many trips to their local library, where the staff knows Alice and her family by sight.
Alice calls the Chicago suburbs home, where she lives with her math genius hubby, her son and daughter (when they are not at college) and a menagerie of pets.
Angela Lee is a wife, a mother, and a teacher of 19 years. She enjoys life at her Virginia woodland home with her husband, children, and pets. An avid reader, she is following her dream of becoming a children’s author. In her spare time, she enjoys family, food, music, and fun of all kinds. She is well known for her infectious laugh. Her students, family, and co-workers think she’s a hoot! But for some reason, her teenagers are less enthusiastic.
Mar’yana Kachmar was born in Lviv, Ukraine in 1983. She earned a Master’s certificate in sacred art from the National Academy in Lviv. Since then, she’s worked as an editor and artist in the Christian children’s magazines Angel and Flashlight. Mar’yana has also illustrated many children’s books, including ABC Book, Miracle in the Woods, Christmas, and Poems for Boys and Girls.
Mar’yana is fond of singing and making puppets. She is mother to three cheerful and energetic children who inspire her daily with new pictures!
Alejandra López is a Mexican author and writer who not only loves animals (especially cats and penguins) but who truly enjoys writing. She has studied literature and creative writing. While she focuses on fantasy histories for kids she also has a deep interest in philosophy. "Words are fantastic worlds in need to be explored.
Allison Mackey began writing at the age of eight, starting with poetry and progressing to novels in her teens. In 1991 she graduated from UGA with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She briefly worked as a reporter and copy editor for the Oglethorpe Echo, and was a regular humor column contributor in the quarterly independent musicians' magazine Visions of Gray. She also composed and recorded an original eleven-song CD in 2003 titled You’ve Waited Long Enough.
Allison is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and she's a member of the Shoals Writers Guild in Florence, Alabama where she currently lives with her husband Chad. Allison is honored to be represented by Elizabeth Bennett at the Transatlantic Literary Agency.
Amanda Izquierdo didn’t always know she would be writer, but life is always mysterious. As she grew, she found comfort and inspiration in poetry and short stories. When she began to write children’s stories, it was as if she had uncovered a hidden goal in her heart.
Amanda has lived in Venezuela, Italy, and Germany, and now her creativity grows in the beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain. There, she writes, paints, and dreams of a better world for future generations.
Paola Paladini grew up in a small town in Italy, with books as her best friends.
Imagination has always driven Paola towards enchanted worlds made up of fairies, queens, kings, and fantastic animals, not to mention plants that are able to speak and rocks that are able to think. As an adult, the desire to share all these worlds has led Paola to write short stories for her children and their friends.
After her relocation to Jordan with her husband and children, Paola taught Arab students the Italian language, in both schools and language centers. Moreover, she wrote children’s stories as a freelancer.
In the present day, Paola works as a pharmacist in an NGO to help Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan. She is still writing new stories that are waiting to be read!
Born in Russia, Olga Osina now lives in Tallinn, Estonia with her husband and little daughter.
For Olga, stories, both read and written, have always been a world where magic is possible…a world where she can feel safe. This love of stories led her to working with kids. Olga is an English and German teacher for young learners.
Born in New York, but having studied in Los Angeles, Kate Neuer had a hard time picking a hometown or career before landing on “Indiana” and “writer”. Nothing else was adventurous enough for her. Kate was trained in screenwriting and had opportunities to pitch several projects to producers, but ultimately realized her passion was travel. She hopes to encourage children and adults alike to explore and appreciate different cultures through her storytelling.
Shalla Mar Mugot was born on February 19, 1991 in Gingoog City, Philippines. She is a freelance artist who applies her trade in comic books, digital and graphic illustration, and children's books. She found her passion for art at the very young age of four, which led her to pursue a career as an artist.
Sherman Morrison has been an avid reader and writer for as long as he can remember. Helping new writers get started and improve their craft has become an important part of his day-to-day life. He makes a living as a writer and editor for hire, which keeps his days busy with a wide variety of projects. When he's not tapping away on his laptop or driving his very busy teenage daughter to all her activities, Sherman can be found performing on stage with a variety of theatre groups in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, where he has lived since 1996.
Bronwyn Minnie is an aspiring South Africa writer who started out writing poetry at the age of 14. As she grew, so did her passion for words and the art of writing. Little did she know that one day, the doors to the amazing world fiction and her dreams of becoming an author would open to children's factual/educational-based fiction writing. This was made possible once she joined Tiny Readers Publishing.
