2019 Participating Authors

Following is a list of the distinguished authors and illustrators who graciously attended the 2019 Festival.  We were honored to welcome them to Warwick!

Sarah Albee

An eight-foot fold-out timeline of the history of Canada, the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean from about 10,000 BCE to the present.
Sarah Albee writes non-fiction books for kids in grades K-9. Recent books include Dog Days of History; Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines; Bugged: How Insects Changed History and Poop Happened: A History of the World from the Bottom Up. Her works have earned multiple starred reviews and honors. She lives in Connecticut with her family and loves visiting schools and presenting to kids of all ages.
Artie Bennett

On two feet or on all fours, where would you be without yours? Feet. They're everywhere! We share them with bats, cats, rats and even gnats! But not all feet are the same. Some are sticky and some are stinky. Some can hear and some can taste. There's a wondrous world of feet out there, especially animal feet. It gives one paws! In hilarious verses that teem with facts and fun, Artie Bennett puts his best foot forward with What's Afoot!
Artie Bennett is the executive copy editor for a children's book publisher and he writes a little on the side (but not on the backside!) He was hailed as "the Dr. Seuss of your caboose" for his much-acclaimed The Butt Book, his first "mature" book. No butts about it! He followed that up with Poopendous, then Peter Panda Melts Down. The merriment continues with 2018's release of two joke and riddle books. Find Artie in the bowels of Brooklyn.
Ariel Bernstein

Owl has a balloon. Monkey has a sock with a star and a perfectly shaped hole. But then Owl asks Monkey to hold his balloon, just for a second. What do you think happens? POP! When Owl returns and asks for his balloon, Monkey offers him everything under the sun...except for the balloon. Can their friendship survive this catastrophe?
Ariel Bernstein has the voice of an owl, a monkey and a boy with a dragon for a pet. In other words, she's a children's book author. Ariel's debut picture book, I Have A Balloon, was a Fall 2017 Junior Library Guild selection. Her debut chapter book series, Warren & Dragon, is called "adorable fun for chapter book newbies." Ariel lives in New Jersey with her family, a highly energetic cat and the occasional deer in the backyard.
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

Meet Stubby: a stray pup who was taken in by a group of American soldiers-in-training and soon found himself whisked off to the front lines of World War 1. Stubby served bravely by his soldiers' sides for 18 months and became a hero when he saved them from a surprise gas attack, and again when he caught an enemy German soldier. This "dog's-eye view" of WW1 proves time and again why a dog really is a person's best friend.
Laurie Calkhoven has always loved books and reading. When she got her first library card and was set free among the picture books, she learned that there were actual people who created these wonderful books on the shelves, and she decided to be one of them. Laurie loves writing about ordinary people who have the strength and talent to be extraordinary. Laurie's books have won multiple awards. She lives in NYC and can frequently be found at the library.
Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Biscuit Loves the Park is the 23rd adventure in the My First I Can Read series from HarperCollins. Embraced by generations of readers, the newest Biscuit story is perfect for the emergent reader eager to meet this silly, lovable puppy.
Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the author of Biscuit, the popular bestseller used to launch the My First I Can Read series from HarperCollins. With over 75 titles in the series and 28 million books in print, Biscuit has been deemed a modern classic and has been translated into numerous languages. Ms. Capucilli is the recipient of numberous awards and she has contributed to many publications. She lectures frequently at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.
Ruth Chan

When the humans head out to go camping, the animals settle in for a relaxing holiday of their own! Teen bear takes over the bathroom with her curling iron; the beavers prepare their fanciest recipes; the deer kick up their hooves for a dance party. What starts as a little unwinding soon escalates to a big mess, just in time for everyone to head home.
Ruth Chan is an illustrator who spent her childhood tobogganing in Canada, her teens in China, a number of years studying art and education and a decade working with families in underserved communities. She now writes and illustrates children's books and comics in Brooklyn, NY.
Jay Cooper

Annie Pepper has her heart set on adopting a Chihuahua in need. But none of the Peppers can agree on the perfect pet, and they're not above sabotage to get their way. Soon they end up with a heartbroken lovebird; the tarantula that ate San Pimento; a prissy French kitty and a house full of chaos! Who'll win the clash of the creatures?
Jay Cooper has worked as a creative director and designer of magazines, books, apparel and advertising for two decades. He's had the good luck to design covers for NY Times bestsellers and for literary classics, and even better luck to work on art and advertising campaigns for over 100 Broadway musicals and plays. But nothing makes him happier than creating and illustrating books for kids. Jay lives with his family in New Jersey.
Lucy Ruth Cummins

Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He's as orange as a traffic cone! Twice as round as a basketball! He has no bad side! He's a perfect choice for a Halloween jack 'o lantern. There's just one problem: Stumpkin has a stump, not a stem. And nobody seems to want a stemless jack 'o lantern for their window. As Halloween approaches, his fellow pumpkins leave, but poor Stumpkin remains. Will anyone give Stumpkin his chance to shine?
Lucy Ruth Cummins made her author-illustrator debut in 2016 with her picture book "A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals." Her award-winning works have received starred reviews in multiple journals. Lucy is the youngest of six children. She was born in Canada (and lived in an actual log cabin!), was raised in upstate NY and currently lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY. Her favorite food is the French fry.
Margery Cuyler

The Little Ice Cream Truck trots all over town to deliver favorite ice cream treats on a hot, sunny day. A companion to The Little Fire Truck, The Little School Bus and The Little Dump Truck.
Margery Cuyler has had a long career in children's publishing as an editor, publisher and as an author. The Little Ice Cream Truck is her 55th book, many of which have won State awards, and previously she has been celebrated as the author of Skeleton Hiccups, 100th Day Worries and That's Good! That's Bad!
Barbara Dee

For seventh grader Mila, it starts with some boys giving her an unwanted hug on the school blacktop. The next day, it's another hug. Comments. It all feels weird. According to her friend Zara, Mila is being immature, overreacting. Doesn't she know what flirting looks like? Mila starts to gain confidence when she enrolls in karate class. But when she's finally pushed too far, she realizes that she can't battle this on her own.
Barbara Dee is the author of ten middle grade novels published by Simon & Schuster, including Maybe He Just Likes You, the first middle grade novel to explore the "boys will be boys" origins of sexual harassment. Her books have earned starred reviews and also have been included on many "best of" lists of public libraries and states. A founder of the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival, Barbara lives in Westchester County, NY.
Corinne Demas

In this now-classic picture book illustrated by Kathryn Brown, a set of six nesting dolls travels to a toy store in America from a village in Russia. Nina, the smallest doll, is knocked off the toy store shelf and begins a perilous journey down a stream and a waterfall. How will she ever be reunited with her sisters and with Jessie, the little girl who bought the matryoshka? A testament to the power of sisterly love and a celebration of cherished Russian nesting dolls.
Corinne Demas is the award-winning author of thirty three books including numerous picture books, YA novels and books for adults. She has co-authored several books with her daughter, Artemis Roehrig, including Does A Fiddler Crab Fiddle? and Do Doodlebugs Doodle? Ms. Demas is a Professor at Mount Holyoke College and lives in western Massachusetts and on Cape Cod.
Randall de Sève

When Zola moves into the neighborhood, her new next-door neighbor is too shy to go over and introduce herself. Plus, Zola already has a friend to play with -- an elephant! What we imagine is not always true, the little girl discovers. Luckily, she also discovers that being brave can lead to new friendships - and even richer imaginary worlds - in this heartwarming book about friendship, moving and the power of imagination.
Randall de Sève is the New York Times bestselling author of Toy Boat, The Duchess of Whimsy, Mathilda and the Orange Balloon, Peanut and Fifi Have a Ball, A Fire Truck Named Red and Zola's Elephant. She's also spent many years teaching young children at Blue School and at St. Ann's School in New York City, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.
Kama Einhorn

A photo-packed middle-grade nonfiction series about the stories and science behind animal sanctuaries around the world…told in the animals' voices. Meet threatened wildlife and other vulnerable animals, and get to know the humane humans who offer them hope and haven as they move through the "sanctuary steps" of rescue, recovery, rehabilitation and release.
Kama Einhorn is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor of children's media. She has a master's degree in literacy education from U.C. Berkeley and was an editor at Scholastic before becoming a creative lead at Sesame Street. Ms. Einhorn has written more than 40 books for kids and has also authored magazine articles, outreach materials and web content. Animals are her people.
Della Ross Ferreri

It's time to calm down and get ready for bed -- then chaos erupts! The playful, rhyming words by Della Ross Ferreri come to life in Mette Engell's cheerful illustrations of a father putting his toddler to bed. Their goofy antics and sweet interactions will inspire all families to put a little fun into the bedtime routine.
Della Ross Ferreri is a teacher and author of board books, picture books, easy readers, short stories and poems. She lives in Hyde Park, NY with her husband, three children and guinea pigs.
Beth Ferry

All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing…. This tender and affectionate tale reminds us of the comforting power of friendship and the joy of helping others.
Beth Ferry is the author of numerous books for young readers, and is inspired by two main things: word play and the sea. Luckily, Beth is an avid reader who lives close to the beach, so inspiration is never far away. In addition to picture books, Beth has begun writing graphic novels. When not writing, Beth can be found blowing bubbles for her bulldog, Chaucer.
Deborah Freedman

