Muntean, Michaela

Muntean, Michaela

Michaela Muntean has written dozens of books including many for Sesame Street, the Muppets, and Little Golden Books. Two of her most recent books include Do Not Open this Book! and Do Not EVER be a Babysitter! Both feature an incredibly crabby (but funny) Pig. She is also the author of Stay, a true story about a circus performer who rescued ten dogs no one else wanted and trained them to perform in a circus act. She lives in Ghent, New York, with her husband, author Nik Cohn, and their rescue dogs, Beau and Tess.

Keystone to Reading Book Award
Grand Canyon Reader Award
Charter Oak Children’s Book Award
Bank Street CBC Best Children’s Books of the Year

3 Fun Facts

1. I wish I could sing, but I can’t. In fact, a music teacher once asked if I could just “mouth the words” so that those around me wouldn’t be thrown off key.
2. I might stink as a singer, but I am excellent at mini-golf.
3. I went to welding school. So, if you ever need something welded, I could do it for you.

Yum, Hyewon

Yum, Hyewon

Hyewon Yum is an author and illustrator of many picture books, including Saturday Is Swimming Day, which won a Charlotte Zolotow Honor. She has two sons who hate haircuts. She also doesn’t like haircuts, but she’s never told her kids that. She lives in Brooklyn with her roaring family.

3 Fun Facts

1. Doesn’t like getting a haircut
2. Was pooped by birds, TWICE!
3. Bad at grammar(her son told her)

Macris, Amy

Macris, Amy

Author Illustrator Amy Macris began her career as a kindergarten teacher more than thirty years ago. She holds a Masters degree in Early Childhood Development. She is thrilled to bring these tender and true stories to children everywhere.  At age six Amy dreamed of becoming a teacher, an artist, a children’s book author and of living on a farm.  She doesn’t live on a farm yet, but who knows what the future holds. amydeweerd.wixsite.com/mysite

3 Fun Facts

1. Amy has been drawing and writing stories since she was six years old.
2. Amy loves to read to small children.
3. Amy makes a huge mess when she is writing and painting!

Reidy, Jean

Reidy, Jean

Jean Reidy’s fun, best-selling and award-winning picture books have earned their spots as favorites among readers and listeners of all ages and from all over the world.  She loves writing, but she loves chatting with her readers even more. That’s why she’s a frequent presenter on writing and reading and at schools and storytimes across the country. Jean writes from her home in Colorado where she lives just across the street from her neighborhood library … which she visits nearly every day. To learn more about Jean and her books, please visit https://jeanreidy.com

3 Fun Facts

1.I’ve never had a tortoise, but I have resided with an assortment of not-so-well-behaved turtles, parakeets, lizards, goldfish, hamsters and even one feisty, fire-bellied toad.
2. My favorite food is crunchy peanut butter … right off the spoon.
3. I’m a fan of football, train trips and tall, tall mountains.

Wiklinski, Stanley E.

Wiklinski, Stanley E.

Stanley E. Wiklinski has an MFA from the Yale University, School of Drama. Following graduation, he acted on Broadway, regional theatre and television.  He is a member of the Naval Academy Class of 1958, a retired U.S. Navy Commander, and a retired New Jersey Commissioner of Maritime Pilotage.  He is married, with four children, and five grandchildren, residing with his wife in New Jersey.

3 Fun Facts

1. Retired U.S. Naval Officer.
2. Graduate of Yale University School of Drama, with Henry Winkler. Former Broadway and television actor.
3. Retired N.J. Commissioner of Maritime Pilotage.

Sibson, Laura

Sibson, Laura

After a career in undergraduate counseling, Laura Sibson pursued an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing in a local coffee shop, you can find her running the neighborhood streets or hiking with her dog. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their two sons. The Art of Breaking Things is her debut novel. www.laurasibson.com

3 Fun Facts

1. When I was sorted as a Gryffindor, I wasn’t sure how to feel. I thought for sure I’d be a Hufflepuff, but my sons were like: You’re *so* Gryffindor.
2. I am a “pantser” who wants to be a “plotter.” Please, Plotters, tell me how to mend my wicked ways!
3. I crave the outdoors. I will write on my back deck, weather-permitting. And I always work out plot problems when walking my dog in the woods behind my house.

Gavigan, Jenna

Gavigan, Jenna

Jenna Gavigan grew up dreaming of Broadway. As a teenager, she made her Broadway debut in Gypsy, opposite Bernadette Peters. Since then, she’s appeared in a handful of films, on a gaggle of television shows, and on stages east and west. A fourth generation New Yorker, Jenna holds a BA in creative writing from Columbia University, where she focused on fiction, television, and screenwriting. She is the author of Lulu the Broadway Mouse, and Lulu the Broadway Mouse: The Show Must Go On. Like Lulu, Jenna loves cheese, regularly quotes musicals, and continues to dream of Broadway. Visit her online at iamjennagavigan.com or on Twitter and Instagram @Jenna_Gavigan www.iamjennagavigan.com

The audiobook of Lulu the Broadway Mouse is Parents Choice Recommended!

3 Fun Facts

1. I was eleven when I first auditioned for a Broadway show, and I made my debut at sixteen in Gypsy at the Shubert Theatre. It was worth the work and the wait.
2. I went to regular school during the day while performing on Broadway at night.
3. As a kid, I never planned on becoming an author. But I’m thrilled it happened!

Viau, Nancy

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.

Young, Brigit

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.

Miller, Kayla

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.