KB Anne

Jennifer Castle

Isabella Sementilli

Jennifer Sattler

Ryan Smithson

Allisa Grosso

Rhett Miller

John Gray

Elizabeth Zunon

Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Edward Averett

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

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Authors & Illustrators Attending the 2020  Book Festival

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Albee, Sarah

Sarah Albee is the New York Times bestselling author of (mostly) nonfiction books for kids. Recent and forthcoming titles include North America: A Foldout Graphic History, Dog Days of History,POISON: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines, and Alexander Hamilton: A Plan for America. Other nonfiction titles include Why’d They Wear That? Bugged: How Insects Changed History, and Poop Happened: A History of the World from the Bottom Up. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, a high-school history teacher and administrator, and has three children. She loves visiting schools and presenting to kids of all ages. www.sarahalbeebooks.com

Eureka! Gold and Silver medals
Bank Street Best Books
NCSS Best Books [National Council for Social Studies] Nerdy Book Club awards
Starred reviews

3 Fun Facts

1. Sarah wants kids to love history as much as she does. Many of her books are a mash-up of history and science.
2. Sarah once played semi-pro basketball in Cairo, Egypt.
3. Sarah’s first job was working at Sesame Street.

Bennett, Artie

Artie Bennett is an executive copy editor by day and a writer by night. He’s the author of The True Story of Zippy Chippy: The Little Horse That Couldn’t. He’s also the author of several hilarious rhyming picture books: The Butt Book, his first “mature” work; Poopendous!, his “number two” book; Peter Panda Melts Down!, an adorable departure from derrières and doo; the explosively funny Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!; and his newest, What’s Afoot! Your Complete, Offbeat Guide to Feet, which is guaranteed to knock your socks off. He’s also written The Universe’s Greatest Dinosaur Jokes and Pre-Hysteric Puns and The Universe’s Greatest School Jokes and Rip-Roaring Riddles. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he spends his time moving his car to satisfy the stringent demands of alternate-side-of-the-street parking. HuffPost says: “It appears there is no topic Mr. Bennett can’t make funny and educational.” Visit ArtieBennett.com . . . before someone else does!

Belches, Burps and Farts—Oh My!
A 2015 World Science Festival Selection
A 2015 K-2 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee for Informational Text
A Pragmatic Mom Best Nonfiction Book for Kids
A Huffington Post (One of) 26 Entertaining and Educational Books for Back-to-School Season
A Brooklyn Family New & Noteworthy Citation
A Cybils Award Nominee for Best Non-Fiction Picture Book
A Bright Horizons Notable Book in the Humorous Books for Children Category
A Book Vine for Children Growing Green Book
The Butt Book
Reuben Award Winner for Book Illustration
Best Feel-Good Children’s Book (The Huffington Post)
A New York State Assembly/NYPL Suggested Reading Title
A Starred Review from the Horn Book Guide

3 Fun Facts

1. My favorite food is ice cream and I have a three-scoop-a-day habit. Whenever I travel, I love sampling exotic or unusual flavors, such as Agenaise (French prune!).
2. I swim every weekday morning. It clears away the cobwebs, making mornings my most productive time of day. I even get some of my best book ideas while afloat.
3. I was a crossword puzzle prodigy and sold my first one to the New York Times when I was only thirteen years old! It’s been downhill ever since.

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 BookwormBirdie. 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

New York Times – Editors’ Choice
Best Children’s Books of the Year – Kirkus Reviews
NPR – 2013’s Great Reads
Horn Book – Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013
Eric Carle Museum “Best of the Best” 2014
Bank Street College of Education – 2014 Best Books of the Year

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.

Bildner, Phil

Phil Bildner is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books for kids. His latest middle grade novel is the highly acclaimed A High Five for Glenn Burke. He is the author of many children’s picture books including the Margaret Wise Brown Prize winning Marvelous Cornelius, the Texas Bluebonnet Award winning Shoeless Joe & Black BetsyMartina & ChrissieTwenty-One Elephants, The Soccer Fence, The Hallelujah Flight, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Night at the Stadium and The Unforgettable Season. He is also the author of A Whole New BallgameRookie of the YearTournament of Champions, and Most Valuable Players in the wildly popular middle grade Rip & Red series. www.philbildner.com

New York Times Bestseller (Sluggers series)
Margaret Wise Brown Prize (Marvelous Cornelius)
Texas Bluebonnet Award (Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy)

3 Fun Facts

1. I’ve been to the World Series, the Super Bowl, and the NBA Finals.
2. I’ve been bitten by a lion.
3. I have a pitbull rescue dog named Katniss. We call her Kat. So I have a dog named Kat.

