Amanda Young, Author
Since having the incredible opportunity to work alongside the world’s largest marine and terrestrial mammals, Amanda has wanted to share their stories in ways that inspire children and adults – all while sprinkling in a little colorful and whimsical flair.
When life threw her a massive curve ball resulting in the loss of her dream job, Amanda used that moment to pivot her mindset instead of dwell in misfortune. She’s used that setback to help setUP dreams she never thought were possible: becoming a bestselling author who uses her voice to inspire conversations surrounding mental health, breaking societal norms and advocating for inclusivity.
Amanda has learned the necessity of speaking up for what she believes in and hopes to impart this message to everyone she encounters. Using her voice, regardless of who is listening, truly has become Amanda’s superpower – one she’s extremely proud of.
Book 1: Jumo the Unicorn
Jumo’s discovered a secret.
The little rhino is happiest when with his friends at the zoo, until one day something feels off. Should he tell everyone what he’s discovered or keep the secret to himself?
With whimsical animal characters and a pink-haired zookeeper, Jumo the Unicorn teaches children the importance of being their true self – spreading lessons of inclusivity, friendship, and love.
Book 2: Manda’s Magical Zoo
Manda’s life is about to change forever.
The pink haired zookeeper is working hard to earn her special training whistle when one day she’s faced with a huge decision: should she use her voice to speak up for an animal in danger or wait until someone else arrives?
With whimsical characters like a pink haired zookeeper and animals with an exciting twist, Manda’s Magical Zoo teaches readers the importance of using their voice to speak up for those in need – spreading messages of friendship, empathy and bravery.