2021 Participating Authors

Following is a list of the distinguished authors and illustrators who  participated in the 2021 Festival.

Sarah Albee

Could a pair of glass slippers withstand an evening of ballroom dancing? Could Rapunzel's hair support the weight of a prince? These 25 classic tales include hands-on experiments for kids 8-12.Sarah Albee writes nonfiction books about history and science, for kids in grades K - 8. She lives in Connecticut with her family, and visits K - 8 schools all over the country. For more details, go to: www.sarahalbeebooks.com.
Nora Raleigh Baskin
From the critically acclaimed augthor of Anything But Typical comes a "tense… and thought-provoking" look at the days leading up to the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, and how that day affected the lives of four middle schoolers.Nora Raleigh Baskin is the author of fifteen novels for young adults and a contributor to several short story collections. Her personal narrative essays have appeared in WRITER MAGAZINE, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and NCTE Voices from the Middle. Ms. Baskin has also taught creative writing classes around the country for more than twenty years.
Rebecca Behrens
A thrilling survival story about two former best friends forced to work together to stay alive after getting dangerously lost in a remote national forest.Rebecca Behrens is the award-winning author of five critically acclaimed middle-grade novels: When Audrey Met Alice, Summer of Lost and Found, and The Last Grand Adventure all explore famous historical figures and fascinating places, and The Disaster Days and Alone in the Woods are thrilling realistic survival stories. Rebecca grew up in Wisconsin, studied in Chicago, and now lives with her husband in New York City. You can visit her online at www.rebeccabehrens.com.
Artie Bennett

The humorous, inspirational, heartwarming story of a racehorse descended from champions who wants nothing more than to follow in their hoofbeats. But there's a problem: Zippy Chippy isn't terribly good at it.Artie Bennett is an executive copy editor by day and a writer by night. He is also the author of a quintet of hilarious rhyming picture books, and winner of the Reuben Award. The Show Me Librarian says: "Bennett's use of rhyme is excellent; his stanzas flow and exude joviality in a manner that few writers since Dr. Seuss have truly mastered. Simply put, these books are a joy."
Ethan T. Berlin

A fun bear who wears a vest with many pockets is the brand new toy for a little girl. Bear couldn't be more excited to play with the girl, but she is a little less than enthused. Dog, however, is very excited to play with Bear. Will Bear ever realize that Dog is the better friend?Ethan T. Berlin is an Emmy Award-nominated comedy writer, a Junior Library Guild selected picture book author, and a comedy teacher at Stony Brook University. He's also a father and a poodle owner -- not to brag!
Ariel Bernstein

Bear, Porcupine, and Otter love fishing! But Squirrel does not. What do they all love? WE LOVE FISHING! explores the compromises friends make for each other, with humor on every page.Ariel Bernstein is a writer of picture books and the chapter book series Warren & Dragon. She lives in New Jersey with her family, many mismatched socks, and the occasional balloon.
Suzanne Bloom

There are so many ways to be and to see. But I like you and you like me.Says Suzanne: "My grandfather was a cowboy and I grew up in Queens. It was a great relief to have been accepted at Cooper Union: 4 years of art! I've drawn buildings for architects, made wooden toys and finally found the nerve and narrative for my first picture book, We Keep a Pig in the Parlor. A bunch of books and a few awards later, my favorite compliment comes from a Texas third grader. "Ma'am," he said, "you were born to draw."
Laurie Calkhoven

When ten-year-old Roosevelt Banks discovers that his two best friends are planning a bike trip, he wants to go along. The problem? He doesn't have a bike. But IF he can be good for two whole weeks, he can earn a new bike. Trying to be good leads to more trouble than expected -- and to the discovery that being a good friend is more important than any bicycle.Laurie Calkhoven has never swallowed a frog, knocked over a rabbit hutch, nor sung too loud in music class like her character Roosevelt Banks -- but she does love to write stories! She is the author of many books for young readers and lives in New York City.
Frank Cammuso
Edison and crew stumble into a mysterious city that's sinking into darkness. Edison could be a hero and help restore light to the city and its inhabitants who are crushed by gloom. But who can he trust to help him? Edison Beaker is about to find out if he has what it takes to be a Creature Seeker!Frank Cammuso is the author-illustrator of the graphic novel series Edison Beaker Creature Seeker; he also created the graphic novel series The Misadventures of Salem Hyde, and Knights of the Lunch Table. Cammuso is the former award-winning political cartoonist for The Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, NY. He is also the Chief Creative Officer for AHOY Comics. He lives in Central New York.
Margery Cuyler