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. Uncle Murray is based on my own real life Uncle Murray.
2. Toby in “Bad Kitty: Camp Daze” is based on my real life dog named Toby.
3. Baby is based on my real life daughter named Izzy from when she was a baby. She’s 11 years old now.

Castaldo, Nancy

Nancy Castaldo has written books about our planet for over 20 years and received numerous awards and accolades. Her recent book BACK FROM THE BRINK: Saving Animals from Extinction has garnered starred reviews, a Eureka Award for Nonfiction honor, Sigurd Olsen Nature Writing honor, and is on state lists. Her recent titles include a biography of Ada Lovelace, a picture book about farms, and a middle grade/YA book about water issues facing our planet. Nancy believes that we all have the ability to make a difference and instills that theme in her books. www.nancycastaldo.com @NCastaldoAuthor

Green Earth Book Award
SCBWI Crystal Kite Award
NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
Eureeka Silver Honor
Sigurd Olsen Nature Writing Honor
Nerdy Book Club Award
Multiple stars and state lists

3 Fun Facts

1. I’ve held a koala.
2. I’ve climbed into the shell of a Galapagos tortoise.
3. I’ve talked with a bonobo

Collins, Leroy

I grew up Hudson NY.  I graduated from Hudson High in 1995.  I was the new york state rushing leader while attending Hudson.  I attended Dean junior college, Alfred st college and the University of Louisville.  I played football at each school. I also have an Associate, Bachelor, and Masters degrees.  I live in Fulton NY and currently I am married with 3 boys. This true story follows a young man’s journey as he battles back from injuries sustained in a tragic automobile accident.  From the vantage point of his wheelchair an NFL game on TV inspires him to dream the impossible.

3 Fun Facts

1. I was in a terrible car accident
2. I grew up in Hudson
3. I played football in the NFL

Craft, Jerry

JERRY CRAFT is an author and illustrator. New Kid is his middle grade graphic novel that has earned five starred reviews, including one from Booklist magazine, which called it “possibly one of the most important graphic novels of the year.” Kirkus Reviews called it “an engrossing, humorous, and vitally important graphic novel that should be required reading in every middle school in America.”

He is the creator of Mama’s Boyz, a comic strip that was distributed by King Features Syndicate from 1995-2013, and won five African American Literary Awards. Jerry is a co-founder of the Schomburg’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival. He was born in Harlem and grew up in nearby Washington Heights. He is a graduate of The Fieldston School and received his B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts. Visit him online at www.jerrycraft.net.

New Kid (HarperCollins) Starred reviews from School Library Journal, Kirkus, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly. Featured in Horn Books, NY Times Book Review. NAIBA’s Book of the Year Award. NEIBA Book Award. Junior Library Guild Selection. 2019 Harvey Award Nominee. 

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!

Dadey, Debbie

If you see an author in fins or polka-dots, it’s most likely Debbie Dadey! She is the author and co-author of 168 traditionally published children’s books. Her first book, co-authored with Marcia Thornton Jones, Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots became The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series with sales of over 42 million. The Narwhal Problem is the newest in Debbie’s Mermaid Tales multi-cultural series from Simon and Schuster.

Debbie has lived in many states, but now lives in a log cabin in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. She visits schools around the world. debbiedadey.com and Facebook.com/debbiedadey

ALA Children’s Choice awards

3 Fun Facts

1. Debbie floated in the lowest spot on the earth, The Dead Sea. No narwhals were spotted.
2. Debbie has ridden two camels and doesn’t plan to ride any more!
3. Debbie once slid into a shark tank to help write a story.

Dee, Barbara

Barbara Dee is the author of ten middle grade novels, including 2019’s Maybe He Just Likes You, the first middle school #MeToo story. Everything I Know About You is one of the 2019 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year, and included on A Mighty Girl’s Best of 2018.  Halfway Normal (2017)  appears on state lists in Pennsylvania, Missouri, South Carolina, Maryland and Vermont. Star-Crossed (2017) is an ALA Rainbow List Top Ten, a 2018 Goodreads Choice Finalist, and on many Best of 2017 lists. Barbara’s next book, My Life in the Fish Tank, will be published Fall 2020.

