Stamper, Vesper

Stamper, Vesper

Vesper Stamper’s debut novel, What the Night Sings, has been longlisted for the National Book Award and received numerous accolades for recounting the seldom-told story of what happened to Holocaust survivors in the aftermath of World War 2. For twenty years, Author-Illustrator Vesper Stamper has created work through which asks the central question: how do people, especially children, who suffer trauma, go on to rise above their experiences as victims and go beyond surviving to flourishing? She believes in the dignity of every human being as made in the image of God, and in the resilience of the human spirit. www.vesperillustration.com

Sales, Leila

Sales, Leila

Leila Sales is the author of six young adult and middle grade novels, including This Song Will Save Your Life, Once Was a Time, and, most recently, If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say. Leila grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Chicago. Her hobbies include riding her bike, eating chocolate, and sleeping. Leila lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in children’s book publishing. Follow her @LeilaSalesBooks or at leilasales.com.

3 Fun Facts

1.I type using only two fingers.
2. I did gymnastics for eight years.
3. I can recite the names of every student in my high school class in alphabetical order.

Stewart, Melissa

Stewart, Melissa

Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 180 nonfiction books for children, including Can an Aardvark Bark?; No Monkeys, No Chocolate; and Feathers: Not Just for Flying. She holds a degree in biology from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University. Melissa believes that nothing brings nonfiction writing to life like firsthand research. While gathering information for her books, she has explored tropical rain forests in Costa Rica, gone on safari in East Africa, and swum with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. www.melissa-stewart.com

3 Fun Facts

1. My favorite research experience was observing hippos from a hot air balloon floating over the African savannah.
2. I often write in my pajamas.
3. My favorite punctuation mark is the question mark because I’m so curious.

Sadlowski, Dan

Sadlowski, Dan

Dan Sadlowski is the author of the newly released children’s book, The Universe Is Rooting for You! An awe-inspiring tale that reminds us to appreciate the natural world around us, connect with nature, and give back. His first book, Finding Brooklyn – And The Next Great Superhero boasts your first original female superhero in a children’s book. This resilient children’s book encourages readers to feel empowered, be different, and believe they have superpowers within. Dan Sadlowski is dedicated to spreading uplifting messages through storytelling, empowering school visits, and inspiring readers everywhere. #gofindingbrooklyn  findingbrooklyn-book.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I love all movies by Laika Studios. One of my favorite characters of all time is Coraline Jones.
2. I spent most all of my time as a child playing basketball. Challenge me to a game of 1 on 1!
3. I love superheroes. Come say hi and tell me who your favorite superheroes are?

Sattler, Jennifer

Sattler, Jennifer

Jennifer Sattler is the award winning author and illustrator of several children’s books including SYLVIE, the popular series CHICK ‘N’ PUG and PIG KAHUNA,FRANKIE THE BLANKIE and a new line of original board books from Sleeping Bear Press including Dirty Birdies, Jungle Gym and Bundle Up. In February her newest book “Dollop and Mrs. Fabulous” was released along with the board book “Go to Sheep” illustrated by Benson Shum. Her books have won The Mockingbird Award for picture books and The Georgia Children’s book Award. www.jennifersattlerbooks.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I wear yellow sunglasses on cloudy days to make it look like it’s sunny.
2. I will do just about anything to make my kids (or any kid ,really) laugh.
3. I was alive when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Although I wasn’t there.

Stemple, Heidi E.Y.

Stemple, Heidi E.Y.

Heidi didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up. In fact, after she graduated from college, she became a probation officer in Florida. It wasn’t until she was 28 years old that she gave in and joined her mother, author Jane Yolen and both her brothers in the family business. Since then, she has published 20 books as well as numerous short stories and poems, mostly for children. www.heidieystemple.com

Heidi lives on an old tobacco farm in western Massachusetts where she writes, reads, cooks, sews, and once a year, calls and counts owls for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

3 Fun Facts

1. After college I attended the corrections part of the police academy. I had no intention of becoming a writer.
2. I love to sew. I spent the last 10 year making ballet costumes for my daughter’s ballet school.
3. I love Brussels Sprouts but hate bacon

Soman, David

Soman, David

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.

Simon, Seymour

Simon, Seymour

Seymour Simon has been honored with many awards for his work, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Lifetime Achievement Award for his lasting contribution to children’s science literature; the New York State Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature; the Hope S. Dean Memorial Award from the Boston Public Library for his contribution to children’s science literature; The Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for Nonfiction; the Jeremiah Ludington Award for his outstanding contribution to children’s nonfiction; the Empire State Award for excellence in literature for young people; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Forum on Children’s Science Books. His website, SeymourSimon.com, is a Webby Award honoree and was named one of twelve “2012 Great Websites for Kids” by the American Library Association. More than seventy-five of Seymour Simon’s books have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Seymour Simon (@SeymourSimon), whom the New York Times called “the dean of the [children’s science] field,” is the author of over 300 highly acclaimed science books, more than seventy-five of which have been named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). He has introduced tens of millions of children to a staggering array of subjects, and says: “I’m more interested in arousing enthusiasm in kids than I am in teaching the facts. The facts may change, but that enthusiasm for exploring the world will remain with them for the rest of their lives.”

3 Fun Facts

1. Seymour Simon’s Einstein Anderson science mysteries are based on puzzles he used to do with his middle school students; whoever figured it out would be dubbed “Einstein for a Day.”
2. While in high school, Seymour was a member of the Junior Astronomy Club at the American Museum of Natural History, where he ground a mirror to make his own telescope.
3. One of Seymour Simon’s earliest books is dedicated to his wife, “as partial repayment for the ants in the refrigerator” (for a science project, of course!)

Stolarz, Laurie Faria

Stolarz, Laurie Faria

Laurie Stolarz is the author of several popular young adult novels including the Dark House series, the Touch series, Project 17, Shutter, and Bleed, (all published by Disney/Hyperion Books for Children), as well as the bestselling Blue is for Nightmares series (Flux Publications). With over a million books sold worldwide, Stolarz’s titles have been translated into thirty languages, been named on numerous award lists, including the Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers list and the Top Ten Teen Pick list, both through the American Library Association, and have been optioned for TV. Her newest book, Jane Anonymous, was acquired by Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press. She is currently working on its companion novel. For more information, please visit her web site at www.lauriestolarz.com.

My titles have been on the Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers’ list, the Top Ten Teen Picks list, the Texas Taysha’s list, and the Popular Paperbacks list.

3 Fun Facts

1. Despite writing scary books, I scare easily.
2. I love mustard so much that I can eat it on its own, with a spoon. (Don’t judge.)
3. Even though I’ve always loved stories, I was a reluctant reader as a young person.

Sheinkin, Steve

Sheinkin, Steve

A former textbook writer, Steve is now making amends by writing history books kids and teens actually want to read. Recent titles include Bomb, The Port Chicago 50, Most Dangerous, The Notorious Benedict Arnold, Lincoln’s Grave Robbers, and the newest, Undefeated. His books have won numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor, the Siebert Medal, and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. www.stevesheinkin.com

3 Fun Facts

1. I love to draw comics
2. I make Lego movies with my kids
3. I didn’t realize I liked history till I was about sixteen