Bronwyn lives in a small farming town with her husband, three kids, and 5 dogs. She is a certified banting coach who loves writing poetry, children's stories, articles and cookbooks in her free time. Furthermore, she enjoys experimenting with food, computer games, reading, and learning.
For Francis Asencio, life means travel. This multifaceted teacher and freelance journalist and translator has invested his last 10 years teaching Spanish to kindergarten and primary students in countries such as Canada, Switzerland and presently in Thailand.
He loves to gather his students around the bonfire and make them dream, travel and learn through the stories that he borrows from other authors and the ones that he writes by himself for his students. Translating and writing stories for kids is his way to say thanks to the writers that were part of his childhood.
He firmly believes that stories have been an important educational tool in every society and civilization in history, not just as entertainment but as a way of conveying values, history and traditions.
When Candice Mallicoat contracted Lyme disease in 2011, being a working mother meant something very different. During treatment, it was therapeutic to use her imagination and creativity to write. Writing was a way to bring Candice closer to her children, who love her stories. When she's not dabbling with writing, Candice coaches women with children to thrive despite chronic illness, just as she learned to do.
Katherine Mosuta is a self-taught illustrator from Davao City, Philippines. At a very young age, she and her siblings spent their time creating favorite cartoon characters. She enjoyed using her own style to turn them into paper dolls.
Because of her love for art, Katherine set out to learn more about drawing. She fell in love with creating portraits with charcoal pencils, and that became her favorite way to practicing her art and mold her skills. Wanting to pursue her dream to become a professional artist, Katherine moved to Cagayan de Oro City to study art in college.
Julia is a big "story" worshiper. She sees life and its twists and turns as a story. Things begin, evolve and end, and Julia loves to extract these episodes and make stories out of them. Julia's story began back in the USSR city of Tallinn in 1978. At the age of 13 Julia, like most of her countrymen, ended up in a young sovereign country, the Republic of Estonia. But this was just the start of her adventures in the world.
After graduating from Gymnasium, Julia won a grant from the Danish Democracy Fund and moved to Denmark to study. The country and its people were very inspirational to Julia, especially the history of Hans Christian Andersen, who made an enormous impact on literature in his time. Julia was no stranger to his books. At that point, Julia decided to dedicate herself to writing.
After graduation with a Journalism major, Julia never departed from writing, even though she worked in various industries and various European countries. Over the last 10 years, Julia has been living in the Netherlands with her husband and 3 children. She freelances in writing and enjoys trying out different genres. Five years ago, she had the opportunity to write children stories for Tiny Readers Publishing, and later she also worked as a Russian language editor for them.
Julia believes in the power of language skills, both verbal and written. After all, language is the most efficient tool of communication between all people. Exchanging ideas and stories, being understood, and being able to understand comes solely from one's ability to use language. For this reason, she finds that developing the habit of reading with kids to be essential.
Tung Yuen See started her career as a news producer before embarking on an intercontinental adventure to start a family in three countries over a 10 year span, all while maintaining an active freelance writing career. Her arduous adventure living aboard gave her the opportunity to experience vastly different cultures and lifestyles.
As a mother of two, Tung Yuen loves to make up stories with her beautiful young daughters, and she enjoys seeing her kids cultivating a rich, creative childhood. Now having settled in Canberra, Australia with her husband and daughters, Tung Yuen is working in the community service sector. During her free time, she still pursues her interest in writing as a children’s book author and freelance translator.
Fátima Báez Santana is from the Canary Islands and began her love of reading early on, as her uncle worked at a publishing house for Spanish children’s books. At school, she enjoyed participating in storytelling competitions where she won games and, of course, more books. Passionate about languages too, Fátima graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpreting, and completed a Master’s degree in Subtitling.
Now that Fátima has achieved her dream of being a freelance translator, she greatly enjoys her work and has more time for her interests: reading, swimming, and hiking as a nature lover. As a translator of these lovely stories, she hopes that her contribution can improve the world of all children.
Charity Russell was born in Zambia and moved to the U.K. as a teenager. She was always drawing and realized early on in life that drawing is what she wanted to do. Considering her love of drawing, put together with her deep love of books, children’s book illustration seemed an obvious career choice.
Charity went to Falmouth University College and gained a bachelor’s degree, followed a few years later with a Master of Arts in Illustration and Design from the University of Sunderland. Charity lives with her husband and two children in Bristol.
