Venkatraman, Padma

Venkatraman, Padma

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

Ventresca, Yvonne

Ventresca, Yvonne

Yvonne Ventresca’s latest YA psychological thriller, Black Flowers, White Lies (Sky Pony Press, 2016) won a National IPPY Gold Medal for YA fiction in 2017. Her debut novel, Pandemic (Sky Pony Press, 2014), won a Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Yvonne’s other work includes two nonfiction books and several short stories selected for anthologies. You can learn more about her books at YvonneVentresca.com, where she also features resources for teen writers.

3 Fun Facts

1. I’m a Sandan (third 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.

Verde, Susan

Verde, Susan

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

Van Fleet, Matthew

Van Fleet, Matthew

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