Leslie Bulion creates award-winning science poetry steeped in hands-on learning experiences, field observations, research, humor and imagery in a variety of poetic forms. Her illustrated collections invite readers on multi-layered science adventures exploring birds, insects, entire ecosystems, and even human anatomy. Leslie’s graduate science background and her years as a school social worker inform both her poetry and her science-infused novels for young readers. Check out her newest funny science poetry collection, AMPHIBIAN ACROBATS (Peachtree March 2020)! www.lesliebulion.com
NCTE Notable Poetry, NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, Bank Street College Best Books, Parents’ Choice Awards, AAAS Outstanding Science Book
3 Fun Facts
1. The first critter I ever saw while scuba diving was a common mudpuppy (a large, freshwater aquatic salamander—an amphibian) in the depths of freezing cold Cayuga Lake, Ithaca, NY.
2. My parents were teachers who also worked as summer camp counselors, so I started summer camp when I was three years old. My favorite camp was just about an hour south of Hudson, in Beacon, NY.
3. On April Fool’s Day, 2019, a raccoon unhooked one of my bird feeders and hung it back up upside-down. Good one, Ranger Rick!
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.
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.
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 Betsy, Martina & Chrissie, Twenty-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 Ballgame, Rookie of the Year, Tournament 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.
Living in the middle of nowhere but only a jet ride away from Ireland or China means i can be both worldly and a stick in the mud. Travel is inspiring but so is a trip to the grocery store. My art school days at Cooper Union equipped me well for becoming an illustrator and author. Raising two sons was a different sort of education and now two baby grands have filled up my cre- ative bucket with motivation and delight. I’m twenty books in and ready to create more, keeping in mind this assessment from a third grader in Texas: “Ma’am, you were born to draw.” www.suzannebloom.com
Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor ALA Honor
Texas 2×2 (twice)
PA One Book
For Every Young Child (twice)
I JUST LIKE YOU has been nomi- nated for the 2019-2020 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award.
3 Fun Facts
1. Gray skies, blueberry pies and picture books are a few of my favorite things.
2. If they gave awards for procrastination I’d get first prize – or maybe last. How does that work?
3. A rambunctious book fest followed by some quiet studio time is my idea of balance. Also pie and coffee.
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 Poopendous!
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.
Nora Raleigh Baskin, a 2001 Publisher’s Weekly FLYING START, is the author of thirteen novels for young adults and a contributor to several short story collections. Her personal narrative essays have appeared in WRITER MAGAZINE, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, and NCTE Voices From the Middle. Her books have won several awards, including the 2010 American Library Association Schneider Family Book Award for Anything But Typical (S&S), and in 2016, an International Literacy Association Notable Books for a Global Society for Ruby on the Outside (S&S). Ms. Baskin has taught creative writing classes and workshops around the country for over twenty years in such places as Gotham Writers Workshop, Fairfield Co. Writers Studio, Manhattanville College, and S.U.N.Y Purchase. Her newest middle-grade novel Finding Joy, a collaborative two-voice project will be published Spring, 2020 (Knopf). www.norabaskin.com
3 Fun Facts
1. Nora has recently become addicted to elaborate wooden jig saw puzzles.
2. She works with incarcerated moms, and their children on the outside, bringing them together through books.
3. Loves her dog Eli more than she could ever describe.
Jennifer Berne is the award-winning author of ON A BEAM OF LIGHT: A Story ofAlbert Einsteinand 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
ON A BEAM OF LIGHT AWARDS: 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.