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.

Parra, John

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.

Jackson, Tiffany D.

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.

Venkatraman, Padma

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

Laiz, Jana

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, Sharee

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.

Dyckman, Ame

Dyckman, Ame

Ame Dyckman is the goofy l’il award-winning picture book/board book author of BOY + BOT; TEA PARTY RULES; WOLFIE THE BUNNY; HORRIBLE BEAR!; YOU DON’T WANT A UNICORN!; READ THE BOOK, LEMMINGS!; MISUNDERSTOOD SHARK; MISUNDERSTOOD SHARK: FRIENDS DON’T EAT FRIENDS; DANDY; the WEE BEASTIES board book series (HUGGY THE PYTHON HUGS TOO HARD; ROARY THE LION ROARS TOO LOUD; TOUCHY THE OCTOPUS TOUCHES EVERYTHING); and Ame’s latest picture book, THAT’S LIFE! Come by and say, “HI!” www.amedyckman.com

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
Etc.

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!)

Albee, Sarah

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.

Collins, Leroy

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