Morning Circle Media children's authors live in Philadelphia and represent the diverse communities that make up our great city.


Cynthia Kreilick founded Morning Circle Media in 2011.  She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a degree in International Relations. 

Cynthia has worked in children’s television production, museum education, journalism and early childhood education.  

She speaks Spanish, French and Russian, and lives with her husband in Oreland, Pennsylvania.  Her two adult children live in Philadelphia. 

Cynthia’s Morning Circle Media books include: Slide!; Catrina!;The Gingerbread Gift; Wake Up, Little Island!; Lucha and Lola; Yellow Daffodil; Let’s Cook For Ramadan!; and Baker Bear Bakes a Cake.


Haiqal's Garden is Syarif Syaifulloh's first children's book.  Syarif's son, Haiqal, attends kindergarten at the Jenks Public School in South Philadelphia. Together they make an amazing gardening team!  

Syarif is recognized internationally for his organic, urban gardening expertise.  He has been interviewed by the Voice of America (VOA) radio and TV, IndoGo, Mata Diaspora, Duta Masyarakat, Radio IMSA, Kompas TV, Metro TV, Radar Depok, Republika TV, IDN Global Newsletter, and Indonesian Lantern.  

Freeing the Birds is Philly Author/Illustrator Laura Kaderabek Eyring's first bilingual children's book. Laura is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.  She received her BFA from the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude.  In 2001 she received her BS in chemistry from Drexel University (abandoning her career as a waitress).  She now works as an analytical chemist for the Philadelphia Water Department and draws late at night when her husband and two children are asleep.  


Let's Cook For Ramadan! was Suad Mansour's first children's book.  Suad was born in Sudan, Africa, and immigrated to the United States in 1999.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Science from Ahfad University in Sudan and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Management from Springfield College in Delaware.  

Morning Circle Media was so saddened by Suad's death in early 2017.  We will continue to carry the torch of cross-cultural education on her behalf.

Suad worked in community development with local and international organizations in Sudan and the United States.  She also worked in the Philadelphia public schools as a mental health educator.  She is survived by her husband and daughter, who live in Philadelphia.