Thanks to the generous members of the children’s and YA book community who have donated items to the Kidlit4Japan benefit auction. This list of 114 donors represents the full capacity of our three-week event.
A.C.E. Bauer – http://acebauer.com
A.C.E. Bauer has been telling and writing stories since childhood. She has published two middle grade novel, NO CASTLES HERE, on the ALA Rainbow List, and COME FALL, on the CCBC Choices 2011 for best books for children published in 2010. Her third novel, and her first for young adults, GIL MARSH will be released in February, 2012. Born and raised in Montreal, she spends most of the year in New England, and much of the summer on a lake in Quebec. To learn more about A.C.E. Bauer and her writing, visit her website at http://acebauer.com.
Alison Ashley Formento – http://www.alisonashleyformento.com
Alison Ashley Formento is the author of picture books THIS TREE COUNTS!, THIS TREE, 1, 2, 3, and in 2012 THESE BEES COUNT! She is also a freelance writer with credits in The New York Times, The Writer, Parenting and several other publications. Alison is a proud member of the KidLit Authors Club and the SCBWI.
Ammi-Joan Paquette – http://emliterary.com/
Ammi-Joan Paquette is an associate agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency. She represents all forms of children’s and young adult literature, but is most excited by a strong lyrical voice, tight plotting, and stories told with heart and humor. She is also the author of “The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies” (Tanglewood, 2009), and the forthcoming novel “Nowhere Girl” (Walker, 2011).
Amy Brecount White – http://www.amybrecountwhite.com
Amy Brecount White’s first novel, FORGET-HER-NOTS (Greenwillow, 2010) features the language of flowers magically come to life in the hands of a fourteen year old girl. Over seventy-five of her articles and essays have appeared in “The Washington Post,” “FamilyFun,” and other publications. She actually enjoys critiquing and giving presentations on the Language of Flowers to book clubs, schools, and garden groups. She recently presented at the Philadelphia Flower Show.
Amy Huntington – http://www.amyhuntington.com
Amy Huntington is a children’s book illustrator living in Vermont with her husband, 18 chickens, two cats, two sheep and one tilapia. Besides writing and creating art, she enjoys biking, spinning wool and watching the snow melt!
She has illustrated several books authored by Katie Clark.
Andrea Beaty – http://www.AndreaBeaty.com
Andrea Beaty is the author of many humorous picture books and mid-grade novels. Her titles include:
Iggy Peck, Architect
Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies
Andrea presents to thousands of students each year, using humor to share her writer’s journey.
Angie Smibert – http://www.angiesmibert.com
I’m the author of Memento Nora (Marshall Cavendish, April 2011) and the upcoming sequel, The Forgetting Curve (Marshall Cavendish, Spring 2012).
Ann Haywood Leal – http://www.annhaywoodleal.com
Ann Manheimer – http://www.annmanheimer.com
Ann Manheimer is the author of the award-winning biography, Martin Luther King, Jr.: Dreaming of Equality; and of James Pierson Beckwourth: Legendary Mountain Man, the exciting story of the nineteenth-century African American adventurer. She has also edited non-fiction anthologies on topical subjects for young adults. Her short stories, essays, and articles have appeared in anthologies, literary magazines, and on radio. In addition to writing, she teaches in elementary schools, does author visits, speaks at conferences, and provides private manuscript consultations.
Anne Marie Pace – http://www.annemariepace.com
Anne Marie Pace’s picture book NEVER EVER TALK TO STRANGERS was published by Scholastic in 2010. She has several other picture books under contract. With other children’s writers, she publishes The 4:00 Book Hook, a free monthly email newsletter for adults who share books with kids. She was a long-time administrator at Verla Kay’s blueboards. She is an active volunteer with SCBWI and has taught writing at all levels from middle school through community college. She is represented by Linda Pratt of the Wernick & Pratt Agency.
April Halprin Wayland – http://www.aprilwayland.com
April Halprin Wayland is a farmer turned folk musician turned author and poet.
