Miller, Daniel Jude

Miller, Daniel Jude

Daniel Jude Miller is the author and illustrator of the children’s picture book series Monsters in Manhattan, as well as Everybody Wake Up, Earclaw and Eddie and the upcoming Halloween Boy and the Christmas Kid. Growing up in Queens, NY and going to college and working in Manhattan for many years inspired him to write and draw all the creatures and goblins he came across on a daily basis. He now lives upstate, far from the clutches of those monsters. www.djudemiller.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I met my wife while working up in the clouds on the 65th floor of the Empire State Building.
2. I have a baseball hat collection, 279 and counting…
3. My middle name is Jude. It’s also the middle name of my brother, two sisters and son. And I donate a dollar from every book to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Magaziner, Lauren

Magaziner, Lauren

Lauren Magaziner is the author of Case Closed: Mystery in the Mansion, Wizardmatch, Pilfer Academy, and The Only Thing Worse Than Witches. She is originally from New Hope, Pennsylvania, and she currently lives in Philadelphia, where she writes full-time. Lauren is also a secret undercover international detective—but don’t blow her cover. You can visit Lauren at www.laurenmagaziner.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I once broke my arm tripping over my shoelace. Tie your shoes!
2. I started writing novels at 13… but it took 11 years of practice before one got published!
3. I wrote the first draft of Case Closed: Mystery in the Mansion in 18 days. But it took about two years of re-writes and revisions before it looked like the final version.

McAnulty, Stacy

McAnulty, Stacy

Stacy McAnulty is a children’s book author, who used to be a mechanical engineer. She’s still better at multiplying than spelling. Stacy is the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Recipient for Excellent Ed. Her debut middle grade novel, The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, hits shelves May 1, 2018. She writes fiction and nonfiction picture books, including Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years and Max Explains Everything: Grocery Store Expert, and the chapter book series Goldie Blox and The Dino Files. Originally from upstate NY, she now lives in Kernersville, NC with her 3 kids, 2 dogs, and 1 husband. www.stacymcanulty.com

3 Fun Facts

1. In fourth grade, I checked out the same book from the library over and over until the librarian put a stop to it. Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.
2. I’ve dug for dinosaur fossils in Wyoming.
3. he playlist on my iPhone is 95% from musicals. I love Broadway.

Mojica, Barbara Ann

Mojica, Barbara Ann

Barbara Ann Mojica, M.A. S.A.S., S.D.A is a historian and retired educator. Her education career spans more than forty years serving as a teacher, special educator, principal, and school district administrator. Barbara writes monthly historical articles for the Columbia Insider under the banner “Passages.” Using the whimsical Little Miss History character to narrate her book series, Barbara hopes to educate, entertain and inspire children to learn about historical people and places. Little Miss History’s antics make reading nonfiction a fun-filled adventure for all ages. She firmly believes, “If you don’t know your history, you don’t know what you’re talking about.”  LittleMissHISTORY.com

The Little Miss HISTORY book series has garnered two dozen awards including B.R.A.G. Medallions, International Book Excellence Awards, International Readers’ Favorite Awards, Eric Hoffer, and Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards.

3 Fun Facts

1. I once got locked inside my elementary school.
2. I nearly got thrown out of the Moscow Circus.
3. I love pistachio ice cream.

Mojica, Victor Ramon

Mojica, Victor Ramon

Illustrator, cartoonist, writer and publisher, Victor has produced comic strips, comic books, coloring books, children’s books, authored websites, written poetry and screenplays. He is mostly self-taught in all these endeavors. “I’ve been writing and drawing since the age of five. I love producing art and stories so much I started my own publishing company in 1992.” www.eugenus.com

The Cecil Hemley Memorial Award for poem “Friend or Foe.”
The BRAG Medallion Award for Captain CROSSBONES in The Treasure Hunt.
Hollywood Book Festival’s Award for Best Graphic Novel eugenus, The Next Step in Human Evolution!

