Author: Andrea Lopez Olatunji (bilingual)
Andrea Olatunji’s BIOAward-winning author and seasoned educator Andrea Olatunji lives by her mission to validate and instill an appreciation for diversity in young children. She developed a passion for languages and cultures early on in her twenty-year-plus career. She has taught English as a Second Language and Spanish in her native Uruguay and here in the United States, gaining valuable expertise with diversity and multicultural environments.
Her children’s book series, Nuestra Fauna, is a fantastic resource to learn Spanish in a contextualized and fun way. The series features animals that are native to the Americas while teaching important values.
Her first book, “Omar, el jaguar” is the recipient of the Moonbeam Spirit Award in the category of Conservation. It has been named an award-winning finalist in the Children’s Educational Category of the 2020 International Book Awards and lately, it won the Cover Design Award by KidsShelfBooks. The story celebrates diversity while raising awareness about climate change.
Her second book “Guillo, el armadillo” is a tribute to her own students. Based in a project she used in her classroom, this story inspires kids to discover her unique talents. This book received an honorary mention in the International Latino Book Awards for best Educational Picture Book.
Being an educator, Andrea couldn’t help but create educator guides for these books including lesson plans, guiding questions, and project ideas. You can book Andrea Olatunji for author visits as well as teacher’s workshops and webinars. Andrea lives with her husband and son in New Orleans, the perfect place to nurture her passion for books, art, and education.
Martina Parker is is a holistic therapist of over 20 years specializing in reflexology and reiki. Through her holistic work she became aware of the amazing powers of gratitude -and decided to share this knowledge.
Lisa Wee debuts as author/illustrator, “Li Na is my name, Dixi Books Publishing, UK. Lisa has illustrated several picture books for prominent organizations and self-published authors. Her quaint, quirky and vibrant illustrations are inclusive, embracing diversity in celebrating the lives of children from all walks of life, whether they come from adopted families, same-gender families or blended families.