Her newest book, NEW YEAR AT THE PIER—A Rosh Hashanah Story won the Sydney Taylor Gold Medal for the best Jewish Children’s Picture Book of the Year, awarded by the Association of Jewish Libraries.
Her work has been called “dazzling”, “honest, heartfelt, poignant”, and “utterly fresh and winning”. Her critically acclaimed novel in poems, Girl Coming in for a Landing, her picture books, and her poetry have garnered numerous awards including the Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor Award for Children’s Poetry, the Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry, and MommyCare’s Book of the Year.
Every April, which is Poetry Month, she posts an original poem a day here: http://www.aprilwayland.com/poetry/blog
She’s been an instructor in UCLA Extension’s Writers Program for over a decade and teaches workshops in schools all over the world. She lives near the beach in Southern California.
Her blog is: http://www.teachingauthors.com ~ six authors who also teach writing…find writing activities, author interviews and more here
April Jones Prince – http://www.apriljonesprince.com
April Jones Prince is a children’s book author and freelance editor. A graduate of the Radcliffe Publishing Course, April has worked in the editorial departments of William Morrow and HarperCollins Children’s Books, and has also been a children’s bookseller. Currently, she works at Studio Goodwin Sturges, an agency that represents nearly 40 children’s book authors and illustrators. April is the author of six books for young readers, including the award-winning Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing and What Do Wheels Do All Day? She especially loves writing and editing history, biography, and all kinds of picture books.
Ashley Pérez – http://www.ashleyperez.com
I’m the author of What Can’t Wait, a YA novel based on the stories my students shared with me in Houston. What Can’t Wait tells the story of Marisa Moreno, a bright teen with plenty of promise who feels marooned in a family where making ends meet matters more than making it to college.
Becky Levine – http://www.beckylevine.com
Becky Levine is the author of THE WRITING & CRITIQUE GROUP SURVIVAL GUIDE: HOW TO GIVE AND RECEIVE FEEDBACK, SELF-EDIT, AND MAKE REVISIONS. She has participated in her own critique groups for fifteen years and has been a freelance editor for almost ten. Becky also writes fiction and nonfiction for children and teens.
Bonnie J. Doerr – http://www.BonnieDoerrBooks.com
Bonnie J. Doerr is a lifetime educator and author of ecological mystery/adventures novels for ages ten and up. Her work has been honored by NOAA for use in environmental education and has been included in Milkweed Editions literary field guides. A former Florida Keys resident, she now lives in a North Carolina log cabin.
Caitlin Kittredge – http://www.caitlinkittredge.com
Caitlin Kittredge is the author of the Iron Codex trilogy, steampunk adventures set in an alternate 1950s, as well as nine books for adult audiences in the urban fantasy genre, some of which have spent entire hours on non-NYT bestseller lists. She likes good books, pie, photography, comic books and nerdy t-shirts. Caitlin lives in Massachusetts.
Carol Gordon Ekster – http://www.carolgordonekster.com
I was an elementary school teacher for 35 years. Now that I’m retired I can focus on book promotion for my first published book, Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?-A Story of Divorce, Boulden Publishing, 2008, and continue to write and submit my many other stories, allowing me to continue my passion for communicating with children.
Chris Eboch – http://www.chriseboch.com
Chris Eboch is the author of 12 traditionally published books, and now two self published titles. The Eyes of Pharaoh is a middle grade mystery set in ancient Egypt. Rattled is a romantic suspense for adults, involving treasure hunting in New Mexico. For more on Chris’s work visit her website at http://www.chriseboch.com.
Christina Diaz Gonzalez – http://www.christinagonzalez.com
Award-winning author, Christina Gonzalez, grew up in a small Southern town in the Florida panhandle, but she’s always been in touch with her Cuban heritage. Her debut novel, The Red Umbrella, is loosely based on the experiences of her parents and the over 14,000 children who were part of Operation Pedro Pan. You can learn more about her at http://www.christinagonzalez.com
Claudia Gabel – http://www.claudiagabel.com
CLAUDIA GABEL is the author of the YA series IN OR OUT (Scholastic/Point) and the YA mash-up novel ROMEO & JULIET & VAMPIRES (HarperTeen). She is also Senior Editor at Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books.
