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Maria Dismondy (The Children's Book Podcast #428)

March 13, 2018



Maria Dismondy is the author of THE FRUIT SALAD FRIEND and founder of Cardinal Rule Press, an independent publishing company. Maria's newest picture book addresses the notion that people are not always kind, but surrounding yourself with friends who are kind and trustworthy can go a long way. It's a story I'd guess Maria has lived a number of times throughout her life. I admire Maria for the work she's done to bring such positive and empowering stories to our young readers, and to do so over years of hard work, research, and assembling a noteworthy team.




Chloe loves going to school, but lately, something is different. Chloe has all the ingredients of a great friend – kindness, empathy, compassion and more. Chloe wonders, "What do you do when friends don't treat you with kindness?"


Find out how this brave girl navigates the trials and tribulations that pop up on her way to discovering the recipe for lasting friendship.





Award-winning author Maria Dismondy inspires lives through her poignant stories about topics challenging today’s modern child.


Maria’s background in early education and commitment to teaching the importance of character building enables her to touch lives the world over while touring as a public speaker in schools, community forums, and at national conferences.


When Maria isn’t writing, she can be found embarking on adventures throughout southeast Michigan and beyond, where she lives with her husband and three book-loving children.


Purchase Maria's books for you or your readers HERE.


And visit Maria Dismondy online at

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