Sattler, Jennifer

Sattler, Jennifer

Jennifer Sattler is the award winning author and illustrator of several children’s books including SYLVIE, UH OH, DODO! the popular series CHICK ‘N’ PUG and PIG KAHUNA and her newest book FRANKIE THE BLANKIE She grew up outside of Philadelphia and then went on to study painting and drawing at the University of New Hampshire and then the Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University in Bloomington. In 1996, she won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts . Her books have won The Mockingbird Award for picture books and The Georgia Children’s book Award. Jennifer lives in upstate New York. www.jennifersattlerbooks.com

3 Fun Facts

1. When the sun is out I turn into a total goofball. My teenaged daughters pretend to hate it, but they can’t stop smiling.
2. I wish it was socially acceptable to wear wigs and hats all the time.
3. It takes next to nothing to make me laugh. Sometimes just the word “ butt.”

Stemple, Heidi E.Y.

Stemple, Heidi E.Y.

Heidi didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up. In fact, after she graduated from college, she became a probation officer in Florida. It wasn’t until she was 28 years old that she gave in and joined her mother, author Jane Yolen and both her brothers in the family business. Since then, she has published 20 books as well as numerous short stories and poems, mostly for children. www.heidieystemple.com

Heidi lives on an old tobacco farm in western Massachusetts where she writes, reads, cooks, sews, and once a year, calls and counts owls for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

3 Fun Facts

1. After college I attended the corrections part of the police academy. I had no intention of becoming a writer.
2. I love to sew. I spent the last 10 year making ballet costumes for my daughter’s ballet school.
3. I love Brussels Sprouts but hate bacon

Soman, David

Soman, David

David Soman and Jacky Davis are a husband-and-wife creative team. They write the Ladybug Girl books together and Mr. Soman illustrates. The books are inspired by their own children and family experiences. Jacky Davis’s first non-Ladybug Girl picture book, Black Belt Bunny, illustrated by Jay Fleck, will be published in Summer 2017. www.ladybuggirl.com

Simon, Seymour

Simon, Seymour

Visionary author Seymour Simon (@SeymourSimon) , who the New York Times called “the dean of the [children’s science] field,” is the author of nearly 300 highly acclaimed science books, more than seventy-five of which have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). He has introduced tens of millions of children to a staggering array of subjects, and says: “I’m more interested in arousing enthusiasm in kids than I am in teaching the facts. The facts may change, but that enthusiasm for exploring the world will remain with them for the rest of their lives.” www.seymoursimon.com

3 Fun Facts

1. Seymour Simon keeps four aquariums in his house, all different kinds of marine habitats!
2. Seymour Simon’s first dog was named “Nova.” The word comes from the Latin for “new star,” because often a star previously too dim to be seen with the naked eye can become the brightest object in the sky when it explodes and becomes a nova.
3. Seymour Simon’s cat was named “Newty Fruity,” after the great scientist Sir Isaac Newton.

Stolarz, Laurie Faria

Stolarz, Laurie Faria

Laurie Stolarz is the author of several popular young adult novels including the Dark House series, the Touch series, Project 17, and Bleed, (all published by Disney/Hyperion Books for Children), as well as the bestselling Blue is for Nightmares series (Flux Publications). With over a million books sold worldwide, Stolarz’s titles have been translated into over twenty languages, been named on numerous award lists, including the Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers list and the Top Ten Teen Pick list, both through the American Library Association, and have been optioned for TV. Her next book, Shutter, will be released in October of 2016. For more information, please visit her Web site at www.lauriestolarz.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I’m currently learning American Sign Language.
2. In addition to owning a cat and a dog, I also have a bearded dragon named Mango.
3. I’m fascinated by Harajuku fashion.

Sheinkin, Steve

Sheinkin, Steve

A former textbook writer, Steve is now making amends by writing history books kids and teens actually want to read. Recent titles include Bomb, The Port Chicago 50, Most Dangerous, The Notorious Benedict Arnold, Lincoln’s Grave Robbers, and the newest, Undefeated. His books have won numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor, the Siebert Medal, and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. www.stevesheinkin.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I love to draw comics
2. I make Lego movies with my kids
3. I didn’t realize I liked history till I was about sixteen

Sheinmel, Courtney

Sheinmel, Courtney

COURTNEY SHEINMEL is recovering attorney, chocolate-lover, mac & cheese expert, and the author of over a dozen highly celebrated books for kids and teens, including the young readers’ series, Stella Batts, the middle grade series, the Kindness Club, and the young adult novel, Edgewater. Courtney served as a judge on the national level for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and she received a National Scholastic Outstanding Educator Award for her work as a writing instructor at Writopia Lab. You can find Courtney on Twitter at @courtneywrites, on Instagram at www.instagram.com/courtneysheinmel, or her website: www.courtneysheinmel.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I can do a headstand for a really long time.
2. I always give my family members socks on Jan 1 – new socks to start the year off on the right foot!
3. I have never chewed gum.