D. Diorio – http://ddiorio.itgo.com
D. Diorio’s children’s illustrations have also been featured in Crow Toes Quarterly, Berry Blue Haiku, Bedtime Story, and Guardian Angel Kids online ezine. D. Diorio’s art lessons for children have been published in Pack-O-Fun’s Art Smarts feature, on Hot Chalks Lesson Page, Schooldays Magazine, K12 Academics, Kinderarts.com, and Artsonia. Her online story, Looking, will appear on uTales, an international site for children’s digital books. .
Dani Jones – http://DaniDraws.com
Dani Jones is a children’s illustrator and comic creator. Her work has been used in picture books, educational materials, and magazines, and she also writes and illustrates her own comics.
Danielle Joseph – http://www.daniellejoseph.com
Danielle Joseph is the author of Shrinking Violet and Indigo Blues. Her next novel, Pure Red will be available September, 2011 from Flux Books. She was born in Cape Town, South Africa and grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. Shortly after graduating from Emerson College, Danielle traded in her sled and snow boots for a pool noodle and flip flops and moved to Miami, Florida. She is a former middle school creative wiritng teacher and when not writing you can find her enjoying the outdoors or hanging with her kids.
David A. Kelly – http://www.ballparkmysteries.com
David A. Kelly is the author of a new children’s book series, the Ballpark Mysteries, from Random House. Cousins Kate and Mike travel to Major League ballparks across the country with Kate’s sports-reporter mother watching games and solving mysteries. He is also the author of the early reader, Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse.
Debbi Michiko Florence – http://www.debbimichikoflorence.com
Debbi Michiko Florence is a third generation Japanese-American. She has fond memories of spending summers in Japan. She is the author of two non-fiction children’s books: JAPAN: A KALEIDOSCOPE KIDS BOOK (Williamson Books, 2009) and CHINA: A KALEIDOSCOPE KIDS BOOK (Williamson Books, 2008). She is currently at work on a young adult novel. For more info, visit her web site at: http://www.debbimichikoflorence.com
Debbie A. Taylor – http://sweetmusicinharlem.weebly.com/index.html
Debbie A. Taylor is a picture book author and magazine writer. She holds degrees from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University and Ohio Dominican College. Her short stories have been published in children’s literary magazines including Spider, Cricket, Pockets and New Moon Magazine. Taylor is committed to a number of national, regional and local literacy projects. Her first book, SWEET MUSIC IN HARLEM, published by Lee and Low Books in 2004 received a number of honors and awards.
Deborah Bruss – http://www.deborahbruss.com/
Deborah Bruss has spent most of her life in rural New Hampshire and Maine, often under the influence of nosey wildlife, rescued dogs, quirky chickens, playful cats, curious horses and all kinds of weather conditions. Mix this together with a dash of four children and a supportive-husband, and Deborah never runs out of ideas for stories. They have taught her well to think outside, around, under and top of the box. Deborah also enjoys the research that goes into writing non-fiction for elementary age children. At the present time, she lives with her family and two dogs in almost-rural Concord, NH.
Deborah Davis – http://www.deborahdavisauthor.com
Deborah Davis is the author of three award-winning novels for young people and editor of a non-fiction anthology. She teaches writing workshops, speaks at conferences, and offers manuscript critiques as well as coaching and mentoring for teen and adult writers. Her most recent novel, Not Like You, was included in the NYPL’s Books for the Teen Age, received a starred review in School Library Journal, and was a finalist for the Northern California Independent Bookseller’s Association Book of the Year Award. She lives in Berkeley, CA.
Deborah Underwood – http://www.DeborahUnderwoodBooks.com
Deborah Underwood is the author of THE QUIET BOOK, A BALLOON FOR ISABEL, GRANNY GOMEZ & JIGSAW, PIRATE MOM and the forthcoming THE LOUD BOOK. She cowrites the Sugar Plum Ballerina series with Whoopi Goldberg, and has written numerous nonfiction books for kids.