After many years in the Tv production industry, Silvia decided to turn her life upside down and quit her job to become a part time ESL teacher in Bucaramanga, Colombia and a part time freelance online translator, she finally found the freedom and passion in her life and she has been doing this for several years now, she couldn't be happier. She's a dog lover and she paints and draws in her free time, although she doesn't plan on having any children of her own, she loves teaching kids and reading stories to them.
Though she had been working in the technical industry for years, Daren Margarette P. Ramoran still pursued her passion of becoming an artist. She is now a freelancer working from home, while enjoying the perks of being a hands-on mom and wife. She really loves her craft doing digital illustrations, but in her free time she still hones her traditional skills doing artworks in oil painting, watercolor and charcoal drawings. She also bonds with her family through music and enjoys playing violin.
At age 6, Rogelio M. Ramilo started drawing seriously. He used scrap paper, walls, or any surface that happened to be available, and he hasn’t stopped creating art ever since. His father wanted him to be an architect, but his love for cartoons inspired him to pursue a career related to animation.
His nearly three decades of work involved being an animator for a lot of projects, including Disney. He has also worked in publishing as a layout artist, a creative director, and a comics illustrator. His last full-time job was as a product/toy designer under Marvel and Warner Bros. licensed projects.
Now, Rogelio is a home-based artist, enjoying the company of his two granddaughters who are his inspiration. Rogelio considers illustrating children’s books as his most rewarding work. He loves kids and cartoons, and treasures both very much.
Kateryna Radchenko lives in Ukraine and works as a translator and blog writer. Five years ago, she used her maternity leave to change her approach to life and work. Since then, she's only been doing what interests and inspires her. Storytime with her son is what she treasures most in her day.
Kati Prusenko was born in Makeevka, Ukraine. When the war began, she moved to Kiev, and now she lives in Moscow. She graduated from art school, then participated in three exhibitions in Donetsk.
Kati has been an illustrator and designer for more than 5 years. She creates illustrations and designs for printed materials, websites, and promotional materials.
. Kati is an organizer of international projects about art communication and social filming by supporters of Erasmus+. Illustrations, for her, are not only pictures, but talking visual images with their own moods and histories.
Tom Pilath grew up in a German village near Dresden. He started dancing and acting in small theater companies, then decided to pursue a career in professional theater. He soon became a leader of a teenage theater group in Hungary. Tom enjoyed working with teens. He sharpened his creative skills as a dramatic writer for young people, then also began working as a children’s book editor. Tom stepped into the role of an author with his children’s stories at Tiny Readers Publishing.
When Tom is not writing, he is busy with acting jobs in international theater and film productions. You can see him in his performances in German theaters, hotels and restaurants. Tom never stopped loving fairy tales and children’s stories, but now he’s rediscovering that magic through his nephews and his friends’ children reacting to his stories.
Sue Peterson grew up in a small town on the banks of the Fox River in Wisconsin. After graduating from college and graduate school, she spent over 3 decades teaching K-12, college, and adult students in regular and special education, ESL, and gifted/talented programs both in the US and at international schools in Korea and Poland.
Now, teaching in the graduate education department of a local college for their add-on gifted/talented teaching licensure, Sue is also a freelance writer and editor. She has authored her own educational products: 450 leveled books, about 50 original plays, and an elementary language arts series. Of all the types of writing Sue does, she enjoys writing for children and creative writing the most.
Now retired, Sue spends much of her time at the family cottage in northern Wisconsin. If she is not sailing, you might find her thinking of that next children’s story as she rests on the hammock under the century-old fir trees or walks the trails with her beloved Westie, Kenya.
José Angel Galea Ramos was born in Valencia-Venezuela, where he spent his childhood playing baseball and drawing. He dreamed of being a professional baseball player, but in high school he realized his love for art. José decided to study art in college and majored in graphic design. After graduating, José discovered that he loved illustration and he has not stopped illustrating since then.
When he’s not illustrating, José loves to spend time in the kitchen and enjoys cooking his own food and sampling dishes from other countries. Since 2015, he has worked as an illustrator for foreign companies, and as a children's illustrator for several US writers and completed designs for coloring books.
Adriana Sayol is a freelance translator and proofreader who enjoys the freedom and mobility her work gives her. As a child, one of the first children's stories she recalls reading was The Very Hungry Caterpillar. She grew up reading stories by Roald Dahl and Dr. Seuss. Adriana remembers how she struggled reading H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man at early age, but it soon became one of her favorites because of the special atmosphere and mystery in the plot.
