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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Karen Duncan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in Tasmania, Australia

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Illinois Connection

The author was previously a teacher and athletic director at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

Biographical and Professional Information

Karen Duncan is a former track and field coach, Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director at The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She was raised in Tasmania, which is the island state of Australia. She moved to Chicago in 1992 to live with her husband. She now lives in Virginiawhere she works at ''KaBOOM!,'' an organization dedicated to saving play. She is part of a mentoring program called ''Everybody Wins! DC''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Good Fun! Book: 12 Months of Parties that Celebrate Service
ISBN: 0979291852

Blue Marlin Publications. 2010

What could be better than having fun while doing a world of good? Announcing the forthcoming release of The Good Fun! Book. Written by Karen Duncan and Kate Hannigan Issa and illustrated by Anthony Alex LeTourneau, The Good Fun! Book will hit stores on October 22, 2010, which also marks national Make a Difference Day! Move over Generation X, Y and Z, here comes Generation Generous! Published by Blue Marlin Publications, The Good Fun! Book helps young children engage in their communities to do some good, all while having a fun time. Whether it's a party to help animals or to collect sports equipment for needy kids, the 12 party plans in this book help elementary school children make a real difference in their neighborhoods and the world all year long. Filled with fun ideas that encourage participation and problem-solving, The Good Fun! Book includes themed party ideas, invitation suggestions, craft details, recipes, and even charity profiles. The Good Fun! Book is a tool for parents and teachers to encourage children to participate in service projects, as well as teach them about the real-life individuals who started nonprofit agencies that help people in their communities and around the globe. It s a conversation starter, an attempt to help children become kind, responsible citizens, and a great way to help them learn about the incredible rewards that come from service to others. Authors Karen Duncan a former teacher and the wife of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Kate Hannigan Issa a professional writer and editor for children bring fresh enthusiasm to engaging and motivating kids to take action and truly help make the world a better place. Along with award-winning children s artist Anthony Alex LeTourneau, The Good Fun! Book promises to get kids excited about helping out.

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