Diane Mayr – http://www.randomnoodling.com
Diane Mayr is the author of several picture books. She also writes nonfiction for children, including profiles of women for the “America’s Notable Women” series from Apprentice Shop Books.
Recently, Diane has been writing short form poetry, and illustrating haiku and tanka.
Doraine Bennett – http://www.dorainebennett.com
Doraine Bennett is a children’s author from Columbus, GA. She is also the editor of Infantry Bugler magazine and has tauth classes for children and adults on literature, grammar, creative writing, and poetry. She has published 18 nonfiction books for elementary readers, including a series of titles about her home state of Georgia.
Edna Cabcabin Moran – http://cabcabinmoran.com/
Edna Cabcabin Moran is the author/illustrator of picture book, THE SLEEPING GIANT: A Tale from Kaua’i, illustrator of CAN YOU CATCH A COQUI FROG?, a picture book, and a contributing poet in the middle-grade anthology, AN EYEBALL IN MY GARDEN And Other Spine-Tingling Poems.
Eleanor Rubin – http://ellyrubinjournal.typepad.com
Eleanor Rubin’s children’s books and posters have been published by Human Policy Press and Syracuse Cultural Workers. Her books are in public libraries and her artwork is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The book she is contributing, “Eleanor Rubin: Dreams of Repair” was published by Edizioni Charta in 2010. The artwork included in “Dreams of Repair” is inspired by the music of Hikari Oe (b. Tokyo 1963). Japanese prints, ceramics and textiles are also major influences on Eleanor Rubin’s artwork.
“Dreams of Repair” is a book of artwork appropriate for teens and young adults.
Ellen Booraem – http://www.ellenbooraem.com
A former reporter and editor for rural weeklies, Ellen Booraem lives in Brooklin, Maine. She is the author of the critically acclaimed fantasies SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS (Penguin/Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011) and THE UNNAMEABLES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008 hardcover and 2011 paperback), both for ages nine and up. Visit her online at http://www.ellenbooraem.com.
Erin Dionne – http://www.erindionne.com
Erin Dionne has published two contemporary humorous novels for tweens, MODELS DON’T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES (Dial Books 2009) and THE TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET (Dial 2010). Her next novel, NOTES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL BAND GEEK, will be released September 1, 2011. She lives outside of Boston with her husband, dog, and daughter; teaches English at an art college, and roots for the Red Sox.
Erin Murphy – http://emliterary.com
Erin Murphy founded Erin Murphy Literary Agency in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1999. She represents writers and writer-illustrators of picture books, novels for middle-graders and young adults, and select nonfiction. She is especially drawn to strong characters and heart-centered stories that straddle the line between literary and commercial. She has recently guest blogged at http://shrinkingvioletpromotions.blogspot.com/2011/02/literary-agent-erin-murphy-success-is.html and http://donnagephart.blogspot.com/2011/02/agent-erin-murphy-and-author-audrey.html.
Esther Hershenhorn – http://www.estherhershenhorn.com
Award-winning Chicago children’s book author Esther Hershenhorn spends her days doing what she loves: writing picture books and middle grade fiction, teaching Writing for Children Workshops at the University of Chicago’s Writer’s Studio and the Newberry Library and coaching writers of all ages to help them tell their stories.
Gail Langer Karwoski – http://www.gailkarwoski.com
Gail is the author of 9 children’s books – historical novels and nonfiction, as well as nature-focused picture books. Gail has enjoyed a long friendship with a Japanese exchange family in Tokyo, as well as other friends in Nagoya.
Writing for young people for thirty years. This early novel was based on my own family’s experiences with an illness called Guillain-Barre syndrome which affected my older son.
