Rooted in humble beginnings, Tererai grew up in a cattle-herding family in rural Zimbabwe and against all odds achieved her dreams of attaining a PhD in America. Today, she continues to fulfill her sacred purpose by serving her community through Tererai Trent International, an organization which provides universal access to quality education while empowering rural communities. Hailed by Oprah Winfrey as her “All-time Favorite Guest” Tererai is also an internationally acclaimed voice for education and women’s empowerment. Her favorite motto is “Tinogona,” meaning, “It is achievable!” Ellen has written several children’s books, the latest being The Bus Ride. Remembering many of her experiences as a young child, she has written a timeless story that bonds generations through shared memories.
Lori Grainger is an award-winning elementary school teacher from Salinas, California. An educator for more than 20 years, she thoroughly enjoys starting every school day by reading a picture book to her young students. She has three, beautiful adult children and lives with her husband, Joe, and their dog, Chuck. This is her first children’s book. “ If it’s hard to speak—draw and paint your words.” Desiree’s art, often inspired by the innocence of childhood and memories of past generations, is held in private and international collections.