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Our 10th Festival!
May 5th, 2018

215 Harry Howard Avenue
Hudson, New York 12534

Allisa Grosso

Elizabeth Zunon

Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Ann Haywood Leal

Edward Averett

Just a few of the many authors and illustrators that have attended the Hudson Children's Book Festival

Free Books
Each attendee will receive a free book thanks to our generous sponsors!

Live Performances
From sing-alongs to crazy science, enjoy live performers in the auditorium!

Meet the Authors
Over 75 authors and illustrators will be attending the festival!

Hudson Children's Book Festival

A big thank-you to our festival sponsors!

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Authors & Illustrators Attending the 2018  Book Festival

We’re always adding new authors and illustrators to our listing! Please check back often to see who’s coming! You can look for your favorite author by clicking a letter — the listing will then sort by the last name of the authors. Click the “#” to reset the listing to ALL!

Alexander, Kwame

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 24 books, including THE CROSSOVER, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages. Some of his other works include THE PLAYBOOK: 52 RULES TO HELP YOU AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME OF LIFE; the picture books, ANIMAL ARK, OUT OF WONDER and SURF’S UP; and novels SOLO, BOOKEDand HE SAID, SHE SAID.

Kwame believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his writing and publishing program. A regular speaker at schools and conferences in the U.S., he also travels the world planting seeds of literary love: Singapore, Brazil, Italy, France, Shanghai, and recently, Alexander led a delegation of 20 writers and activists to Ghana, where they delivered books, built a library, and provided literacy professional development to 300 teachers, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an International literacy program he co-founded. In 2015, Kwame served as Bank Street College of Education’s Inaugural Dorothy M. Carter writer-in-residence. The Kwame Alexander Papers, a collection of his writings, correspondence, and other professional and personal documents is held at the George Washington University Gelman Library.

Bennett, Artie

Artie Bennett is an executive copy editor by day and he writes a little on the side (but not the backside!). He was hailed as “the Dr. Seuss of your caboose” for The Butt Book, his first “mature” work. His “number two” book, most fittingly, was Poopendous!His third was Peter Panda Melts Down!, an adorable departure from derrières and doo. But Artie got right back on track with the uproarious—and educational!—Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!

The merriment continues in 2018 when Artie will publish two fun joke and riddle books, including The Universe’s Greatest Dinosaur Jokes and Pre-Hysteric Puns.

He lives deep in the bowels of Brooklyn, New York, where he spends his time moving his car to satisfy the rigorous demands of alternate-side-of-the-street parking and shaking his fist at his neighbors. They shake their fists back.

The Show Me Librarian says: “Bennett’s use of rhyme is excellent; his stanzas flow and exude joviality in a manner that few writers since Dr. Seuss have truly mastered. Simply put, these books are a joy.”

Visit ArtieBennett.com …before someone else does!

3 Fun Facts

1. I’ve loved and been fascinated by dinosaurs since boyhood. My favorite plastic dinosaur figurine was that of a Dimetrodon. But it had an unhappy ending when I accidentally left it sitting under my night-light one evening. By morning, it had turned into a shapeless pool of goo.
2. I belong to a Toastmasters club and have delivered speeches on a variety of topics, including the yeti and the joy of soup, as well as a spooky true ghost story.
3. I’ve kept lists since boyhood of all the colorful, eccentric, and remarkable words I’ve encountered. Please don’t ever call me a snollygoster!

Berger, Samantha

Samantha is the award-winning author of over 80 books for young readers. In the past, she was also a vice president Nickelodeon and an Editor at Scholastic. Samantha believes in traveling the world, and sharing as many stories as you can along the way. She has said her newest book, What If…, created together with her best friend Mike Curato, is the song of her soul. It is about those who are compelled to create, no matter what, and the unlimited power of imagination. www.samanthaberger.com

Never underestimate what your creative freedom is capable of.

3 Fun Facts

1. Samantha creates art projects very single day to warm-up her brain.
2. The craziest thing she ever drew on was sliced ham.
3. Samantha worked at Nickelodeon for 12 years and LOVES cartoons.

