Maria Dismondy was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.
Maria’s experiences have shaped her into an individual who lives life to the fullest, appreciating what she has and one who uses her passion to make a difference.

She takes experiences from her own life and uses them in her writing. Maria’s books have won numerous awards, are #1 best sellers on Amazon and are out there in the world empowering children daily! Being in education for over ten years now, Maria knows what children need to hear when they pick up a book in the classroom. Her stories are timeless. Maria is a dynamic speaker who in one month alone, spoke to almost 10,000 children at local elementary schools and other venues. She continues to write books and blogs regularly. You can find out more about the award-winning author at

Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Yourself

Award-Winning Title

How can Ralph be so mean? Lucy is one of a kind and Ralph loves to point that out. Lucy’s defining moment comes when Ralph truly needs help. Because she knows what she stands for, Lucy has the courage to make a good choice. This charming story empowers children to always do the right thing and be proud of themselves, even when they are faced with someone as challenging as Ralph.
The Juice Box Bully

Empowering Kids to Stand Up To Others

Have you ever seen a bully in action and done nothing about it? The kids at Pete’s new school get involved, instead of being bystanders. When Pete begins to behave badly, his classmates teach him about “The Promise”. Will Pete decide to shed his bullying habits and make “The Promise”?

Pink Tiara Cookies for Three

Sami’s perfect life falls apart when the new girl moves in next door. Three can be a tricky number with friends because most of the time someone gets left out. Follow Sam as she discovers how to keep her best friend and find room for one more in Pink Tiara Cookies for Three.

Maria’s Cause:

Making Spirits Bright

In 2008, Maria started a non-profit with her friend Meg Rutledge. Together, the two set up the organization and their first event. With the help of family and friends Maria and Meg adopted a family around the holidays and made this family’s holiday a cheerful celebration. The purpose of their non-profit is to bring awareness to others that it’s not just money that can be donated, but your time and your kindness too. Other events have included working at local food banks, collecting stuffed animals for children whose homes were devastated by a tornado and other spirit lifting events. You can become a fan of Making Spirits Bright on Facebook and get regular reminders, tips and updates on how to pay it forward and live a life full of love and generosity!

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