Alvin Robert Cunningham is a retired educator of 34 years. He taught American History at Henry High School in Henry, Illinois and Social Studies in the Ottawa Elementary Schools in Ottawa, Illinois. About ten years before retirement, Cunningham started pursing his dream of becoming a children's book author. After many rejections and much perserverance, he managed to secure some royalty contracts for his work with some smaller publishers. Now, Cunningham is currently writing historical fiction/nonfiction, student-edition books for reading programs for educational publishers that are marketed to schools throughout the United States. They are also sold to online bookstores and shopping centers. With his books, Cunningham feels that children are able to identify with the young, main characters and learn about important events in American history at the same time.