Berne, Jennifer

Jennifer Berne is the award-winning author of ON A BEAM OF LIGHT: A Story of Albert Einstein and CALVIN CAN’T FLY: The Story of a Bookworm Birdie. She grew up in New York City where she was active in dance and theater as a child. She studied art and design, worked for Andy Warhol at “The Factory.” After a successful career in advertising, Jennifer began writing for Nick Jr. Magazine and writing books about the subjects she loves most – our amazing universe and the people who discover its secrets. She lives in a house she designed in the rolling hills of Columbia County, NY. www.jenniferberne.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I lived on a sailboat for 2 years, with my husband and our cat.
2. I love to eat pomegranates.
3. I write my books on paper first. I only use a computer for editing.

Biedrzycki, David

The moment his brother showed him how to draw a face when he was 4 years old David Biedrzycki has been hooked on drawing ever since. In his early years he created stories for his parents and friends. A commercial artist since 1980 his work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, book covers, billboards and even ice cream boxes. The supermarket is like a gallery of his work.

Now he has now returned to his first love of picture book storytelling. He has illustrated close to 30 books including self-authored and award winning Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective series, Me and My Dragon series and his newest series Breaking News Bear Alert, a Junior Library Guild Selection and winner of book the Illinois Monarch Picture Book Award and the Georgia State Picture Book Award. David travels the world extensively to over 100 schools a year sharing his digital book making process with aspiring young writers, illustrators and readers. www.davidbiedrzycki.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I love to fish but I leave it up to my son to take fish off the hook. I hate touching slimy fish.
2. I have not used paints and brushes in almost 20 years. I do all my art digitally.
3. I met my wife of 36 years in kindergarten.

Bildner, Phil

Phil Bildner is the author of numerous children’s picture books including the Margaret Wise Brown Prize winning Marvelous Cornelius, Martina & Chrissie, Twenty-One Elephants, The Soccer Fence, and The Unforgettable Season. He is the author of A Whole New Ballgame, Rookie of the Year, and Tournament of Champions, the first three books in the middle grade Rip & Red series, and he is also the co-creator of The New York Times Bestselling middle grade chapter book serial, Sluggers. A former middle school teacher in the New York City public schools, Phil spends much of the year visiting schools around the country conducting writing workshops and talking process with students. He lives in Newburgh, New York with his husband and dog. www.philbildner.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I’ve been to the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, and the World Series
2. I’ve ran the New York City Marathon twice.
3. I’ve visited 48 of the 50 United States.

Bloom, Suzanne

Drawing, painting and making things, reading and writing have always been my stepping stones

I studied at Cooper Union and began collecting picture books. I was an architectural renderer and wooden toy maker .

After my first two books were published, I declared myself an artist; claiming the messiness, devotion and the magpie eye, all in service to the creation of beautiful art that will end up in the hands of children.

18 books later, there are still more ideas and characters to explore. www.suzannebloom.com

3 Fun Facts

1. Stripy socks are my favorite.
2. My summers are planned around reading and weeding.
3. “Lilo and Stitch” makes me cry.

Bruel, Nick

Nick Bruel is the author/illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Bad Kitty series as well as the picture books “Who Is Melvin Bubble” and “A Wonderful Year”. He lives in Briarcliff Manor, NY with his wife Carina, his daughter Izzy, their dog Toby, and his not-quite-good-not-quite-bad cats Esme and Rose. www.nickbruelbooks.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I like licorice.
2. I do not like bleu cheese.
3. I’ve never tried licorice with bleu cheese, and I probably never will.

Castaldo, Nancy

Nancy Castaldo, a Hudson Valley native, has written about our planet for over 20 years. Her book, THE STORY OF SEEDS, earned the Green Earth Book Award and a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her latest is BACK FROM THE BRINK: Saving Animals from Extinction. We all have the ability to make a difference and Nancy always instills that theme in her books. Her research has taken her all over the world, from the Galapagos to Russia and she loves sharing her adventures with her readers. www.nancycastaldo.com @NCastaldoAuthor

3 Fun Facts

1. My favorite reading spot, as a kid, was up in a tree.
2. I have a sand collection.
3. I was the president of my college science club and co-editor of my college literary magazine