During a snowstorm, Oscar the pup escapes from his house and has several wintry adventures with a new canine pal, as their owners search for them and strike up a friendship. Will Hillenbrand's snowy illustrations add a tough of whimsy and wintertime beauty.
Margery Cuyler has written more than fifty books, most recently Snow Friends and two popular books about Bonaparte the Skeleton, who always loves his bones (Bonaparte Falls Apart and Bonaparte Plays Ball.) She enjoyed a long career as an editor and publisher before retiring from full-time work in 2015. She and her husband, the parents of two sons, live in Lawrence Township, NJ.
Barbara Dee

For seventh grader Wren, life is suddenly full of changes: her parents' divorce and dad's remarriage, her move with mom to a new town. Feeling as if she has no control, Wren distracts herself with a new obsession: special effects makeup tutorials on YouTube. Soon she's so busy and distracted, that she doesn't focus on mom's behavior...until something happens that Wren can't ignore.Barbara Dee is the author of twelve middle grade novels. She has been nominated for Vermont's Golden Dome Award, and has received numerous commendations including the Washington Post's Best Books of 2019, Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year. Her work has also appeared on state reading lists in Pennsylvania, Missouri, South Carolina, Maryland and Vermont. She has also been nominated for twelve state book awards. Barbara lives with her family in Westchester county, NY.
Nancy Furstinger

When Guy met Meghan Markle, he was just a shelter dog dreaming of a forever home. Guy believed their puppy love story was straight out of a fairy tale. But when Harry, the Prince of England, fell in love with Meghan, too, Guy realized he could dream even bigger: the royal palace. Inspired by the heartwarming and true story of Meghan Markle and her rescue Beagle, Guy, this is the story of a dog, a Duchess and a happily-ever-after tail worth chasing.
Nancy Furstinger has been speaking up for animals since she learned to talk, and she hasn't shut up yet. Author of nearly 100 books, including many on her favorite topic - animals! - she has also written for a daily newspaper, and edited trade and consumer magazines and children's books. Nancy has a menagerie of rescued pooches and house rabbits. Learn more about her dual passions - animals and writing - on her website.
K.L. Going

This is a happily-ever-after story of a girl who discovers the true secret to all good writing through an unlikely friendship, some well-intentioned matchmaking, and a little bit of science. The perfect read for fans of Rachel Vail, Sharon Creech and Meg Cabot.K.L. Going is the award-winning author of multiple books for young readers. She received a Michael Printz Honor for her teen novel, Fat Kid Rules the World, which was made into a feature film. Her beloved middle-grade novel, The Liberation of Gabriel King, was an IRA Notable Book for a Global Society, a CBC Children's Choice, and is taught in classrooms around the world. Her books have been published world-wide.
Susanna Leonard Hill

From high up in the sky, the Moon has spent her whole life watching Earth and hoping for someone to visit. Dinosaurs roam, pyramids are built, and boats are made -- but still no one comes. Will friends ever come visit her? Commemorate the extraordinary Apollo 11 spaceflight mission with this heartwarming story of the Moon who just wants a friend.
Susanna Leonard Hill is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children, which have been translated into multiple languages. She teaches an online picture book writing class, offers picture book critiques and does frequent school and library visits. She lives in New York's mid-Hudson Valley with her husband, children and two rescue dogs. She loves chocolate, dogs and all things Kid Lit. Visit her on her blog at susannahill.com/blog.
Katey Howes

Rissy's friends and family wonder if she's sick, confused, or rude. But kisses make Rissy uncomfortable. Can one little lovebird show everyone that there's no one right way to show you care? Rissy No Kissies carries the message that "your body and your heart are yours, and you choose how to share."Katey Howes is an award-winning children's author and award-worthy mom to three ravenous readers. Katey's books invite readers to see themselves as strong, confident, creative, and innovative! You can usually find Katey writing on her screened porch in New Hope, PA with a bowl of popcorn and her rescue pup, Samwise. Or find her on Twitter @kateywrites.
Jessie Janowitz

