Roy, Jennifer

Roy, Jennifer

Jennifer Roy is an award-winning, bestselling author or many books including Yellow Star, the Trading Faces series with Julia DeVillers, Jars of Hope, Mindblind, and her newest book Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein, inspired by the true story of a boy growing up in Iraq during the first Gulf War. Ms. Roy’s books have won numberous honors including the Boston Globe. She lives near Albany, NY and loves to read. www.jenniferroy.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I have an identical twin sister Julia DeVillers, who is also an author.
2. I spent childhood summers on my grandparents’ farm in Copake, Columbia County.
3. I have a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix and a rescue cat.

Raff, Anna

Raff, Anna

Anna Raff is an award-winning illustrator of several books for children. Before her career as an illustrator, Anna was a designer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and several children’s book publishers in New York City. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, and lives in New York City, where there are reportedly four rats per human resident. www.annaraff.com/

3 Fun Facts

1. Once I drew a bird every day for a year.
2. I use to play baseball, and I was pretty good at it.
3. I love pie!

Reynolds, Jason

Reynolds, Jason

New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds is the author of the critically acclaimed When I Was the Greatest. He is a National Book Award Finalist, a Kirkus Prize winner, a Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. His work includes the recently published Long Way Down and Miles Morales: Spider Man , as well as, The Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave As You , the first two books in the Track series, Ghost and Patina . He is on faculty at Lesley University, for the Writing for Young People MFA Program. www.jasonwritesbooks.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I know how to crochet…REALLY well.
2. I have thirteen tattoos.
3. My last haircut was 14 years ago.

Rogers, Jacqueline

Rogers, Jacqueline

Jacqueline Rogers has been illustrating picture books for over 30 years. She is the most recent illustrator of the Beverly Cleary backlist, including the Ramona series. She also illustrated “Our Great Big Backyard” written by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, and the “LIttle Ree” books written by Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. She has a new author illustrated book coming out in 2019, “Goblin Moon” will be released on July 23, 2019. www.jacquelinerogers.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I love to make all kinds of art, including pottery, sculpture,and mosaics, as well as painting and drawing.
2. Monsters are my favorite things to draw.
3. Ramona and Beezus are exactly like my daughters.

Ransome, James

Ransome, James

James Ransome has illustrated over sixty picture books including Uncle Jed’s Barbershop, Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, Satchel Paige, This is the Rope, and Before She Was Harriet. He is also the author and illustrator of three titles, New Red Bike, Gunner and My Teacher. James received his BFA from Pratt Institute in New York and is the winner of numerous awards for his illustrations including the Coretta Scott King, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor and NAACP Image awards. In 2018, he was awarded the Coretta Scott King Honor for Before she Was Harriet, written by his wife, author Lesa Cline-Ransome.

His work is part of both private and public children’s book art collections and his commissioned murals are featured in the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati. The Metro-North Railroad selected James to illustrate a poster for the New York City Subway system. James is a Professor and coordinator of the MFA Illustration Graduate Program at Syracuse University and lives in New York’s Hudson River Valley region with his family. www.jamesransome.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I used to be a hip hop dj.
2. I am a hot dog connoisseur.
3. I am an avid chess player.

Raschka, Chris

Raschka, Chris

Chris Raschka has made more than sixty books for children, including Yo! Yes?, Five for a Little One, and A Ball for Daisy. His work has earned one Caldecott Honor and two Caldecott Awards, the Ezra Jack Keats Award and has been selected five times for the New York Times Best Illustrated Books List. He lives in New York City.

3 Fun Facts

1. Wednesday is oatmeal day at our house.
2. The names of my last four cats have all begun with the letter A.
3. I once gave private art instruction

Rotner, Shelley

Rotner, Shelley

Shelley Rotner is the author and photo-illustrator of 50 award-winning children’s books. Her books are mostly about diversity and the environment. It is her hope that they will lead children and their parents to engage in conversations about the world they live in.

Her most recent books include, Hello, Spring!, Grow! Raise! Catch! How We Get Our Food, Whose Eye am I?,Families, Body Actions, Body Bones, I like the Farm, Homer, and, All Kinds of Friends. Rotner is also a noted free-lance photojournalist, whose work has appeared in Time Magazine, National Geographic’s World Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Outside Magazine, Food and Wine, GoNomad Travel and numerous others.

She has traveled extensively for UNICEF documenting programs about children and education.

Currently, Ms Rotner is working on a collection of large hand-painted photographs that capture beautiful and sacred places she has discovered in her travels. www.shelleyrotner.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I never went to kindergarten
2. I stand on my head almost every day
3. I’m a photographer because I don’t know how to draw very well.