Authors & Illustrators Attending the 2019 Book Festival
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Tony Abbott writes books for young readers aged 6 to 14, including Kringle, Underworlds, and the long-running series, The Secrets of Droon. He is also author of the realistic novels Firegirl (2006 Golden Kite Award for Fiction) and The Postcard (2008 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery), and the civil-rights drama, Lunch-Box Dream. His latest novels are The Summer of Owen Todd (2017), Denis Ever After (2018), and The Great Jeff (2019). Tony has been on the faculty of Lesley University’s MFA in Creative Writing, is a frequent conference speaker and visitor to schools. www.tonyabbottbooks.com
3 Fun Facts
1. I play the guitar middling fair, the violin terribly, and the trombone not at all.
2. I wrote poetry for twenty years before writing novels for children, and am now combining the two disciplines.
Baskin, Nora Raleigh
Nora Raleigh Baskin is an award-winning author of a number of young adult books, including Anything but Typical, Nine Ten: A September 11 Story, and Ruby on the Outside. Nora has led workshops on writing, publishing, disabilities, religion, and the impact of reading on young lives. Her fiction stems from life experiences, and the fact-to-fiction process of her writing inspires young readers to look closely at the everyday experiences that inform their lives and to draw meaningful insights, as well as creative impulses, from them. www.norabaskin.com
3 Fun Facts
1. My dog is named after a NY Giant football quarterback.
2. My younger son is a writer for Sports Illustrated and my older son is a retire Hip Hop artist
3. I am and will forever consider myself a hippie
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.
Barbara Dee is the author of nine middle grade novels which tackle sensitive topics. Everything I Know About You (2018) is a JLG selection. Halfway Normal (2017) which earned starred reviews from Kirkus and SLJ, is a 2018 CBC Notable Trade Book for Young People and on state lists in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Vermont. Star-Crossed (2017) is a 2018 ALA Rainbow List Top Ten, a 2018 Goodreads Choice finalist, and on Best of 2017 lists by public libraries of Chicago, Seattle and Cleveland Heights. Maybe He Just Likes You, a “middle school MeToo,” will be published by Aladdin/S&S on 9/3/2019.
2018 ALA Rainbow List Top Ten; Goodreads Choice Finalist; 2018 Vermont State Dorothy Canfield Fisher award list;2018-19 Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading award list (Middle School); 2019-2020 Nominee, Missouri Assn of School Librarians Mark Twain reader award;Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017; King County (Seattle) Best Books of 2017; Cleveland Heights/University Heights Best Chapter Books of 2017; CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2018; 2018 ILA Young Adults Choices Reading List; CCBC Choices 2018 (Fiction); Junior Library Guild; Starred reviews, SLJ, PW, Kirkus,
Visit her at www.BarbaraDeeBooks.com.
3 Fun Facts
1. My next middle grade novel, MAYBE HE JUST LIKES YOU, will be out Sept 3, 2019. It’s a #MeToo story set in middle school, and I think it will start some important conversations!
2. Whenever I’m stuck writing, I take my dog Ripley on a long walk.
3. I’m obsessed with the band Radiohead.
Jennifer Donnelly is an award-winning, bestselling author who writes for middle-graders, young adults and grown-ups. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, daughter and their two chiweenies. www.jenniferdonnelly.com
3 Fun Facts
1. Halloween in my favorite holiday.
2. Vultures are my favorite birds.
3. Bats are my favorite animals.
New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2017 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the much-honored books Garvey’s Choice, ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, and Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin’s Notebook, Talkin’ About Bessie, Dark Sons, Words with Wings, and The Road to Paris. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.
3 Fun Facts
1. I once sang, danced, and acted my way down the east coast of China.
2. I sang a solo at the Concert House in Stockholm, Sweden.
3. Muhammad Ali once gave me a standing ovation.
Lisa LaMonica is an author, illustrator and fine artist in upstate New York who has received awards for her artwork. She was nominated for Artist of the Year in 2002, 2018 by the Columbia County Council on the Arts. Lisa teaches art privately, at her local community college, the Hudson Youth Department and the Hudson Senior Center. She has attended the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, the largest of its kind in the Northeast, every year since its inception. Books include Haunted Catskills/The History Press and Images of America:Hudson/Arcadia Publishing; a recipient of a grant from Furthermore, a program of the JM Kaplan Fund. Lisa has written for Chronogram Magazine, Main Street Magazine, Haunted History Trail NYS, and PBS/WMHT.. www.lisalamonica.com
