Audrey Vernick writes picture books and middle-grade fiction. Her books include the New York Times Notable Book Brothers at Bat, First Grade Dropout, and Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? She is also co-author of five books—three with Liz Garton Scanlon – Five Minutes (That’s a Lot of Time) (No, It’s Not) (Yes, It Is); Bob, NotBob, and Dear Substitute; as well as Two Naomis and Naomis Too with Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. Audrey received a 2019 Fellowship from the NJ Arts Council. A frequent presenter at schools across the country, she lives near the ocean. Visit her at www.audreyvernick.com.
New York Times Notable Book, California Young Readers Medal, BCCB Blue Ribbon Books, three-time recipient of writing fellowship from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts
3 Fun Facts
1. Grew up in Queens but is a big Yankee fan.
2. Has a one-year-old miniature labradoodle named Winnie who likes to eat mail.
3. Believes she could eat pizza every day of her life and never tire of it.
Nancy Viau is the author of Today Is a Beach Day! (April 2020), First Snow (2019 IPPY/Independent Publisher Book Award Winner), City Street Beat, Storm Song, Look What I Can Do! and Pruett and Soo (forthcoming). Her middle-grade novels include Beauty and Bernice (2018 Foreword INDIES finalist), Just One Thing! (2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Gold Award Winner), Samantha Hansen Has Rocks In Her Head, and Something Is Bugging Samantha Hansen. A former teacher and kid-at-heart, she loves to visit schools to share her journey to publication and the writing process. Nancy works as an assistant librarian in New Jersey. Find her on Twitter or Instagram: @NancyViau1 or on: NancyViau.com.
2019 IPPY/Independent Publisher Book Silver Award Winner
2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Finalist
2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Gold Award Winner
3 Fun Facts
1. I hiked up an active volcano in Guatemala and hiked down IN TOTAL DARKNESS.
2. I once tried to break into the principal’s van—he had the EXACT same one and I thought it was mine! When my daughter didn’t spot her toy on the backseat, I realized my mistake and we ran away.
3. For four sunny months out of the year, I work as an assistant librarian, and I sneak away to the beach to read and eat my lunch.
Padma Venkatraman is an American author who was born in Chennai, India, the setting of her latest novel THE BRIDGE HOME. She worked as chief scientist on oceanographic ships, and directed a school before becoming an author. THE BRIDGE HOME received 5 starred reviews (in SLJ, Kirkus, SLC, ALA Booklist and PW), for a total of 17 stars so far, together with her previous 3 novels: A TIME TO DANCE, ISLAND’S END and CLIMBING THE STAIRS. www.padmavenkatraman.com
NYPL Book for the Teen Age, Kirkus BBYA, Booklist BBYA, ALA Notable, ALA/Yalsa BBYA,
Bank Street College of Education Best Book, South Asia Book Award, Julia Ward Howe Boston Authors Club Book Award, Paterson Prize, RI Book of the Year, 2019 Global Read Aloud, Washington Post KidPost Summer Book Club selection, Today Show Summer Read
3 Fun Facts
1. I’ve lived in 5 countries
2. I’ve spent time underwater
3. I’ve explored rain forests
Yvonne Ventresca is the award-winning author of two young adult suspense novels: Black Flowers, White Lies (a psychological thriller) and Pandemic (about teens surviving a deadly illness that strikes our contemporary world). Her latest fiction, The Third Ghost, was selected as the title story for the middle grade adventure anthology, Voyagers: The Third Ghost. Yvonne’s other work includes two nonfiction books and several additional short stories selected for anthologies. You can learn more at YvonneVentresca.com, where she also features resources for teen writers.
3 Fun Facts
1. I’m a Yondan (fourth degree) Black Belt in Isshinryu Karate.
2. Purple pens are my favorite for editing my stories.
3. My family rescued a “schneagle” —a part-Beagle, part-Schnauzer dog named Luna.
Susan Verde is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Her books include The Museum, You and Me, I Am Yoga, I Am Peace, My Kicks and Rock N Roll Soul. A certified yoga and wellness instructor, she lives in East Hampton, New York with her family. Find out more at www.susanverde.com
3 Fun Facts
1. I am a mother of 3 teens
2. My favorite picture book Is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
3. I have a pet tarantula
Matthew Van Fleet’s innovative books have been introducing children to basic concepts for over twenty years. His unique formats invite toddlers to touch, press, pull, lift and even sniff as they explore colors, shapes, numbers, letters, opposites and more.
His books include the #1 New York Times bestsellers Tails and DOG as well as the New York Times bestsellers CAT, Alphabet, Heads and MOO. His perennial favorites have sold more than 8 million copies and children in fifteen countries across the globe enjoy his books in foreign language editions. www.vanfleetbooks.com