Melissa Harker Ridenour Books
Melissa Harker Ridenour, formerly a teacher and librarian, is now a freelance writer and children's book author. She has published essays, poetry, magazine articles, and web articles as well.
Melissa believes in the power of words. "Words define us," she contends. "Our use of words, in both spoken and written communication, is often the first and most formidable impression that we make."
As a former teacher, she has mentored students in every facet of their educational development. As a mother and grandmother, she shares concerns with all parents for the safety of children. Melissa's love of children and concern for their safety and welfare is the motivating factor behind the development of her book, What Would You Do? A Kid's Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers. She continues to advocate for the education, well-being, and entertainment of children in all of her books.
What Would You Do? A Kid's Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers can be purchased through and editorial reviews accessed on its listing on Amazon. The book also can be purchased through Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Follett, Ingrams, and Baker and Taylor.
The Bully and the Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale can be purchased through and editorial reviews accessed on its listing on Amazon. The book can also be purchased through Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.
Melissa's third book, Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts: Children's Tales of Fright and Delight, illustrated by Veronica Castle, was published by
Melissa's fourth book, Amazing Adventures in Shelby's Shoes, illustrated by Veronica Castle, was published by Crimson Cloak Publishing in March 2017. It is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and through many other retailers and outlets.
Melissa offers workshops to schools and other educational institutions and organizations on the subject of stranger safety, as well as the subject of bullying. The workshops reinforce for children, in a fun and creative way, some of the information and strategies presented in What Would You Do? A Kid's Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers, as well as the strategies presented in The Bully and the Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale. She maintains five blogs, as well.
An alumnus of West Virginia University with a Master's degree in English, Education, and Library Science, Melissa resides happily in Morgantown, West Virginia with her husband and family.
To find out information about scheduling school workshops for What Would You Do? A Kid's Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers, for The Bully and the Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale, or for Girl Power from Amazing Adventures in Shelby's Shoes, contact the author.
Author: Melissa Harker Ridenour
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Published Web Copy
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Excerpt from Book Links Magazine article
Excerpt from non-fiction book
Excerpt from fiction book
Excerpt from short story
Sample of poetry
Past Promotional Tours, Book Signings and Workshop Event
Upcoming Promotional Tours, Book Signings and Workshops
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