Carl is an earthworm. He spends his days happily tunneling in the soil until a field mouse asks him a simple question that stops him short: "Why?" Carl's quest takes him on an adventure to meet all the animals of the forest, each of whom seems to know exactly what they were put on this earth to do, unlike the curious Carl. But it's not until the world around him has changed that Carl begins to realize that everyone makes a big difference just by being themself.
Deborah Freedman was an architect once-upon-a-time, but now she loves to build worlds in picture books for children. Her books include Shy, This House, Once and most recently, Carl and the Meaning of Life. Deborah lives in a colorful house in Connecticut and looks forward to meeting you!
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, as well as edited trade and consumer magazines and children's books. She has a menagerie of rescued pooches and house rabbits. Learn more about her dual passions - animals and writing - on her website.
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 boks 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.
Susan Hood

Based on Thai journalist and co-author Pathana Sornhiran's on-site reporting, and brought to life by Thai illustrator Dow Phumiruk's stunning artwork, this astonishing true story shows the importance of teamwork and perseverance in a brand-new picture book for ages 5+. Includes interviews with two of the divers who swam the boys to safety in this against-all-odds international rescue of 2018.
Susan Hood has written more than 200 books, including the award-winning Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. In a former life, Susan was a children's book and magazine editor at Scholastic, Sesame Street and Nick, Jr. Her works have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist and multiple prestigious awards. When she's not reading and writing, Susan loves kayaking and sailing with her husband along the New England coast.
Katey Howes

How many things can you make in a day? A tower, a friend, a change? Rhyme, repetition and a few seemingly-straightforward questions engage young readers in a discussion about the many things we make -- and about the ways we can make a difference in the world. This simple, layered story celebrates creativity through rhyming verse and vibrant illustrations with a timely message.
Katey Howes is thrilled to be making books for children. She also makes bad jokes, great apple crisp and messy mistakes. Katey lives in Upper Makefield, PA (really!) with her husband and three adventurous makers. She can be found on Instagram @kidlitlove, sharing books and tips for #raisingreaders.
Amy Ignatow

Jedi Academy: Revenge of the Sis is the 8th book in the Jedi Academy series. Christina Starspeeder is starting at a new school with a new Jedi Master, and is ready to show that she is one with the Force.
Amy Ignatow is a cartoonist and the author of the Popularity Papers series of scrapbook-style illustrated novels as well as the Odds trilogy and The Cutest Thing Ever. She is a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design and lives in Philadelphia with her family and a very irritating cat.
Melissa Iwai

The devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, drew the United States into World War II in 1941. Few people are aware that several months later, the Japanese pilot Nobuo Fujita dropped bombs in the woods outside a small town in coastal Oregon. This is the story of those bombings -- and of what came after, when Fujita returned to Oregon twenty years later, this time to apologize. This true tale is a dramatic and moving account of reconciliation after war.
Melissa Iwai is an author and illustrator of children's books, based in Brooklyn, NY where she lives with her husband, author Denis Markell, and their son. She has illustrated more than 30 books during her twenty year career. Ms. Iwai's work has been honored multiple times, including being a Junior Library Guild selection, named an Orbis Pictus Honor Book 2019 and given a 2018 Freeman Book Award for East/Southeast Asia literature for young people.
Alan Katz

Everyone has heard of Steve Jobs -- but what about Nolan Bushnell, Jobs's boss (before the invention of Apple) and founder of Pong, the first major video game? Many of the most relevant figures in tech history have remained in the shadows - but no longer! From Alan Katz's new Awesome Achievers series, Awesome Achievers in Technology gives kids a look behind the scenes at 12 lesser-known inventors whose contributions to tech continue to resonate.
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.
David A. Kelly

Mike and Kate are in New York City for a Mets/Yankees Subway Series! But someone is playing pranks at both ballparks. And when Mike and Kate hear mysterious mumblings at the famous Whispering Gallery at Grand Central Terminal, they just might be able to catch the culprit before the series ends.
David A. Kelly is the author of the Ballpark Mysteries and MVP sports book series from Random House, as well as of Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse and the picture book Miracle Mud. He lives outside Boston with his family. For more information, visit davidakellybooks.com.
David Kirk

A huggable kitty learns that getting hugs is good, but giving them can make you into a whole new cat!
David Kirk grew up in the wild and boundless suburbs of Ohio, where he learned about small creatures and art. He is the creator of Miss Spider, who appears in many well-loved children's books and even her own television series. David is also the author and illustrator of more than a dozen other books for children. He lives in a happy forest with his family, where they nurture and groom a variety of fluffy friends. For more, visit pipweasel.com.
Michelle Knudsen

After sending the evil librarian, Mr. Gabriel, back to the demon world at theater camp last summer, Cyn is ready to enjoy a completely demon-free senior year -- especially when she learns that the fall musical will be Les Miserables. She can't wait to start designing the barricade. But down in the demon realm, Mr. Gabriel has escaped and soon he's gathering strength, bent again on revenge. Will Cyn and her friends bring down the final curtain on him at last?
Michelle Knudsen is the New York Times bestselling author of 48 books for young readers, including the award-winning picture book Library Lion, selected by Time Magazine as one of the Best 100 Children's Books of All Time. Her books for older readers include the middle grade Trelian fantasy trilogy and the YA Evil Librarian trilogy. Michelle is on the faculty at Lesley University and lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.
Jackie Azúa Kramer