State reading lists in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Maryland, Vermont, South Carolina;2018 ALA Rainbow List Top Ten; Goodreads Choice Finalist; Best Books of 2017 Lists for Public Library Systems in Chicago, King County (Seattle) and Cleveland Heights/University Heights, Ohio; 2018 Texas Lone star Annotated Reading List; CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2018;CCBC Choices 2018; 2018 ILA Young Adult Choices Reading List; Bank Street Best Books of the Year 2019; A Mighty Girl’s Best Books of 2018; Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and School Library Journal. Visit her at www.BarbaraDeeBooks.com.

3 Fun Facts

1. My favorite band is Radiohead. I’ve seen them perform live in seven cities…so far.
2. I love baseball in general, the NY Yankees in particular (though I grew up a Mets fan).
3. Whenever I have writer’s block, I walk my rescue hound dog, Ripley.

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. Since 1995, 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

#1 NY Times Bestseller list
Children’s Choice – 3 states
ABA Pick of the List
Time Magazine top ten books
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio- Platinum

3 Fun Facts

1. I can write and draw with both hands.
2. I’m allergic to cats, but I like to draw them. With both hands.
3. I can write in mirror image with my right hand, but not my left. I wish I had 2 brains.

Demas, Corinne

Corinne Demas  is the award-winning author of thirty-four  books including numerous picture books (Saying Goodbye to Lulu, The Littlest Matryoshka, The Disappearing Island, Pirates Go to School ), YA novels (Returning to Shore),  and books for adults.  She is the co-author, with her daughter Artemis Roehrig, of Are Pirates Polite?Do Doodlebugs Doodle? Amazing Insect Facts, and Does a Fiddler Crab Fiddle?, and the forthcoming The Grumpy Pirate  and Do Jellyfish Like Peanut Butter? Amazing Sea Creature Facts. She is a professor at Mount Holyoke College and lives in Western Massachusetts and on Cape Cod. www.corinnedemas.com

Two National Endowment of the Arts Awards, Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award for Saying Goodbye to Lulu. Finalist, Massachusetts Book Award for The Disappearing Island. California Reading Association Silver Eureka Award for Do Doodlebugs Doodle?

3 Fun Facts

1. I have two miniature donkeys.
2. I babysat for my daughter’s tarantula when she went away to college.
3. My favorite color is purple.

Dyckman, Ame


New York Times Bestseller
Amazon Best Book of the Month
Kids’ Indie Next List
Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award
Junior Library Guild Selection
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Selection
Parents Magazine Best Fictional Picture Book
Bank Street College Best Children’s Book

3 Fun Facts

1. I change my hair color more frequently than some people change their socks. (And don’t lend your shoes to those people. EW!)
2. When I was a kid, a moose chased me. So now I guess I’m “It.” I love chatting with readers but if THAT moose shows up at our Festival, I’m gonna hafta go chase it.
3. One year, I came in last place in our neighborhood’s BBQ Ribs Cook-Off and everybody laughed at me. So for the entire next year, I practiced cooking ribs like crazy. “What’s for breakfast?” “Ribs.” And that year, I won first place!
(This is the personality you’re dealing with here, folks!)

Ferry, Beth

Beth Ferry is the author of numerous books for young readers, including Stick and Stone, Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish and The Scarecrow. She is inspired by two main things: word play and the sea. Luckily, Beth is an avid reader who lives close to the beach so inspiration is never far away. In addition to picture books, Beth has begun writing graphic novels. You can learn more at bethferry.com.

New York Times bestseller
Amazon Best Book of the Month
Amazon Best Book of the Year
Indie Kids’ Next List Pick
Junior Library Guild Selection
State Awards

3 Fun Facts

1. Beth only plants pumpkins in her garden.
2. She has an English bulldog named Chaucer.
3. Her favorite word is ‘anticipation’.

