Authors and Special Guests

Meet the Author: Katey Howes!

Be a Maker by Katey Howes, illustrated by Elizabet Vuković (Carolrhoda Books, 2019)

About the Author

Katey Howes is thrilled to be making books for children. She also makes bad jokes, great apple crisp, and messy mistakes. She’s passionate about raising kids who love to read, and about helping kids recognize that they are makers, inventors, and creators! Katey lives in Upper Makefield, Pennsylvania (really!) with her husband and three adventurous daughters makers. Katey is the author of picture books Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe and Grandmother Thorn.

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Be A Maker Resources

Meet our Special Guest: Sammie Vance!

Sammie Vance is 13 years old on a mission to spread kindness and to make the world a less lonely place starting with making sure all kids have a friend. She has gained worldwide attention through her project where she collected plastic caps and lids and had them recycled into buddy benches for her school and all around the country. It has impacted and inspired many from kids to adults. She published her first book “Inspire the World: A Kid’s Journey to Making a Difference” August 2021. She has won multiple awards for her activism. Sammie also does a weekly podcast called Sammie Smiles.

“You don’t just have to be an adult to make a difference, you can be a kid too!” Sammie Vance

You can find out more about her various kindness initiatives at

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