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Williams, Ismee

Williams, Ismee

Williams, Ismee

Ismée Williams is a pediatric cardiologist who trained and practiced at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City for 15 years. She lives in New York with her husband and three daughters as well as a dog who is commonly mistaken for a muppet. Water in May is her first novel. www.ismeewilliams.com

3 Fun Facts

1. Ismee is a pediatric cardiologist and the book is based on her experience in the field.
2. Her mother is a Cuba immigrant and she was raised by her abuelos, which also informed Mari’s familial relationships in the book
3. Her labradoodle has a larger Instagram following than she does: https://www.instagram.com/redrowandoodle

Lehman, Barbara

Lehman, Barbara

Barbara Lehman mostly makes children’s picture books that have no text! Just pictures. That means the readers can create with their own words from the images. Her illustrations have been included in exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago and the Central Children’s Room of the New York Public Library. She has shared her book work with children at the Whitney Museum of American Art and at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. THE RED BOOK was awarded a Caldecott Honor. She attended Pratt Institute, and now is based in Albany NY. www.barbaralehmanbooks.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I can juggle. But I only juggle things that are ok to drop!
2. I grow a lot of my own vegetables even though I live in a city.
3. I like striped shirts! Immoderately!

Sales, Leila

Sales, Leila

Leila Sales is the author of six young adult and middle grade novels, including This Song Will Save Your Life, Once Was a Time, and, most recently, If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say. Leila grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Chicago. Her hobbies include riding her bike, eating chocolate, and sleeping. Leila lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in children’s book publishing. Follow her @LeilaSalesBooks or at leilasales.com.

3 Fun Facts

1.I type using only two fingers.
2. I did gymnastics for eight years.
3. I can recite the names of every student in my high school class in alphabetical order.

Janowitz, Jessie

Janowitz, Jessie

Jessie Janowitz is a graduate of Princeton University’s undergraduate creative writing program and holds a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School. She’s currently in the Writing for Children MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. The Doughnut Fix is her debut novel and the first book in a middle grade series. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children. www.jessiejanowitz.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I love the machines that I grew up with but that we don’t use anymore, like air poppers, typewriters, and cassette players, and I try to sneak them into my stories.
2. I never baked anything until I had kids, not even chocolate chip cookies.
3. I hate bats (the flying kind).

Funk, Josh

Funk, Josh

Josh Funk writes silly stories and somehow tricks people into publishing them as books – such as the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series Dear Dragon, Pirasaurs!, Albie Newton, How to Code a Sandcastle and more! Josh grew up in New England and studied Computer Science in school. Today, he still lives in New England and when not writing Java code or Python scripts, he drinks Java coffee and writes manuscripts.

For more information about Josh Funk, visit him at www.joshfunkbooks.com and on Twitter at @joshfunkbooks.

3 Fun Facts

1. Josh Funk plays a mean rhythm guitar – he wrote and sang the songs for all of his book trailers.
2. Josh Funk has a system for eating pancakes so the bottom pancake gets the same amount of syrup as the top.
3. Josh Funk can only think of 2 fun facts about himself.

Connor, Leslie

Connor, Leslie

As a kid, Leslie Connor loved to be upside down in odd places such as the middle of the stairway at her family home where she could look out and gain new perspective. She studied visual art at the University of Connecticut and is happily surprised to be writing today. Leslie is the author of several award-winning books for children, including Waiting for Normal, winner of ALA’s Schneider Family Book Award, and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, an E.B. White Read Aloud Honor book. She lives with her husband and rescue dogs in a little house in the Connecticut woods. www.leslieconnor.com

3 Fun Facts

1. Dogs are always welcome at my house.
2. My two most important writing tools are listening and daydreaming.
3. I caught and released forty mice from our screen porch last summer.

Roy, Jennifer

Roy, Jennifer

Jennifer Roy is an award-winning, bestselling author or many books including Yellow Star, the Trading Faces series with Julia DeVillers, Jars of Hope, Mindblind, and her newest book Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein, inspired by the true story of a boy growing up in Iraq during the first Gulf War. Ms. Roy’s books have won numberous honors including the Boston Globe. She lives near Albany, NY and loves to read. www.jenniferroy.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I have an identical twin sister Julia DeVillers, who is also an author.
2. I spent childhood summers on my grandparents’ farm in Copake, Columbia County.
3. I have a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix and a rescue cat.

Stewart, Melissa

Stewart, Melissa

Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 180 nonfiction books for children, including Can an Aardvark Bark?; No Monkeys, No Chocolate; and Feathers: Not Just for Flying. She holds a degree in biology from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University. Melissa believes that nothing brings nonfiction writing to life like firsthand research. While gathering information for her books, she has explored tropical rain forests in Costa Rica, gone on safari in East Africa, and swum with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. www.melissa-stewart.com

3 Fun Facts

1. My favorite research experience was observing hippos from a hot air balloon floating over the African savannah.
2. I often write in my pajamas.
3. My favorite punctuation mark is the question mark because I’m so curious.

Wallmark, Laurie

Wallmark, Laurie

Award-winning author Laurie Wallmark’s debut picture book, Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine (Creston Books, 2015), received four starred trade reviews (Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal) and many national awards including Outstanding Science Trade Book and Cook Prize Honor Book. Her latest picture book biography, Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code (Sterling Children’s Books, 2017), earned a Kirkus star and is on several public library’s best of lists. Laurie has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. When not writing, she teaches computer science at Raritan Valley Community College. www.lauriewallmark.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I was the only girl in a boys-only architectural drawing class in junior high.
2. The high school principal told me I would never take advanced math classes because I was a girl, but he was wrong.
3. I teach computer science to students on campus and also those in prison.

Kimmelman, Leslie

Kimmelman, Leslie

Leslie Kimmelman is the author of several dozen popular and prize-winning picture books for children, including We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3!; Write On, Irving Berlin; Here Come the Helpers!; and Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic. She is also an editor at Sesame Workshop. She lives in New York with her family. www.lesliekimmelman.net

3 Fun Facts

1. I’ve been an editor at Sesame Workshop for over 20 years, so yes, I know the way to Sesame Street.
2. If I weren’t a writer, I’d be a wildlife photographer.
3. To any question, the correct answer—in my opinion—is “good-quality chocolate.”