Tris Levin thought moving from New York to middle-of-nowhere Petersville meant life would definitely get worse...only it actually got better. But just when things are looking up, problems start rolling in. If Tris can win Can You Cut It, the cuthroat competitive kids' cooking show, he can get the cash to buy the machine that can save his business. But Tris isn't sure he can live with what it takes to win.Jessie Janowitz is a graduate of Princeton University's undergraduate creative writing program and holds a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania law school. The Doughnut King is the sequel to her debut middle grade novel, The Doughnut Fix. Jessie lives in New York City with her family. To find out more about Jessie and her work, visit her on jessiejanowitz.com, Twitter or Facebook.
Alan Katz

Twenty snort-inducing short stories for young readers. Tales about a school smelling bee, the day it snowed snowmen, and many more.Alan Katz has been an author and TV writer for more than 30 years, during which he's written more than 30 highly acclaimed children's picture and poetry books. He is also a six-time Emmy-nominated writer for TV shows including the Rosie O'Donnell Show, the PBS series Pinkalicious, the Grammy and Tony Awards and many network specials and game shows. He's also created hundreds of comic books, commercials and more for kids and families.
Leslie Kimmelman

The fourth in an easy-reader series, Bat and Sloth Throw a Party continues the adventures of two unlikely rain forest friends -- the quick-moving, quick-talking Bat, and the slow-moving, slow-talking Sloth. In this fourth book, the two nocturnal animals throw a sleepover party for their friends and get to stay up all night long.Leslie Kimmelman is the author of more than fifty popular and award-winning books for children, whose subjects range from the friendship between a bat and a sloth, to an unruly crowd of monsters learning basic grammar, to a medieval tale of derring-do about the Eight Knights of Hannukah. Leslie Kimmelman lives with her family in Westchester county.
Daniel Kirk

Newton and Curie, two squirrels that live in a tree above a school playground, become fascinated with the physics of the playground equipment, and begin building a playground of their own.Daniel Kirk is the author and illustrator of more than forty books for children. He lives and works in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.
Colleen Rowan Kosinski

A family moves into a brand new house. The family loves the house and the house loves the family. But as the family grows, the house becomes too small and one day they move away. The house doesn't know if it can ever be happy without its family, until one day, a special new couple comes and imagines how they'd make the house their own. This emotive, heartfelt story from the home's perspective is stunningly ilustrated by Valeria Docampo.Colleen Kosinski is the author-illustrator of Lilla's Sunflowers and A Promise Stitched in Time. She received her B.A. from Rutgers University in visual art, is an alumna of Philadelphia's Moore College of Art, and spent many years as a successful freelance artist. She resides in New Jersey with her family.
Jackie Azua Kramer

A quiet thoughtful story of a young boy struggling with grief, and the imaginary gorilla who helps him find a path to healing.Jackie Azua Kramer is an award-winning and internationally translated children's author. She earned her M.A. in Counseling in Education at Queens College, and is a member of the Bank Street Writers Lab and Las Musas. When not writing, you'll find her reading, watching old movies and traveling to her family's roots in Ecuador, Puerto Rico and Spain.
London Ladd

Based on the song that President Joe Biden quoted in his inaugural address, this picture book celebrates the beauty and diversity of this country and the legacies on which we build our future.London Ladd's illustrations have been featured in numerous picture books and magazines, as well as community-based murals. He uses a unique mixed-media approach combining cut paper textured with acrylic paint, tissue paper, colored pencil, pen & ink and touches of digital to bring his diverse subjects to life. His goal is to open a community visual arts center for lower-income families to make their own art in a fun, creative environment.
Caron Levis

All the animals at the Open Bud Ranch can see that Jack likes keeping his space to himself. But when Charlie arrives, he doesn't see Jack at all. He's still getting used to seeing out of only one of his eyes. At first, Jack is anxious and distrustful. But one day, he summons his courage and guides Charlie to his favorite sunlit field. And so begins a powerful friendship that will be tested by life's storms -- but will ultimately change each life for the better.Caron Levis is the author of several picture books, including This Way, Charlie and the award-winning Ida. She is a professor and advisor for The New School's Writing for Children/YA MFA program, a licensed social worker, and loves using drama and writing to explore books, feelings, and imagination with kids through her author workshops. Visit her at caronlevis.com.
Lauren Magaziner

