Encourage your child’s love for Literacy, Creativity, & Learning this summer! Melissa@LongTalePublishing.comwww.iggytheiguana.com
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Information about the Author:
Melissa M. Williams, Children’s Author and Public Speaker, has been writingstories since she was eight years old. Melissa’s
Iggy the Iguana
chapter bookseries was inspired by her own real life experiences with childhood pets whilegrowing up in Houston, Texas. While pursuing her Master’s degree inProfessional Counseling, Melissa began substitute teaching for elementaryschools in order to understand the daily life of her young audience. The studentshelped Melissa create relatable and realistic stories while she included lessons,values and acceptance within the storyline. As the owner of LongTale Publishingand advocate for childhood literacy,Melissa founded the literacy foundation,Read3Zero, giving students the opportunity to be published authors in the “IWrite Stories by Kid for Kids” contest.Melissa spends most of the school year speaking to students about her own journey as an author and the process of creative writing. Melissa has presented her lessons to over 100 schools with inthe Texas, California, and Michigan regions.Inspiring students to read and writeis the main goal as she promotes literacy through her creative writing contestsand activities. Melissa has been given the privilege of being a state judge for thepast two years in the annual Texas PTA Reflections Literature contest and hasspoken at literacy events, girl-scout functions, and charities in efforts toencourage children to follow their dreams.
The young brain is a naturally creativebrain, so we must learn to take advantage of that gift and continue to develop it into our later years.
Melissa’s articles, radio interviews, and online author presentations can be found on Iggy’s Website atwww.iggytheiguana.com,www.melissamwilliamsauthor.com
Information about the Illustrator:
Ryan Shaw specializes in eye-catching cartoon art and illustrations. Ryan workshand in hand with authors and business owners creating children's book andcoloring book illustrations, greeting card designs, logo designs, and mascotdesigns. LongTale Publishing is excited to add Ryan to our creative team as the
Iggy the Iguana
cartoonist and coloring book illustrator. Ryan has three booksthat he has illustrated for 4RV Publishing:
Spider In Our Mailbox, Bait For Lunch
A Puppy Not a Guppy
, all released in 2009. Ryan is also the winner of the5th Annual ABC Children's Picture Book Competition! His soon to be releasedbook,
I Want to Grow Up
, wonderfully written by Edsil Logan and playfullyillustrated by Ryan Shaw was selected as one of 12 stories to compete in thisyear's competition. Check out Ryan Shaw’s Illustrations at