Craft, Jerry

Jerry Craft has illustrated/ written 2 dozen children’s books, graphic novels and middle grade novels including his acclaimed anti-bullying book, “The Offenders: Saving the World While Serving Detention!” In 2014, Jerry received recognition from the Junior Library Guild for illustrating “The Zero Degree Zombie Zone” for Scholastic. He is the creator of Mama’s Boyz, an award-winning comic strip that was distributed by King Features Syndicate from 1995 – 2013. Jerry has won five African American Literary Awards and is co-founder of the Schomburg’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival which draws more than 7,000 fans each year. He is currently awaiting the release of “New Kid,” a middle grade graphic novel for HarperCollins (Jan 2019).. www.jerrycraft.net

3 Fun Facts

1. My book, “The Offenders,” got a great cover blurb from the writer of the Iron Man 3 movie.
2. Me and my sons were some of the first authors to sign at Jeff Kinney’s bookstore, “An Unlikely Story.”
3. I’m excited for the release of my middle grade graphic novel called “New Kid.” It will be published by Harper Collins in January of 2019.

Crowl, M. Tara

M. Tara Crowl is the author of EDEN’S WISH and EDEN’S ESCAPE, released by Disney-Hyperion in 2015 and 2016. She has loved reading and writing stories since she was a kid growing up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She studied Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and worked in Hollywood after graduation, but then moved to Sydney, Australia for a Master’s program in writing at Macquarie University. She now lives with her husband between New York City and their farm in the northern Catskills. www.mtaracrowl.com

3 Fun Facts

1. The M. in my name stands for my first name, Meagan.
2. I’m also a farmer. My husband and I have a farm where we raise cattle.
3. My sister is a librarian in Atlanta.

Curato, Mike

Mike is the author and illustrator of everyone’s favorite polka-dotted elephant, Little Elliot. His debut title, Little Elliot, Big City, released in 2014 to critical acclaim and has won several awards. Other titles in the series include Little Elliot, Big Family; Little Elliot, Big Fun; and Little Elliot, Fall Friends. Mike also illustrated Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian and All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle. His newest book, What If…, was written by his best friend, Samantha Berger! It’s all about being creative no matter what, something Samantha and Mike know a lot about! www.mikecurato.com

3 Fun Facts

1. Mike loves drawing and writing almost as much as he loves cupcakes and ice cream (and that’s a LOT!).
2. Mike’s Little Elliot books have been translated into 13 languages!
3. Mike has a dog named Princess Leia. She’s his only hope!

Davis, Jacky

Jacky and David, are the creators of the New York Time’s Best-Selling LADYBUG GIRL series. They live with their two children and rescue dog in Rosendale, NY. www.ladybuggirl.com

3 Fun Facts

1.Our dog, Pico, is a very messy drinker.
2. Ladybug Girl is based on our daughter who is now 16, and Bumblebee Boy is based on our 14 year old son.
3. If you ask David he’ll share his trade secret- of how to draw a tutu.

Dee, Barbara

Barbara had two books out in 2017–STAR-CROSSED (Goodreads nominee for Best Middle Grade of the Year, 2017 Goodreads Choice Finalist, Cybils nominee, nominated for the 2018 ALA Rainbow List, named one of Chicago Public Library’s Best Books of the Year, King County Library System (which includes Seattle) has named it to their 2017 Best Books of the Year list ), and HALFWAY NORMAL (Junior Library Guild selection, starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, Cybils nominee, YALSA list “Surviving Middle School”). She is the author of six other middle grade novels, including TRUTH OR DARE. Her next novel for middle graders, EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT YOU, publishes on June 19, 2018. A former teacher and lawyer, Barbara lives with her family in Chappaqua, NY, where she is one of the directors of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. Visit her at www.BarbaraDeeBooks.com.

