Kristin Pack is a mother, teacher, and children's book author. While working as a nanny to pay her way through grad school, she was inspired to write Emma Goes to School; a book about a girl from Monstoria who's a little bit different.
Pack uses her writing as a platform to explore issues relating to physical and nuero-diversity in a child-friendly manner that promotes acceptance and embracing differences.
Kristin currently lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband Brad, and her son Miles. She holds an M.A. from DePaul University, where she focused on family studies, and at-risk youth.
Sage "Sagums" Steiner
Thirteen year old Sage Steiner is a self-taught artist, specializing in hand-drawn ink and water-color illustration. Born out of her unlimited imagination, her unique style of original fantasy creatures are influenced by cartoons and gaming.
Emma Nelson was born on June 22nd, 2014. She was 3 weeks early, and came via emergency c-section. Emma began having difficulties feeding and regulating her temperature, amongst other unique characteristics doctors couldn't explain. After almost 4 weeks in the hospital, Emma was sent home and her parents put in contact with a team of doctors and therapists to help determine the cause of these issues.
In 2016, Emma received a diagnosis of Schaaf-Yang Syndrome (SYS), a very rare genetic disorder. In 2017, Emma received a co-diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, as is common of children with SYS. Emma attends 5 different physical and developmental therapies each week, and hopes to start a pre-school program in the Fall. She loves swimming, books and any kind of pasta.