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Our 11th Festival!
May 4, 2019

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

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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

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Authors & Illustrators Attending the 2019  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!

Abbott, Tony

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.

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.

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

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 continued with two riotous joke and riddle books: The Universe’s Greatest Dinosaur Jokes and Pre-Hysteric Puns and The Universe’s Greatest School Jokes and Rip-Roaring Riddles. And another hilarious, educational picture book, What’s Afoot! Your Complete, Offbeat Guide to Feet, will follow later in 2019. 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. Visit …before someone else does!

3 Fun Facts

1. I find a dime a day. Should a day go by without my finding a dime, I’ll find two the next day. I can’t explain it, but it all evens out in the end. A few days went by recently without a single dime. And then, on one magical day, I found five dimes, my personal record! Now, don’t get me wrong. Dimes are great. But dollars would be greater!
2. I’m a lifelong Yankee fan and even taught myself to switch-hit way back in Little League, in emulation of my idol, Mickey Mantle.
3. When I was a boy, I had a metal detector and would spend my days digging up city parks (and neighbors’ yards!) looking for pirates’ gold. I never uncovered that elusive treasure chest, but I did once find an old silver dollar.

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.

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.

Craft, Jerry

JERRY CRAFT is an author and illustrator who has worked on numerous picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade novels, including New Kid, a middle grade graphic novel from HarperCollins. Jerry is the creator of Mama’s Boyz, an award-winning syndicated comic strip. He has won five African American Literary Awards and is a cofounder of the Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and now lives in Connecticut. Visit him online at

3 Fun Facts

1. I was a reluctant reader until I was an adult.
2. I met Queen Elizabeth when I was a kid.
3. I saw the original Star Wars on opening day. Still have the button they gave me!

Dee, Barbara

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

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.

Donnelly, Jennifer

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.

3 Fun Facts

1. Halloween in my favorite holiday.
2. Vultures are my favorite birds.
3. Bats are my favorite animals.

Ferry, Beth

Beth Ferry is the author of numerous books for young readers, including the NYT bestseller, Stick and Stone. Other titles include Squirrel’s Family Tree, Sealed with a Kiss and Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish. She is mainly inspired by two things: word play and the sea. Luckily, Beth is an avid reader who lives close to the beach so inspiration is never very far away. In addition to picture books, Beth has begun writing graphic novels. When not reading and writing, Beth can be found blowing bubbles for her bulldog, Chaucer. You can learn more at

3 Fun Facts

1. Beth has celebrated all but four of her birthdays in NJ.
2. Beth is a pro at making piñatas and has made over 100 of them.
3. Beth blows approximately 200 bubbles every day.

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 Gray is an Emmy award winning journalist and writer from upstate New York. Donations from the sales of his first children’s book have helped more than 30 animal shelters all over the country. His new book ‘Keller’s Heart’ is based on his blind and deaf dog Keller. View John’s Facebook page.

3 Fun Facts

1. My children’s books are based on real events from my life. In fact I do have a dog named Keller who is blind and deaf and helps run our household.
2. For 20 years I have written a weekly column for the very newspaper that I once delivered as a young child in my hometown. Paperboy was my first job.
3. I’m a huge fan of Broadway and have seen RENT 12 times and can sing the entire score without missing a single word.

Grimes, Nikki

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.

Groenink, Chuck

Chuck hails from an overgrown village among the peat bogs in the north of the Netherlands, where he spent his formative years climbing trees, drawing, reading, and cycling. He attended the Artez Institute of Visual Arts in Kampen, graduating from the department of Illustration in 2004. His work has been featured and selected by the Society of Illustrators, The Fox is black, Pikaland, Illustration Friday, and Spike Jonze’s blog: We Love You So

Karina has written copy and essays about food, fashion, film and art; scouted and developed film scripts; and worked as a writer-producer of documentaries. She studied film and writing in New York, Paris and Dublin and now lives in Manhattan with her dogs, Barry and Luca.

3 Fun Facts

1. Karina wrote this story when her rescue dog Luca was turned away from a New York City dog park because the other dog owners thought he was a fox!
2. Chucky has a spotted dog and several fluffy cats.
3. He likes to draw pictures, bake bread and go for walks.

