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Betty Miles has written more than thirty books for children, including easy readers, picture books, non-fiction books and nine novels for pre-adolescent readers. Her book HEY! I’M READING! is the first book about reading, written for new readers and their families. Betty Miles was an editor of the innovative Bank Street Readers. She has taught kindergarten children, graduate students, and currently volunteers as a visiting author in fourth grade classrooms at PS 291. Bronx, NY. She speaks and leads workshops on reading and writing with children, parents, librarians, and teachers around the country. Betty Miles is a graduate of Antioch College. She taught children’s literature at Bank Street College of Education. She lives in Rockland County, New York and has three grown children and two grandchildren.

Betty Miles has written "Note To Parents for The Army of Two." Newspapers may publish these insightful suggestions as a whole, or chose specific paragraphs to run with each installment.

Joan Sandin’s first book was one she illustrated for a story her brother had written. He was eight years old and she was five. "It was set in a cave, and all the pictures took place in the dark. Only one person bought that book—our mother. It could only go uphill from there," Joan admits.

Joan has been illustrating her own and others’ published stories for some 35 years. She is also the author/illustrator of a number of children’s books published in the US and in Sweden, and is the translator of some 20 Swedish children’s books.

Coyote School News, Joan’s newest book, is set in a one-room school in Southern Arizona ranch country in 1938. She is delighted that this book, which she both wrote and illustrated, is a finalist for the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, and has been chosen by Arizona’s Governor Janet Napolitano as the book she will present in February 2005 to all Arizona fourth graders.

Joan also travels around the state (sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council) doing a Chautauqua presentation of Eulalia "Sister" Bourne, legendary Arizona teacher, rancher and author.

Joan grew up in Tucson, and graduated from the University of Arizona. After living most of her adult life in New York City and Stockholm, Sweden, she is back in Tucson, enjoying the sunshine, mountains, and western skies with her husband Brian, visiting children and grandchildren, and a gang of giant goldfish.You can find out more about her and her books by visiting her website at:

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