It's a sweet bedtime battle between Little Mouse's endless excuses for his lack of sleep and his mother's loving and imaginative suggestions. A night filled with pirates, pancakes, floating among stars. Wait for yawning. And stretching. And sleepy thoughts. And drowsy eyes...
Jackie Azúa Kramer earned a Masters of Education from Queens College and has worked as an actor, singer and school counselor. Her picture book The Green Umbrella won the Parents' Choice Silver Medal and was listed among the 2017 Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year. Jackie lives with her family on Long Island, NY. When not writing, you'll find Jackie reading, watching old movies and globe trekking.
Gayle C. Krause

Written in rhyme, Daddy, Can You See the Moon? is about the special moments a young boy and his deployed military dad share by looking at the moon -- until the father comes home a wounded warrior, and the boy realizes that love was what kept them connected all along.
As a Master Educationalist, Gayle C. Krause has taught Children's Literature, creative writing and storytelling techniques to prospective teachers and children's authors. She's a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and writes picture books, middle grade and young adult novels. Find the latest news about her books at gayleckrause.com.
Kevin Kurtz

A Day in a Forested Wetland is the fourth in Mr. Kurtz's series of award-winning books about spending a day in a habitat. Readers meet barred owls, snapping turtles and other amazing animals that live in forested wetlands (a.k.a. swamps). The book is beautifully illustrated by Sherry Neidigh.
Kevin Kurtz is a nonfiction children's book author who has loved books and nature since he was a kid growing up in upstate New York. He worked as an educator at an aquarium, at a science museum, and for scientists on research expeditions around the world. He lives in Rochester, NY and continues to write books and visit schools around the country to introduce children to the wonders of reading, writing, science and nature.
Mylisa Larsen

As the holidays approach, a group of students begins to suspect that their teacher has a secret -- hinted at by his shiny black boots, his white beard and his jolly laugh. But Jack is not so sure…
Mylisa Larsen has been telling stories for a long time. This has caused her to get gimlet-eyed looks from her parents, her siblings and later, her own children when they felt that certain stories had been embellished unacceptably. She now writes children's books where her talents for hyperbole are actually rewarded. Ms. Larsen has lived in 8 states and 2 countries and has loved things about all of them. Right now, she lives near one of NY's Finger Lakes.
Tara Lazar

Just when Private I thinks all is calm -- now that he's cracked the case of 7 Ate 9 -- Mark storms into the office. Mark is worried. All the uppercase letters are M-I-S-S-I-N-G! But that's absurd. This is CAPITAL City! Private I is the last letter standing. Will he solve his BIGGEST mystery yet, the UPPER CASE, before it's too late?!
Street magic performer. Hog-calling champion. Award-winning ice sculptor. These are all the things Tara Lazar has never been. Instead, she writes quirky, funny picture books featuring magical places. Tara runs a popular writing challenge called Storystorm, serves as a mentor for We Need Diverse Books and co-chairs the Rutgers Univ. Council on Children's Literature conference. She lives in New Jersey with her family and Ace, the world's cutest hamster.
Steve Light

Mama Tiger Swims up a zigzag river full of slippery fish, climbs onto a shady branch of a big tree, and follows a bird into fragrant flowers. What is Mama Tiger looking for? And what will she do once she finds it? In this companion to the celebrated board book Black Bird Yellow Sun, Steve Light explores the sights of the outside world. Little ones will love tagging along with Mama Tiger until she finally winds down for the night - with a one-of-a-kind reunion.
Steve Light grew up in an enchanted place known as New Jersey. He went on to study Illustration at Pratt Institute. Upon graduating, he did some corporate illustrations for companies such as AT&T, Sony Films and the New York Times Book Review. Steve then went on to design buttons that were acquired by the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum. He has since published several children's Books. Steve lives in New York City with his family.
Lauren Magaziner

Layla Jay, the star of the hit TV show Teen Witch, goes missing on the Hollywood set. Carlos and his friends need your help to gather the clues and solve this mystery. In this interactive adventure, YOU pick which suspects to interview, which questions to ask and which clues to follow. Can you help find Layla, or will it be case closed? You pick the path; you crack the case!
Lauren Magaziner is originally from New Hope, PA and she 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 her online at laurenmagaziner.com.
Kristin Mahoney

Discover the ins and outs of middle school in this guide from an older sister to her younger sister. From tackling a new building to meeting new people like the assistant principal, the class pet, the renegade, the tomato kid, your old best friend's new best friend -- this is a must-read for everyone starting middle school.
Kristin Mahoney grew up in Sanford, NC 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.
Denis Markell

