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There’s no better way to inspire a group than to bring amazing people to speak to them about a topic they are passionate about. Lucky for you, we think we have some pretty amazing authors and illustrators.

If your organization can’t afford to pay a speaker fee and transportation for the speaker, never fear! Many of our speakers can do virtual visits to your classroom, library, bookstore or business.


Featured Speakers

Heather Lynn Harris

Illustrator and Author

Heather Lynn Harris is on a quest to share lost literary treasures with today’s young readers by bringing them to life with her illustrations. This award-winning illustrator hopes that the power of wonder is stirred in all who read her books. Educated at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, she now lives in Orchard Park, New York, with her husband and three children.

Elizabeth Leader

Artist and Author

Mixed-media artist Elizabeth Leader is drawn to places and objects that most of us pass by on the street without even a glance.  She creates art out of artifacts, bringing these stories to life. Leader has a BFA from the Massachussetts College of Art and an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her mixed-media art has been exhibited across the nation.

Nancy Turgeon


Nancy Turgeon’s vivid imagination started early. Seeds for The Alekizou and His Terrible Library Plot! were sown by her second grade teacher who challenged the class to find words without any vowels. Now retired following a long, star-studded career in advertising, Turgeon continues to nurture her creative side. In addition to writing children’s books, she has her own puppet theater and more than 100 puppets!

The Swing


The endearing, classic poem by Robert Louis Stevenson is brought to life by a charming little boy enjoying the experience of swinging. With his dog by his side, the child believes he can fly. And in his swing, he just might be right! Beautifully illustrated for contemporary children by Heather Lynn Harris, it is hoped that The Swing, will revive a lost gem to the delight of children everywhere. This book is a classic that will be treasured by even the youngest of readers.

Five Hungry Mice


Five hungry mice set their sights on a box full of rice, but danger lurks in the night. Follow the adventures of these five clever mice as they zig and they zag, as they criss and they cross, in pursuit of the prize in this delightful retelling of a classic 19th century tale.

Written by Mrs. Frances A.B. Dunning in the mid-1800s, and retold and beautifully illustrated for contemporary children by Heather Lynn Harris, it is hoped that Five Hungry Mice, retold and brought to life with vivid illustrations, will revive a lost gem to the delight of children everywhere. This book is a classic that will be treasured by even the youngest of readers.

Winner of the 2018 Moonbeam Award, Silver in the Preschool Category 

Clover and the Shooting Star


When the brief brilliance of a shooting star touches Clover the Rabbit’s heart, he wants to share it with his friends. But when he finds that neither Mole, Raccoon nor Possum saw it, Clover is sad because he thinks the beautiful shooting star will be forgotten. Then wise Owl shows him how shooting stars, like loved ones we lose too soon, are remembered forever. Clover and the Shooting Star is a story of wonder and hope.

Discarded Ancestors


Treasure lives amidst the rubble of lost neighborhoods. Mixed-media artist Elizabeth Leader found a discarded family album and transformed it into collages that capture the rise and fall of the Rust Belt, honoring the immigrants and refugees who built America. Discarded Ancestors is a unique and beautiful coffee table book that poignantly illustrates a vibrant era in the nation’s industrial past couched within its decline.

Max Meets the Mayor


When Max’s grandpa drives Max and his brother past City Hall, Max decides he wants to meet the mayor. So his grandpa sets up an appointment with Buffalo’s mayor, Byron Brown. But when a blizzard hits Buffalo the night before the appointment, it looks like the meeting may be canceled. Can Max and his grandpa find a way to meet the mayor?


Brigette Atlas-Callahan and Kristin Madej-Warham


Brigette Atlas-Callahan and Kristin Madej-Warham have been writing together since 2002. They are friends, mothers, and literacy specialists in the Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District in Western New York, as well as proud Buffalonians! Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, they share a passion for writing, which led them to highlight for children what a phenomenal place Buffalo is to live.

Jennifer Stanonis


Meteorologist and Mom Jennifer Stanonis has covered and forecasted tornadoes, major snow storms, forest fires, floods, polar vortexes and more during her decades of meteorological TV weather reporting. The seeds that grew into Willy and Lilly’s Adventures with Weather were sown while taking her twins on walks in all sorts of weather. A native of northern California, Stanonis has a degree in meteorology from SUNY at Brockport and degree in broadcasting from San Francisco State University. She now resides in Buffalo, New York, with her husband and three young children.

Linda MacRitchie Graf

Linda MacRitchie Graf is a passionate artist and educator. She has been helping her Upstate New York art students flex their creative muscles since 1974, often working alongside them to create murals. She hopes that Treasure in the Trunk will inspire children to create and to tell their own stories.

Treasure in the Trunk, A Wordless Picture Book

Stuck inside on a rainy day, two siblings and their beloved Boston Terrier learn about the wonders of exploration as they journey upstairs into a gloomy attic. Follow this intrepid trio as they discover an old trunk and the remarkable treasure hidden inside, and enjoy an interactive storytelling experience perfect for multilingual families and classrooms.

Watch the author Linda MacRitchie Graf read Treasure in the Trunk on Instagram Storytime Live

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