Grimes, Nikki

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2017 Children’s Literature Legacy Award for substantial and lasting contributions to literature for children, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.  The author of Coretta Scott King Author Award-winner Bronx Masquerade, and recipient of five CSK Author Honors, her most recent titles include the much-honored Words With Wings, Garvey’s Choice and Boston Globe-Horn Book honor, Between the Lines, and One Last Word, winner of the 2018 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award.  Her much anticipated memoir in verse, Ordinary Hazards, releases on October 8, 2019. www.nikkigrimes.com

Children’s literature Legacy Medal, Coretta Scott King Award and five CSK Honors, Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children, Arnold Adoff Poetry Award, Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, ALA Notable Book

3 Fun Facts

1. Once sang on the stage of the Stockholm Philharmonic in Sweden.

Ignatow, Amy

Amy Ignatow is the author and illustrator of THE POPULARITY PAPERS and THE ODDS TRILOGY, and the author of JEDI ACADEMY: CHRISTINA STARSPEEDER STORIES, and THE CUTEST THING EVER. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.

3 Fun Facts

1. I once played an entire game of Pictionary with Lemony Snicket on my team without knowing who he was
2. I’m excellent at cutting bagels
3. This is not my natural hair color

Jackson, Tiffany D.

Tiffany D. Jackson is the author of critically acclaimed YA novels including the Coretta Scott King — John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning Monday’s Not Coming, the NAACP Image Award-nominated Allegedly, and her ode to 90’s hip-hop Let Me Hear A Rhyme. www.writeinbk.com

CSK John Steptoe for New Talent
Walter Dean Myers Honor

3 Fun Facts

1. I’m obsessed with horror movies
2. Love cookie dough
3. I don’t do clowns.

Johnston, Jeffry W.

Jeffry W. Johnston is the author of the Edgar-nominated FRAGMENTS and the In the Margins Top 10 Book award winner of THE TRUTH, and both are Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selections by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). His latest teen mystery/thriller is FOLLOWING. He is never without a book to read and is passionate about movies, TV binging, and baseball. His website is at jeffrywjohnston.com

FRAGMENTS: 2008 Edgar nominee for Best Young Adult Mystery
FRAGMENTS and THE TRUTH: YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
THE TRUTH: 2017 In the Margins Top 10 Book Award winner

3 Fun Facts

1. I love disaster movies.
2. I taught myself to play guitar when I was 13.
3. I grew up reading DC comics. My favorite super hero is Batman.

Laiz, Jana

Jana Laiz is a writer with a purpose. The author of the triple award-winning novel, Weeping Under This Same Moon, Moonbeam Silver Medal Winner, The Twelfth Stone, Elephants of the Tsunami, “A Free Woman On God’s Earth, The True Story of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, The Slave Who Won Her Freedom, Thomas & Autumn, Simon Says ~ Tails Told By The Red Lion Inn Ambassador, Billy Budd in the Breadbox, The Story of Herman Melville & Eleanor, and Blanket of Stars, Jana believes that honoring diversity can change the world. She is the very first Writer-In-Residence at Herman Melville’s beloved Arrowhead. www.janalaiz.com

ForeWord review Gold Medal Winner
Moonbeam Children’s Book awards Silver medalist
International Reading Association Notable

3 Fun Facts

1. I have a Pitbull
2. I play the Irish penny whistle and the harp
3. I was the Jacks Champion in high school

Miller, Kayla

Kayla Miller is an illustrator and cartoonist with a BFA from the University of Arts in Philadelphia. She is the author of two previous graphic novels about OIive, Click and Camp, and creator of Creep, a web comic series about a boy who gains weird superhero-like powers. Kayla regularly attends conventions to promote her work and meet other artists. tapastic.com/series/Creep. www.kayla-miller.com

CLICK – named a Best Children’s Book of 2019 by Parents

-The New York Times/NY Public Library’s: Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2017.
-The American Library Association’s: Pura Belpré Honors
-The Christopher’s Award
-The Golden Kite Award from The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

3 Fun Facts

1. My hair has been pink, purple, blue, black, red, and green… but it’s naturally brown.
2. I didn’t always want to be a cartoonist. Growing up, I wanted to be a paranormal investigator with a specialty in ghosts and aliens… and, presumably, ghosts of aliens.
3. I really like Scooby-Doo. My dream job would be writing and illustrating a Scooby-Doo graphic novel.

Miller, Sharee

Sharee Miller has a BFA in communication design from Pratt Institute. She lives in Brooklyn, where she enjoys spending time with her two cats and illustrating fun stories. Sharee is the author and illustrator of Princess Hair. She invites you to visit her website at shareemiller.com and her Instagram @coilyandcute.