Twelve year-old Ralph and his friends are dedicated players of the role playing game Reign of Dragons. But things take a turn when, due to a magical roll of the dice, their characters come to life in Brooklyn Heights.
Denis Markell, although not a games master himself, has been telling stories for most of his professional career. His stories have been featured in Off-Broadway musicals and revues, in sitcoms and even in an episode of the legendary animated series ThunderCats. His own story took a fantastic turn when he met and married the illustrator Melissa Iwai, with whom he has created two picture books.
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

Letters are everywhere in this delightful book that embraces the power of words and how they can make you feel and what they can help you say. Each letter has a name, and letter have power…power to make words. Words can make you hungry, make you laugh, or enchant you. Unlock the magic of letters in this colorful, imaginative book from the award-winning author/illustrator team of Tony Johnston and Wendell Minor.
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.
Diana Murray

The unicorns are celebrating their favorite day of the year, complete with rainbows, cupcakes, butterflies and all sorts of joyful things. But when it's revealed that there's an impostor in their midst, the party comes to a screeching halt. Will the unicorns welcome all, and continue their fun in all its glittery glory? A clever, colorful and over-the-top picture book about unicorns.
Diana Murray is the author of more than a dozen children's books, including City Shapes (a Junior Library Guild selection), Grimelda: the Very Messy Witch, Doris the Bookasaurus, Pizza Pig (a Scholastic Pick of the Month) and Ned the Knitting Pirate. She grew up in New York City and still lives nearby with her firefighter husband, two daughters and a frolicking puppy who is fluffy as a unicorn.
Marya Myers

Nelly lives in New York, the greatest city in the world. Every morning, she goes outside to be in he city she knows like the back of her hand - or does she? One morning, Nelly and her dog Bagel decide to find out what New York is really about - or more specifically, why a city that as nothing to do with apples is the Biggest Apple of them all. Could there really be a giant apple somewhere in New York? And where is it hiding?
Marya Myers is an early literacy author and editor. Having worked with children in a broad capacity from teaching, coaching, tutoring, and developing curricula for classrooms across the country, she became inspired to combine her passion for traveling and teaching into storytelling. She graduated from Yale University with a major in history and received her Master’s degree in early childhood education and special education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and child.
Matt Myklusch

Joey Kopecky's world gets turned upside down when an old magic set leads to a shocking discovery. Magic is real - but only if you believe in it. He gets the chance to work with Redondo the Magnificent, a scandal-scarred celebrity magician. Soon Joey is swept up into a centuries-old conflict between rival magician societies: the Order of the Majestic, fighting to keep magic alive and free, and the dark magicians of The Invisible Hand, who hoard magic for evil.
Matt Myklusch is the author of six novels for middle grade readers, including the Order of the Majestic, the Jack Blank trilogy and the Seaborne series. When he was younger, Matt wanted to be a comic book artist. As an adult, he remains obsessed with fantastic, unbelievable things like magic, superheroes, kite-boarding pirates, ninjas, robot-zombies and more. The Order of the Majestic is a 2019 Junior Library Guild selection.
Roxane Orgill

Summer, 1775. The British occupy Boston, holding residents captive and keeping a strong military foothold. Congress unanimously elects George Washington commander-in-chief of the American armed forces, and he goes to Cambridge, MA to transform the ragtag collection of volunteer militiamen into America's first army. Orgill uses verse to zoom in on the siege of Boston that launched the war to defeat the British.
Roxane Orgill is an award-winning author of nine nonfiction books for children and adults. Her book of poetry called Jazz Day: the Making of a Famous Photograph, earned six starred reviews and won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book. She began writing for children in 1997 with If Only I Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong. Roxane lives in Dobbs Ferry, NY.
Karen Kaufman Orloff

Come along and follow a year in the life of a young boy and girl as they discover their many different and ever-changing emotions -- including joy, fear, anger, jealousy, excitement, pride, disappointment, loneliness and contentment -- in this rhyming picture book. As children read about "angels in the snow days" and "need my mommy now days," they'll begin to understand how to cope with both positive and negative feelings.
Karen Kaufman Orloff is the author of eleven books for children, including the popular "I Wanna" books ("I Wanna Iguana," "I Wanna New Room," I Wanna Go Home") which have been nominated for numerous awards. Karen lives with her family in the lower Hudson Valley of New York. She loves meeting and interacting with kids at schools and book festivals.
John Parra

The inspiring true story of how the Little Free Library organization brings communities together through books, from founder Todd Bol's first installation to the creation of more than 75,000 mini-libraries around the world.
John Parra is the Pura Belpre Honor Award-winning illustrator of many books for young readers, including Hey, Wall: a Story of Art and Community, and Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. He is also a designer, educator and fine artist whose work can be seen on the U.S. Postal Service's Forever Stamp series, "Delicioso."
Allison Pataki