Hiranandani, Veera

Veera Hiranandani is the author of The Night Diary, which received the 2018 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature, is a Junior Library Guild Selection, and a New York Times Editor’s Choice Pick, The Whole Story of Half a Girl, which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist, and the chapter book series, Phoebe G. Green (Grosset & Dunlap). She earned her MFA in fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute.

3 Fun Facts

1. I once almost bought a horse
2. I was on the swim team in high school
3. If I weren’t a writer, I’d be a chef or a painter.

Hood, Susan

Susan Hood is the award-winning author of more than 200 books for young readers who loves talking with kids at author school visits nationwide. ADA’S VIOLIN was the recipient of the 2017 Christopher Award, the 2017 Flora Steiglitz Straus Award from Bank Street, the 2017 América’s Award, and was named a 2017 E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book. New for 2018 were SHAKING THINGS UP: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World and Susan’s first middle grade novel LIFEBOAT 12, which School Library Journal called “an edge-of-your-seat survival tale, an extensively researched work of historical fiction, and an exemplar of the form.” Next up? Susan is collaborating with Thai journalist Pathana Sornhiran and Thai illustrator Dow Phumiruk on a brand-new picture book entitled TITAN AND THE WILD BOARS: The True Cave Rescue of the Thai Soccer Team. In bookstores May, 2019.

3 Fun Facts

1. I was the youngest child in my town to have a library card.
2. I’ve had lunch with Big Bird.
3. I’ve sailed a 38’ sailboat through the Bermuda Triangle where we lost our engine, navigation equipment and lights. We had to reach Bermuda using a handheld sextant and the stars

Johnston, Jeffry W.

Author of young adult mysteries and thrillers. FRAGMENTS was a 2008 Edgar nominee by the Mystery Writers of America for Best Young Adult Mystery and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selection by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). THE TRUTH was also a YALSA Quick Pick, for 2017, and a 2017 In the Margins Top 10 Award winner. Jeffry has also publishing numerous short stories and articles covering various genres and subjects, and has worked as a film and theatre reviewer. His website is at

3 Fun Facts

1. When I was in 5th grade, I lived in England for a year.
2. I’m a big baseball fan and my favorite team is the Philadelphia Phillies
3. I was born in a military hospital in Corpus Christi, TX.

Kelly, David A.

David A. Kelly is the author of the Ballpark Mysteries and MVP sports series from Random House. The Ballpark Mysteries chapter books features cousins Kate and Mike, who solve mysteries at different major league ballparks. Mr. Kelly is also the author of the early reader, Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse and the picture book Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and Secret Mud that Changed Baseball. He has written about travel and technology for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and many other publications. He can be found at

3 Fun Facts

1. I once met home run king Hank Aaron.
2. I get to go to baseball parks and watch games as part of my job!
3. I was a terrible baseball player!

LaMonica, Lisa

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..

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.

Lehrhaupt, Adam

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

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.

Lerangis, Peter

Peter Lerangis has written more than 160 books, which have sold more than 6 million copies and been translated into 34 languages. His nine New York Times bestsellers titles include the entire Seven Wonders series and several books in The 39 Clues series. His YA novel Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am, written with Harry Mazer, won the ALA Schneider Award and made the Best Fiction for Young Adults list. He’s spoken in 41 states and nine foreign countries, acted in a Broadway musical, earned a degree in biochemistry from Harvard, and eaten LOTS of chocolate along the way.

3 Fun Facts

1. Rock-climbed in Yosemite Park while it was being evacuated for an earthquake.
2. Ran and finished the New York City Marathon
3. Acted and sang in a Broadway musical

Lies, Brian

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.

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!).

