Corrigan, Caroline

Corrigan, Caroline

Caroline Corrigan is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. She works out of her home studio in Upstate New York, where she lives with her husband, and three young children. Her favorite color is blue and her favorite museum is Musée d’Orsay. http://www.carolinecorrigan.com/

3 Fun Facts

1. The author and illustrator are friends who decided to make a book about the artists they loved one day.
2. Melanie studied women and art in college while raising her son, Julian, so this book is a culmination of those two experiences.
3. Caroline is an amazing illustrator, artist, and graphic designer whose visual signature can be seen all over upstate New York.

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

Connor, Leslie

Connor, Leslie

Leslie Connor is the author of the middle grade novels, CrunchWaiting for Normal, winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award, All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, a finalist for the E.B. White Read Aloud Award, and The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, a National Book Award finalist and winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award. Leslie has a new title for 2020, A Home for Goddesses and Dogs. She lives with her husband and three rescue dogs in a little house in the Connecticut woods. www.leslieconnor.com

Finalist for the National Book Award
Two-time winner of the ALA Schneider Family Book Award.

3 Fun Facts

1. I’m surprised that I’m a writer.
2. I eat weird things like peanut butter and pickle sandwiches.
3. I love being upside down.

Castle, Jennifer

Castle, Jennifer

Jennifer Castle grew up writing stories in her head on long school bus rides and was constantly looking for ways to turn her ideas into reality. Eventually, one of her “big ideas” became a published novel, and since then she has written twelve books for kids and teens, including Butterfly Wishes series, Together at Midnight, and Famous Friends. Jennifer lives in New Paltz with her husband, two daughters, and two striped cats, who also work part-time as her writing assistants. www.jennifercastle.com

3 Fun Facts

1. Blaire Wilson, American Girl’s Girl of the Year 2019, and I share two things in common: we both live in the Hudson Valley and we both have food sensitivities.
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 Curato is the author and illustrator of picture books including the award winning Little Elliot series and Where Is Bina Bear?, and Flamer, his debut young adult graphic novel, which was awarded the 2020 Lambda Literary Award and the 2021 Massachusetts Book Award. He also illustrated All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle, Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian, The Power of One by Trudy Ludwig, and What If… and The Sharey Godmother, both written by Samantha Berger. His new book, What Are You?, by Christian Trimmer, will be available for purchase at the festival before its release!  www.mikecurato.com

Awards/Honors
2020 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Young Adult (Flamer)
2021 Massachusetts Book Award for Middle Grade/Young Adult (Flamer)
2021 SCBWI Golden Kite Award Honor Illustrated Book for Older Readers (Flamer)
2014 Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Founder’s Award (Little Elliot, Big City)
2015 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor (Little Elliot, Big City)

3 Fun Facts

1. Mike loves singing karaoke
2. He has a very cute dog named Leia
3. Mike was born and raised in the Hudson Valley

Crews, Nina

Crews, Nina

Nina Crews is a children’s book author and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. She uses digital collage and photography to create energetic affirming books in many genres. Nina’s love of poetry has inspired several books including A Girl Like Me, written by Angela Johnson, Seeing Into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright, a collection of Wright’s haiku poems, and The Neighborhood Mother Goose, a collection of classic nursery rhymes. She has created simple stories of childhood like One Hot Summer Day and I’m Not Small. Her newest book, Not Done Yet: Shirley Chisholm’s Fight for Change was written by Tameka Fryer Brown and is a non-fiction celebration of this amazing woman. www.ninacrews.com

NOT DONE YET: Starred review Kirkus Reviews
I’M NOT SMALL: The Horn Book Summer Reading selection, starred reviews Horn Book and Booklist
A GIRL LIKE ME: Horn Book Fanfare 2020, CCBC Choices 2021, Junior Library Guild Selection, Black Caucus of the ALA for the 2020 Best of the Best Booklist, New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2020, Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2020, 2021 Rise: A Feminist Book Project List
SEEING INTO TOMORROW: NCTE Notable Poetry Books for 2019, CCBC Choices 2019, Junior Library Guild Selection, School Library Journal Best Books of 2018, New York Public Library 100 Best Books For Kids 2018
THE NEIGHBORHOOD MOTHER GOOSE: ALA Notable Book 2005, New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2004, CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Council) Choice 2004

3 Fun Facts

1. Creating children’s books is the family business. My parents, Donald Crews and Ann Jonas Crews, have written and illustrated numerous award-winning books.
2. When I started my publishing career, my day job was freelance work for animation studios and I once assisted, Nick Park, the creator of Shaun the Sheep.
3. I love learning about new things. I now know more about soccer than I ever imagined. It is my fifteen-year-old son’s favorite sport.

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

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