Pick-your-own-path and puzzle-packed mystery collide in the third book in Lauren Magaziner's hilarious and interactive middle grade series in which the reader must help Carlos and his friends hunt ghosts at a haunted hotel. You pick the path; YOU crack the case!Lauren Magaziner is the author of the Case Closed series, Wizardmatch, Pilfer Academy, The Only Thing Worse Than Witches, and -- upcoming-- the Mythics series. She is originally from New Hope, PA, and currently lives in Philadelphia, where she writes full-time. Lauren is also a secret undercover international detective -- but don't blow her cover. You can visit Lauren at laurenmagaziner.com.
Kristin Mahoney

Elfie Oster was sure that Hampshire Academy was going to the be perfect school for her… until she got expelled. On her very first day. But sometimes when everything goes spectacularly wrong, you figure out what truly matters-- and what doesn't. So really, this terrible, horrible, surprisingly hilarious year may just be the best thing that's ever happened to Elfie.Kristin Mahoney is the author of three novels for young readers: Elfie Unperfect, The 47 People You'll Meet in Middle School, and Annie's Life in Lists. Kristin grew up in Sanford, North Carolina and worked as a magazine editor and elementary school reading specialist before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters, and a sweet goofy dog.
Erin McGill

A non-fiction picture book of all the wacky, wild and wonderful pets of the Presidents of the United States.Erin McGill grew up in New York. She received a BFA in Illustration from Pratt Institute, where she discovered her love of patterns, textiles and collage. She is the recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats Memorial Fellowship and is the author-illustrator of Matchy Matchy, I Do Not Like Al's Hat, I Do Not Like That Name, and If You Want A Friend In Washington. She lives in NYC with her husband and dog.
Kate Milford

The rain hasn't stopped for a week, and the twelve guests of the Blue Vein tavern are trapped by flooded roads and the rising Skidwrack River. Among them are a ship's captain, tattooed twins, a musician, and a young girl traveling on her own. They only have their stories, and one another, to save them. Will it be enough?Kate Milford is the New York Times bestselling author of Greenglass House (winner of the Edgar Award for juvenile literature). She has written for stage and screen, and as a contributing writer at nagspeake.com she has authored scholarly articles on subjects as varied as self-aware ironmongery, and how to make saltwater taffy in a haunted kitchen. Kate grew up in Riva, Maryland, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her family. You can find more at www.greenglasshousebooks.com.
Marie-Therese Miller

Cookie Monster is a friend to all on Sesame Street, and kids will love learning how to share toys, help others, and be a good friend from this funny, furry monster.Marie-Therese Miller is an author of non-fiction books for children and teens. Miller earned her Ph.D. in English from St. John's University, where her academic focus was James Thurber and humor. She teaches Children's and YA Literature at Marist College. Miller and her husband, John, have five children and a grandson.
Florence Minor

When Tickles the Bunny's family goes on an adventure without her, Tickles reads the book How To Be A Bigger Bunny, and then winds up on an adventure of her own. When she finds her furry family in trouble, she must become a bigger bunny and save the day. Featuring a cast of adorable bunnies, with artwork reminiscent of picture book classics, this is perfect for Easter time and springtime and for year 'round reading aloud and sharing.
Florence and her husband Wendell have been collaborating since moving from New York to Connecticut in 1991. They love creating books that entertain, teach and inspire children. Florence manages all aspects of their busy studio, and authors some of the books that Wendell illustrates. Her current book with Wendell is How to Be A Bigger Bunny. Their next collaboration will feature...you guessed it...animals! Visit Florence on Facebook and Twitter.
Wendell Minor

Breaking Waves: Winslow Homer Paints the Sea describes the artist's process from season to season. Readers are shown the many blues, greys, browns, and golds that Winslow Homer used to depict the changing sea.Renowned for the artwork he has created for over fifty award-winning children's books, Wendell Minor's collaborators have included Jean Craighead George, Charlotte Zolotow, Robert Burleigh, Mary Higgins Clark, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and his wife Florence Minor, among others. He was honored to be named Artist Laureate of the Norman Rockwell Museum for 2018-2019.
Katrina Moore