Nelly lives in New York, the greatest city in the world. Every morning, she goes outside to be in the city she knows like the back of her hand - or does she? One morning, Nelly and her dog Bagel decide to find out what New York is really about - or more specifically, why a city that has nothing to do with apples is the Biggest Apple of them all. Could there really be a giant apple somewhere in New York? And where is it hiding?
Allison Pataki is the New York Times bestselling author of five adult books including "The Traitor's Wife" and "Beauty in the Broken Places." Nelly Takes New York is her first children's book. Daughter of former NY Gov. George Pataki, Allison graduated from Yale University and lives in NYC with her husband, two children and spunky pup.
Matt Phelan

Renowned for their courage, their chivalry and their ability to fight mythical creatures, the Knights of the Round Table face a new band of dangerous opponents: MONSTERS!
Matt Phelan is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal. He is the author/illustrator of four award-winning graphic novels. His latest books include the picture books A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen & Heidi Stemple, You Are My Friend: The Story of Mr. Rogers and His Neighborhood, by Aimee Reid, and his Knights Vs. series.
James Preller

Deon observes a new boy in school who just doesn't seem able to fit in. The Big Idea Gang wants to help -- so they use their powers of persuasion to convince the school leaders to install a buddy bench. ("Abounds with examples of kindness, empathy, friends who listen to one another, ways to strike up a friendship and to make a difference at school." - School Library Connection.)
James Preller lives in Delmar, NY and frequently speaks to young readers and writers around the country. A prolific writer, he is known for his Jigsaw Jones and Scary Tales series, as well as stand-alone titles such as The Bystander, The Courage Test, Better Off Undead and more. His new survival thriller, Blood Mountain, is due out just in time for the festival. Think "Hatchet" meets "Misery" ... and there's a dog, too!
Anna Raff

With poetry that is equal parts accurate and entertaining -- and illustrations that are positively out of this world -- this book will enthrall amateur stargazers and budding astrophysicists as it reveals many of the wonders our universe holds.
Anna Raff is an award-winning illustrator of several books for children including World Rat Day, If I Were A Kangaroo, A Big Surprise For Little Card and You Are Not A Cat! Her most recent book, The Day The Universe Exploded My Head, has garnered starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist. Currently, Ms. Raff is at work on her fifth science-related picture book, in collaboration with author David A. Adler.
Lesa Cline-Ransome

Katherine Johnson was one of the black women in the human "computing" group called to plot the path of the spacecraft from the moment it left the launch pad until the moment of its descent into the Atlantic Ocean. Because of Katherine Johnson and other human computers like her, NASA successfully launched flights into space and eventually, to the moon. Katherine Johnson was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the 2016 movie "Hidden Figures."
Lesa Cline-Ransome has written many non-fiction books for young readers. Her first book was a biography of Satchel Paige, followed by books about Harriet Tubman, soccer star Pele, Venus amd Serena Williams and more. Her work has received numerous honors and awards from the American Library Association, the New York Public Library, Kirkus Reviews and the NAACP. She often collaborates with her husband, illustrator James Ransome.
James Ransome

Every morning, the overseer of the plantation rings the bell. Daddy gathers wood. Mama cooks. Ben and the other slaves go out to work. Each day is the same. Full of grueling work and sweltering heat. Except one day, when the bell rings and Ben can't be found. Because Ben ran. Despite their fear and sadness, his family remains hopeful that maybe he made it North. An ode to hope and a powerful tribute to the courage of those who ran for freedom.
James Ransome has illustrated more than sixty picture books and is also the author/ illustrator of three titles. James received his BFA from Pratt Institute in NYC and is the winner of numerous awards for his illustrations, including the Coretta Scott King, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor and the NAACP Image Awards. He and his wife, Lesa Cline-Ransome, jointly won the Coretta Scott King Honor for their collaboration on Before She Was Harriet.
Anica Mrose Rissi

Piggle, Piggleton, Piggit, Piggums and Pigbert are throwing a party and there is so much to do, but SHHHH, watch out for Wolf! With clever nods to various fairy tales and nursery rhymes throughout, this picture book takes the classic Three Little Pigs story in a new direction, celebrating friendship and great party planning while challenging assumptions and stereotypes.
As a book editor turned full-time writer, Anica has spoken with kids and adults across the country about all phases of the writing process, from ideas and drafting to revisions and beyond. She tweets about bookish things and about her dog, Arugula, at @anicarissi, which is also her Instagram handle. Anica lives in Princeton, NJ and in her spare time fiddles in the electro-country band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves.
Lizzy Rockwell

The playground is the perfect place to witness a wide range of emotions. A girl is happy when playing with a puppy. Another girl is angry when a boy knocks over her drink. And the boy is sorry. Readers learn to identify feelings in themselves and in others in this simple but clever book. Beautiful, detailed spreads show panoramic views, while close-ups focus on specific incidents, body language and facial expressions: opportunities for meaningful learning.
Lizzy Rockwell is the illustrator of numerous books and games for children, and the author and illustrator of several more titles. In addition, Lizzy is a muralist, quilter and frequent presenter at schools and libraries. Her works have been recognized with multiple awards from Booklist, and The Busy Body Book was named a Best Science Book by the American Library Assoc. Annie lives in Bridgeport, CT with her husband Ken Alcorn and their dog, Reggie.
Artemis Roehrig