Adriana had been translating children´s books into several languages when Tiny Readers Publishing gave her the chance to start writing her own children's books for the first time. She would like to continue writing for children, especially bilingual stories.
Being Italian, Eugenia Varese has naturally loved painting since childhood. She attended an important artistic high school in Padova, then the well-known Accademia of Belle Art in Venice. On that basis, Eugenia developed an interest in new forms of visual arts, especially for young people and children, such as digital painting. She is now collaborating with some publishing houses as illustrator. She also teaches pictorial techniques and takes part in several art exhibitions.
Meral Ugursan is an author from Turkey. As a child, she spent all her holidays reading books, then she started to write her own stories. Meral was 16 years old when she decided to become a writer. She graduated from Dokuz Eylul University, Department of Performing Arts, Theater- Dramatic Writing Branch in 1999., and earned a certificate from an English course at Sheffield College after moving to England. After that, Meral worked as an editor in Turkey for a few years.
Meral has lived in Chesterfield, England (a historic small town with gorgeous countryside view) since 2003 with her 14-year-old son, her cat Nayla, and Nayla’s four kittens. She has currently published nine children’s books and has won awards for her writing. Meral still writes articles about Turkish and world literature, book reviews, theatre plays, and children's stories. She also translates children’s books.
Marion was born in France, then moved to Quebec and lives now in British Columbia. She's a books lover, writes novels' reviews and is also a translator. When not reading or writing, she works as a costumer on movie sets. With fabrics or words, she enjoys creating characters and stories in order to entertain little ones and grown-ups.
Michelle Tiong is a Malaysian who is currently working on PhD research related to CO2 reduction. A lifelong nature lover, she likes to write about people and culture. Her creative works are the results of her curiosity towards knowledge. Michelle is also a Chinese author. Her works are published in local newspapers from time to time. Her favorite quote is “Life is short; number our days so that we may get a heart of wisdom.”
The very first short story ever written by Caroline Thuillier was when she was just five years old. It recounted the harrowing tale of a man who could not bear eating ravioli anymore. With such a taste for allegorical fables and puzzling topics, she ended up working as a full-time writer, translator and proofreader. She has worked with publishers, marketing agencies, global companies and small businesses, and currently juggles work and art studies.
Anurag Srivastava was born in Lucknow, India. He completed his education in science and engineering, and later earned dual Masters degrees in Computer Science and Business administration (MBA). Later, with a weighted heart, he had to leave his lovely hometown for his career. Anurag moved to Mumbai, India and became a technology banker.
Anurag enjoyed stories as a child, as his mother and grandmother were his main source of those sweet tales. Today, he enjoys being a part of Tiny Readers Publishing because he can bring beautiful stories to lovely children in their own language through his translations.
Svetlana Sobcenko is a visual artist from Lithuania. She graduated from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dublin, Ireland, with Bachelor of Animation. She specializes in traditional and digital 2D animation, conceptual development, art direction and illustration. Since 2010, she has worked as an animator and illustrator on various international films and projects.
Irina Slastionchina lives in Chisinau, Moldova. She's pregnant now and chooses books for her child with love. She has loved reading all her life and sometimes saw in books the light of friendship, love, and a shiny future. Irina wants to pass these immutable truths to all children of the world through her stories.
Though she is aware that biographies are only interesting if tragically dramatic, Silvia Sigorini is ready to astonish you with her extraordinarily normal life.
Having grown up with a passion for words, she started writing at an early age, but preferred sofas and walls to plain old paper.
After graduating with a dissertation on “The Evolution of Writing Surfaces” (in which, oddly enough, sofas aren’t even mentioned), she got her first job as a university librarian.
She writes for the amusement of both her husband Ezio and her two sons Fabio and Claudio, who serve as valuable guides on her all-inclusive trips through fantastic worlds.
For her, writing is both a passion and a job. She has been working as a copywriter for a web-marketing company for six years. But she has never forgotten where she comes from, and goes back to writing on her beloved sofa, with her beloved children, whenever possible.
Anna Sherman is a happy mother of two wonderful boys. They are her life and they inspire her to take new steps every day. Everything she does, she does it for her boys. Anna hopes her books will help them grow to become honest, courageous and curious men.
Anna believes that knowledge makes our world better. She is a translator and she brings the ideas of that new world to many people. You can find her at shermantran.wordpress.com.
Anna hopes that the knowledge from her books and all stories at Tiny Readers will help our children to make our planet a better place!