3 Fun Facts

1. Whenever I can’t think what to write, I take my dog Ripley for a walk.
2. My favorite band is Radiohead. I listen to their music every day.
3. My next middle grade novel, EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT YOU (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster), publishes on June 19, 2018.

deGroat, Diane

Diane deGroat has been illustrating children’s books since 1972, with over 150 books to her credit. She has done artwork for many well-known authors, including Eve Bunting, Lois Lowry, and the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. Since1995, she has been writing and illustrating her own stories. Her picture books about Gilbert the opossum include Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink, a New York Times Best Seller, and Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet. Eleven additional books are in this series, which has won three state children’s choice awards. In 2009, a spin-off series of I Can Read books (HarperCollins) debuted, offering beginner readers their own stories to read about Gilbert and his friends. Ms. deGroat resides in Amherst, MA. www.dianedegroat.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I still have my Teddy Bear that I got when I was about three. He lived in a suitcase for long time, so he’s quite flat. His name is Teddy.
2. I have 2,684 picture books on my shelves, alphabetized by illustrator.
3. I still dislike the color orange.

Devine, Eric

Eric Devine is the author of multiple works of Young Adult fiction, most recently, Look Past. He is also a veteran high school English teacher who spends as much time teaching as he does completing field research for his novels. His work has been listed by YALSA and Booklist for reluctant readers and for Best in Sports. He is married to his high school sweetheart, and his wife and he have two wonderful daughters and two not-so-wonderful Labradors. Find out more at ericdevine.org, facebook.com/ericdevineauthor, or Twitter: @eric_devine  www.ericdevine.org

3 Fun Facts

1. I have a dog named after Miley Cyrus
2. I cannot live without coffee
3. I have been mistaken for G-Eazy

Donnelly, Jennifer

Jennifer Donnelly is the author of eight acclaimed novels for YA and middle-grade readers: the current bestseller Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book; These Shallow Graves; Sea Spell; Dark Tide; Rogue Wave; Deep Blue; Revolution; and A Northern Light, winner numerous literary awards including the Britain’s Carnegie Medal and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  She grew up in New York State, in Lewis and Westchester counties, and currently lives in the Hudson Valley. www.jenniferdonnelly.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I wish I had a kangaroo.
2. I live for dark chocolate.
3. I think Hudson, NY is one of the coolest towns on the planet.

Gantos, Jack

JACK GANTOS is the author of forty-nine books for children from the “ROTTEN RALPH” picture books, collections of “JACK HENRY” short stories, upper elementary and middle school “JOEY PIGZA” and “NORVELT” novels, young adult books—LOVE CURSE OF THE RUMBAUGHS, DESIRE LINES, HOLE IN MY LIFE and THE TROUBLE IN ME. His work can lead readers from the cradle to the grave.

Mr. Gantos was a professor at Emerson College where he developed the Master’s Degree Program in Children’s Literature, Writing and Publishing. He now spends his time writing and is an active speaker at book and literacy conferences, schools and libraries. His works have received a Newbery Award, Scott O’Dell Award, Newbery Honor, Printz Honor, Sibert Honor, National Book Award Finalist nomination, and he is the 2010 recipient of the NCTE/ALAN AWARD for his contribution to the field of Young Adult and Children’s Literature. DEAD END IN NORVELT received both the 2012 John Newbery Award and the Scott O’Dell award for Historic Fiction. This was followed by the companion novel, FROM NORVELT TO NOWHERE. THE KEY THAT SWALLOWED JOEY PIGZA, the final book in the “Joey Pigza” series was released in 2014 and nominated for the Kirkus Prize. His most recent book, THE TROUBLE IN ME, is now available.

Gray, John

John is an Emmy winning writer and journalist from upstate New York. When his puppy Samuel died at just six months of age John decided to turn the sadness into something positive that could help any child who goes through the loss of a pet. That is how “God Needed A Puppy” was born. He is donating $1 from each book sold to animal shelters around the country and to date has given away more than $10.000. He is currently working on his second children’s book- Keller’s Heart. View John’s Facebook page.

3 Fun Facts

1. John used to train German Shepherds in something called Schutzund which involved him putting on a protective sleeve and letting dogs attack him for fun.
2. John’s first job was delivering the Troy Record newspaper at the age of 11. When he grew up he went back to work there as a weekly columnist and has written more than 1,000 columns over 20 years.
3. John has different colored eyes, his right eye is blue and his left is half brown/half blue. But DMV won’t allow him to put both colors down on his driver’s license.

Hasbrook, Sarah D.

