Miller, Daniel Jude

Miller, Daniel Jude

Daniel Jude Miller is the author and illustrator of the children’s picture book series Monsters in Manhattan, as well as Everybody Wake Up, Earclaw and Eddie and the upcoming Halloween Boy and the Christmas Kid. Growing up in Queens, NY and going to college and working in Manhattan for many years inspired him to write and draw all the creatures and goblins he came across on a daily basis. He now lives upstate, far from the clutches of those monsters. www.djudemiller.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I met my wife while working up in the clouds on the 65th floor of the Empire State Building.
2. I have a baseball hat collection, 279 and counting…
3. My middle name is Jude. It’s also the middle name of my brother, two sisters and son. And I donate a dollar from every book to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Magaziner, Lauren

Magaziner, Lauren

Lauren Magaziner is originally from New Hope, Pennsylvania and recently graduated Hamilton College. Her first book, The Only Thing Worse Than Witches, was an Indie Next List Pick. She currently lives in Brookyln, New York where she writes full time. Her next book, Wizardmatch, is expected to release in early 2018. www.laurenmagaziner.com

3 Fun Facts

1. When I was growing up, I never got recognized for my writing… but I did win lots of math awards! J
2. I once broke my arm by tripping over my shoelace.
3. I wrote 10 whole books before I finally wrote The Only Thing Worse Than Witches (my first published book).

McAnulty, Stacy

McAnulty, Stacy

Stacy McAnulty is a children’s book author, who used to be a mechanical engineer, who’s also qualified to be a paleontologist (not really), a writer for The Daily Show (why not), and a Green Bay Packer coach (totally!). She’s written several picture books including Excellent Ed, Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He’s the Favorite, and Beautiful, and two chapter-book series, The Dino Files and Goldie Blox. When not writing, Stacy likes to listen to NPR, bake triple-chocolate cupcakes, and eat triple-chocolate cupcakes. Originally from upstate NY, she now lives in Kernersville, NC with her 3 kids, 2 dogs, and 1 husband. www.stacymcanulty.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I did not like to read as a child, but now it’s my favorite activity.
2. I’ve dug for dinosaur fossils in Wyoming.
3. On my last birthday, I stood under a waterfall in Iceland.

Mojica, Barbara Ann

Mojica, Barbara Ann

Barbara Ann Mojica is a historian and retired educator with forty years experience as a teacher, principal and school administrator. She writes historical articles for the Columbia Insider under the banner “Passages.” Using the whimsical Little Miss History character, Barbara hopes to inspire children to learn about historical people and places. Little Miss History’s antics make reading nonfiction a fun-filled adventure for all ages. LittleMissHISTORY.com

3 Fun Facts

1. My research is organized but my desk is messy!
2. I took tap dancing lessons with a Rockette from Radio City Music Hall.
3. I like to read a lot. Last year, I read and reviewed 164 books.

Mojica, Victor Ramon

Mojica, Victor Ramon

Illustrator, cartoonist, writer and publisher, Victor has produced comic strips, comic books, coloring books, children’s books, authored web-sites, written poetry and screenplays. He is best known for his critically acclaimed, comic book series eugenus® … The Next Step In Human Evolution!, and for his Captain Crossbones® comic strip. Victor started his publishing company in 1992. www.eugenus.com

Fun Facts

I once designed wrestling costumes for the wrestlers of the WWE (formally WWF).

Maldonado, Torrey

Maldonado, Torrey

Voted a “Top 10 Latino Author” and best Middle Grade and Young Adult novelist for African Americans, Maldonado was recently honored as a top teacher by NYC’s schools Chancellor. His work builds boys into multidimensional males and youth into global, caring citizens. Before teaching, he trained schools to implement Conflict Resolution programs through the U.S.’s largest victim-services agency. Praised for its timeless feel, his acclaimed novel, Secret Saturdays, made states’ reading lists and is assigned alongside classics and in anti-bullying initiatives. His forthcoming works also are inspired by his and his students’ lives. www.torreymaldonado.com

Ask him about his upcoming Middle Grade book also through Penguin-Random House!

MacCready, Robin Merrow

MacCready, Robin Merrow

Robin Merrow MacCready, is the author of two YA novels, A Lie For A Lie and the Edgar Award Winning, “Buried.” She lives in midcoast Maine where she teaches and writes. Robin lives with her husband, two boys and numerous pets. When she’s not teaching she can be found making art, writing books, and playing outdoors. www.robinmerrowmaccready.com

3 Fun Facts

1. She loves to forage for wild food, especially mushrooms.
2. She lived in Norway for a year.
3. As a teenager she wanted to be a rock and roll singer, but never told anyone.

Minor, Florence

Minor, Florence

Florence Minor is the author of Christmas Tree! illustrated by her husband Wendell Minor, which Kirkus Reviews praised for its “imaginative Christmas trees and poetic, rhyming text.” If You Were a Penguin, also illustrated by Wendell, was selected by Pennsylvania for its “One Book, Every Young Child” early literacy program, and they both loved traveling through the state, sharing their book with children in schools, libraries and even day care centers. Florence enjoys sharing her love of animals with children through the books that she and Wendell create together, and If You Were a Panda Bear is proof of that. Florence is very excited about her newest book with Wendell, How to Be a Bigger Bunny, which features five rabbits, and a very special book that one of them likes to read. Kirkus Reviews said “…the illustrations pay homage to ‘legends of the past’ Beatrix Potter, Leonard Weisgard, and Garth Williams.” They also praised the encouraging message to “never give up.”

Florence and Wendell live in rural Connecticut where they share their studio with their furry assistant, Cindercat. Visit Florence at www.minorart.com and Facebook and Twitter.

3 Fun Facts

1. I feed walnuts to the chipmunks who live in the stone walls around our house.
2. I often talk to the tiny tree frogs in the pond by our studio. Sometimes they even talk back!
3. One of my favorite gifts to give to children and adults is … BOOKS.

Minor, Wendell

Minor, Wendell

Wendell Minor has illustrated more than sixty children’s picture books, some of which he has written himself. He has collaborated with, among others, Jean Craighead George, Charlotte Zolotow, Robert Burleigh, and his wife Florence Minor.

A nature lover and history buff, he enjoys sharing his interests with children through books like Buzz Aldrin’s Reaching For the Moon and Robert Burleigh’s Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic. He also enjoys creating books that inspire children to use their imaginations and to be creative as in as in his own How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? and in the books he and his wife create.

Wendell’s most recent books are This is the Earth by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander (perfect for Earth Day and every day!) and Willa: The Story of Willa Cather, an American Writer. Other books to be published this year are Nathaniel Philbrick’s Ben’s Revolution, and a new edition of Charlotte Zolotow’s perennial favorite, The Seashore Book, which he first illustrated in 1992. Visit Wendell at www.minorart.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I love to find funny shaped clouds: maybe a rabbit, or a dragon, or a pig!
2. Sometimes a deer mouse shows up in my studio. I always try to catch it and set it free.
3. I go to the pumpkin patch every fall and love to look for the pumpkin with the longest, curliest stem. I won’t go home until I find it!