Magaziner, Lauren

Lauren Magaziner is the author of Case Closed: Mystery in the Mansion, Wizardmatch, Pilfer Academy, and The Only Thing Worse Than Witches. She is originally from New Hope, Pennsylvania, and she currently lives in Philadelphia, where she writes full-time. Lauren is also a secret undercover international detective—but don’t blow her cover. You can visit Lauren at

3 Fun Facts

1. I once broke my arm tripping over my shoelace. Tie your shoes!
2. I started writing novels at 13… but it took 11 years of practice before one got published!
3. I wrote the first draft of Case Closed: Mystery in the Mansion in 18 days. But it took about two years of re-writes and revisions before it looked like the final version.

Maldonado, Torrey

Growing up, Torrey hated reading. No. He hated boring books and ones that seemed to hate or dismiss him and where he was from. With school failing him in a neighborhood that LIFE called “1 of the 10 Worst Neighborhoods in the U.S.”, he unplugged so hard from books that he repeated a grade, almost twice. Luckily, he was introduced to NOT boring and culturally responsive books and educators who cared. It inspired him to be a middle school teacher and author. For nearly 20 years, he’s used the formula that hooked him to books. Provide mirror, window, and sliding door books that show readers love, they’ll love books back, and book-lovers will grow. He still teaches in the Brooklyn neighborhood where he was born and raised and uses his students’ & his experiences to write what readers say “don’t feel like books”. Voted a “Top 10 Latino Author” & best Middle Grade & Young Adult novelist for African Americans, NYC’s former and current Chancellor spotlighted him as a top teacher. His writing is praised for its current-feel, realness, & universal themes.

3 Fun Facts

1. I had every hairstyle that Michael Jackson had and got to meet him.
2. I’m a super fan of super hero stuff, including comic books, shows, and movies.
3. I actually did the unbelievable thing you’ll read in Tight and Secret Saturdays.

Michelson, Richard

RICHARD MICHELSON’s many books for children, teens and adults have been listed among the Ten Best of the Year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The New Yorker. He has two Sydney Taylor Gold Medals from the Association of Jewish Libraries, and he is the recipient of the 2017 National Jewish Book Award and received a 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship for poetry.

3 Fun Facts

1. I own R. Michelson Galleries which represents many well know illustrators, including many Hudson Book Fest participants
2. Leonard Nimoy and I spoke or emailed each other every day for the last 10 years of his life.
3. I have a musical theater piece about the artist Edvard Munch opening in 2019 (not for children).

Minor, Florence

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 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.

Minor, Wendell

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

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.”

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.

Fun Facts

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.

Northrop, Michael

Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of the TombQuest series and other books for kids and teens. His first young adult novel, Gentlemen, earned him a Publishers Weekly Flying Start citation, and his second, Trapped, was an Indie Next List selection. His first middle-grade novel, Plunked, was named one of the best children’s books of the year by the New York Public Library and was selected by NPR for its Backseat Book Club. A former senior editor at Sports Illustrated Kids, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. Visit him online at

3 Fun Facts

1. I am dyslexic and repeated second grade.
2. I once stepped on a yellowjacket nest and was stung approx.75 times.
3. According to family lore, I am related to Jonathan Swift, who wrote Gulliver’s Travels.

Phelan, Matt

Matt Phelan is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal. He is the author/illustrator of four graphic novels: the Scott O’Dell Award-winning The Storm in the Barn, Around the World, Bluffton, and the New York Times Bestseller Snow White. His latest books include the picture books Pignic and A Kite for Moon (by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple) and the novel Knights vs.

3 Fun Facts

1. Can play the ukulele
2. Studied acting in college instead of art.
3. Lives with his family in Pennsylvania.

Preller, James

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.

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

Ransome, James

James Ransome has illustrated over sixty picture books including Uncle Jed’s Barbershop, Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, Satchel Paige, This is the Rope, and Before She Was Harriet. He is also the author and illustrator of three titles, New Red Bike, Gunner and My Teacher. James received his BFA from Pratt Institute in New York and is the winner of numerous awards for his illustrations including the Coretta Scott King, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor and NAACP Image awards. In 2018, he was awarded the Coretta Scott King Honor for Before she Was Harriet, written by his wife, author Lesa Cline-Ransome.

