Day 1 of the Virtual Book Tour for the National Writing For Childrens Center

      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

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


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