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Speaker Profile - Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia


Region: Iowa
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Elizabeth (Liz) Gilbert Bedia grew up in a rural Midwestern town surrounded by fields, blue sky, and a multitude of jovial animals, where she became a keen observer with a big imagination. Liz loved creating stories about the world around her and turned to books to learn more. She went on to become an elementary school teacher, teaching children with special needs. She later worked with children and adults as an audiologist. While raising her own children, she returned to her creative roots and started writing books for children. With heart and humor, she loves creating stories for children about our amazing world. Her debut picture book, BESS THE BARN STANDS STRONG (Page Street Kids) came out in September 2020. Her other picture books include ARTHUR WANTS A BALLOON (Upside Down Books/Trigger UK) and BALLOONS FOR PAPA (HarperCollins) out April 2021. Liz lives in central Iowa with her husband, two teenagers, and two enormous dogs. For more, visit -