Sharee Miller’s books have been featured in Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times. Don’t Touch My Hair! was an African-American Literary Award Winner in the “Children’s Book” category.

3 Fun Facts

1. Sharee can wiggle her ears
2. She was born in Athens, Greece.
3. She has two cats whose names are Pumpkin and Spice.

Mojica, Barbara Ann

Barbara Ann Mojica, M.A. S.A.S., S.D.A is a historian and retired educator. Her education career spans more than forty years serving as a teacher, special educator, principal, and school district administrator. Barbara writes monthly historical articles for the Columbia Insider under the banner “Passages.” Using the whimsical Little Miss History character to narrate her book series, Barbara hopes to educate, entertain and inspire children to learn about historical people and places. Little Miss History’s antics make reading nonfiction a fun-filled adventure for all ages. She firmly believes, “If you don’t know your history, you don’t know what you’re talking about.”  LittleMissHISTORY.com

The Little Miss HISTORY book series has garnered two dozen awards including B.R.A.G. Medallions, International Book Excellence Awards, International Readers’ Favorite Awards, Eric Hoffer, and Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards.

3 Fun Facts

1. I once got locked inside my elementary school.
2. I nearly got thrown out of the Moscow Circus.
3. I love pistachio ice cream.

Mojica, Victor Ramon

Illustrator, cartoonist, writer and publisher, Victor has produced comic strips, comic books, coloring books, children’s books, authored websites, written poetry and screenplays. He is mostly self-taught in all these endeavors. “I’ve been writing and drawing since the age of five. I love producing art and stories so much I started my own publishing company in 1992.” www.eugenus.com

The Cecil Hemley Memorial Award for poem “Friend or Foe.”
The BRAG Medallion Award for Captain CROSSBONES in The Treasure Hunt.
Hollywood Book Festival’s Award for Best Graphic Novel eugenus, The Next Step in Human Evolution!

Fun Facts

1. I once broke into my own office after locking myself out.
2. I was mistaken for Tony Danza in a casino he frequented.
3. I beat at chess a Columbia University Chess Champion 3 times in a row and left undefeated.

Parra, John

John Parra is an award winning illustrator of books for young readers, including Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown, named a NY Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, and Marvelous Cornelius, by Phil Bildner, which won the SCBWI Golden Kite for Picture Book Illustration. Other awards include the ALA Pura Belpré Honors, and The Christophers Award. In 2015 John was invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY to present a special event about his career and illustrations. His art can also be seen at the U.S. Post Office on six Forever Stamps titled: Delicioso. John’s most recent book, Little Libraries, Big Heroes, with author Miranda Paul, was released this Fall that tells the inspiring story of the Little Free Library organization and the community heroes who support it. To learn more visit: https://www.johnparraart.com/

-The New York Times/NY Public Library’s: Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2017.
-The American Library Association’s: Pura Belpré Honors
-The Christopher’s Award
-The Golden Kite Award from The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

3 Fun Facts

1. I play guitar
2. favorite color is green
3. My mom is a retired school teacher who also use to be a Catholic nun.

Raff, Anna

Anna Raffis 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.annaraff.com/

– Starred reviews: Kirkus, Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly.
– Junior Library Guild Selections
– Bank Street Best Book of the Year

3 Fun Facts

1. When I was a kid, I had a robot factory in my basement.
2. I can juggle.
3. Orange is my favorite color, so much so that my kitchen is orange.

Roehrig, Artemis

Artemis Roehrig is the author (with co-author Corinne Demas) of three nonfiction picture books with Cornell Lab/Persnickety Press: Do Doodlebugs Doodle? Amazing Insect Facts, Does A Fiddler Crab Fiddle?, Do Jellyfish Like Peanut Butter? Amazing Sea Creature Facts and two rhyming picture books with Scholastic: Are Pirates Polite? and The Grumpy Pirate (out in June). Artemis is also the author for Storey Publishing’s Tattoos That Teach series. When she isn’t busy with her two kids or finishing her YA manuscript, she works with invasive insects for the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass Amherst. www.artemisroehrig.com

California Reading Association Silver Eureka Award for Do Doodlebugs Doodle? Amazing Insect Facts

3 Fun Facts

1. I have four pet tarantulas.
2. I have been playing the violin since I was four and a half.
3. I didn’t go on an airplane until I was 18.