3 Fun Facts
1. I like to paint trees.
2. I’ve been to pirate places in the Caribbean.
3. WMHT made a TV show with my Haunted Catskills book.
Adam Lehrhaupt is the award-winning author of multiple books, including Warning: Do Not Open This Book!, Please: Open This Book!, Chicken in Charge, I Will Not Eat You, Wordplay and Idea Jar. He has traveled to six continents, performed on Broadway, and lived on a communal farm. He firmly believes that opening a book is a good thing, even if there are monkeys in it. Adam currently lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, with his wife, two sons, and two bizarre dogs. Follow Adam on twitter, Instagram, and Google+ @lehrhaupt for the occasional brilliant thought or picture, and at adamlehrhaupt.com.
3 Fun Facts
1. My mom has a farm with both chickens and sheep.
2. I enjoy skiing.
3. I’m really not this short, it’s an optical illusion. I’m just really far away.
Children’s book author/illustrator Brian Lies has created nearly thirty children’s books, including his New York Times bestselling bat books (Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, Bats at the Ballgame and Bats in the Band). His newest books are the highly-acclaimed The Rough Patch (August, 2018) and Got to Get to Bear’s! (October, 2018).
Brian spends part of the school year traveling throughout the United States to work with students and encourage them in their goals. He lives with his family in Duxbury, Massachusetts. www.brianlies.com
3 Fun Facts
1. My hobbies mostly involve things changing from one thing to another: cooking, gardening, woodworking.
2. I once got a mini light bulb stuck in my ear and had to go to the emergency room to get it removed (I was four)
3. I’m an author/illustrator today because of an author visit to MY school when I was in 5th grade (which is one reason I believe so strongly in doing author visits!).
Florence lives and works with her husband Wendell in Connecticut. Her love of animals and the natural world are reflected in her books If You Were a Penguin – a Pennsylvania One Book Literacy Program selection, If You Were a Panda Bear – a Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year and How To Be a Bigger Bunny, of which Kirkus said “The soft visual texture is appealing and well befits the gentle narrative with its encouraging message to ‘never give up.’”
Florence and Wendell have been honored with the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) President’s Award for lifetime achievement in arts and letters, and were Honorees of the Boston Public Library’s 27th annual Literary Light, which recognizes outstanding writers from the Northeast for their inspiring work. Visit Florence at www.minorart.com and Facebook and Twitter.
3 Fun Facts
1. I never say no the chipmunks who beg for peanuts at my front door.
2. My great-nieces look a lot like me, and sometimes people think I’m their mother. I love that!
3. I talk to animals, and the best thing is when they talk back-especially dolphins.
Wendell Minor has illustrated, written and collaborated with many awesome authors. As a nature lover and history buff, Wendell loves sharing those interests with children through more than 60 books he has had published.
His newest books are WILD ORCA: The Oldest Wisest Whale in the World, NIGHT TRAIN, NIGHT TRAIN and THE MAGIC OF LETTERS.
His books have received the Cook Prize, Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Children, Outstanding Science Trade Books, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library selection, Pennsylvania One Book Every Young Child selection, ALA Notable Book, John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers. Wendell was honored to be named the 2018-2019 Artist Laureate of the Norman Rockwell Museum. Visit Wendell at www.minorart.com
3 Fun Facts
1. My next book, HI, I’M NORMAN, about Norman Rockwell, will be published in October.
2. My favorite bird is the Hummingbird.
3. I love banjo music.
Mojica, Barbara Ann
Barbara Ann Mojica is a historian and retired educator with forty years experience as a teacher, special educator, principal and school administrator. Her mission is to entertain, inspire and inform children about historical places and people. Little Miss HISTORY’s motto is, “If you don’t know your history, you don’t know what you’re talking about.” LittleMissHISTORY.com
3 Fun Facts
1. I like to plan ahead and meet deadlines way ahead of schedule.
2. I dislike hypocrisy of any kind.
3. Autumn is my favorite season.
Mojica, Victor Ramon
VICTOR RAMON MOJICA was born and raised in Manhattan, New York, but has lived in the Hudson Valley region since 1986. He has authored and/or illustrated children’s books, comics, screenplays, and now his first book of poetry titled The SECRETS of LIFE. Aside from winning awards for his illustrations, children’s books and comics, he has also won The Cecil Hemley Memorial Award for his poem “Friend or Foe,” which is included in his latest book The SECRETS of LIFE. www.eugenus.com