Grace Lin – http://www.gracelin.com
Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of picture books, early readers and middle grade novels. Grace’s 2010 Newbery Honor book WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON was chosen for Al Roker’s Today Show Kid’s Book Club and was a NY Times Bestseller. LING & TING, Grace’s first early reader, was honored with the Theodor Geisel Honor in 2011. An Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominee for the US, most of Grace’s books are about the Asian-American experience because she believes, “Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal.” See more about Grace and her work at http://www.gracelin.com.
Greg R. Fishbone – http://gfishbone.com
Greg R. Fishbone is the author of the upcoming GALAXY GAMES series from Tu Books, a new middle-grade and young adult imprint of Lee & Low Books. Greg has served since 2001 as Assistant Regional Coordinator for the three New England chapters of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and in 2006 he founded the 2k Classes of debut authors that now includes the Class of 2k7, Class of 2k8, Class of 2k9, Class of 2k10, Class of 2k11, and upcoming Class of 2k12. Greg lived and studied in Japan and experienced earthquakes while he was there. When the Sendai earthquake and tsunami struck a double blow in 2011, Greg founded Kidlit4Japan to rally the children’s literature community to support children affected by the disaster.
Heather Ayris Burnell – http://frolickingthroughcyberspace.blogspot.com
Heather Ayris Burnell is a children’s book author and librarian. Her picture book, Bedtime Monster, is published by Raven Tree Press.
Hester Bass – http://www.hesterbass.com
Hester Bass is a former actress, singing telegram messenger, and game show contestant who now writes books for children. Hester is the author of “The Secret World of Walter Anderson” (Candlewick Press, 2009, illustrated by E. B. Lewis), winner of the 2010 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award, the 2010 SIBA Book Award, and on several “Best of the Year” lists. After residing in GA, MA, NY, and MS, Hester now makes her home at the foot of a mountain in Alabama. Hester’s favorite things include turnip greens, kingfishers, and snapdragons.
Holly Cupala – http://www.hollycupala.com
Holly Cupala is the author of the acclaimed debut novel, TELL ME A SECRET (HarperCollins, 2010), which critics have called “gorgeous and full of suspense” and readers have called “fierce, powerful, and impossible to put down.” When she isn’t writing and making art, she spends time with her husband and daughter in Seattle, Washington. Her second novel, DON’T BREATHE A WORD, is coming October 2011 from HarperCollins.
Iza Trapani – http://www.izatrapani.com
Iza Trapani was born in Poland and moved to the US at the age of seven. Her relatives gave her a large Mother Goose Treasury, and she began learning English through those rhymes. Little did she know that someday her dream would come true and she would be adapting those rhymes and making picture books.
Iza is an award winning children’s book author and illustrator, with over twenty books to her credit. Her popular series of nursery rhyme extensions, including The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Baa Baa Black Sheep are widely used in schools and libraries across the U.S. and abroad.
To learn more about Iza and her books please visit:www.izatrapani.com
Jacqueline Houtman – http://www.jhoutman.com
Jacqueline Houtman spent much of her life in training as a scientist, earning a PhD in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. After leaving the lab, she began a career as a freelance science writer. Her middle grade novel, The Reinvention of Edison Thomas (Front Street 2010) is an example of what she calls “sciency fiction” for kids, which incorporates accurate science as an integral part of the story.
Jan Godown Annino – http://www.bookseedstudio.wordpress.com
Jan Godown Annino live in suburban North Florida, USA, under a great, grandmother oak tree, where she reads a lot with her family.
She also visits schools to share the love of reading with 2nd grade students, through the BookPALS & PencilPALS program of the Screen Actors Guild.
Because she met an amazing newspaper editor years ago & stayed in touch with her, Jan was able to write the story of her life, in a picture book.
The 2010 title is –
SHE SANG PROMISE: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader, from National Geographic Children’s Books, illustrated by Lisa Desimini, with a letter to young readers from the poet, Moses Jumper, Jr.
