This month, I’m hosting Day 1 of the Virtual Book Tour for all
the children’s book authors/illustrators who are part of the
December Showcase at the National Writing for Children’s Center.
Today, I’m pleased to be hosting Day 1 of the tour for authors
Dawn Menge and Heath Rhoades.
Dawn Menge and Heath Rhoades are more than a
writing team, they are brother and sister. Here’s
a bit more about each of them:
Dawn Menge holds a Bachelors Degree from
Washington State University specializing in Human
Development. She also holds a Clear Credential
and Masters in Special Education from California
State University San Bernardino. She is currently
entering the dissertation phase of her PHD
program at Capella University. She is
specializing in Curriculum and Instruction.
As an Education Specialist specializing in
Severely Handicapped students she has worked for
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
for fifteen years. She has worked with severely
handicapped students from the age of 3 up to 22
years. She is currently working with the 18-22
year olds in a Young Adult Center. Her students
curriculum includes functional/vocational skills
in which they work within the community. Her
students disabilities have ranged from Autism,
Down Syndrome, ADHD, Seizure Disorders,
Orthopedic disorders, Mental illness, legally
blind and cerebral Palsy.
During her career as a teacher/author she has
been awarded USA Best Book Award for 2010, first
place in the Evvy Award 2009, Readers Views Award
2009, Learning Leader from the Leapfrog Learning
company and nominated teacher of the year for
SBCSS. She has worked along with the Leapfrog
company in a Case Study working with her Autistic
students. She has been published in the
Exceptional Parent Magazine and various online
Dawn Menge’s award winning educational picture
book series includes; Queen Vernita”s Visitors,
Queen Vernita visits the Blue Ice Mountain and
Queen Vernita Meets Sir HeathyBean the
Astronomer. Dawn is the mother of 3 and
grandmother of 3.
Heath Rhoades Currently sits as the astronomy
team lead at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory”s
Table Mountain Optical Observatory, located
high in California’s San Gabriel Mountains. The
observatories main goal is to track and
characterize near earth asteroids and
asteroids that are potentially hazardous
to the earth.
Mr. Rhoades specializes in computer technology
with a focus on software and systems design,
specifically as it applies to astronomical
research. Prior to this research effort, Heath
sat as Director of technology for a K-12 school
district in southern California. A full time
graduate student, Heath is also currently
preparing to enter the dissertation phase of a
PhD. program with Capella University,
specializing in information technology.
To Purchase this wonderful book, click on the following link at http://rcm-ca.amazon.ca
Follow these authors on their 6-day Virtual Book Tour and leave comments and you could win the Giftbox Giveaway from the National Writing for Children Center. Click here to keep following Day 2 of the Virtual Book tours with Donna McDine at http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com.