Bennett, Artie

Bennett, Artie

Artie Bennett is an executive copy editor by day and he writes a little on the side (but not the backside!). He would be hailed as “the Dr. Seuss of your caboose” for The Butt Book, his first “mature” work. His “number two” book, most fittingly, was Poopendous! His third was Peter Panda Melts Down!, an adorable departure from butts and poop. But Artie got right back on track with the uproarious—and educational!—Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My! He lives deep in the bowels of Brooklyn, New York, where he spends his time moving his car to satisfy the rigorous demands of alternate-side-of-the-street parking and shaking his fist at his neighbors. They shake their fists back.

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.” Visit ArtieBennett.com . . . before someone else does!

3 Fun Facts

1. My all-time favorite film is The Wizard of Oz. I delight in seeing it as often as I can. The title of Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My! is drawn from the memorable scene “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” Dorothy, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow chant this phrase to comfort themselves as they fearfully pass through the spooky forest on their way to the Emerald City. It’s my tribute to a very special film.
2. I grew up playing stickball on the rough-and-tumble streets of Flatbush, in Brooklyn, and would occasionally light into a Spaldeen, sending it soaring a healthy three sewers, quite a pop for a bookish kid!
3. I’ve kept a litany of lists since boyhood of all the colorful, eccentric, and remarkable words I’ve encountered. It would give me the collywobbles, though, if you call me a “pilgarlic.”

Baskin, Nora Raleigh

Baskin, Nora Raleigh

Nora Raleigh Baskin is the author of thirteen novels for young readers and a contributor to two story collections. She has won several awards including the 2010 ALA Schneider Family Book Award for Anything But Typical and a 2016 ILA Notable Books for a Global Society for Ruby on the Outside. Nora has taught creative writing to both children and adults for over fifteen years with such organizations as SCBWI, Gotham Writers Workshop,The Unicorn Writers Conference, the Highlights Foundation, and most recently in Westport at The Fairfield Co. Writer’s Studio. Her latest, Nine/Ten: A 9/11 Story was published this summer, was reviewed in the New York Times and has received starred reviews, from both Kirkus and Publishers Weeklywww.norabaskin.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I play my guitar and sing at the top of my lungs when no one can hear me
2. I have a dog named Eli (Manning) Baskin and a cat named, Kitty. Both are rescues.
3. One of my sons is a hip-hop artist, the other is a writer for Sports Illustrated.

Berne, Jennifer

Berne, Jennifer

Jennifer Berne is the award-winning author of ON A BEAM OF LIGHT: A Story of Albert Einstein and CALVIN CAN’T FLY: The Story of a Bookworm Birdie. She grew up in New York City where she was active in dance and theater as a child. She studied art and design, worked for Andy Warhol at “The Factory.” After a successful career in advertising, Jennifer began writing for Nick Jr. Magazine and writing books about the subjects she loves most – our amazing universe and the people who discover its secrets. She lives in a house she designed in the rolling hills of Columbia County, NY. www.jenniferberne.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I lived on a sailboat for 2 years, with my husband and our cat.
2. I designed the house I live in. It was really fun!
3. I love to eat pomegranates and kimchi. Not at the same time though.