Meet the Educators & Kidlit Authors: Dawn Menge & Clayton J. Smeltzer!

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Reading with Your Kids Podcast Ft. Educators and Children’s Authors, Clayton J. Smeltzer & Dawn Menge

Dr. Dawn Menge & Clay Smeltzer


Happy Saturday to all our dear listeners!

We have two wonderful guests today. They are educators and children’s books authors. Please welcome Dr. Dawn Menge & Clayton J. Smeltzer to the Reading with your Kids Podcast!

Our first guest is Dr. Dawn Menge. She is the author of the Queen Vernita educational series. Her series has won 19 literary awards. Queen Vernita’s adventures include; Queen Vernita’s Visitors, Queen Vernita Visits the Blue Ice Mountains, Queen Vernita Meets Sir HeathyBean the Astronomer, Queen Vernita Visits the Islands if Enchantment, Queen Vernita Explores the Oceaneer’s Coastline and Queen Vernita visits Gator Country.

Dr. Menge joins us for this exciting interview to discuss her wonderful educational series for kids.  Tune in to hear how her grandmother inspired her to write Queen Vernita children’s book series and how Queen Vernita’s adventures are based on the author’s real travels.

Our second guest is Clayton J. Smeltzer, debut author of His Story: A Story of Growth, Change, and Learning. He is joining us today to celebrate the release of his book


About Dawn Menge

Dr. Dawn MengeDr. Dawn Menge has won twenty-nine national awards as a self-published author of the Queen Vernita’s Educational Series. Her published works also include THE SIX FEDERAL INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN GOALS AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THEIR IMPLEMENTATION IN PREPARING FOR TRANSITION.
Dr. Dawn Menge has a PHD in Education. She specialized in Curriculum and Instruction. A Master’s and a Clear Credential in moderate/severe disabilities and a Bachelor’s in Human Development. Dr. Dawn Menge has been teaching severely handicapped students for sixteen years.
Dr. Dawn Menge is the mother of three and the grandmother of five beautiful grandchildren.
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Title: Queen Vernita Explores the Oceaneer’s Coastline


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Here’s some information about Clayton Smeltzer

Clayton J. Smeltzer authorClayton Smeltzer is a father, husband, man, business owner, author, speaker, teacher, and coach. He resides in York, PA with his family and has been in the educational and coaching world for 15 years. Along the way, he realized it was his purpose to connect with others to inspire them through stories to grow, change, and learn so that they may live a life they deserve and want to live. He believes that each day we wake up is another day to add a page to our book of life. This is why he created Otter Creek Inspirations and wrote “His Story: A Story of Growth, Change, and Learning.” He wants to open up a community where people can come to share their stories so that we can all help each other to love ourselves and love our stories. When we do this we can make positive changes in our lives that help us live the lives we want and deserve to live. His goal with Otter Creek Inspirations is to help 100,000 people have the opportunity to love and share their story, so please come and join him on this journey.

Where can you find Clayton on the internet?



His Story: A Story of Growth, Change, and Learning

I believe that each person’s life is like a book and each day we wake up we get to add another page to that book. “His Story” is a set of short stories that have been taken from the pages of my life’s book. It was written to add value to others and to help people think, grow, change, and learn. The reason I have written short stories of my life is that I have found great growth from others’ stories. Those people’s stories have influenced me, changed me, allowed me to grow, and have helped in my journey to become the man, father, and husband I am today. Because I have been affected in a tremendous way by other people’s stories, I feel that it is my calling to help others love their story and live a life they want and deserve to live. Thank you for joining me in my story and I can’t wait to hear yours.


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In this episode, 

  • Introduction to Queen Vernita Educational series for kids written by Dr. Dawn Menge
  • What inspired the stories and the title of Queen Vernita books?
  • Dr. Menge explains how Queen Vernita series is designed for young readers in the middle to later elementary school.
  •  What does she hope that readers will gain from reading series?
  • What’s next for Dr. Dawn Menge? Importance of children’s literature, Her love for travel and much more…
  • You’ll also learn all about Clayton Smeltzer and “His Story”,  a set of short stories that have been taken from the pages of Clayton’s life’s book.
  • How does Clayton help others to love their story through being an Author, motivational speaker, and a craftsman?
  • Where can people find more information about His Story?


Thanks so much for talking with us, Dawn & Clayton!


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