Sarah D. Hasbrook wrote and illustrated her first self-published book “Sadie Mae’s Constant Song” in the summer of 2017. In addition, Sarah is a second grade special education teacher. She holds an Associate in Arts from Columbia-Greene Community College, Bachelor of Science in Education from SUNY New Paltz and two Master’s degrees, one in Childhood Special Education and most recently (2017), a second Master’s degree in Childhood Literacy Education both from SUNY New Paltz. Her passion for teaching and literacy prompted her to write this story. She wanted people to know that even when life is difficult, it is important to always see the good in every situation. In her free time she loves photography, to travel, and of course spend time with her favorite four legged friend, Sadie Mae. Visit Sarah’s website.

3 Fun Facts

1. Sailing is one of my favorite things to do on vacation.
2. My second grade teacher inspired me to be a second grade teacher.
3. I love to travel, but I have never been in an airplane.

Katz, Alan

Alan has written 35 highly acclaimed children’s books, including Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs, Don’t Say That Word!, and the award-winning poetry book OOPS! His newest book, just in time for Father’s Day, is If I Didn’t Have You. www.alankatzbooks.com

Alan is a six-time Emmy-nominated writer for TV series including:
The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Taz-Mania, Pinkalicious and Peterrific, The Grammy Awards and Tony Awards, various Nickelodeon shows, network specials and game shows. He has also created comic books, trading card sets, web videos, TV commercials and hundreds of other special projects for kids and their parents.

3 Fun Facts

1. Alan’s favorite food is cantaloupe
2. Alan has never had a cup of tea
3. Most nights, Alan sleeps in a bright orange shirt

Lehrhaupt, Adam

Adam Lehrhaupt is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children, including Warning: Do Not Open This Book!, Chicken in Space, I Will Not Eat You, Wordplay, and This is a Good Story. He has traveled to six continents, performed on Broadway, and lived on a communal farm. Adam firmly believes that opening a book is a good thing, even if there are monkeys in it. He currently lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, with his wife, two sons, and two bizarre dogs. Follow Adam on Twitter and Instagram @Lehrhaupt, facebook @adamlehrhaupt, and at adamlehrhaupt.com.

3 Fun Facts

1. Every 2-3 years I donate my hair.
2. I used to own a wolf.
3. I spend hours trying to come up with fun passwords to use and I keep a list of them in a completely unprotected notebook.

Lewis, Kevin

Kevin Lewis plays with words like kids play with blocks. He can arrange them in rhythmic rows (CHUGGA CHUGGA CHOO CHOO, 1998), stack them up (THE LOT AT THE END OF MY BLOCK, 2001) and then knock them down again (THE RUNAWAY PUMPKIN, 2003). He takes them on the car (MY TRUCK IS STUCK, 2002), to the playground (DINOSAUR DINOSAUR, 2006), in the tub (TUGGA TUGGA TUG BOAT, 2006), and he’s even been known to use them to get his own way (NOT INSIDE THIS HOUSE, 2011). He lives in a large, 200-year old farmhouse in New York’s Hudson Valley with his husband and a dog named Kat.

3 Fun Facts

1. I have a huge model train collection.
2. I have a dog named “Kat.”
3. I like to bike and hike.

Mack, Jeff

Jeff Mack spent his childhood drawing monsters, making comic books, and building haunted houses in his basement. He has spent most of his adulthood doing the same things.

He has written and illustrated a long list of award- winning picture books, chapter books, and early readers, including the Clueless McGee series, Good News Bad News, Hush Little Polar Bear, Look!, and Mine!.

He has also illustrated James Howe’s Bunnicula and Friends series and Eve Bunting’s Hurry! Hurry!.

Now from Western Massachusetts, he travels widely visiting schools and talking with kids about creating books. Visit him at www.jeffmack.com.

3 Fun Facts

1. My favorite children’s book author/illustrator is William Steig.
2. I named Clueless McGee after my dog McGee.
3. Clueless McGee was originally going to be about a dog who wears pajamas and solves mysteries, but I didn’t want it to be like Scooby-Doo. So I turned the dog into a fifth-grade boy.

