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Saturday, October 12 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Teach Them Well & Let Them Lead: Writing Better Stories for Children

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Children's book authors, Maria Ribbing Cornell, author of The Boy and the Tree, Keosha Sath, author of Just Like You, Kiara Brown, author of Princess Pretend and the Not Knight, and Michael D. Gatson, author of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep discuss writing modern day stories for younger audiences that are diverse or underrepresented. With characters navigating challenges from self-acceptance to immigration to PTSD, they explore inclusive and empowering messages that confront social constructs and destigmatize emotional struggles in a call for a more compassionate future.

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Kiara Brown

A wearer of many hats both literally and figuratively, Kiara Brown lives outside D.C where she attends public high school, maintains a Vietnamese herb garden, and writes and illustrates for her company Krown Picture Books. Her first book Princess Pretend and the Not Knight has taken... Read More →
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Maria Ribbing Cornell

Maria Ribbing Cornell was born in Sweden and moved to the USA when she was 22. She holds a master’s degree in education and has worked in schools for many years. Now, she is the owner of Cornell’s Sketchbook Productions and resides in Virginia with her husband, son, and two dogs... Read More →
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Michael D. Gatson

Dr. Michael D. Gatson who currently serves as the Director of a Mental Health Clinic in the VA Maryland Healthcare System. He is involved in the treatment of service members and veterans with chronic combat-related post-traumatic stress disorders and marital issues. Michael also serves... Read More →
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Keosha Sath

Keosha Sath’s first book is Just Like You, (Mascot Books, December 2018). She is an alumna of East Carolina University. During undergrad is where she grew her own yogurt in class and developed a strong passion for lab sciences. This created her strong desire for educating the youth... Read More →