Sunday, February 6, 2011

Celebrating Queen Vernita's Latest Adventure With Dawn Menge And Heath Rhoades

Today on our Cyber Launch Party Blog, we're celebrating Queen Vernita's latest Adventure with the release of QUEEN VERNITA MEETS SIR HEATHYBEAN THE ASTRONOMER!

Dawn Menge holds a Bachelors Degree from Washington State University specializing in Human Development. She also holds a Clear Credential and Masters in Special Education from California State University San Bernardino. She is currently entering the dissertation phase of her PHD program at Capella University. She is specializing in Curriculum and Instruction.

As an Education Specialist specializing in Severely Handicapped students she has worked for San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools for fifteen years. She has worked with severely handicapped students from the age of 3 up to 22 years. She is currently working with the 18-22 year olds in a Young Adult Center. Her students curriculum includes functional/vocational skills in which they work within the community. Her students disabilities have ranged from Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, Seizure Disorders, Orthopedic disorders, Mental illness, legally blind and Cerebral Palsy.

During her career as a teacher/author she has been awarded USA Best Book Award for 2010, first place in the Evvy Award 2009, Readers Views Award 2009, Learning Leader from the Leapfrog Learning company and nominated teacher of the year for SBCSS. She has worked along with the Leapfrog Learning company in a Case Study working with her Autistic students. She has been published in the Exceptional Parent Magazine and various online publications.

Dawn Menge's award winning educational picture book series includes; Queen Vernita's Visitors, Queen Vernita visits the Blue Ice Mountain and Queen Vernita Meets Sir HeathyBean the Astronomer.

Heath Rhoades Currently sits as the astronomy team lead at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Table Mountain Optical Observatory, located high in California's San Gabriel Mountains. The observatories main goal is to track and characterize near earth asteroids and asteroids that are potentially hazardous to the earth.

Mr. Rhoades specializes in computer technology with a focus on software and systems design, specifically as it applies to astronomical research. Prior to this research effort, Heath sat as Director of technology for a K-12 school district in southern California. A full time graduate student, Heath is also currently preparing to enter the dissertation phase of a PhD. program with Capella University, specializing in information technology.


Queen Vernita invites twelve wonderful friends to visit with her during each month of the year. Queen Vernita and her friends enjoy fun activities throughout the Oceaneers Kingdom. Parents and teachers will love teaching the monthly calendar, days of the weeks and seasons through the storytelling adventures of Queen Vernita and her friends.

Sir HeathyBean spends twelve informative months in Queen Vernitas castle in the land of Oceaneers. His visit along with Cora the Teacher is centered on learning everything they can about the solar system.

WIN - Leave Dawn or Heath a question about their new book today at their Cyber Launch Party and your name goes in the hat for an autographed copy of the book!  Please leave your email address so we can contact you if you are today's winner - Good Luck!


  1. Dawn,

    How many more Queen Vernitas books do you have planned?

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

  2. What a wonderful concept for books. How did you decide to write for children as opposed to young adult or adult? Does your educational background make it easy to write or do you struggle like many writers?

  3. Forgot to leave my e-mail. It's

  4. Which age group did you aim for with this series? That's a lot of experience & expertise behind the writing. Well done.

  5. Oh what a lovely idea for children's book.

    Does Queen Vernita have twelve visitors in every book or will there be different books for each of her twelve visitors?

    What ages are the books geared for?

  6. I think this is a book my grandchildren would like. I am curious as to the grade level or age range the book is.

    Do you have other works available?