Jennifer Thermes is a children’s book author, illustrator, and map illustrator. Her recent nonfiction picture books include CHARLES DARWIN’S AROUND-THE-WORLD ADVENTURE and GRANDMA GATEWOOD HIKES THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL. MANHATTAN: MAPPING THE STORY OF AN ISLAND (Abrams, 2019) has received five starred reviews, is a 2020 NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book, and a Junior Library Guild Selection. Jennifer weaves maps that give a sense of geography and place into her stories. She is fascinated by the big picture of history and how it connects to our lives today. www.jenniferthermes.com
2020 NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book, Fall 2019 Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection, starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness.
3 Fun Facts
1. I loved to draw as a kid, and it is still my favorite thing to do!
2. Most people don’t know that I play the classical guitar.
3. My favorite pizza topping is: anchovies!
Laura Tucker has coauthored more than twenty books, including two New York Times bestselling memoirs. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter, and is a cat person who cheats with dogs. All the Greys on Greene Street is her first novel. www.lauratuckerbooks.com
ALA Notable Book, five starred reviews, five Best of the Year lists, including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Edgar award nominee.
3 Fun Facts
1. I am a cat person who cheats with dogs.
2. I’m not an artist! I can barely draw a stick figure but this does not stop me.
3. Like Olympia, I grew up in New York.
Born and raised in Louisville,KY, came to NYC and worked as an illustrator where a children’s book editor saw my work and invited me to do a book.That became a movie by Steven Spielberg. Have done about 25 books since then. Now living in the Hudson Valley ,helping to develop my village of Catskill. Hudson’s latest book, PICTURING AMERICA – Thomas Cole And The Birth of American Art, is about the founder of the Hudson River School of art, whose dramatic landscape paintings gave us the original iconic images of America the Beautiful. www.hudsontalbott.com
3 “Fun” Facts
1. I was a slow reader in my third grade class so I focused on drawing. I got so good that the school principal didn’t believe I was doing my drawings and asked me to draw something in front of him while he watched me. He was surprised and happy to see that I wasn’t faking it! I didn’t know I was good, but he did.
2. Hudson Talbott is originally from Louisville, Kentucky. He went to school in Rome for fine art, came back to NYC, and now lives in Greene County.
3. He has been a full time author/illustrator since 1986.
MICHAEL TEITELBAUM has been a writer of children’s books for more than twenty years. His fiction work includes The Scary States of America, 50 short stories, one from each state, all about the paranormal, published by Delacorte. His non-fiction work includes Jackie Robinson: Champion for Equality, published by Sterling. His latest book is The Very Hungry Zombie: A Parody, done with artist extraordinaire Jon Apple, published by Skyhorse. www.facebook.com/TheVeryHungryZombie
3 Fun Facts
1. I have never eaten a brain….for lunch.
2. I’m not afraid of Zombies. I just…Ahhhhhhhhhh—
3. I have a big heart…just don’t tell the Very Hungry Zombie!
Mark Teague has delighted young readers with more than 20 picture books, and he has written many of them himself, including the popular Pigsty, Baby Tamer, and One Halloween Night. He is also the illustrator of Cynthia Rylant’s beloved Poppleton series for beginning readers and the best-selling books by Jane Yolen, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight and How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon. Mark Teague’s life changed when he moved from San Diego to New York City and he planted the seed for his first picture book, The Trouble with the Johnsons. Each of Teague’s books start as ‘notebooks full of sketches and scribbles, strange little drawings and phrases that suddenly come together,’ Teague explains. And although he had no formal writing training, his endless imagination and understanding nature gives him a permanent place in the hearts of everyone.
3 Fun Facts
1. I’m the youngest of seven children (not sure if that’s fun.)
2. As a kid, I once got in trouble for drawing pictures all over a new pair of canvas sneakers.
3. Last year I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada (2,653 miles!)