About The Author
Lee Ann Mancini’s desire is for children to begin to know and love Jesus from an early age. This passion led her to seek out books for her own children that portrayed an active relationship with Jesus in a relatable way. She knew communicating God’s truth through captivating words and compelling illustrations is a crucial part of establishing that foundation.
“When my children were young, it was hard to find products where the kids read about other children talking with and engaging with Jesus,” Mancini says. “Even in Kindergarten, they are faced with situations of children bullying or not being nice or bragging. It's important that they can immediately understand that they can pray to Jesus and He will help them.”
“I took the prototypes to teachers at local Christian schools to get some feedback. They were overwhelmed,” Mancini says. “They loved them all and said, ‘We need more books like this.’”
Encouraged by their incredibly positive response, Mancini established God Loves Me (GLM) Publishing, named out of her passion for teaching children how to love people as Jesus did. In 2014, she published Fast Freddy, the first book in her Adventures of the Sea Kids series.
Now, Adventures of the Sea Kids is an award-winning children’s series, using bold, engaging stories with captivating illustrations to show children what it looks like to live in relationship with Jesus each and every day. These standout books illustrate tangible examples of what it means to actually communicate with Jesus and walk with him, whether that means showing compassion, telling the truth, or serving others.
An adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary, Mancini holds a master’s degree in Christian studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as well as two master's degrees from Knox Theological Seminary. She holds a board position with the Florida Authors and Publishers Association and the Alexandrian Forum and maintains memberships with organizations such as the Christian Small Publishers Association and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Mancini is an active member in her local community, visiting schools to share the Adventures of the Sea Kids series with children, as well as speaking to women’s groups about the redemptive power of the Gospel represented through the types of brides of the church. Learn more about Mancini and the Adventures of the Sea Kids at glmpublishing.net.