His work is part of both private and public children’s book art collections and his commissioned murals are featured in the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati. The Metro-North Railroad selected James to illustrate a poster for the New York City Subway system. James is a Professor and coordinator of the MFA Illustration Graduate Program at Syracuse University and lives in New York’s Hudson River Valley region with his family.

3 Fun Facts

1. I used to be a hip hop dj.
2. I am a hot dog connoisseur.
3. I am an avid chess player.

Sattler, Jennifer

Jennifer Sattler is the award winning author and illustrator of several children’s books including SYLVIE, the popular series CHICK ‘N’ PUG and PIG KAHUNA,FRANKIE THE BLANKIE and a new line of original board books from Sleeping Bear Press including Dirty Birdies, Jungle Gym and Bundle Up. In February her newest book “Dollop and Mrs. Fabulous” was released along with the board book “Go to Sheep” illustrated by Benson Shum. Her books have won The Mockingbird Award for picture books and The Georgia Children’s book Award.

3 Fun Facts

1. I wear yellow sunglasses on cloudy days to make it look like it’s sunny.
2. I will do just about anything to make my kids (or any kid ,really) laugh.
3. I was alive when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Although I wasn’t there.

Shapiro, Esme

Esmé Shapiro grew up amongst the succulents and coyotes of Laurel Canyon, California. She currently resides in a plant-filled apartment in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Esmé is a past recipient of both the Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship and the SILA West 53 Gold Award-Phillip Hayes Scholarship. She has exhibited at The Society of Illustrators and her work has been featured in Taproot, Quill and Quire, and Plansponsor Magazines. Her first book, OOKO, was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award and was # 1 on the National Post Best Seller’s List.

3 Fun Facts

1. I know how to Irish Jig
2. If I could be any food I would be a bagel
3. My dog is a fuzzy alien

Simon, Seymour

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,, 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!)

Stamper, Vesper

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.

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.

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, 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

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.

Talbott, Hudson

Born and raised in Louisville,KY, came to NYC and worked as an illustrator where a children’s book editor saw my work and invited me to do a book.That became a movie by Steven Spielberg. Have done about 25 books since then. Now living in the Hudson Valley ,helping to develop my village of Catskill. Hudson’s latest book, PICTURING AMERICA – Thomas Cole And The Birth of American Art, is about the founder of the Hudson River School of art, whose dramatic landscape paintings gave us the original iconic images of America the Beautiful.

3 “Fun” Facts

1. I was a slow reader in my third grade class so I focused on drawing. I got so good that the school principal didn’t believe I was doing my drawings and asked me to draw something in front of him while he watched me. He was surprised and happy to see that I wasn’t faking it! I didn’t know I was good, but he did.
2. Hudson Talbott is originally from Louisville, Kentucky. He went to school in Rome for fine art, came back to NYC, and now lives in Greene County.
3. He has been a full time author/illustrator since 1986.

Verde, Susan

Susan Verde is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Her books include The Museum, You and Me, I Am Yoga, I Am Peace, My Kicks and Rock N Roll Soul. A certified yoga and wellness instructor, she lives in East Hampton, New York with her family. Find out more at

3 Fun Facts

1. I am a mother of 3 teens
2. My favorite picture book Is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
3. I have a pet tarantula

Wolf, Karina

Karina has written copy and essays about food, fashion, film and art; scouted and developed film scripts; and worked as a writer-producer of documentaries. She studied film and writing in New York, Paris and Dublin and now lives in Manhattan with her dogs, Barry and Luca.

Chuck hails from an overgrown village among the peat bogs in the north of the Netherlands, where he spent his formative years climbing trees, drawing, reading, and cycling. He attended the Artez Institute of Visual Arts in Kampen, graduating from the department of Illustration in 2004. His work has been featured and selected by the Society of Illustrators, The Fox is black, Pikaland, Illustration Friday, and Spike Jonze’s blog: We Love You So.

3 Fun Facts

1. Karina wrote this story when her rescue dog Luca was turned away from a New York City dog park because the other dog owners thought he was a fox!
2. Chucky has a spotted dog and several fluffy cats.
3. He likes to draw pictures, bake bread and go for walks.

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.


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.

Yoon, Salina

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!