Biedrzycki, David

Biedrzycki, David

The moment his brother showed him how to draw a face when he was 4 years old David Biedrzycki has been hooked on drawing ever since. In his early years he created stories for his parents and friends. A commercial artist since 1980 his work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, book covers, billboards and even ice cream boxes. The supermarket is like a gallery of his work.

Now he has now returned to his first love of picture book storytelling. He has illustrated close to 30 books including self-authored and award winning Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective series, Me and My Dragon series and his newest series Breaking News Bear Alert, a Junior Library Guild Selection and winner of book the Illinois Monarch Picture Book Award and the Georgia State Picture Book Award. David travels the world extensively to over 100 schools a year sharing his digital book making process with aspiring young writers, illustrators and readers. www.davidbiedrzycki.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I love to fish but I leave it up to my son to take fish off the hook. I hate touching slimy fish.
2. I have not used paints and brushes in almost 20 years. I do all my art digitally.
3. I met my wife of 36 years in kindergarten.

Bruel, Nick

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. I like licorice.
2. I do not like bleu cheese.
3. I’ve never tried licorice with bleu cheese, and I probably never will.

Berger, Samantha

Berger, Samantha

Samantha is the award-winning author of over 80 books for young readers. In the past, she was also a vice president Nickelodeon and an Editor at Scholastic. Samantha believes in traveling the world, and sharing as many stories as you can along the way. She has said her newest book, What If…, created together with her best friend Mike Curato, is the song of her soul. It is about those who are compelled to create, no matter what, and the unlimited power of imagination. www.samanthaberger.com

Never underestimate what your creative freedom is capable of.

3 Fun Facts

1. Samantha creates art projects very single day to warm-up her brain.
2. The craziest thing she ever drew on was sliced ham.
3. Samantha worked at Nickelodeon for 12 years and LOVES cartoons.

Bildner, Phil

Bildner, Phil

Phil Bildner is the author of numerous children’s picture books including the Margaret Wise Brown Prize winning Marvelous Cornelius, Martina & Chrissie, Twenty-One Elephants, The Soccer Fence, and The Unforgettable Season. He is the author of A Whole New Ballgame, Rookie of the Year, and Tournament of Champions, the first three books in the middle grade Rip & Red series, and he is also the co-creator of The New York Times Bestselling middle grade chapter book serial, Sluggers. A former middle school teacher in the New York City public schools, Phil spends much of the year visiting schools around the country conducting writing workshops and talking process with students. He lives in Newburgh, New York with his husband and dog. www.philbildner.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I’ve been to the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, and the World Series
2. I’ve ran the New York City Marathon twice.
3. I’ve visited 48 of the 50 United States.

Bloom, Suzanne

Bloom, Suzanne

Drawing, painting and making things, reading and writing have always been my stepping stones

I studied at Cooper Union and began collecting picture books. I was an architectural renderer and wooden toy maker .

After my first two books were published, I declared myself an artist; claiming the messiness, devotion and the magpie eye, all in service to the creation of beautiful art that will end up in the hands of children.

18 books later, there are still more ideas and characters to explore. www.suzannebloom.com

3 Fun Facts

1. Stripy socks are my favorite.
2. My summers are planned around reading and weeding.
3. “Lilo and Stitch” makes me cry.

Bennett, Artie

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 continues in 2018 when Artie will publish two fun joke and riddle books, including The Universe’s Greatest Dinosaur Jokes and Pre-Hysteric Puns.

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.

The Show Me Librarian says: “Bennett’s use of rhyme is excellent; his stanzas flow and exude joviality in a manner that few writers since Dr. Seuss have truly mastered. Simply put, these books are a joy.”

Visit ArtieBennett.com …before someone else does!

3 Fun Facts

1. I’ve loved and been fascinated by dinosaurs since boyhood. My favorite plastic dinosaur figurine was that of a Dimetrodon. But it had an unhappy ending when I accidentally left it sitting under my night-light one evening. By morning, it had turned into a shapeless pool of goo.
2. I belong to a Toastmasters club and have delivered speeches on a variety of topics, including the yeti and the joy of soup, as well as a spooky true ghost story.
3. I’ve kept lists since boyhood of all the colorful, eccentric, and remarkable words I’ve encountered. Please don’t ever call me a snollygoster!

Baskin, Nora Raleigh

Baskin, Nora Raleigh

Nora Raleigh Baskin is the author of thirteen novels for young readers and a contributor to two story collections. She has won several awards including the 2010 ALA Schneider Family Book Award for Anything But Typical and a 2016 ILA Notable Books for a Global Society for Ruby on the Outside. Nora has taught creative writing to both children and adults for over fifteen years with such organizations as SCBWI, Gotham Writers Workshop,The Unicorn Writers Conference, the Highlights Foundation, and most recently in Westport at The Fairfield Co. Writer’s Studio. Her latest, Nine/Ten: A 9/11 Story was published this summer, was reviewed in the New York Times and has received starred reviews, from both Kirkus and Publishers Weeklywww.norabaskin.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I play my guitar and sing at the top of my lungs when no one can hear me
2. I have a dog named Eli (Manning) Baskin and a cat named, Kitty. Both are rescues.
3. One of my sons is a hip-hop artist, the other is a writer for Sports Illustrated.

Berne, Jennifer

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. www.jenniferberne.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I lived on a sailboat for 2 years, with my husband and our cat.
2. I love to eat pomegranates.
3. I write my books on paper first. I only use a computer for editing.