Ann Hanigan Kotz was born and raised in Denison, Iowa, on a farm southwest of town with her parents and five siblings. As a girl, she spent her summers reading at the Carnegie Library and spent time with her maternal grandparents, Glenn and Alice Olson, on their farm, visiting other Norwegian families in the Loess Hills area. She began a career in education in 1988 and taught high school English for 33 years, later teaching college-level classes to high school students who themselves wanted to become teachers.
As an award-winning author, Ryan O’Connor has a passion for telling positive, uplifting stories for children of all ages. Through beautiful illustrations and friendly characters, Ryan hopes to teach children important life values that they can carry throughout their lives. Ryan has a master’s in education and has taught literature and writing in the United States and China for more than 10 years. Ryan now lives in Missouri with his wife, stepdaughter, and two cats. He loves traveling, sports, and reading. Visit his website at www.ryanoconnorauthor.com
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