Daisy's Yeh-Yeh is visiting for the first time from China, and Daisy is so excited to meet him! But when Yeh-Yeh arrives, Daisy finds him less jolly than she imagined. Will she be able to make him smile before he goes home? Kids will love this funny and heartwarming story about overcoming cultural differences and connecting across generations.Katrina Moore writes in New Jersey, where she is an elementary school teacher. Her mission is to create books that children will hug for ages. She is the author of picture books One Hug, Grandpa Grumps and the forthcoming Sometimes Love. Her humorous chapter book series, Teeny Houdini, will debut in Winter 2022. When not teaching or writing, Katrina is cooking without a recipe or spending time with her family and dogs.
Diana Murray

Hooray! Hooray! It's Unicorn Night! Unicorns love to prance and dance the day away. But it's exhausting! Now it's time for unicorns to brush their manes, fluff their pillows, and sing the unicorn lullaby in this companion to the best-selling Unicorn Day.Diana Murray is the author of more than twenty books for children, including Unicorn Day, a national bestseller which appeared on PBS's Let's Learn NYC. Diana's poems have appeared in many children's magazines such as Highlights, High Five and Spider, and in anthologies such as Thanku: Poems of Gratitude. Diana grew up in NYC and still lives nearby with her firefighter husband, two children and a fuzzy white pup-icorn named Teddy Spaghetti.
Matt Myklusch

Joey Kopecky never expected to grow up and change the world -- much less do so at the age of thirteen. But, ever since he discovered magic was real and inherited the wand of Harry Houdini, nothing about his life has been what he expected.Matt Myklusch is the author of eight novels for middle-grade readers including The Order of the Majestic, the Jack Blank trilogy and the Seaborne series. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and family, where he is always behind schedule on his next book.
Robin Newman

Bear isn't the only one who turns grizzly and says some not-so-nice words that shouldn't be repeated when Woodpecker's carpentry work keeps Bear from getting much needed 243½ days of sleep. Can Bear and Woodpecker patch things up before Bear loses too much sleep?Raised in New York and Paris, Robin Newman is a graduate of Bryn Mawr college and the City University School of Law. She was a practicing attorney and legal editor but now prefers to write about witches, mice, bears and peacocks. Her books have won several "best book" awards. Robin lives in New York with a motley crew of fuzzybutts, including her husband, son and three spoiled dogs.
Roxane Orgill

The threat of smallpox looms, and the town is cut off from supplies, even food. Congress appoints George Washington as commander of the American armed forces. Roxane Orgill uses verse to zoom in on the Siege of Boston that launched the war against the British. She gives voice to Washington, his wife Martha, the slave William Lee, privates, a deserter, artillery chief Henry Knox, a boy servant, and to townspeople caught in the crossfire.Roxane Orgill is an award-winning writer of non-fiction books for children and adults. In addition to her newest book, Siege: When Washington Kicked the British Out of Boston, she has written picture book biographies of Ella Fitzgerald, Fred and Adele Astaire and Louis Armstrong. She works as an archivist at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in NYC and lives in Dobbs Ferry, NY.
Karen Kaufman Orloff

"What does Dudley do all day while we're away?" Sam wonders. Mom explains that Dudley does ordinary dog things: he eats, naps, guards the house, and plays. But in Sam's mind, Dudley's day at home is anything but ordinary.Karen Kaufman Orloff is the author of 12 books for children, including the popular and award-winning "I Wanna" series of picture books, often used by teachers for persuasive writing lessons. Karen lives in the Hudson Valley with her family and enjoys visiting schools and libraries, talking with children about books and writing.
John Parra

Ethel Payne always had an ear for stories. Seeking truth, justice and equality, Ethel followed stories from her school newspaper in Chicago to Japan during World War II. Her passion even led her to the White House briefing room, where she broke barriers as the only black female journalist. Fearless and determined, Ethel Payne shined a light on the darkest moments in history, and her ear for stories sought answers to the questions that mattered most in the fight for Civil Rights.John Parra is an award-winning illustrator, fine artist, designer and educator, best known for award-winning picture books. Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year and a Smithsonian Best Book of the Year. His books have received Pure Belpre Honors three times and multiple other commendations.
Matt Phelan