Rotner, Shelley

Shelley Rotner is the author and photo-illustrator of 50 award-winning children’s books. Her books are mostly about

diversity and the environment. It is her hope that they will lead children and their parents and/or teachers to engage in conversations and inspire observations and curiosity about the world they live in.

Some of her recent books include: Colors, Hello Autumn!, Hello Spring!, Hello Winter!, Hello Autumn, Grow! Raise! Catch! How We Get Our Food, Whose Eye am I?, Families,  Body Actions, and All Kinds of Friends. Coming this year: Shapes and What’s the Weather?  www.shelleyrotner.com

University of Maine Correll Book Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Informational text- Families.-packed with photographs of families of many different sizes, shapes, ages and colors.”
Hello, Spring! Starred Kirkus review
Grow, Raise, Catch!  Subaru nonfiction finalist and Green Earth Book Award.
Garbage Helps our Gardens Grow– Green Earth Book Award-

3 Fun Facts

1. I never went to kindergarten
2. I stand on my head almost every day
3. I’m a photographer because I don’t know how to draw very well.

Sadlowski, Dan

Dan Sadlowski is the author of the newly released children’s book, The Universe Is Rooting for You! An awe-inspiring tale that reminds us to appreciate the natural world around us, connect with nature, and give back. His first book, Finding Brooklyn – And The Next Great Superhero boasts your first original female superhero in a children’s book. This resilient children’s book encourages readers to feel empowered, be different, and believe they have superpowers within. Dan Sadlowski is dedicated to spreading uplifting messages through storytelling, empowering school visits, and inspiring readers everywhere. #gofindingbrooklyn  findingbrooklyn-book.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I love all movies by Laika Studios. One of my favorite characters of all time is Coraline Jones.
2. I spent most all of my time as a child playing basketball. Challenge me to a game of 1 on 1!
3. I love superheroes. Come say hi and tell me who your favorite superheroes are?

Sattler, Jennifer

Jennifer Sattler is the award-winning author and illustrator of many children’s books, including Sylvie , the Chick ‘N’ Pug and Pig Kahuna series, The Jennifer Sattler Board Book series (Dirty Birdies, Jungle Gym, Bundle Up, Oink Oink Moo Cock-a-doodle doo) Bully and One Red Sock. She grew up outside of Philadelphia and then went on to study painting and drawing at the University of New Hampshire, followed by the Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University in Bloomington. In 1996, she won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her books have won The Mockingbird Award for Picture Books and The Georgia Children’s Book Award. Jennifer lives in upstate New York.  www.jennifersattlerbooks.com

3 Fun Facts

1. The person I talk to most all day is not a person at all… it’s my dog Matilda.
2. I wear yellow tinted glasses around the house in winter to trick myself into thinking it’s sunny out.
3. When I dance, I plant my feet and move the rest of my body. My family says I look like a tree.

Sementilli, Isabella

My name is Isabella Sementilli and I am 15 years old. In 5th grade, I was the victim of a bully who pulled out my chair as I went to sit down. I suffered a concussion, fractured tailbone and back and neck injuries. I was diagnosed with a rare and debilitating headache disorder (effects from the concussion). Everyday activities for most people-reading, watching television, using a computer, washing my hair, even chewing are extremely painful for me. Since I could no longer tap dance or play tennis, I learned to knit and bake. I sell my cookies and donate to anti-bullying and brain injury awareness organizations. I wrote The Short Story of One Tough Cookie. A True Story to share my story so that no one else has to go through something like me. I am on home instruction. I live in Niskayuna with my mom Pola, dad Guy, brother Santino, and my chocolate lab Luca.

3 Fun Facts

1. My faith is very important to me and I collect rosary beads.
2. I suffered two concussions and now have a rare and debilitating headache disorder-it’s an invisible injury!
3. I love to knit and crochet!

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 acquired by Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press. She is currently working on its companion novel. For more information, please visit her web site at www.lauriestolarz.com.

My titles have been on the Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers’ list, the Top Ten Teen Picks list, the Texas Taysha’s list, and the Popular Paperbacks list.