Pirates may duel and plunder booty. But when they do so, they are polite! The fun, rhyming text shows pirates' rowdy activities and teaches manners. If pirates can be polite, surely young readers can be, too!
Artemis Roehrig is the author of multiple books for young readers, several in collaboration with her mother, author Corinne Demas. Ms. Roehrig received her master's degree in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Massachusetts. She lives with her family in western Massachusetts.
Misa Saburi

Cats fill. Cats spill. Cats flow downhill. Cats tip. Cats drip. Cats grip, snip, rip. Cats are a liquid, except when they're not. Celebrate cats in all their flowing, furry glory! This charming picture book examines the unusual physical properties of felines. Inspired by an Ig Nobel Prize-winning investigation of how cats behave like liquids, it introduces some of the properties of liquids, and is just pure fun.
Misa Saburi ("MEE-sah Sah-BOO-ree") was born in Sleepy Hollow, NY and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She now lives in Brooklyn, NY. All of her images are made in Photoshop, often while watching soccer and silly Japanese TV shows.
Doug Salati

When Lawrence Fox's teacher announces that students will be presenting their collections at show-and-tell, Lawrence realizes he doesn't have anything to share. Luckily, Papa knows just how to help. Together, they venture into the woods. Lawrence is scared at first, but as he grows comfortable in the forest, he starts to recognize its magic and how beautiful each tree and leaf is, allowing him to gather a splendid, one-of-a-kind collection of his own.
Doug Salati grew up in central New York and studied art and illustration at Skidmore College and at RIT. He received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2014 and was a 2015 Sendak Fellow. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Lawrence in the Fall has been named a 2019 Junior Library Guild Selection.
Courtney Sheinmel

When Finn and Molly Parker discover a talking camper in their driveway, they think they must be dreaming! Before they can say "buckle up," the camper magically transports to a cattle ranch in Colorado. Then it disappears, leaving Finn and Molly to wonder...how are we going to get home? Travel around the United States of America with the Parker twins in this new chapter book series that highlights a different state per book!
Courtney Sheinmel is a recovering attorney, chocolate-lover, mac 'n cheese expert and the author of over twenty celebrated books for kids and teens. For nearly a decade, Courtney has mentored teen writers at Writopia Lab, a non-profit serving kids ages 8-18, and she has received a National Scholastic Outstanding Educator award. She lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter at @courtneywrites and on Facebook at courtneysheinmel.com.
Annie Silvestro

Bunny and his forest friends are back! And this time they're heading to class to make sure their new friend Josie has the best first day of school ever. A comforting, funny, very fuzzy celebration of friendship that will make everyone excited to hit the books!
Annie Silvestro is a lover of books who reads and writes as much as possible and can often be found shuffling piles of them around to find a place to sit or to place her teacup. She lives with her family on the New Jersey shore. Her book Bunny's Book Club was named an Amazon 2017 Best Book of the Year and was an Indie Next List pick; Mice Skating was honored by Midwest independent booksellers and on the Midwest Indie Bestseller list for several weeks.
Todd Strasser

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and the amazing summer that led up to it. Featuring Sir Lucas of the Round Table. Astonishingly autobiographical. Remarkably personal. Profoundly irresponsible. Drawing from his teenage years, Todd Strasser's novel revisits a tumultuous era and takes readers on a psychedelically-tinged trip of a lifetime.
Todd Strasser is the author of many award-winning young adult novels including The Wave, and Fallout, which the New York Times called "superb entertainment…a gripping suspense." Todd's Help! I'm Trapped In… middle-grade series has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and several have been adapted for TV and film, including The Wave, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.
Dasha Tolstikova

Violet and her little brother set off to bring soup to a sickly neighbor, but with danger and peril ahead, will they make it there?
Dasha Tolstikova is a Brooklyn-based author/illustrator. Her book The Jacket was a New York Times notable book for 2014 and her graphic memoir, A Year Without Mom, garnered four starred reviews and has been translated into Swedish and Korean.
Bianca Turetsky

What happens when seven-year-old twins Molly and Finn Parker find a magic camper in their driveway? They go on adventures, that's what! Join the Parker twins as they travel from sea to shining sea in this new series for young readers.
Bianca Turetsky is the author of the stylish Time-Traveling Fashionista series which is translated into nine languages, and co-author of the new Let's Mooove! series with Courtney Sheinmel. Ms. Turetsky is an instructor and regional coordinator at Writopia Lab, an award-winning non-profit which runs creative writing workshops for children and teens from all backgrounds.
Nancy Viau