What a perfect autumn day! Papa Bear tells his cubs to bundle up in the cozy sweaters he knitted for them -- but that is easier said than done. Award-winning author-artist Matt Phelan has created a hilarious and warmhearted ode to fall, patience, and knitting. Sweater Weather will be adored by fans of Anna Dewdney and Tad Hills.Matt Phelan is the award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author/illustrator of many books for young readers. He received the Scott O'Dell Award for his first book, a graphic novel called The Storm in the Barn. He has been nominated for five Will Eisner Awards. He is also a recipient of the Free Library of Philadelphia/Drexel University Children's Literature Citation.
James Preller

A picture book that celebrates the warmth and diversity of the school community. Beautifully illustrated by Mary GrandPre, the artist behind the Harry Potter series.James Preller published his first book in 1986, more than half a lifetime ago. His books have demonstrated wide-ranging interests and abilities from picture books in haiku to Young Adult novels. He is most widely known for the Jigsaw Jones mystery series. He lives with his family in Delmar, NY and frequently -- happily, gratefully -- travels to schools far and near as a visiting author.
Anica Mrose Rissi

A contemporary collection of original short stories that is sure to elicit chills, laughs, and screams, even from the most devoted fans of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! These all new stories are sure to keep readers up past their bedtimes, looking over their shoulders to see what goes bump in the night. So, if you're feeling brave, turn the page.Anica Mrose Rissi is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for kids and teens. She grew up on an island off the coast of Maine and currently lives in Princeton, NJ with her very good dog, Arugula. Her books have won the Maine Literary Award and the Paterson Prize, been named Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections and have received many starred reviews.
Lizzy Rockwell

Jennifer and her friends meet every Friday at the community center. Everyone works together, and step by step they make a beautiful quilt which they donate to their library. Based on Rockwell's real life experiences as the artistic director of Peace by Piece: The Norwalk [CT] Community Quilt Project.Lizzy Rockwell is the illustrator of thirty picture books, many of which she also wrote. She was the longtime collaborator with her mother, the late author/illustrator Anne Rockwell. Lizzy lives in coastal Connecticut.
Artemis Roehrig

Do starfish sign autographs? Do seahorses wear saddles? Do lampreys get plugged in? Get silly with sea creatures in Do Jellyfish Like Peanut Butter?, the underwater follow-up to the award-winning insect book, Do Doodlebugs Doodle? This laugh-out-loud look at marine life will have kids eager to learn more about what lies beneath the ocean waves!Artemis Roehrig is the co-author, with Corinne Demas, of five picture books including the award-winning Do Doodlebugs Doodle, Amazing Insect Facts and Are Pirates Polite? She is the co-host of the podcast STEM Women in KidLit. When not writing or podcasting, Artemis works as an entomology technician for the Department of Environmental Conservation at U. Mass., and she plays violin with her community theater in western Massachusetts.
Marc Rosenthal

Bear, Porcupine, and Otter love fishing! But Squirrel does not. What do they all love? WE LOVE FISHING! explores the compromises friends make for each other, with humor on every page.After studying architecture at Princeton University and painting in graduate school, Marc worked as a graphic designer before seeking refuge in illustration. His work is seen regularly in national and international publications. He has illustrated many children's books and written some as well. Marc lives in Massachusetts with his wife Eilen and Pete the cat.
Annie Silvestro

Dylan loves playing, drawing, dreaming, and, best of all, dragons! But his days and weeks are so full-- with piano lessons, science club, baseball practice, karate class, and more-- that when the dragon of his daydreams shows up, there's never any time to play. How can Dylan let his family know that his busy schedule needs room for dragon time?Annie Silvestro is a lover of books who can often be found shuffling piles of them around so she has a place to sit or somewhere to put her teacup. Her books Bunny's Book Club and Mice Skating have both won multiple honors, including an Amazon Best Book of the Year for 2017. Annie lives with her sons by the beach in New Jersey, where she laughs loudly and often.
Naoko Stoop