Magaziner, Lauren

Lauren Magaziner is the author of Wizardmatch, Pilfer Academy, and The Only Thing Worse Than Witches. She grew up in New Hope, Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she writes full-time and frequently uses her wizard power: the ability to turn vegetables into cookies. Her upcoming fourth book, a pick your path mystery series called Case Closed, releases in August 2018. www.laurenmagaziner.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I’ve been in three different food fights! (Which came in handy for when I had to write a food fight scene in Wizardmatch.)
2. I started writing novels at 13… but it took 11 years of practice before one got published!
3. Most of the characters in Wizardmatch are named after my real life cousins. Like the main character Lennie, I have a large and loud extended family!

Maldonado, Torrey

Voted a NBC and more have spotlighted Maldonado and his critically acclaimed novel Secret Saturdays (Penguin). Maldonado was raised in Brooklyn, New York and overcame what he calls “the boy crisis” that prevents boys from becoming the best men they can be. He graduated Vassar then went on to earn a Masters in Educational Administration. He approaches his twelfth year as a schoolteacher. Secret Saturdays is an American Library Association’s Quick Pick, develops readers to embody the Common Core State Standards, and is inspired by Maldonado’s and his students’ struggles with being their true selves, friendships, family, and bullying. www.torreymaldonado.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I got hooked on comic books in the third grade. By age fourteen, I had almost two hundred collectibles. I also had a cat named Snow White and she peed on and scratched my collection down to fifty comics. So I secretly wish I had the super power of pausing and redirecting pets to pee in the right places freeze to prevent people from losing things we love.
2. I’m fairly certain that, wherever I am, no one in a five mile radius can beat me in Scrabble OR no one in a five mile radius would enjoy losing as much as me in Scrabble. I love the game and even saying Scrabble gets me pumped!
3. As a teen, for about a month, I taped my ears to my head with black electrical tape because I thought that would flatten my then big ears. It didn’t work. Good thing that the high school and middle school students I’ve taught think my head has grown and caught up with my ears.

Masiello, Ralph

Ralph was born, raised in the state of Massachusetts. He now resides in Connecticut where he lives with his daughters Alexa and Talia. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, Illustration, 1985), Ralph has illustrated for magazines, newspapers and books, created posters and prints, and shown his fine art paintings in galleries throughout the world. Since 1987, he has visited over 2,700 schools all over the nation and the world, inspiring children with his life story, humor, and art. While visiting schools, he is often inspired himself by the enthusiasm, creativity, and hard work of the students and teachers. This led him to create his unique “How to Draw” book series which has become his most popular books yet!  www.ralphmasiello.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I am 57 (as of the book festival) and race motocross for fun.
2. I am a certified Advanced Open Water SCUBA diver and have logged over 300 dives (although I haven’t lately since hurting an eardrum) and have swam with sharks, stingrays, moray eels, and manatees.
3. I have been skiing since I was 5 years old, but not as much as I would like!

McCarthy, Deirdre

Deirdre McCarthy has earned a Master of Science in Education, with distinction. In addition, she has earned a certification, Certified Financial Education Instructor, through the National Educator’s Council. Currently, Deirdre is a teacher in the Hudson Junior High School. In addition, she has a financial literacy company for children, Counting with Common Cents. In her free time, Deirdre loves spending time with her family and dog. www.countingwithcommoncents.com

3 Fun Facts

1. In sixth grade, I modeled for a book cover that Diane de Groat created.
2. I am a teacher in the Hudson City School District.
3. I love spending my free time with my family and dog.

Miller, Sam J.

Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. His debut novel The Art of Starving (YA/SF) was published by HarperCollins in 2017, and will be followed by Blackfish City from Ecco Press in 2018. His stories have been nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Theodore Sturgeon Awards, and have appeared in over a dozen “year’s best” anthologies. He’s a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Workshop, and a winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. He lives in New York City, and at www.samjmiller.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I grew up in Hudson; my family owned Sam’s Supermarket on Warren Street!
2. I was Most Valuable Player on the Hudson High Swim Team (also, I was the only player on the Hudson High Swim Team)
3. Joan Rivers made fun of me once, and it was The Greatest Thing.

Minor, Florence

Florence Minor’s newest book, How To Be a Bigger Bunny, features a cast of very adorable bunnies illustrated by her husband, Wendell Minor. She likes to say that this book is kind of autobiographical, as her big sister usually left her behind when she went out, and like Tickles, the hero of How To Be a Bigger Bunny, Florence stayed home and read books! 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’s previous titles include If You Were a Penguin and If You Were a Panda Bear.

