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Steppie Morris

Stephanie has been obsessed with books since she could read but gained her nickname, Steppie Dance, from her brother as an adult because she’s a dancer and her brother’s just plain crazy! But that fun nickname definitely seemed fitting to go on her children’s books. 


She is happiest surrounded by her family and has loved raising her five kids with a bedtime story nearly every night (even when they were teens—shhh, don’t tell)! When not reading, she can be found writing, cooking, in a yoga pose, or sneaking an extra chocolate chip cookie—with milk, of course. She lives in Arizona where she enjoys the gorgeous winters, loves monsoon season, and doesn’t mind the heat. She continues her life-long obsession with books as a creative writing teacher and a successful writer of short stories, children’s books, and romance novels. She’s a devoted member of ANWA, even serving on their board of directors and, recently, as the Chair for their Annual Writers Conference. Steppie can be found @stephanieannmorris.author!

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I Hope Your Dreams Are Sweet

by Steppie Morris

Illustrations by Elysse Hopkins

By day, kids know just what to do;

they work to make a mess or two.

But nighttime comes, and eyes do droop,

as over them their parents stoop

to kiss and hug just one more time

as they slip off to dreams sublime.

Follow this family as they go through their evening routine for the perfect way to end a hectic day, help children wind down and start a peaceful, restful night, blanketed by love, hope, and affection.

Hardcover, ages 2-8, 8.5"x8.5"

Available July 27, 2021


The Children in the Box

by Steppie Morris

Illustrated by Patricia Dewitt-Grush & Robin Dewitt

Two children, orphaned through war and disease, weather the winter as best they can in the wooden box they call home. As this young man works hard to provide for himself and his little sister, he faces a gut-wrenching choice. He finds a large sum of money - but he know who it belongs to.

Will he muster enough courage to return it to its rightful owner? Or will he choose to purchase necessities that he and his sister have long gone without? Will they have a warm, full-bellied Christmas after all?

A heart-tugging story about the power of family, the beauty of kindness, and the strength, goodness, and courage inside each of us.

Hardcover ages 5-12, 8.5"x11"