Clark, Marc

Clark, Marc

Marc Clark’s first book, The Princess Fables, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and has won several awards, including Best Children’s Book at both the 2014 Great Midwest and Beach Book Festivals.

The Royal Fables, his second book, was an Amazon #1 New Release and was Runner Up, Best Children’s Book at the 2015 Paris Book Festival. All proceeds from the book fund pediatric cancer research at the Texas Children’s Hospital.

He is currently at work on his new fairytale/cookbook, The Picky Princess, with noted nutrition expert, food journalist, TV personality, and author, Carolyn O’Neil MS, RD. www.thefableskingdom.com

3 Fun Facts

1. Produced the HBO Family Series, 30 X 30 Kid Flicks
2. Created Jerry Seinfeld’s 50th Birthday Video for his party at the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center
3. My initials spell my first name: Marc Angelo Robert Clark

Crowl, M. Tara

Crowl, M. Tara

M. Tara Crowl grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She studied Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, then received an MA in Creative Writing at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Her debut novel, Eden’s Wish, was released in 2015 by Disney-Hyperion, and the second book in the series, Eden’s Escape, was released in 2016. She splits her time between New York City and Greenville, New York. www.mtaracrowl.com

3 Fun Facts

1. When I was growing up in Tennessee, at different times I wanted to be a country singer, a magician, an actress, and an author.
2. I attended film school at the University of Southern California, and worked in Hollywood for two years before pursuing a career as an author.
3. I moved to Sydney, Australia, for graduate school. At the time, I’d never been to Australia and didn’t know anyone who lived there. But years later, after I was living in New York, I met and married a Sydney native who moved to NYC at the same time as me.

Castrovilla, Selene

Castrovilla, Selene

Selene Castrovilla is the award-winning author of eight books, including four picture books about the American Revolution. Her forthcoming book, Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold, reveals the sinister story that took place in the Hudson Valley: Arnold’s treason! Her previous books include Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette and By the Sword. Selene visits with students across the country in-person and virtually, talking about the humanity in American history. She lives on Long Island with her two sons and their rescue cats. Visit www.SeleneCastrovilla.com.

3 Fun Facts

1. I love the color purple. I have a purple computer, a purple car and even a purple house!
2. I had no idea I would write about the American Revolution when I was a kid. I thought it was so boring — especially George Washington and his wooden teeth! It took me by surprise when I found out all the amazing things he did, and he became my hero.
3. My sons and I rescue cats! We have six cats right now, plus we feed a lot more every day.

Collier, Bryan

Collier, Bryan

In 1989, Bryan Collier received a B.F.A from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He then became the assistant director then director of a self- taught painting studio for children called the Harlem Horizon Art Studio located at the Harlem Hospital Center, NYC.

After a seven year persuit to make children’s books,Collier published, “Uptown” in which he both wrote and illustrated and won the coretta Scott King Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Award. Bryan Collier went on to win four Caldecott Honors for, Martin’s Big Words, Rosa, Dave the Potter, and Tromebone Shorty as well as winning nine CSK Awards and Honors for such books as Visiting Langston, Freedom River, Rosa, Martin;’s Big Words’ Knock, Knock, Uptown, I, too,am America, Dave the Potter and Tromebone Shorty. In 2014, Bryan Collier was the U.S nominee for the Hans Christian Anderson Award. www.bryancollier.com

Calkhoven, Laurie

Calkhoven, Laurie

Laurie Calkhoven has always loved books and reading. When she was little, she wanted to live at the library. Later she decided to become one of the people who created the books on the shelves. Laurie has written historical novels (the Boys of Wartime series) and many works of nonfiction. She loves reading and writing about ordinary people (both fictional and real) who have the strength and the talent to be extraordinary. That’s especially true of the people featured in the You Should Meet series. She lives in New York City and can frequently be found at the library. www.lauriecalkhoven.com

3 Fun Facts

1. My birthday is the same at Harry Potter’s.
2. I’m gone white water rafting in the Grand Canyon.
3. My favorite dessert is blueberry pie.

Chandler, Matt

Chandler, Matt

Matt Chandler is an award-winning children’s book author from Buffalo, New York. He is a former newspaper editor, freelance magazine writer and the author of 22 books. He regularly visits elementary schools for author visits to share his experiences as a writer with students. He writes primarily non-fiction books including many titles on sports and four books about ghosts and haunted places! www.mattchandlerwriting.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I wrote my first book when I was six-years-old!
2. I once had a job dressing up as Clifford the Big Red Dog for bookstore events.
3. I am terrified of eating Zucchini . . . REALLY terrified.

Czajak, Paul

Czajak, Paul

Paul Czajak got an ‘F’ with the words “get a tutor” on his college writing paper and after that, never thought he’d become a writer. But after spending twenty years as a chemist, he knew his creativity could no longer be contained. Living in New Jersey with his wife, and two little monsters, Paul has become an award-winning author for his books in the Monster&Me series as well as for Seaver the Weaver. www.paulczajak.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I was a Chemist for 21 years before becoming an Author
2. My favorite food are Skittles
3. I’ve been studying Karate for 16yrs

Calonita, Jen

Calonita, Jen

It’s no secret how Jen Calonita knows the inside scoop on Hollywood. A former entertainment editor at a teen magazine, Jen started out her career chronicling backstage life at concerts with Justin Timberlake and interviewing Zac Efron on film sets. It was her work in the entertainment world that inspired her first series, Secrets of My Hollywood Life. The six-book series is about a teen starlet named Kaitlin Burke who grows weary of the fame game, but loves being an actress and it’s been published in nine countries.

Fans have loved getting to know spunky Gilly and the enchanted reform school she attends run by Cinderella’s formerly wicked stepmother in Flunked and the sequel, Charmed. The third book in the Fairy Tale Reform School series, Tricked, will be released March 2017. www.jencalonitaonline.com

3 Fun Facts

1. If I met a genie and could wish for something fun, I’d love to be a Disney princess for the day at Disney World. My personal favorites: Anna or Belle (after all, Belle loves to read!)
2. I am now an avid runner who has completed three half marathons, but I didn’t start running till I was 40!
3. If I could live anywhere, it would be on the ocean. I love the water! I sometimes wonder if I was meant to be a mermaid.

Castaldo, Nancy

Castaldo, Nancy

Nancy Castaldo writes books for curious readers. She has written about famous people, like globe-trotting Nellie Bly, and amazing animals, like brainy bonobos. She lives in the Hudson Valley and spends her free time hiking with her camera.

3 Fun Facts

1. I crossed the equator 4 times last year.
2. I held a koala
3. I slept in a rainforest.

Craft, Jerry

Craft, Jerry

Jerry Craft has illustrated and written close to two dozen children’s books and middle grade novels, including “The Offenders: Saving the World While Serving Detention!” co-written with his two teenage sons, Jaylen and Aren. It’s an adventure story that teaches kids about the effects of bullying. Jerry is the creator of Mama’s Boyz, an award-winning comic strip that was distributed by King Features from 1995 – 2013. He also illustrated “The Zero Degree Zombie Zone” for Scholastic and is currently writing an illustrating a graphic novel for Andrews McMeel due out in early 2017. www.jerrycraft.net

3 Fun Facts

1. I met Queen Elizabeth when I was a kid.
2. I’ve done a syndicated comic strip, a comic book, a picture book and a middle grade novel.
3. My newest book was written with my two sons.Lisa Dolan & Jennifer Clark, Co-Directors