Authors & Illustrators

Number 33     Daniela Bevacqua

Book Titles:  Open The Door To Kindergarten and Dani’s Kindergarten Tour

Daniela Bevacqua has been a Kindergarten Teacher with the York Catholic District School Board since 1998. She graduated from York University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and received her Bachelor of Education in 1995 from the University of Toronto. Ms. Bevacqua has additional qualifications in Special Education, English as a Second Language and in Religious Education.

She is an avid sports fan who enjoys watching the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Blue Jays. She enjoys playing the piano and baking in her spare time. She has a great love of children’s books which motivated her to write two children’s books.

KJG_City of Toronto_Light Blue background  Kamala-Jean Gopie

Book Titles:  The Story Of Our School and Namwera says, “Thank you”

Kamala-Jean Gopie earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees at The University of Toronto (Ontario, Canada). Along with a successful career as an elementary teacher, she was also actively involved in community development. In 1996, she was recognized for her extensive community work with the province’s most prestigious official honour, The Order of Ontario. Kamala-Jean’s on-going support of Happy’s goal of becoming a qualified teacher, as well as her focus on educating young children, women and young men at The Gopie Community School, are inspiring to all who value education and its power to change and enrich lives.

   Sophia Nazari

Book Title:  Archie’s Morning Adventures, Illustrator

Sophia Nazari is a grade 10 student at Richmond Hill High School who can turn any project into art! Cats and books have always brought her joy, which is why she seized the opportunity to bring Archie, the book loving cat, to life!

 Maria Oprea

Book Title:  Archie’s Morning Adventures, Author

In the tenth grade at Richmond Hill High School, Maria Oprea is a literacy aficionado. She has been an avid reader since she could first put words together. Maria has a passion for playing the guitar and plans to continue her studies as an English and French teacher.

JVC   Josephine Vaccaro-Chang

Book Titles:  We Are Colourful Friends, Our Colourful Cookies, The Garden Of Love and We Are Leaves

Josephine Vaccaro-Chang is a self-professed chocoholic.  Her favourite colour is purple and she likes to do arts & crafts.

Josephine is passionate about delivering interactive workshops to young children and attempts to inspire children to read through her passion

She is a certified Teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Toronto.  Josephine lives in Richmond Hill, ON (Canada) with her amazing family.

Kamala Jean Gopie, Kamala, Malawi, friends, colourful, garden, love, leaves, cookies, kindergarten

life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.  It’s about learning to dance in the rain.