She Sang Promise is honored with –
Amelia Bloomer Project Top 10 Book/American Library Association
Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
Children’s Literature Gold Medal, Florida Book Awards
Janet Fox – http://www.janetsfox.com
Janet Fox has recently moved from College Station, Texas, to Montana. Her writing for children has appeared in Highlights for Children and Spider magazines; her award-winning non-fiction middle grade book, Get Organized Without Losing It (Free Spirit Publishing, 2006), continues to be a top seller. Her debut novel Faithful (Speak/Penguin) was published in 2010 and was a YALSA nominee for Best Fiction for Young Adults and an Amelia Bloomer 2011 Selection from the ALA. She has served as a regional advisor for SCBWI and has taught middle school and high school English/language arts. Janet received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in July 2010. Her second novel Forgiven, a sequel to Faithful, is due out in 2011 and is a Junior Library Guild selection.
Janet Gurtler – http://www.janetgurtler.com
Janet Gurtler is a young adult author with two books coming out from Sourcebooks in 2011. I’M NOT HER releases in May 2011 followed by IF I TELL in Fall 2011.
Janet Gurtler lives in Calgary, Canada, deliciously close to the Canadian Rockies, with her husband and son. Janet does not live in an igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says “eh” a lot.
Jennifer Nielsen – http://www.jennielsen.com
Jennifer lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband, three children, and a naughty puppy. She loves the smell of rainy days, hot chocolate, and old books, preferably all at once. She is a former speech teacher, theater director, and enjoyed a brief but disastrous career as a door-to-door pollster. In her spare time, Jennifer tends to panic, wondering what she has forgotten to do that has allowed her any spare time.
Jo Knowles – http://www.joknowles.com
Jo Knowles is the author of the YA novels LESSONS FROM A DEAD GIRL, JUMPING OFF SWINGS, PEARL (coming July 2011) and SEE YOU AT HARRY’S (coming Spring 2012).
Joan Stradling – http://www.etsy.com/shop/bookblinger
I’m navigating the crazy road to publication. When I’m not writing, I have many things to keep me busy. One of them is making beaded bookmarks.
JoAnn Early Macken – http://www.joannmacken.com
JoAnn Early Macken’s recent picture books are Baby Says, “Moo!” (Disney-Hyperion, 2011), Waiting Out the Storm (Candlewick, 2010), and Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move (Holiday House, 2008). JoAnn teaches at a Milwaukee college, contributes to the TeachingAuthors.com blog, and speaks about poetry and writing to children and adults at schools, libraries, and conferences.
Joanne Friar – http://www.joannefriar.com
Joanne Friar has been illustrating books in the trade and educational markets for clients such as Charlesbridge, Lerner/Millbrook, Houghton Mifflin and McGraw Hill. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators, the Picture Book Artists Association, and the Freelance Artists Network.
Joelle Anthony – http://www.joelleanthony.com
Joëlle Anthony is a Canadian-American writer, living in British Columbia. She is the author of the young adult novel RESTORING HARMONY and her second book, THE RIGHT & THE REAL will be released in April 2011.
Joyce A. Stengel – http://www.joyceastengel.com
Judith Graves – http://www.judithgraves.com
A firm believer that Canadian teen fiction can be sexy, action packed and snarky as hell – Judith writes paranormal stories with attitude.
Karen Day – http://www.klday.com
Karen Day is the author of three middle grade novels, all published by Wendy Lamb Books/ Random House: TALL TALES (2007), NO CREAM PUFFS (2008) and A MILLION MILES FROM BOSTON (2011). Karen has taught writing at New York University and DePaul University. For the last 10 years she has run a monthly SCBWI-affiliated critique group in Newton, MA., for adults writing novels for kids.
Karen Sandler – http://www.karensandler.net
Karen Sandler is the author of seventeen novels for adults, as well as several short stories and screenplays. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a software engineer, including work on the Space Shuttle program and communications satellites. This is her first novel for young adults. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Gary, and three cats, and can often be found riding her Andalusian/Morgan mare, Belle. For more about Karen and Tankborn, visit http://www.karensandler.net and http://www.tankborn.com.
Karyn Henley – http://www.breathofangel.com
Award-winning author Karyn Henley has written over 100 titles. An accomplished songwriter, Karyn has been a Dove Award nominee, and received a regional Emmy Award as Music Composer for a television special. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, a jazz drummer.