Fun Facts

1. I once broke into my own office after locking myself out.
2. I was mistaken for Tony Danza in a casino he frequented.
3. I beat at chess a Columbia University Chess Champion 3 times in a row and left undefeated.

Maldonado, Torrey

Maldonado, Torrey

Growing up, Torrey hated reading. No. He hated boring books and ones that seemed to hate or dismiss him and where he was from. With school failing him in a neighborhood that LIFE called “1 of the 10 Worst Neighborhoods in the U.S.”, he unplugged so hard from books that he repeated a grade, almost twice. Luckily, he was introduced to NOT boring and culturally responsive books and educators who cared. It inspired him to be a middle school teacher and author. For nearly 20 years, he’s used the formula that hooked him to books. Provide mirror, window, and sliding door books that show readers love, they’ll love books back, and book-lovers will grow. He still teaches in the Brooklyn neighborhood where he was born and raised and uses his students’ & his experiences to write what readers say “don’t feel like books”. Voted a “Top 10 Latino Author” & best Middle Grade & Young Adult novelist for African Americans, NYC’s former and current Chancellor spotlighted him as a top teacher. His writing is praised for its current-feel, realness, & universal themes. www.torreymaldonado.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I had every hairstyle that Michael Jackson had and got to meet him.
2. I’m a super fan of super hero stuff, including comic books, shows, and movies.
3. I actually did the unbelievable thing you’ll read in Tight and Secret Saturdays.

MacCready, Robin Merrow

MacCready, Robin Merrow

Robin Merrow MacCready, is the author of two YA novels, A Lie For A Lie and the Edgar Award Winning, “Buried.” She lives in midcoast Maine where she teaches and writes. Robin lives with her husband, two boys and numerous pets. When she’s not teaching she can be found making art, writing books, and playing outdoors. www.robinmerrowmaccready.com

3 Fun Facts

1. She loves to forage for wild food, especially mushrooms.
2. She lived in Norway for a year.
3. As a teenager she wanted to be a rock and roll singer, but never told anyone.

Minor, Florence

Minor, Florence

Florence lives and works with her husband Wendell in Connecticut. Her love of animals and the natural world are reflected in her books If You Were a Penguin – a Pennsylvania One Book Literacy Program selection, If You Were a Panda Bear – a Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year and How To Be a Bigger Bunny, of which Kirkus said “The soft visual texture is appealing and well befits the gentle narrative with its encouraging message to ‘never give up.’”

Florence and Wendell have been honored with the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) President’s Award for lifetime achievement in arts and letters, and were Honorees of the Boston Public Library’s 27th annual Literary Light, which recognizes outstanding writers from the Northeast for their inspiring work.  Visit Florence at www.minorart.com and Facebook and Twitter.

3 Fun Facts

1. I never say no the chipmunks who beg for peanuts at my front door.
2. My great-nieces look a lot like me, and sometimes people think I’m their mother. I love that!
3. I talk to animals, and the best thing is when they talk back-especially dolphins.

Minor, Wendell

Minor, Wendell

Wendell Minor has illustrated, written and collaborated with many awesome authors. As a nature lover and history buff, Wendell loves sharing those interests with children through more than 60 books he has had published.

His newest books are WILD ORCA: The Oldest Wisest Whale in the World, NIGHT TRAIN, NIGHT TRAIN and THE MAGIC OF LETTERS.

His books have received the Cook Prize, Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Children, Outstanding Science Trade Books, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library selection, Pennsylvania One Book Every Young Child selection, ALA Notable Book, John Burroughs List of Nature Books for Young Readers. Wendell was honored to be named the 2018-2019 Artist Laureate of the Norman Rockwell Museum. Visit Wendell at www.minorart.com

3 Fun Facts

1. My next book, HI, I’M NORMAN, about Norman Rockwell, will be published in October.
2. My favorite bird is the Hummingbird.
3. I love banjo music.