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 the author of eight acclaimed novels for YA and middle-grade readers: the current bestseller Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book; These Shallow Graves; Sea Spell; Dark Tide; Rogue Wave; Deep Blue; Revolution; and A Northern Light, winner numerous literary awards including the Britain’s Carnegie Medal and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  She grew up in New York State, in Lewis and Westchester counties, and currently lives in the Hudson Valley. www.jenniferdonnelly.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I wish I had a kangaroo.
2. I live for dark chocolate.
3. I think Hudson, NY is one of the coolest towns on the planet.

Dee, Barbara

Dee, Barbara

Barbara had two books out in 2017–STAR-CROSSED (Goodreads nominee for Best Middle Grade of the Year, 2017 Goodreads Choice Finalist, Cybils nominee, nominated for the 2018 ALA Rainbow List, named one of Chicago Public Library’s Best Books of the Year, King County Library System (which includes Seattle) has named it to their 2017 Best Books of the Year list ), and HALFWAY NORMAL (Junior Library Guild selection, starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, Cybils nominee, YALSA list “Surviving Middle School”). She is the author of six other middle grade novels, including TRUTH OR DARE. Her next novel for middle graders, EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT YOU, publishes on June 19, 2018. A former teacher and lawyer, Barbara lives with her family in Chappaqua, NY, where she is one of the directors of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival.

STAR-CROSSED and HALFWAY NORMAL were named to the 2018 CBC Notable Books list.

Visit her at www.BarbaraDeeBooks.com.

3 Fun Facts

1. Whenever I can’t think what to write, I take my dog Ripley for a walk.
2. My favorite band is Radiohead. I listen to their music every day.
3. My next middle grade novel, EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT YOU (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster), publishes on June 19, 2018.

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 still have my Teddy Bear that I got when I was about three. He lived in a suitcase for long time, so he’s quite flat. His name is Teddy.
2. I have 2,684 picture books on my shelves, alphabetized by illustrator.
3. I still dislike the color orange.

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.