1. I love rain more than the sun.
2. I’d rather learn than relax.
3. Creating is a need not a means to an end.
James Preller lives in Delmar, NY, and frequently visits area schools as a guest author. He has – insanely — 10 books coming out in 2019. Three titles in the new “Big Idea Gang” series, including EVERYBODY NEEDS A BUDDY. A picture book in haiku, ALL WELCOME HERE, illustrated by Mary GrandPre (of “Harry Potter” fame), BLOOD MOUNTAIN, a middle-grade novel of wilderness adventure and suspense, plus 5 more Jigsaw Jones titles: THE CASE OF THE HAT BURGLAR, plus 4 newly revised titles that were temporarily out-of-print. www.jamespreller.com
3 Fun Facts
1. James is trying to become a better writer of haiku.
2. James is trying to learn how to identify trees (it’s been a slow process).
3. James loves music
Seymour Simon has been honored with many awards for his work, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children's science literature; the New York State Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature; the Hope S. Dean Memorial Award from the Boston Public Library for his contribution to children's science literature; The Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for Nonfiction; the Jeremiah Ludington Award for his outstanding contribution to children's nonfiction; the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Forum on Children's Science Books. His website, SeymourSimon.com, is a Webby Award honoree and was named one of twelve “2012 Great Websites for Kids” by the American Library Association. More than seventy-five of Seymour Simon’s books have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).
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.”
3 Fun Facts
1. Seymour Simon’s Einstein Anderson science mysteries are based on puzzles he used to do with his middle school students; whoever figured it out would be dubbed “Einstein for a Day.”
2. While in high school, Seymour was a member of the Junior Astronomy Club at the American Museum of Natural History, where he ground a mirror to make his own telescope.
3. One of Seymour Simon’s earliest books is dedicated to his wife, “as partial repayment for the ants in the refrigerator” (for a science project, of course!)
Vesper Stamper’s debut novel, What the Night Sings, has been longlisted for the National Book Award and received numerous accolades for recounting the seldom-told story of what happened to Holocaust survivors in the aftermath of World War 2. For twenty years, Author-Illustrator Vesper Stamper has created work through which asks the central question: how do people, especially children, who suffer trauma, go on to rise above their experiences as victims and go beyond surviving to flourishing? She believes in the dignity of every human being as made in the image of God, and in the resilience of the human spirit. www.vesperillustration.com
Stolarz, Laurie Faria
Laurie Stolarz is the author of several popular young adult novels including the Dark House series, the Touch series, Project 17, Shutter, 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. Her newest book, Jane Anonymous, was recently acquired by Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press, in a two-book deal. It will be released in the fall of 2019. 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. I write creepy books but I’m scared of the dark, old dolls, basements, attics, creepy phone calls, clowns, haunted houses, etc., etc.
3. I love Bravo TV.
Salina Yoon is the award-winning author and illustrator of over 160 books for children. Her most recent award was the 2018 Geisel Honor for MY KITE IS STUCK AND OTHER STORIES (A Duck Duck Porcupine! Book). As the Kohl’s Cares featured author for summer 2016, seven of her books (nearly 1 million units), and four plush animals based on her characters, were sold nationwide in Kohl’s stores that year. She is the author and illustrator of the six-book Penguin picture book series that begins with PENGUIN AND PINECONE, the creator of the picture book series featuring Bear, that includes FOUND, STORMY NIGHT, and BEAR’S BIG DAY (Bloomsbury), and the early reader series beginning with DUCK DUCK PORCUPINE (Bloomsbury).
Most recent award was the 2018 Geisel Honor for MY KITE IS STUCK AND OTHER STORIES (A Duck Duck Porcupine! Book)
2018 Honor Award: Anna Dewdney Read-Together Award for BE A FRIEND.
2017 Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award in the Beginner Fiction category: DUCK DUCK PORCUPINE!
2017 VA Readers’ Choice, FOUND
3 Fun Facts
Penguins have been following me my whole life. Here’s 3 pieces of evidence:
1. My first job was working as a frozen yogurt dispenser, at Penguin’s Frozen Yogurt!
2. My first major book deal was with Penguin Publishing (now called Penguin Random House).
3. My most well known character is Penguin, from the Penguin series!