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 love taking pictures of clouds and sunsets.
2. In warm weather my favorite place to be is on the beach with a good book after a swim. In cold weather I love to sit and read by the fireplace, with Cinder on my lap.
3. Sharing my love of animals and nature with children, makes my heart happy.

Minor, Wendell

Wendell Minor loves creating books for children and young adults. He has illustrated and/or written close to 70 books and has no intention of stopping any time soon! He enjoys creating books that not only entertain, but inspire children of all ages to use their imaginations, and appreciate the subjects that are near and dear to him, especially the natural world and historical figures. In April, his retrospective exhibition of art created for children’s books “Wendell Minor’s America,” originally hosted by the Norman Rockwell Museum, will travel to the Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts, and be on display from mid-April through mid-October 2018. A 25th Anniversary, newly designed edition of Wendell’s classic book with Charlotte Zolotow, The Seashore Book was published in 2017, as was Ben’s Revolution by National Book Award–winning author Nathaniel Philbrick, and How To Be a Bigger Bunny, written by Wendell’s wife Florence Minor. Upcoming 2018 books include Wild Orca and Night Train, Night Train. Visit Wendell at www.minorart.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I love trees, and one of my favorites is the Sycamore.
2. I am constantly learning new things because I’m very curious.
3. I am a bird watcher. My favorites are the Catbird, the Barred Owl and the Piliated Woodpecker.

Preller, James

James Preller lives in Delmar, NY. He visits schools all over the country, making roughly 100 presentations to grades K-8 each school year. www.jamespreller.com

Raff, Anna

Anna Raff is an award-winning illustrator of several books for children. Before her career as an illustrator, Anna was a designer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and several children’s book publishers in New York City. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, and lives in New York City, where there are reportedly four rats per human resident. www.suzannebloom.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I live in New York City.
2. My nickname is “Banana.”
3. I know how to juggle.

Reynolds, Jason

New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds is the author of the critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest. He is a National Book Award Finalist, a Kirkus Prize winner, a Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. His work includes the recently published Long Way Down and Miles Morales: Spider Man , as well as, The Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave As You , the first two books in the Track series, Ghost and Patina . He is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing for Young People MFA Program.

3 Fun Facts

1. I know how to crochet…REALLY well.
2. I have thirteen tattoos.
3. My last haircut was 14 years ago.

Rotner, Shelley

Shelley Rotner is the author and photo-illustrator of over 50 award-winning children’s books. Her most recent books include, Grow! Raise! Catch! How We Get Our Food, Whose Eye am I?Hello, Spring! Hello, Autumn, Families, Body Actions, Body Bones, and All Kinds of Friends.

She is also a noted free-lance photojournalist, whose work has appeared in Time Magazine, National Geographic’s World Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Outside Magazine, Food and Wine, GoNomad Travel and numerous others.

She has traveled extensively for UNICEF documenting programs about children, women and education.

Currently, Ms Rotner is working on a collection of large hand-painted photographs that capture beautiful and sacred places she has discovered in her travels. www.shelleyrotner.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I stand on my head every day
2. I just finished publishing my 50th book
3. I eat spaghetti every day

Sadlowski, Dan

I love stories. I believe they can uplift, inspire, and change people’s lives. I love spending time with my family, my goddaughter Lola, playing basketball, exploring, adventures, superheroes, daydreaming, nonsense, the ocean, and nature. I love teaching K-8 Technology and Physical Education at Richmond Consolidated School.

Finding BrooklynAnd The Next Great Superhero has hosted numerous Superhero Days and visits at schools, child health care facilities, historic places, & more. Want to learn how to become a superhero? By reading Finding Brooklyn you will find that even YOU, yes YOU have AWE-MAZING Superpowers too! findingbrooklyn-book.com

3 Fun Facts

1. “Baby Groot was here” (Hey! who wrote that?)
2. I have Superpowers (You do too!)
3. Let’s save the universe and grab a slice of pizza. #gofindingbrooklyn

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 Frankie the Blankie.  She has two original board books out earlier this year, My Friend Moe and Who’s Hatching. And this spring marks the launching of a new line of Jennifer Sattler Board Books from Sleeping Bear Press! Featuring Dirty Birdies and Jungle Gym. 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.”

