Paul Yanuziello (mini-bio)

Paul Yanuziello is a writer, storyteller, musician, martial arts instructor and author. The opportunity to write and teach full-time in 2017, as well as his passion for teaching and learning from children, became the motivational force to publish his first children’s picture book.

In 2019, he published Samba on a Snowy Day, to glowing reviews. He introduced his second picture book Samba in Brazil, book 2 in The Samba Dog book series in 2021. Book 3 is currently in the works and is scheduled for release in January of 2023.

All of the books in The Samba Dog book series are illustrated by Joshua Miller.

Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends, published in January of 2022 is an early reader chapter book, also great for the reluctant reader or for the early listeners. Each chapter begins with an engaging illustration by Joshua Miller.

Writing under his pen name, Paul J. Youngman, he has reviewed and reported on concerts, festivals and recordings by the musical greats.

A highly skilled martial artist, Yanuziello now instructs adults and children in Japanese martial arts. When Yanuziello is not teaching or learning martial arts, he can be found writing, reading or practising shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) in his sanctuary near Blue Mountains, Ontario, Canada.

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