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Kirk, David

Kirk, David

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 over a dozen other books for children. His latest book, My Hugging Rules, arrives this May, just in time for the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. He lives in a happy forest with his family, where they nurture and groom a variety of fluffy friends, many of whom appreciate a good hug. www.davidkirktreehouse.com

3 Fun Facts

1. When I was a Cub Scout, I met astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.
2. My big brother Daniel Kirk is also a children’s book author.
3. I have a pet hamster named Baby Ham. Her rapper name is Lil’ Chunk.

Furstinger, Nancy

Furstinger, Nancy

Nancy Furstinger has been speaking up for animals since she learned to talk, and she hasn’t shut up yet. She is the author of nearly 100 books, including many on her favorite topic: animals! She started her writing career in third grade, when her class performed a play she wrote while recovering from chicken pox. Since then, Nancy has been a feature writer for a daily newspaper, a managing editor of trade and consumer magazines, and an editor at two children’s book publishing houses. She shares her home with big dogs, house rabbits, and a chinchilla (all rescued), and volunteers with several animal organizations. www.nancyfurstinger.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I keep a pen that lights up on my nighttable in case inspiration strikes at dark hours.
2. Three of my books were inspired by my rescued animals (dog and rabbits). They loved accompanying me to book events!
3. I wrote my first story when I was in third grade. My class performed it as a play and I so loved hearing my words spoken that I decided to become a writer.

Kirk, Daniel

Kirk, Daniel

Daniel Kirk is the author and illustrator of over forty books for children. He grew up in Ohio, writing and drawing as soon as he was big enough to hold a pencil, and hasn’t stopped since. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, and works on his many creative projects every day. www.danielkirk.com

3 Fun Facts

1. Daniel Kirk loves music, and has written hundreds of songs and recorded albums for adults as well as children.
2. Daniel Kirk loves to travel, and has visited many far-away places doing research for his projects.
3. Daniel Kirk is a vegetarian and loves to cook. Anything with peanut butter in it is a favorite!

Gray, Karlin

Gray, Karlin

Karlin Gray is a picture book writer who lives in Westport, CT. Inspired by her childhood love of gymnastics, she wrote NADIA: THE GIRL WHO COULDN’T SIT STILL — “a winner of a sports story that both boys and girls will enjoy” (El Paso Times). And, inspired by her son’s love of moths, she wrote AN EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY MOTH—“a perfect reminder that everyone and everything, no matter how seemingly ordinary, is extraordinary to the right person” (San Francisco Book Review). Her next book SERENA: THE LITTLEST SISTER will be published May 7, 2019 by PageStreet Kids. www.karlingray.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I lived in Japan for four years, ages 10-14.
2. If I could only have one dessert for the rest of my life, it would be ice cream.
3. My favorite childhood book was Little Women

Hartland, Jessie

Hartland, Jessie

Jessie Hartland has lived and worked in Lower Manhattan for over 30 years. She has painted murals at a Japanese amusement park, designed Christmas windows for Bloomingdale’s, and illustrated posters, ceramics, packaging, fabrics, watches and all sorts of other things.

Jessie has written and illustrated numerous children’s books on a variety of subjects, from meteorites & dinosaurs to Julia Child and Steve Jobs. Coming out this year is “My Tiny Pet” about a girl and her tartigrade. Her books have now been translated into over 13 languages. www.jessiehartland.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I collect CANDY. I have a candy collection that I’ve picked up from all over the world
2. I like poodles and jazz. I have a standard poodle named Django, after Django Reinhardt.
3. My next book coming out, “My Tiny Pet” is about a pet TARTIGRADE

Jackson, Ty Allan

Jackson, Ty Allan

Ty Allan Jackson is an award-winning children’s book author, literacy advocate, publisher and captivating motivational speaker. He is the founder of Big Head Books, LLC, a literacy organization that aims to introduce children to the joys of reading. Ty travels to schools, youth organizations and various professional settings nationwide inspiring children and educating adults about the impacts of illiteracy. A two time TedX presenter, Ty believes that literacy is the foundation for a successful life and promotes it with humor and enthusiasm. www.bigheadbooks.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I shave my head daily.
2. I love chocolate chip cookies!
3. Despite being 51 years old, I still play with superhero action figures.

Strasser, Todd

Strasser, Todd

Todd Strasser is the author of many award-winning YA novels, including The Wave, Price of Duty, No Home, and Fallout, which the New York Times called, “Superb entertainment… and gripping suspense.” Todd’s newest novel is the mostly-autobiographical novel, Summer of ’69, about that trippy summer 50 years ago that revolved around Led Zeppelin, the first manned moon landing, Vietnam, and Woodstock. Todd’s Help! I’m Trapped In … middle-grade series sold more than 5 million copies world-wide. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages, and several have been adapted for TV and film, including The Wave (2008), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be a Netflix series in 2019, and the 1997 movie, Drive Me Crazy.

3 Fun Facts

1. Most of Summer of ’69 actually happened.
2. I spend each summer in Montauk, surfing.
3. I just adopted a rescue dog named Cooper.

Robertson, Chris

Robertson, Chris

Ruining giraffes. Escaping hot lava. Dancing alligators. Whisper tickles and whisker tickles. Yellow umbrellas. The Statue of Liberty as a toddler. These are just a few of the fun and engaging topics tackled by Chris in the wide array of his children’s picture books. www.chrisrobertsonbooks.com

With an extensive career in both animation and children’s literature, Chris uses his strengths as a story artist to his benefit when he’s writing and illustrating picture books. He has been published by Simon & Schuster, Random House, Scholastic, Chronicle Books, Bloomsbury, Sterling, and Xist Publishing.

3 Fun Facts

1. I’ve probably drawn some of your favorite cartoon characters you or your parents have seen on TV!
2. I have an IDENTICAL TWIN! That means that somewhere, there’s someone who looks exactly like me!
3. My favorite thing to draw in is…CRAYON! Just like you!!!

Kaltman, Alice

Kaltman, Alice

The daughter of a Merchant Marine and a Rockaway beach babe, Alice Kaltman’s life has always been ocean-centric. Now when she’s not in the water she writes about surfers, mermaids, and other odd balls. In addition to Wavehouse, Alice is the author of the short fiction collection Staggerwing and the forthcoming The Tantalizing Tale of Grace Minnaugh. Alice’s work can also be read in numerous journals, magazines and fiction anthologies. She splits her time between Brooklyn and Montauk, New York where she swims, surfs, and writes; weather and waves permitting. www.alicekaltman.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I’m a bonafide surfer, and though I still rip at age 60, I’ve never been as awesome as Anna.
2. As a young girl I longed to be a mermaid. My idol sat demurely on the Chicken of the Sea tuna fish cans. I peeled labels off to save her image. Every night before bedtime I squeezed both legs in to one side of my pajama bottoms and shuffled around the house pretending I was as beautiful as the tuna fish mermaid.
3. I also wanted to be ventriloquist or a hand model but I was pretty lame at the former and couldn’t handle the constant gloving and care necessary for the latter, so I became a professional surfer instead.

Dadey, Debbie

Dadey, Debbie

Debbie Dadey loves learning about the ocean for her Mermaid Tales series. Did you know that some ocean birds can swim? Did you know that Debbie’s newest book is about fairies, diving birds, and a stinky potion? Enjoy the adventure in Debbie’s 165th book, Fairy Chase. Debbie does her research from her home in eastern Tennessee, but loves to travel for research and to visit schools. www.debbiedadey.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I went way too fast on a camel ride in Egypt.
2. I slid into a shark tank!
3. I was born in Kentucky, live in a log cabin, and like to read by the fire.