Kimmelman, Leslie

Kimmelman, Leslie

Leslie Kimmelman is the author of several dozen popular and prize-winning picture books for children, including We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3!; Write On, Irving Berlin; Here Come the Helpers!; and Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic. She is also an editor at Sesame Workshop. She lives in New York with her family. www.lesliekimmelman.net

3 Fun Facts

1. I’ve been an editor at Sesame Workshop for over 20 years, so yes, I know the way to Sesame Street.
2. If I weren’t a writer, I’d be a wildlife photographer.
3. To any question, the correct answer—in my opinion—is “good-quality chocolate.”

Kelly, David A.

Kelly, David A.

David A. Kelly is the author of the Ballpark Mysteries and MVP sports series from Random House. The Ballpark Mysteries chapter books features cousins Kate and Mike, who solve mysteries at different major league ballparks. Mr. Kelly is also the author of the early reader, Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse and the picture book Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and Secret Mud that Changed Baseball. He has written about travel and technology for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and many other publications. He can be found at www.davidakellybooks.com.

3 Fun Facts

1. I once met home run king Hank Aaron.
2. I get to go to baseball parks and watch games as part of my job!
3. I was a terrible baseball player!

Kowitt, Holly

Kowitt, Holly

Holly Kowitt has written and/or illustrated over 50 titles for young readers, and has sold over five million books. Her hit series for Scholastic, The Loser List, won many awards, and was translated into twelve languages. In her latest series, The Principal’s Underwear is Missing, she continues the same funny, reader-friendly, cartoon-stuffed style of storytelling. www.kowittbooks.com

She lives in New York City, where she enjoys cycling, theatre, and swing-dancing.

3 Fun Facts

1. My husband is a Broadway actor
2. I live in New York City where I like to read, cycle and go to flea markets
3. My book was inspired by a British book series about an aristocratic party boy and his very smart butler

Katz, Alan

Katz, Alan

Alan has written 35 highly acclaimed children’s books, including Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs, Don’t Say That Word!, and the award-winning poetry book OOPS! His newest book, just in time for Father’s Day, is If I Didn’t Have You. www.alankatzbooks.com

Alan is a six-time Emmy-nominated writer for TV series including:
The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Taz-Mania, Pinkalicious and Peterrific, The Grammy Awards and Tony Awards, various Nickelodeon shows, network specials and game shows. He has also created comic books, trading card sets, web videos, TV commercials and hundreds of other special projects for kids and their parents.

3 Fun Facts

1. Alan’s favorite food is cantaloupe
2. Alan has never had a cup of tea
3. Most nights, Alan sleeps in a bright orange shirt

Knowles, Jo

Knowles, Jo

Jo Knowles is the author of Still a Work In Progress, Read Between The Lines, Living With Jackie Chan, See You At Harry’s, Pearl, Jumping Off Swings, and Lessons from a Dead Girl. Jo’s awards include a New York Times Editor’s Choice and Notable Book, the PEN New England Children’s Book Discovery Award, an American Library Association Notable, Bank Street College’s Best Books for Children (Outstanding Merit), and YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. Jo’s books have also appeared on numerous state award lists. Jo lives in Vermont with her husband and son. www.joknowles.com

3 Fun Facts

1. My cat has his own blog called “Things We Put On Fred
2. I once served coffee to J.D. Salinger
3. I am a Hostess Snack Cake connoisseur.