While she always had awesome rhyming skills, high school years were when Shahar Shavit first discovered her love for poetry and literature. It was while reading the novella "The Metamorphosis" by Kafka. After graduating, she joined the IDF and served as an observer for two years. Now she is combining her passion for poetry and literature with her love for languages and is working full time as an English-Hebrew literary translator, located in central Israel.
Born and raised in Rome, Christian Zeppieri has been reading and drawing for as long as he can remember. After pursuing art studies in Italy, he started traveling and illustrated anything he could put his hands on, whether it was children's books, mobile games, or brand characters. Christian is currently living and drawing in Amsterdam.
Viktoriya Zaytseva is an artist who has been drawing for half a century. Born in Uzbekistan, in a city called Chirchik, she began to teach a variety of arts to people of all ages after graduating from the University in Tashkent.
Viktoriya loves to ski, travel and sew. She loves to paint the world as she sees it, and she enjoys painting the people that she meets. Painting what and who she sees is an amazing and beautiful experience.
Viktoriya now lives in Russia with her daughter and husband. She continues to enjoy drawing everything that surrounds her.
Islam Zayed lives in Egypt. He is a freelance translator who helps to translate mane different types of content to his native language of Arabic. He enjoys his career very much.
Before starting a translation business, Islam worked as customer service representative at Bank Misr for a short time. Now he is working as a planning specialist, along with operating his freelance business.
Islam is always eager to help others as much as he can, and he is also he keen to learn new things. He is crazy about nature, traveling and visiting new places.
Italian-born language teacher and tutor for toddlers and young children, Elisabetta Zaccaria has always had a deep passion for both writing and illustrating children’s books, comics and greeting cards. She has been managing her own language center in Tuscany, Italy for over 20 years, teaching both English and Italian classes for children, teenage students and adults.
Ever since Elisabetta was a very young age, her passion for learning foreign languages and drawing steadily propelled her into her current love for writing and illustrating stories and fairy-tales. Four years ago, she moved to London with her family, where she continues to manage her language school in Tuscany, organizes and teaches both Italian and English language courses, and holds fun learning labs for young children, a great source of inspiration for her own stories and illustrations.
In the UK, Elisabetta has started a greeting card business, producing watercolored and black ink hand-illustrated greeting cards for her clients. Her wide production of children’s books is currently expanding, as she continually adds new stories and illustrations. She is now working on a brand new children’s comic book with newly-created and designed attractive characters, Zig, Zandy and Zero!
Farimah Youssefirad was born and raised in Iran, moved to India for studies, and now lives in Canada with her husband and 3-year-old daughter. With a background in computer science, Farimah works for a tech start-up, which keeps her busy.
Reading bedtimes stories to her daughter inspired Farimah to translate global children’s stories into her native language. A gymnast, swimmer, music lover, traveler, consultant, and mother, her life played different roles in shaping what she is today.
When motherhood is not throwing any surprises at her, Farimah enjoys putting her daughter's candid moments on Instagram.
If you are ever looking for Maytal Yarkoni, you will probably find her hiding behind a book somewhere. Ever since she was a child, Maytal has loved diving headfirst into stories.
When Maytal isn't reading, writing or translating words, you can find her illustrating and interpreting them with paint. Or climbing trees.
Tristan J Wright has been an actor and voice-over artist since he landed the made-up role of Blue Bird in a community theater production of "Animal Crackers" when he was in kindergarten. He was taken by the amount of attention he received in class and has never looked back. Tristan has performed in countless plays, television shows, and films and has lent his voice to numerous audiobooks, video games, animated series and more. He lives in Los Angeles with his wonderful wife and three kids. They also have a dog who doesn't get the attention he deserves. Maybe we will go for a walk tomorrow, Winston. Hang in there!
Once upon a time, there was a guy named Joe Wosik. Joe always loved a good story, beginning with stories told on the Sesame Street and Captain Kangaroo shows that he watched as a little kid to his eventual 14-year career on the radio telling stories to thousands of listeners every morning. Today he is lucky enough to have read hundreds of great stories that have been published as audiobooks for both grown-ups and young people around the world. There is nothing like a good story and Joe hopes you enjoy hearing a good story, too! The End.
Rebecca Wooding has been passionate about art since she was a young girl, and it has always been a big part of her life. Since achieving her degree in Character Animation, she has worked as a Project Manager at a design and print company.
Rebecca is now pursuing her dream of working as a freelance artist. She currently lives in the UK. When she is not working, Rebecca spends her free time baking and writing.