About The Authors

Todd and Cheryl Schleuning, Kentucky Children's Authors, at Woodstock 1994

Cheryl and I met at Woodstock 1994 (the 25-year reunion of the original Woodstock) and have been married since 1999.  We have three daughters named Ella, Grayson and Sophia. 

Ella, Grayson and Sophia Schleuning, Kentucky Children's Authors

Cheryl has her Master’s Degree in special education and I am a communications graduate of Bellarmine University.

The Mipshits Characters Early Sketches by Dottie Nelson

The Misphits is a children’s book series and educational tool, conceived in 2004, that will teach our youngest children the importance of diversity and inclusion while promoting the advancement of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and those with special needs. 

The Misphits Children's Book Series from Kentucky Children's Authors Todd and Cheryl Schleuning

Who are the Misphits? 

The Misphits are a group of young animal friends who are oddities of their species.  They were formed and are led by Sheep who recognizes their shared imperfections and encourages them to combine their unique talents to help other students at Animal Elementary.  Their group includes:

  • our leader sheep
  • a turtle without a shell
  • a snake that can't slither
  • an elephant with a very poor memory
  • a clumsy cat
  • a cuddly porcupine
  • a timid lion
  • an eagle with poor vision
  • a pig that can't stand to be dirty

The Misphits Characters Peanut Allergy Squirrel Early Sketch by Dottie Nelson

Since their birth in 2004, characters and storylines began to emerge that naturally promoted the positive aspects of being different.  Just a few of the stories include a:

  • Squirrel with a nut allergy
  • Beaver that can’t build
  • Skunk that can’t stand his own smell
  • Very serious hyena
  • Platypus that can’t swim and is afraid of the water

The Misphits: Story of Snake Children's Picture Book by Kentucky Children's Authors Todd and Cheryl Schleuning

The Misphits: Story of Snake was our first children’s book and was released in 2012.  Two other stories in the series have been completed with many more in the works.

The Misphits: Story of Snake Children's Book by Kentucky Children's Authors Todd and Cheryl Schleuning

In 2017, we co-authored Carma’s Tail: Diary of a Homeless Albino Pit Bull with our three daughters.  It is an interactive children’s book that details the true life of rescue dog Carma and teaches children what to do if they come across an animal that needs to be rescued. 

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100% of the profits of this book go to the Shamrock Pet Foundation in Louisville, KY to help other animals like Carma.

Shamrock Pet Foundation
We are also the founders of Shart.com, an Ecommerce website that sells the Shart® Tee Shirt Frame.  We have one patent and two trademarks related to our business. 

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Thank you for reading about us.  Please contact us for more information.

Todd, Cheryl, Ella, Grayson and Sophie Schleuning, Kentucky Children's Authors, tis the season to be mary