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Shelley L.A. Davis

Ruby & the Freaky Snowstorm, Alvin the Therapy Dog, Lindy and Lucy Volunteer Therapy Alpacas, Milton’s Playground, H.E.L.P. the Animals, Howling With the Wolves

Shelley is the owner of Kids at Heart Publishing, LLC., which she started in 2010. She has published 15 books of her own, as well as over 70 books by authors both locally and nationally. Mrs.  Davis has also illustrated several books of her own & for other authors.

Bess Sturgis

A Helping Hand & Algernon and Zef

Ghouliana Stories is a professional storyteller and author. She writes and tells original “Not Too Scary Tales” designed to thrill and delight, but not frighten children of all ages. When not in storytelling costume, she is an professional artist and lecturer. Ghouilana delights in sharing her knowledge of art, science, culture and history with children 12 and under at schools, museums, libraries, and art facilities throughout the Human World.
All of her wonderful stories teach a lesson.

Darlene Worth Frame

I Always Do Laundry on Monday & When Grandma was a Girl

I Always Do Laundry on Monday shares Darlene’s upbringing in small town middle America during the 1950s and 60s. It is a book of sentimental and inspirational poems and commentary stories that reflect a more simple life. In this book, Darlene shares happy, funny, and difficult events that required faith to help maintain peace and steadiness. It is a book intended to help others recognize that all of us live life in different yet similar ways. But in the living, we are all loved by the same loving heavenly Father. This is a book that Darlene hopes will encourage readers.

Denise Lewis

The Green in the Grass, A Cookie is a Circle, This Tree is Tall, and new release One World

Denise is a mother, teacher, and writer. She has a master’s degree in special education and has been teaching children for over 25 years. Denise has two wonderful books featuring bright colorful photographs taken by her daughter Miranda.

Donna Cronk

Sweetland of Liberty Bed & Breakfast, and That Sweet Place: At Home in the Heartland.

Author Donna Cronk grew up in the area on her family’s farm. A graduate of Union County High School and Indiana State University with a journalism degree, she is a career community journalist and has been with the New Castle Courier-Times for many years.

She has written and published two books in the women’s inspirational genre, “Sweetland of Liberty Bed & Breakfast,” and “That Sweet Place: At Home in the Heartland.” Both are available in the Artisans & Java building in the Kids at Heart Publishing bookshop there.

Married to Brian, the two have two grown sons and one daughter-in-law. Donna enjoys public speaking at a variety of women’s events and clubs sharing her faith and inspirational themes that encourage women to live their dreams and bloom where they are planted. Reach her at email: newsgirl.1958@gmail.com and visit her website to read her regular blogs at www.donnacronk.com.

Eva Reece

Brownie Calf & the Barnyard Babies & The Boinking Bubble Machine Coming Soon! Brownie Calf & the Barnyard Babies Go to the Zoo

Eva was born is Manchester, Kentucky, and moved to Richmond, Indiana, as a teenager, where she still resides today. Eva has always been a kid at heart so finding Kids At Heart Publishing to publish her children’s stories was a good fit.

Ira Hughes


Toadarackus is Ira Hughes’ first children’s book. She is the author of the following novels: Seeds of Light, The Christmas Bell, Behind the Wall, and the upcoming young adult novel Masks. Ira lives and writes in Greenfield, Indiana.

Joan Martin

Murphy Discovers the Pipe Organ, Murphy and the Doctor, Four Daring Damsels from Atwater Kingdom- A Hiking Adventure, and Murphy Goes to Basketball Camp

Joan is a retired elementary schoolteacher who has written Murphy Discovers the Pipe Organ, Murphy and the Doctor, Four Daring Damsels from Atwater Kingdom- A Hiking Adventure, and Murphy Goes to Basketball Camp.

Joanna Sakievich

Twinkle and Luna

Joanna has a B.A. in English literature and has taught children and teens in the U.S. and Asia for over 10 years as well.  In 1976, she began Artwork by Joanna, painting residential and commercial window art and children’s murals.

John N. (Jake) Ferris

Mary Jane Whiteley Coggeshall, Hicksite Quaker, Iowa/National Suffragette and Her Speeches

Jake lives in East Lansing, Michigan, as a professor emeritus from Michigan State University but has strong ties to Milton, Indiana, where he was born and raised, as was Mary Jane Whiteley Coggeshall, the subject of his book. Since 1999, Jake has owned his family farm, which is adjacent to Milton and the farm owned by his sister-in-law, Mary Ferris. His niece, Liz Ferris, and nephew, Jonathan Ferris, and family also live in Milton. Jake is delighted to have Mary Jane Whiteley Coggeshall, Hicksite Quaker, Iowa/National Suffragette and Her Speeches produced by the local Kids At Heart Publishing, LLC.

Judith White Morris

A Little Hoosier Kid

Dr. Judith White Morris was a former Little Kid in Milton until, when she was twelve years old, her family moved to South Bend. She grew up, went back to school at age 38, earned her doctorate in History, and taught at Ball State University until retirement. She currently hopes to return to live in Milton.

Mary Lou Fish

Treasured Blessings: Inspirational Poetry; Treasured Blessings: From the Heart

Mary Lou was born in Rockcastle KY.  She married her husband, Boone, when she was 15, and they have been married almost 60 years.  She has always liked to read poetry and decided to write some of her own to help others and to give them hope.

Maxine Ferris

Let Love Happen

This book is dedicated to Spartan Professors, who true to the university’s Land Grant Mission, share useful research-based knowledge worldwide. This book is also dedicated to Montessori Directors and Directresses, who with caring and skills unleash the curiosity, creativity and love of learning in thousands of children annually.

Patrician Godspeed and Diana Orem

Murder on Persimmon Lane

This novel is dedicated to Patricia and Diana’s beloved husbands, who encouraged them every day and laughed at them for having too much fun. This novel is in memory of co-author Diana Orem (1946-2013).

Pilar Hoffman

My Mom: A Traveling Mom Story

This is the author’s first book.  She aims to share with other women and their kids the struggle and joy of having a working mom who also travels for work.

RJ Duvall

Can You Imagine? & Imagine That!

RJ is the third child in a family of eleven children, where a love of reading was instilled upon all. Can You Imagine? is her first book, illustrated by Betsy Morphew. The idea for this book came to her while she was sitting cross-legged on top of a picnic table, daydreaming. Her hope is that this book will inspire all children to read and use their imaginations fully.

Shirley Thacker

We All Need, Buzz Wears a Magical Vest, & Lessons Learned From the Students: 42 Years of Teaching

The author fell in love with writing when attending an Indiana Writing Project conference at Ball State University.  She uses her writing talent to help her community and uses all of her books as fundraisers.

William Lovell

A Nearly Departed N.D.E.

Being well received in speaking engagements, Bill told the story of his journey from death’s door to the “other side”.