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Tori Mello Bachman is Executive Editor of Corwin Literacy and Teaching Essentials; a proud public school and state university alum; and daughter, granddaughter, and sister of public school teachers.

Vera Ahiyya, author of Rebellious Read Alouds, was born in Germany, and raised in El Paso, Texas. Originally a pre-med student, Vera realized her calling as an educator at Austin College in Sherman, TX, a calling shared by many of her family, including her beloved Papa. Vera has taught Kindergarten and first grade for 16 years in Texas, Massachusetts, and Brooklyn.

Vera’s love for children’s books has led to her becoming an Instagram book influencer where she showcases her love of children’s literature and highlights books and authors that discusses the necessity and power of diversity and voice in children’s books. Vera lives in Brooklyn with her husband Lonnell and dog Mozi. You can find her on Instagram at @thetututeacher.