Sun and Moon sit down for a tea party, but they soon find out that they see the world very differently. Moon says moms and dads get their kids ready for bed, while Sun says no, they get their children ready for school. So who's right? Well, as the two come to find out, they both are. With the help of Cloud, a gentle mediator, each stays up past their bedtime and sees the world from the other's incredible point of view.Naoko Stoop's love of drawing began when she was a young child growing up in Japan. Naoko now lives and creates in Brooklyn, NY. She uses found materials including plywood and brown paper bags as her canvas. She has shown her work in a variety of galleries and stores in New York and hopes that, through her artwork, she can inspire the child within everyone. Red Knit Cap Girl was named a NY Times Best Illustrated Children's Book in 2012.
Hudson Talbott

A Walk in the Words is a memoir of how Hudson Talbott was troubled as a child by being so slow at reading, yet loved stories and storytelling. It is his journey to reading at his own speed, and of learning how to paint with words.Hudson Talbott was born and raised in Louisville, KY and knew he wanted to tell stories with pictures by the age of 4. His first book for kids was turned into an animated film by Steven Spielberg, and his second was a collaborative book adaptation with Stephen Sondheim of the composer's musical "Into the Woods." Hudson has written and illustrated more than 25 books since then, garnering a Newbury Honor, ALA Notable Book Award, and many other honors.
Iza Trapani

"Troll-dee-roll, I'm a troll, and my favorite food is vole…" Loosely based on The Three Billy Goats Gruff, this sweet, funny tale introduces two loveable characters who just can't get along…until they start singing. Features interactive songs that children will recognize.Iza Trapani was born in Poland and moved to the U.S. at age seven. Her relatives gave her a large Mother Goose Treasury and she began learning English through those rhymes. Little did she know that someday her dream of becoming a children's book author and illustrator would come true. Her books have been honored by the Bank Street College of Education and have won multiple awards.
Nancy Viau

Hooray, it's time for a trip to the beach! Who will spy the sea and cheer? ZIP! ZOOM! STOP! Hey, we're here! Smell the salty breeze while rocking and rolling in the wispy waves. Search for seashells, build a sandcastle, and soak up all the joy a day at the ocean has to offer. A lively, lyrical read-aloud that will have everyone excited for a day at the beach.A former teacher and still a kid at heart, Nancy Viau loves to visit schools to share her journey to publication and the writing process. She is employed by the Cape May (NJ) County Library System as an assistant librarian and, when not reading or writing, she travels wherever her frequent flier miles take her.
Laurie Wallmark

Much like us, dinosaurs love to have fun. In Dino Pajama Party, dinosaurs from all around gather to play instruments, dance and sing before bedtime. But soon the dinsaurs grow tired and need their rest. This is a book that's sure to have kids following the dinos' lead and ready to go to sleep.Laurie Wallmark writes picture book biographies of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as other types of children's books. Her books have earned multiple starred trade reviews, been chosen as Junior Library Guild selections and received awards such as Best STEM Book. Laurie holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a former engineer and computer science professor.
Tracey West

Drake and the other Dragon Masters need the help of a Sea Dragon to stop an evil wizard. So Drake, Bo, and Opeli travel to the island of Kapua to find one. But Drake stole something from the wizard...and she will battle them to get it back!Tracey West is the author of more than 300 books for children, including the New York Times-bestselling early chapter book series, Dragon Masters. She also writes the Pixie Tricks series for Scholastic and is debuting a new series called The Underdogs with illustrator Kyla May. Tracey lives in the western Catskill mountains of New York.
Dana Wulfekotte

Frannie and Grandy both have an idea about what the perfect day should look like, but when that day arrives, there is a migh-TEA mix-up. Tea gets splashed, sandwiches smashed, and expectations crushed. Luckily, Frannie and Grandy discover that a perfect day is just one they spend together.Dana Wulfekotte is a freelance animator and children's book author and illustrator. Her books have received the Schneider Family Honor (The Remember Balloons) and been a Junior Library Guild selection (Tea Time.) Dana lives in Queens, NY with her partner and two rabbits.
Hyewon Yum

Though separated by language, age, and an ocean, a child and grandparent find common ground in this warm, witty picture book. Award-winning author-illustrator Hyewon Yum shares the challenges and joys of having a relative who lives far away -- proving that even from across the ocean, the grandparent-grandchild relationship is a very special one.Hyewon Yum is the author and illustrator of many picture books, including Saturday Is Swimming Day, which won a Charlotte Zolotow Honor and Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten, which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator award. Hyewon lives in Brooklyn, NY with her family.