Kat O’Shea – http://www.leapbks.com
Kat O’Shea is Editor-in-Chief at Leap Books, a publisher of teen and tween novels. She has 20+ years of editing experience with several different publishers and also does freelance editing and critiquing. She has been published under several pseudonyms in both the YA and adult markets.
Kate Messner – http://www.katemessner.com
Kate Messner is the author of E.B. White Read Aloud Award winner THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. as well as SUGAR AND ICE (Walker/Bloomsbury 2010), the MARTY MCGUIRE chapter book series with Scholastic, and picture books SEA MONSTER’S FIRST DAY(Summer ’11) and OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW (Fall ’11) both from Chronicle Books. She’s also a National Board Certified middle school English teacher. Learn more at her website: http://www.katemessner.com.
Kathryn Erskine – http://www.kathrynerskine.com
Kathryn Erskine, a lawyer-turned-author, grew up in six countries, an experience that helps her view life, and her writing, from different perspectives. Her novels include Mockingbird (Philomel 2010), the 2010 National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature, Quaking (Philomel 2007), an American Library Association Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and upcoming, The Absolute Value of Mike (Philomel, June 2011), described as Cannery Row meets Seedfolks. While covering weighty topics, her books have warmth and humor, making difficult issues approachable. She is a writing instructor and frequent workshop presenter.
Kathryn Reiss – http://www.kathrynreiss.net
Kathryn Reiss is the award-winning author of over a dozen novels of suspense for middle-grade and teen readers. She lives in northern California with her husband and five children, and when not working on her latest manuscript, teaches Creative Writing at Mills College.
Kelly Fineman – http://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/
Kelly Ramsdell Fineman is an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in Up & Under, Highlights for Children Magazine, Bits & Scraps, and Penn & Ink, as well as books for the commercial and educational markets. In addition to her own blog, Writing and Ruminating (http://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/), Kelly contributes to Guys Lit Wire and I.N.K. Her first picture book, AT THE BOARDWALK, is due out in 2012 from Tiger Tales Books.
Kerry Sparks – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kerry-Sparks-fans/322891625591
I am the self published author of the pre-teen books for girls “Frost Bites” and “Jen and the Frosted Friends”.
Kimberly Marcus – http://www.kimberlymarcus.com
Kimberly Marcus is the author of the YA novel EXPOSED, and the upcoming picture book SCRITCH-SCRATCH A PERFECT MATCH (April 2011).
Laura Atkins – http://www.lauraatkins.com
I am a children’s book specialist who worked for seven years in editorial departments in the United States. I now teaching writing for children at the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature (NCRCL) in Roehampton University in London. I also offer freelance editorial services. Recently, I’ve had two clients long-listed and short-listed for the Chicken House Competition, one signed by an agent, and another has had her book requested by OUP. Please see my website (www.lauraatkins.com) and blog (www.lauraatkins.com/newblog) for more information.
Lauren Bjorkman – http://laurenbjorkman.com
Lauren Bjorkman grew up on a sailboat, sharing the forecastle with her sister and the sail bags. She enjoys making things up, chocolate, and laughing. She lives in Taos, NM with her husband, two sons, and a cat with a curly tail.
Lee Wardlaw – http://www.leewardlaw.com
Lee Wardlaw’s first spoken word was ‘kitty’. Since then, she’s shared her home with over two-dozen cats and published more than two-dozen award-winning books for children and young adults, including 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents, 101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher, Tales of Grandpa Cat and Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku. Lee lives in Santa Barbara, CA, with her husband, teenage son, and three shelter cats.
