Judge Bios for the contest!

Meet the judges from my past Be-a-Famous writer contests! Mrs. P has garnered the support of some of the best writers in the country to judge her annual writing contest, past judges include #1 best-selling author Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries); Jim Davis, creator of Garfield, the most popular cartoon strip in the world; Danny Kallis, creator of Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and The Suite Life on Deck, television’s top-rated shows for kids; Dave Barry, Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and author of dozens of bestselling books; and Craig Ferguson, host of the CBS Late Late Show and author of Between the Bridge and the River; Bonny Becker, author of the beloved Bear and Mouse picture books for kids; David L. Ulin book critic of the Los Angeles Times; Julia Roberts, Academy Award Winner & Mom; Melina Gerosa Bellows, Ex V.P. & Chief Creative Officer, Books, Kids, and Family at National Geographic; poet Robert L. Forbes, actress Marion Ross, rock star librarian John Schumacher (aka Mr. Schu), Peter H. Reynolds children's book author, illustrator, bookshop owner and founder of FableVision, NY Times best selling author Chris Grabenstein, Shannon McClintock Miller rock star librarian, Librarian and children's book podcaster Matthrew Winner, and author Josh Funk. Meet the 2017 10th annual contest judges.

Mia Wenjen blogs at PragmaticMom on parenting, education and children's books. She co-founded Multicultural Children's Book Day to shine the spotlight on authors, illustrators and diversity characters so kids of color could find themselves in books. She is also an author. Her advocacy of children's literature make her a perfect judge for my hero themed contest this year.

Colby Sharp is a fifth grade teacher in Parma, Michigan. He is the co-founder of Nerdy Book Club and the literacy conference Nerd Camp. Colby co-hosts the children's literature podcast The Yarn with librarian Travis Jonker. He loves creating YouTube videos about his journey as an author, teacher, and book lover. His knowledge of books and his podcast make him a perfect judge for my contest this year, as he really knows stories.

Mrs. P is the co-creator and star of MrsP.com, one of the most popular entertainment and educational sites for kids on the Internet. She has received recognition for her work from the American Library Association, the National Parenting Center and TeachersFirst.com, among others. Mrs. P lives in a big house with a Magic Library. She enjoys maintaining and driving her vintage, red Ferrari sports car, traveling around the world and, most of all, reading to kids. Occasionally, she dresses up as the actress Kathy Kinney, who starred in The Drew Carey Show for nine years, and appeared on The Secret Life of the American Teenager and who co-wrote the popular book, Queen of Your Own Life, which was featured on Oprah.com.


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