Ten year-old Samantha Hansen loves science, especially rocks and minerals. She wants to visit the Grand Canyon and see the world's biggest chunk of sedimentary rock, but first she'll have to learn to control her temper. Will Sam ignore her bossy sister and get along with That Kid Richard? Will she discover why her family is more like a fraction instead of a whole? Filled with science facts and laugh-out-loud dialogue, school drama and poignant family moments.
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

Picture book biography Hedy Lamarr's Double Life tells the story of the actress's hidden life -- movie star by day, inventor by night. To her adoring public, Hedy Lamarr was a glamorous movie star, widely considered the most beautiful woman in the world. But in private she was a brilliant inventor. For many years only her closest friends knew her secret: she co-invented "frequency skipping," which prevents hacking of electronic devices!
Laurie Wallmark writes picture books, middle grade books, poetry, prose, fiction and non-fiction, and holds an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. When not writing, Laurie teaches computer science at Raritan Valley Community College. Ada Lovelace and the Thinking Machine received four starred reviews and several national awards. Bank Street College named Ada Lovelace a Cook Prize Honor Book.
Liza Gardner Walsh

Kids love making and creating things, especially fairy houses. Following her best-selling Fairy House and Fairy Garden handbooks, Liza Gardner Walsh presents a new dimension in fairy-themed activities. Crafts abound in this delightful activity guide, all focusing on aspects of the fairy house world and with an emphasis on making crafts inspired by nature and with an artisanal quality as an antithesis to the sparkly, throw-away fairy materials inundating store shelves.
Liza Gardner Walsh is the author of more than a dozen books for children and adults. She is currently a school librarian and writes reviews for the New York Journal of Books; she has also worked as a preschool teacher, high school English teacher, writing tutor and museum educator. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Joyce Wan

In this dreamy oversized board book, little ones will find the courage and strength to achieve anything they want -- all by dreaming big! The book features fifteen heartfelt tributes to female icons and trailblazers such as Rosa Parks, Junko Tabei, Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart, Zaha Hadid and more. With a tender message of encouragement and hope, this special board book is a gift to be treasure and shared for years to come.
Award-winning author/illustrator Joyce Wan designed her first greeting card when she was in 1st grade for a city-wide contest. She won! Twenty years later, that design would inspire a line of greeting cards and a design studio called Wanart. Joyce has now published more than twenty four books for children including the best-selling You Are My Cupcake. Joyce is inspired by Japanese pop culture, modern architecture and things that make her happy.
Tracey West

Dragon Masters is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly-independent readers. In the tenth book, Drake has a strange dream about a Rainbow Dragon trapped in a cave. He wonders if the dream could be real…Is the dragon trying to send for help? Griffith the wizard uses the magical Dragon Stone to find out more -- and a new Dragon Master is revealed! Drake and Ana must travel far in search of the new master and his dragon.
Tracey West is the bestselling author of more than 200 children's books. She currently writes the Dragon Masters series. Some fans may know her as the author of books based on cartoons such as Pokemon. Tracey lives in the western Catskill Mountains, where there is plenty of room for dragons to roam.
Stanley E. Wiklinski

A horrendous, howling, and devastating blizzard strikes Santaville in the blackness of early morning, so severe that it blows away the doors to the stable, where Santa shelters his reindeer. Exposed to the raging storm, the reindeer come down with the flu and cannot fly. Santa, years before, came upon a group of young Polar bears who could leap high in the air. He finds them. With the help and encouragement of the villagers of Santaville, and the reindeer, the Polar bears fly, saving Christmas, and Santa keeps his promise to all good children everywhere on Christmas Eve, bringing them the gifts of their dreams.Stanley E. Wiklinski was born to parents from Poland and raised in the Slavic neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. He now resides in New York's lower Hudson Valley.
Timothy Young

A coatimundi and a capybara (or is it a porcupine?) take the lead in this silly story with a twist ending. When Tim Young first thought up this book he immediately had a title: "Another Stupid Book by Tim Young." But when someone thought that it was a sequel, he didn't want to use it. Eventually he started calling it "Untitled," which seems like the perfect title for this strange tale.
Timothy Young has been an animator, puppet maker, toy designer, sculptor, art director and graphic designer. He's designed for Pee-Wee's playhouse, The Muppets, The Simpsons, Disney and Universal Studios. He is the author/illustrator of 11 picture books, and loves visiting schools and talking with students about his work. He lives on the eastern shore of Maryland.
Hyewon Yum

Swimming lessons are on Saturdays, and every Saturday, one little girl has a stomach ache. But with her teacher's gentle encouragement, she eventually manages to make it into the pool to practice her kicks.
Hyewon Yum is the author/illustrator of multiple books for young children that have received praise and recognition with the Golden Kite Award, the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator award, the Society of Illustrators' Founder's Award and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. Ms. Yum lives in Brooklyn, NY with her family.