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!)

Demas, Corinne

Demas, Corinne

Corinne Demas  is the award-winning author of thirty-four  books including numerous picture books (Saying Goodbye to Lulu, The Littlest Matryoshka, The Disappearing Island, Pirates Go to School ), YA novels (Returning to Shore),  and books for adults.  She is the co-author, with her daughter Artemis Roehrig, of Are Pirates Polite?Do Doodlebugs Doodle? Amazing Insect Facts, and Does a Fiddler Crab Fiddle?, and the forthcoming The Grumpy Pirate  and Do Jellyfish Like Peanut Butter? Amazing Sea Creature Facts. She is a professor at Mount Holyoke College and lives in Western Massachusetts and on Cape Cod. www.corinnedemas.com

Two National Endowment of the Arts Awards, Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award for Saying Goodbye to Lulu. Finalist, Massachusetts Book Award for The Disappearing Island. California Reading Association Silver Eureka Award for Do Doodlebugs Doodle?

3 Fun Facts

1. I have two miniature donkeys.
2. I babysat for my daughter’s tarantula when she went away to college.
3. My favorite color is purple.

McCarthy, Deirdre

McCarthy, Deirdre

Deirdre McCarthy has earned a Master of Science in Education, with distinction. In addition, she has earned a certification, Certified Financial Education Instructor, through the National Educator’s Council. Currently, Deirdre is a teacher in the Hudson Junior High School. In addition, she has a financial literacy company for children, Counting with Common Cents. In her free time, Deirdre loves spending time with her family and dog. www.countingwithcommoncents.com

3 Fun Facts

1. In sixth grade, I modeled for a book cover that Diane de Groat created.
2. I am a teacher in the Hudson City School District.
3. I love spending my free time with my family and dog.

Durst, Sarah Beth

Durst, Sarah Beth

Sarah Beth Durst is the award-winning author of eleven fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults, including Drink Slay Love, the basis for the upcoming TV movie of the same name, airing on Lifetime in 2017. Her next book for kids, Journey Across the Hidden Islands, comes out in April 2017 from HMH/Clarion Books, and her first picture book, Roar and Sparkles Go to School, comes out in June 2017 from Running Press Kids. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband, her children, and her ill-mannered cat. For more information, visit her at sarahbethdurst.com. www.sarahbethdurst.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 10 years old. (Before that, I wanted to be Wonder Woman.)
2. I love pizza, hot chocolate, and Raisinets
3. I’m afraid of skunks and Frisbees

Donnelly, Jennifer

Donnelly, Jennifer

Jennifer Donnelly is an award-winning, bestselling author who writes for middle-graders, young adults and grown-ups. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, daughter and their two chiweenies. www.jenniferdonnelly.com

3 Fun Facts

1. Halloween in my favorite holiday.
2. Vultures are my favorite birds.
3. Bats are my favorite animals.

Dee, Barbara

Dee, Barbara

Barbara Dee is the author of ten middle grade novels, including 2019’s Maybe He Just Likes You, the first middle school #MeToo story. Everything I Know About You is one of the 2019 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year, and included on A Mighty Girl’s Best of 2018.  Halfway Normal (2017)  appears on state lists in Pennsylvania, Missouri, South Carolina, Maryland and Vermont. Star-Crossed (2017) is an ALA Rainbow List Top Ten, a 2018 Goodreads Choice Finalist, and on many Best of 2017 lists. Barbara’s next book, My Life in the Fish Tank, will be published Fall 2020.

State reading lists in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Maryland, Vermont, South Carolina;2018 ALA Rainbow List Top Ten; Goodreads Choice Finalist; Best Books of 2017 Lists for Public Library Systems in Chicago, King County (Seattle) and Cleveland Heights/University Heights, Ohio; 2018 Texas Lone star Annotated Reading List; CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2018;CCBC Choices 2018; 2018 ILA Young Adult Choices Reading List; Bank Street Best Books of the Year 2019; A Mighty Girl’s Best Books of 2018; Starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and School Library Journal. Visit her at www.BarbaraDeeBooks.com.

3 Fun Facts

1. My favorite band is Radiohead. I’ve seen them perform live in seven cities…so far.
2. I love baseball in general, the NY Yankees in particular (though I grew up a Mets fan).
3. Whenever I have writer’s block, I walk my rescue hound dog, Ripley.

Davis, Jacky

Davis, Jacky

Jacky and David, are the creators of the New York Time’s Best-Selling LADYBUG GIRL series. They live with their two children and rescue dog in Rosendale, NY. www.ladybuggirl.com

3 Fun Facts

1.Our dog, Pico, is a very messy drinker.
2. Ladybug Girl is based on our daughter who is now 16, and Bumblebee Boy is based on our 14 year old son.
3. If you ask David he’ll share his trade secret- of how to draw a tutu.

Devine, Eric

Devine, Eric

Eric Devine is the author of multiple works of Young Adult fiction, most recently, Look Past. He is also a veteran high school English teacher who spends as much time teaching as he does completing field research for his novels. His work has been listed by YALSA and Booklist for reluctant readers and for Best in Sports. He is married to his high school sweetheart, and his wife and he have two wonderful daughters and two not-so-wonderful Labradors. Find out more at ericdevine.org, facebook.com/ericdevineauthor, or Twitter: @eric_devine  www.ericdevine.org

3 Fun Facts

1. I have a dog named after Miley Cyrus
2. I cannot live without coffee
3. I have been mistaken for G-Eazy

deGroat, Diane

deGroat, Diane

Diane deGroat has been illustrating children’s books since 1972, with over 150 books to her credit. She has done artwork for many well-known authors, including Eve Bunting, Lois Lowry, and the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. Since1995, she has been writing and illustrating her own stories. Her picture books about Gilbert the opossum include Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink, a New York Times Best Seller, and Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet. Eleven additional books are in this series, which has won three state children’s choice awards. In 2009, a spin-off series of I Can Read books (HarperCollins) debuted, offering beginner readers their own stories to read about Gilbert and his friends. Ms. deGroat resides in Amherst, MA. www.dianedegroat.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I can write with both hands.
2. I can also write in mirror image.
3. The hardest thing for me to draw is feet. But I can write the word TEEF in mirror image.

Degen, Bruce

Degen, Bruce

Bruce Degen is the co-creator of The Magic School Bus Series with Joanna Cole.

Bruce Degen is also well known for his own books, such as Jamberry, Daddy Is A Doodlebug, and Sailaway Home, I Gotta Draw, and I Said ‘Bed’ which he wrote and illustrated, and for illustrating series such as Commander Toad in Space, written by Jane Yolen, and the Jesse Bear Series written by Nancy White Carlstrom.

Bruce Degen was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1945.  He used to live in Brooklyn, and now he lives in an old farmhouse in Connecticut.  You can take the boy out of Brooklyn, but you can never cure that accent.

3 Fun Facts

1. I was the Skelley Champ of Tapscott Street

2. Skelley is a game played on a court that you draw on the sidewalk with white chalk. The playing pieces are made from used bottle caps by melting old pieces of crayola crayons with a candle to weight the piece and to mark your color.  You shoot the pieces with your fingers and try to get through all the numbers without landing in the box with the skull.

3.  I lie about being the Skelley Champ, the Stoopball Champ, and the Boxball Champ of Tapscott Street.  My cousin, David, was much better than me.  And he was 2 years younger.  And he lived next door.