Lesli Richards is the award-winning author of The Homegrown Preschooler blog and A Year of Playing Skillfully. A homeschooling mother of five, she enjoys encouraging other homeschooling families to cultivate wonder in their children though intentional play. She is an advocate for special needs families as they navigate the best educational opportunities for their children. She has spent six years as a director for the Classical Conversations Challenge Program, and enjoys writing and speaking on classical education. A sought-after speaker across the country, Lesli is described as a knowledgeable, humorous, and passionate voice of encouragement. She lives with her husband Brendan in north Georgia.