About the Authors & Illustrator

MaryAnn Easley is an award-winning author & educator. A recipient of the Award of Excellence from Greater San Diego Reading Association, she was selected Teacher of the Year three times and has taught kindergarten through adult level. Her first novel for young people, I Am Ice Worm, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and ALA Quick Picks. Born & raised in California, she has lived aboard a sailboat along the coast, taught Inuit children in three villages above the Arctic Circle, and traveled to Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Southeast Asia. Other young adult books include Alone in the Ice World, Dog Woman, Belly Up, A Few Screws Loose, Warrior's Daughter, Finding Jade Mountain, and Knuckle Down. A former magazine editor, she has been published nationally and regionally, and is the author of a number of audio English and vocabulary courses sold nationwide. As a core adjunct professor, she teaches multicultural children's literature, linguistics, and integrated arts at the university level. As an author, she presents assemblies and programs in elementary schools, peer coaches adult writers, and facilitates writing workshops for children & adults in various programs throughout Orange County, California.

Noosha Ravaghi, born in Iran in 1970, spent her first four years in Tehran with her father and paternal grandparents and then the next six years traveling with her father to the United States, France, Tunisia, Italy, Greece, and Turkey. She learned English, French, Arabic, and Farsi before starting high school. After graduation, she taught English as a foreign language to students of various ages. While studying French literature at the university, she worked with several magazines proofreading French and English texts and translating literary articles from French into Farsi. After receiving her masters in French literature at the University of Tehran in Iran she again traveled extensively, this time to France, the United States, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, China, and Brazil. She settled in Orange County, California, where she teaches English, Farsi, and French to children and adults.

Nasim Kavoosi, born in Iran, is a talented illustrator who has worked on several children's books. She holds a master's degree in animation and resides in Tehran, Iran, where she is an educator and popular illustrator.

Contact: authorinschools@gmail.com


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Book Launch!

The Seventh "S" of Spring is now available!

Limited first edition, paperback, 32 pages, $15.95 plus $3.00 shipping/handling. Orders prior to March 1st pay no tax or shipping.

This charming K-2 picture book is sure to delight readers as they learn along with Noosha the meaning of items placed on the haftseen table and the significance of the Persian new year that comes on the first day of Spring. Share the joy of the season with someone you love.

To order your autographed copy, send check, cash, or money order to:

P.O. Box 7089
Laguna Niguel, CA 92607

Make check payable to MaryAnn Easley.

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS available for teachers! If you are a preschool, kindergarten, first, or second grade teacher, contact authorinschools@gmail to receive special ordering instructions.

Enrich your Spring unit of study with this charming new multicultural K-2 picture book that will delight children as they learn about the Persian new year and traditional customs.

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