Simon, Seymour

Seymour Simon (@SeymourSimon), whom the New York Times called “the dean of the [children’s science] field,” is the author of over 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’s favorite color is pumpkin orange —- like autumn, which is his favorite season.
2. Seymour grew up with identical twin sisters who often tried to fool people by switching identities. The only person they could not trick was their little brother, Seymour. He always knew which was which!
3. Seymour Simon wrote first book – called SPACE MONSTERS – when he was in second grade.

Soman, David

Jacky and David, are the creators of the New York Time’s Best-Selling LADYBUG GIRL series. They live with their two children and rescue dog in Rosendale, NY. www.ladybuggirl.com

3 Fun Facts

1.Our dog, Pico, is a very messy drinker.
2. Ladybug Girl is based on our daughter who is now 16, and Bumblebee Boy is based on our 14 year old son.
3. If you ask David he’ll share his trade secret- of how to draw a tutu.

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

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 thirty 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. She’s currently working on a new novel, also for young adults. For more information, please visit her Web site at www.lauriestolarz.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I’m currently learning American Sign Language (Ask me to sign the synopsis to Welcome to the Dark House.)
2. In addition to owning a cat and a dog, I also have a bearded dragon named Mango.
3. I write creepy books but I’m scared of the dark, old dolls, basements, attics, creepy phone calls, clowns, haunted houses, etc., etc. (There’s too much to list.)

Teague, Mark

Mark Teague has delighted young readers with more than 20 picture books, and he has written many of them himself, including the popular Pigsty, Baby Tamer, and One Halloween Night. He is also the illustrator of Cynthia Rylant’s beloved Poppleton series for beginning readers and the best-selling books by Jane Yolen, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight and How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon. Mark Teague’s life changed when he moved from San Diego to New York City and he planted the seed for his first picture book, The Trouble with the Johnsons. Each of Teague’s books start as ‘notebooks full of sketches and scribbles, strange little drawings and phrases that suddenly come together,’ Teague explains. And although he had no formal writing training, his endless imagination and understanding nature gives him a permanent place in the hearts of everyone.

Verde, Susan

Susan Verde is the author of The Museum, You and Me, I Am Yoga, I Am Peace and My Kicks. She is a licensed yoga instructor and lives in East Hampton, New York. www.susanverde.com

3 Fun Facts

1. As a kid she kept a piece of chalk in her pocket (for spontaneous hopscotch) and her skate key around her neck, ready for the next adventure.
2. Now Susan lives by the sea in East Hampton, New York with her 3 children and their dog, Gizmo.
3. She is a licensed yoga instructor and teaches yoga and mindfulness to children of all ages

Yeh, Kat

Kat Yeh is the award-winning author of middle grade novels, THE WAY TO BEA (Sept, 2017) and THE TRUTH ABOUT TWINKIE PIE (an NPR Best Book of 2015) from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, as well as picture book, THE FRIEND SHIP, from Disney-Hyperion. Kat and her family live in one of those crooked little nooks along the north shore of Long Island with secret beaches and lots of hidden paths. Learn more about Kat at www.katyeh.com

3 Fun Facts

1. You pronounce my last name YAY!
2. I take dance breaks when I have writer’s block
3. Whenever I cook at home, I like to pretend I’m hosting a cooking show.

Yolen, Jane

Jane Yolen, often called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America,” is the author of more than 350 books, ranging from picture books and baby board books, through middle grade fiction, poetry collections, nonfiction,  novels, graphic novels, story collections, and even cookbooks . Her books and stories have won many awards, including two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott, the Golden Kite, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, nomination for the National Book Award, and Jewish Book Award. She also won the Kerlan Award and the Catholic Library’s Regina Medal. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates. www.janeyolen.com

 

3 Fun Facts

1. I live on a farm called Phoenix Farm for three seasons of the year and in a house called Wayside in Scotland in the summer.
2. All three of my grown children work in children’s books.
3. I hate Brussels Sprouts  and love bacon.