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bio picTrudy Ludwig is an award-winning author who specializes in writing children's books that explore the colorful and sometimes confusing world of children's social interactions. She has received rave reviews nationwide from educators, experts, organizations, and parents for her passion and compassion in addressing relational aggression – the use of relationships to manipulate and hurt others. Trudy wrote her first book, My Secret Bully, after her own daughter was bullied by some friends. Since then, she has become a sought-after speaker, presenting at schools and conferences around the country and educating students, parents, and teachers on the topic.

Her books have received the IBPA Gold Benjamin Franklin Award, NAPPA Gold Medal Award, Mom's Choice Gold Awards, the Moonbeam Children's Books Gold Award, and are included in the Cooperative Children's Book Center's "Best of the Year" Selection, the National Crime Prevention Council's "Circle of Respect" Book Club Selection, the Junior Library Guild Selection, School Library Journal Best Picture Books Selection, Scholastic Instructor Recommended Back-to-School Picks; The Children's Book Review Best Picture Books Selection; Kids' Indie Next List Selection, and more.

Trudy has been profiled on national and regional media outlets. (Click here for media coverage.) She has served as content advisor for Sesame Street Workshop's "Good Birds Club" TV episode and as an expert panel member featured on Sesame Street's video series on bullying. Children's books have always been Trudy's great passion. It was her daughter's experience which inspired Trudy to quit her freelance writing career to focus on making a difference in kids' lives, one book at a time.®

Trudy lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children. She is an active member of the International Bullying Prevention Association and collaborates with leading experts and organizations including Committee for Children, ConnectSafely.org, Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project, and Putting Family First.

Disclaimer: Trudy Ludwig is not a counseling professional. The information presented by the author to her audiences is compiled from cited research findings, as well as resources and references gleaned through her volunteer work and collaboration with experts and organizations around the country.