3 Fun Facts

1. Despite writing scary books, I scare easily.
2. I love mustard so much that I can eat it on its own, with a spoon. (Don’t judge.)
3. Even though I’ve always loved stories, I was a reluctant reader as a young person.

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. www.hudsontalbott.com

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.

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.

Venkatraman, Padma

Padma Venkatraman is an American author who was born in Chennai, India, the setting of her latest novel THE BRIDGE HOME. She worked as chief scientist on oceanographic ships, and directed a school before becoming an author. THE BRIDGE HOME received 5 starred reviews  (in SLJ, Kirkus, SLC, ALA Booklist and PW), for a total of 17 stars so far, together with her previous 3 novels: A TIME TO DANCE, ISLAND’S END and CLIMBING THE STAIRS. www.padmavenkatraman.com

NYPL Book for the Teen Age, Kirkus BBYA, Booklist BBYA, ALA Notable, ALA/Yalsa BBYA,
Bank Street College of Education Best Book, South Asia Book Award, Julia Ward Howe Boston Authors Club Book Award, Paterson Prize, RI Book of the Year, 2019 Global Read Aloud, Washington Post KidPost Summer Book Club selection, Today Show Summer Read

3 Fun Facts

1. I’ve lived in 5 countries
2. I’ve spent time underwater
3. I’ve explored rain forests

Viau, Nancy

Nancy Viau is the author of Today Is a Beach Day! (April 2020), First Snow (2019 IPPY/Independent Publisher Book Award Winner), City Street Beat, Storm Song, Look What I Can Do! and Pruett and Soo (forthcoming). Her middle-grade novels include Beauty and Bernice (2018 Foreword INDIES finalist), Just One Thing! (2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Gold Award Winner), Samantha Hansen Has Rocks In Her Head, and Something Is Bugging Samantha Hansen. A former teacher and kid-at-heart, she loves to visit schools to share her journey to publication and the writing process. Nancy works as an assistant librarian in New Jersey. Find her on Twitter or Instagram: @NancyViau1 or on: NancyViau.com.

2019 IPPY/Independent Publisher Book Silver Award Winner
2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Finalist
2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Gold Award Winner

3 Fun Facts

1. I hiked up an active volcano in Guatemala and hiked down IN TOTAL DARKNESS.
2. I once tried to break into the principal’s van—he had the EXACT same one and I thought it was mine! When my daughter didn’t spot her toy on the backseat, I realized my mistake and we ran away.
3. For four sunny months out of the year, I work as an assistant librarian, and I sneak away to the beach to read and eat my lunch.

Wenzel, Brendan

Brendan Wenzel is a New York based illustrator, whose work has appeared in picture books, animations and magazines. An ardent conservationist, he is a proud collaborator with many organizations working to ensure the future of wild places and threatened species, especially within South East Asia. He has illustrated several books including Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi, One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom and his 2016 release, They All Saw a Catwww.brendanwenzel.info

3 Fun Facts

1. When I was a kid a pig lived in my house.
2. My parents are also artists
3. I am a big fan of the natural world

Yoon, Salina

Salina Yoon is a Geisel Honor-winning author/illustrator of a dozen picture books and early readers and nearly 200 innovative novelty books, with over 4.5 million books sold worldwide. KIKI AND JAX, THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF FRIENDSHIP, a picture book she co-authored and illustrated with international tidying superstar and bestselling author, Marie Kondo, will be out in November 2019.

Other awards include the Award for Excellence in a Picture Book for FOUND, the New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award for PENGUIN AND PINECONE, Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award for DUCK DUCK PORCUPINE, and many more. You can read more about Salina and her books at: www.salinayoon.com

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!

Young, Brigit

Brigit Young is the author of the middle grade novels Worth a Thousand Words and The Prettiest. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in several literary journals, and for many years she taught writing workshops to kids of all ages. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. www.brigityoung.com

The Italian language translation of Worth a Thousand Words won an Andersen Prize for Books for Kids 12 and Up

Worth a Thousand Words was a Junior Library Guild selection

3 Fun Facts

1. I used to be actress and I met my husband playing boyfriend and girlfriend on an episode of a soap opera!
2. I’m from Michigan, but I’ve lived for about fourteen years in New York City, and yet I’ve never gotten used to it. I still feel like a small town girl in the big city.
3. When I was a kid I wanted to be an orca researcher, and nowadays my dream vacation is to go to Washington and see orcas in action.