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Steve Vaitonis
Steve Vaitonis Lake County Authorfest

Retired after more than 35 years working in research libraries for major health care companies working for non-profit organizations, Steven Vaitonis, who writes as Papa V, enjoys writing fiction for his seven grandchildren and other youngsters to enjoy. He is the author of Edison, the Christmas Elf and the Imperfect Perfect Toy and Vanished.

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Joni Downey
Mitchell Stevens Granger Lake County Authorfest

Joni Downey has been married with children since 1981, piloted the characters in 2005 when they earned a National Promising Practice Award and there were only 2 awarded in Illinois that year, formed the 501(c)(3) organization named Characters of Character in 2007 and have been tirelessly sharing them ever since. Now up to over 30 books, costumed characters and a Ph.d., Passion, Heart and Determination to make a difference in the life of a child.
Meet Behavior Bear, Do'er Duck, Friendship Frog, Healthy Hippo, Manners Monkey, Respectful Rabbit, Responsible Rabbit, Self-Esteem Elephant and Warm-Hearted Walrus, they would love to meet you!