Connor, Leslie

Connor, Leslie

As a kid, Leslie Connor loved to be upside down in odd places such as the middle of the stairway at her family home where she could look out and gain new perspective. She studied visual art at the University of Connecticut and is happily surprised to be writing today. Leslie is the author of several award-winning books for children, including Waiting for Normal, winner of ALA’s Schneider Family Book Award, and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, an E.B. White Read Aloud Honor book. She lives with her husband and rescue dogs in a little house in the Connecticut woods. www.leslieconnor.com

3 Fun Facts

1. Dogs are always welcome at my house.
2. My two most important writing tools are listening and daydreaming.
3. I caught and released forty mice from our screen porch last summer.

Castle, Jennifer

Castle, Jennifer

Jennifer Castle is the author of ten books for children and teens. Her YA novels include The Beginning of After, You Look Different in Real Life, What Happens Now, and Together at Midnight. Her four-book middle grade fantasy series is Butterfly Wishes. She’s also the co-author of two non-fiction books, Friends and Frenemies: The Good, the Bad, and the Awkward and Famous Friends: Best Buds, Rocky Relationships, and Awesomely Odd Couples from Past to Present. She lives in New Paltz, NY with her husband, two daughters, and two cats/writing assistants. www.jennifercastle.com

3 Fun Facts

1. BUTTERFLY WISHES was inspired by my daughters, the mysterious woods behind our house, and my fascination with butterflies.
2. I’m a Ravenclaw.
3. My favorite book of all time is A SWIFTLY TILTING PLANET by Madeleine L’Engle.

Curato, Mike

Curato, Mike

Mike is the author and illustrator of everyone’s favorite polka-dotted elephant, Little Elliot. His debut title, Little Elliot, Big City, released in 2014 to critical acclaim and has won several awards. Other titles in the series include Little Elliot, Big Family; Little Elliot, Big Fun; and Little Elliot, Fall Friends. Mike also illustrated Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian and All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle. His newest book, What If…, was written by his best friend, Samantha Berger! It’s all about being creative no matter what, something Samantha and Mike know a lot about! www.mikecurato.com

3 Fun Facts

1. Mike loves drawing and writing almost as much as he loves cupcakes and ice cream (and that’s a LOT!).
2. Mike’s Little Elliot books have been translated into 13 languages!
3. Mike has a dog named Princess Leia. She’s his only hope!

Crews, Nina

Crews, Nina

Nina Crews has written and illustrated many energetic stories for young children including One Hot Summer Day, The Neighborhood Mother Goose and Below. She uses photographs and photo collages to create distinctive illustrations. Her work has been recognized by the ALA Notable Committee, Cooperative Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild, and Bank Street College of Education. Her latest book is Seeing Into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son. www.ninacrews.com

3 Fun Facts

1. Loves running, yoga and watching her son play soccer.
2. Has a cat is named White Sox, with four white paws.
3. Has too many books at home, which is a great problem to have!

Clark, Marc

Clark, Marc

Marc Clark’s first book, The Princess Fables, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and has won several awards, including Best Children’s Book at both the 2014 Great Midwest and Beach Book Festivals.

The Royal Fables, his second book, was an Amazon #1 New Release and was Runner Up, Best Children’s Book at the 2015 Paris Book Festival. All proceeds from the book fund pediatric cancer research at the Texas Children’s Hospital.

He is currently at work on his new fairytale/cookbook, The Picky Princess, with noted nutrition expert, food journalist, TV personality, and author, Carolyn O’Neil MS, RD. www.thefableskingdom.com

3 Fun Facts

1. Produced the HBO Family Series, 30 X 30 Kid Flicks
2. Created Jerry Seinfeld’s 50th Birthday Video for his party at the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center
3. My initials spell my first name: Marc Angelo Robert Clark

Crowl, M. Tara

Crowl, M. Tara

M. Tara Crowl is the author of EDEN’S WISH and EDEN’S ESCAPE, released by Disney-Hyperion in 2015 and 2016. She has loved reading and writing stories since she was a kid growing up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She studied Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and worked in Hollywood after graduation, but then moved to Sydney, Australia for a Master’s program in writing at Macquarie University. She now lives with her husband between New York City and their farm in the northern Catskills. www.mtaracrowl.com

3 Fun Facts

1. The M. in my name stands for my first name, Meagan.
2. I’m also a farmer. My husband and I have a farm where we raise cattle.
3. My sister is a librarian in Atlanta.

Castrovilla, Selene

Castrovilla, Selene

Selene Castrovilla is the award-winning author of eight books, including four picture books about the American Revolution. Her forthcoming book, Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold, reveals the sinister story that took place in the Hudson Valley: Arnold’s treason! Her previous books include Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette and By the Sword. Selene visits with students across the country in-person and virtually, talking about the humanity in American history. She lives on Long Island with her two sons and their rescue cats. Visit www.SeleneCastrovilla.com.

3 Fun Facts

1. I love the color purple. I have a purple computer, a purple car and even a purple house!
2. I had no idea I would write about the American Revolution when I was a kid. I thought it was so boring — especially George Washington and his wooden teeth! It took me by surprise when I found out all the amazing things he did, and he became my hero.
3. My sons and I rescue cats! We have six cats right now, plus we feed a lot more every day.

Collier, Bryan

Collier, Bryan

In 1989, Bryan Collier received a B.F.A from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He then became the assistant director then director of a self- taught painting studio for children called the Harlem Horizon Art Studio located at the Harlem Hospital Center, NYC.

After a seven year persuit to make children’s books,Collier published, “Uptown” in which he both wrote and illustrated and won the coretta Scott King Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Award. Bryan Collier went on to win four Caldecott Honors for, Martin’s Big Words, Rosa, Dave the Potter, and Tromebone Shorty as well as winning nine CSK Awards and Honors for such books as Visiting Langston, Freedom River, Rosa, Martin;’s Big Words’ Knock, Knock, Uptown, I, too,am America, Dave the Potter and Tromebone Shorty. In 2014, Bryan Collier was the U.S nominee for the Hans Christian Anderson Award. www.bryancollier.com

Calkhoven, Laurie

Calkhoven, Laurie

Laurie Calkhoven has always loved books and reading. When she was little, she wanted to live at the library. Later she decided to become one of the people who created the books on the shelves. Laurie has written historical novels (the Boys of Wartime series) and many works of nonfiction. She loves reading and writing about ordinary people (both fictional and real) who have the strength and the talent to be extraordinary. That’s especially true of the people featured in the You Should Meet series. She lives in New York City and can frequently be found at the library. www.lauriecalkhoven.com

3 Fun Facts

1. My birthday is the same at Harry Potter’s.
2. I’m gone white water rafting in the Grand Canyon.
3. My favorite dessert is blueberry pie.

Chandler, Matt

Chandler, Matt

Matt Chandler is an award-winning children’s book author from Buffalo, New York. He is a former newspaper editor, freelance magazine writer and the author of 22 books. He regularly visits elementary schools for author visits to share his experiences as a writer with students. He writes primarily non-fiction books including many titles on sports and four books about ghosts and haunted places! www.mattchandlerwriting.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I wrote my first book when I was six-years-old!
2. I once had a job dressing up as Clifford the Big Red Dog for bookstore events.
3. I am terrified of eating Zucchini . . . REALLY terrified.