Leslie Bulion – http://www.lesliebulion.com
Leslie Bulion teams a life-long love of poetry and her oceanography background in At the Sea Floor Café (Peachtree 2011), her second collection of science poetry. The first, Hey There, Stink Bug! (Charlesbridge 2006), is an award-winning book of gruesomely humorous insect poems. Leslie’s other books include the Bank Street Best Books 2007 middle-grade novel Uncharted Waters (Peachtree 2006), The Trouble With Rules (Peachtree 2008), and the Children’s Africana Book Award Best Picture Book winner, Fatuma’s New Cloth (Moon Mountain 2002). A former school social worker, Leslie has written and edited books in the education market and has been a regular contributing writer in national magazines and on the Internet. She gives writing workshops and presentations to students, educators and writers throughout the US. Visit Leslie’s website at http://www.lesliebulion.com.
Linda Oatman High – http://www.lindaoatmanhigh.com
Linda Oatman High is an author of books for children and young adults. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College.
Lindsay Eland – http://www.lindsayeland.com
In between baking obscene amounts of chocolate chip cookies and reading anything she can get her hands on, Lindsay Eland writes novels for middle grade and young adult readers. She is happily-ever-after married to a man with a smile so wide it makes his eyes water and take on the shape of half-moons. Together they have four kids who make every day an adventure in love, laughter, mystery and wonder.
Lindsay Ribar – http://www.greenburger.com
Lindsay Ribar is a junior agent at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, where she also assists senior agent Matt Bialer. A graduate of New York University and the Columbia Publishing Course, Lindsay has worked on books of all kinds, from chick lit to thrillers, from brand-new authors to New York Times bestsellers. In addition to her agency job and occasional freelance editorial work, Lindsay is also a writer of young adult paranormal fiction, and is represented by Greenburger.
Lindsey Leavitt – http://www.lindseyleavitt.com
Lindsey Leavitt is a former elementary school teacher and present day writer/mom to three (mostly) adorable little girls. She is married to her high school lab partner and lives in Las Vegas. She is the author of the PRINCESS FOR HIRE series (www.princessforhire.com) and SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD.
Visit her on the web at http://www.lindseyleavitt.com
Lindsey Leavitt – http://www.lindseyleavitt.com
Lindsey Leavitt is a former elementary school teacher and present day writer/mom to three (mostly) adorable little girls. She is married to her high school lab partner and lives in Las Vegas. She is the author of the PRINCESS FOR HIRE series (www.princessforhire.com) and SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD.
Visit her on the web at http://www.lindseyleavitt.com
Lisa Schroeder – http://www.lisaschroederbooks.com
Lisa Schroeder is passionate about reading, writing and cupcakes. When she decided to blend her passions together, the result was a middle-grade novel called IT’S RAINING CUPCAKES (Aladdin, 2010). The companion novel, SPRINKLES AND SECRETS, releases in September, 2011. She is also the author of four young adult novels, including the upcoming book titled THE DAY BEFORE (Simon Pulse, 2011). She lives in Oregon with her husband and two sons.
Liz Waniewski is an Executive Editor at Dial Books for Young Readers. She edits character-driven picture books and middle grade and young adult novels in a variety of genres. Some of her recently edited books include the LADYBUG GIRL series by Jacky Davis and David Soman, INCARCERON by Catherine Fisher, FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB by Antony John, and FANTASY BASEBALL by Alan Gratz.
Lorraine Jean Hopping – http://hoppingfun.com/wild_weather__wild_earth__5778.htm
Author (Bone Detective, Space Rocks, 40+ other books), board game designer (Mars 2020, NOVA True Science), and writer delving down a rabbit hole into the transmedia world.
Lynda Mullaly Hunt – http://lyndamullalyhunt.com/
Lynda Mullaly Hunt is the author of ONE FOR THE MURPHYS, a MG novel due out with Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin) in May, 2012. Her agent is Erin Murphy. She is a former third/sixth grade teacher but is now home and writing up a storm. Lynda is the facilitator of The Writer’s Bloc, a critique group in central CT. As a Scenario Writing teacher to middle schoolers, she is awed by their talent on a daily basis. She is also the Director of the SCBWI Whispering Pines Retreat in Rhode Island. When Lynda isn’t at the keyboard, she can be found enjoying life with her husband, two teenagers, impetuous beagle, and beagle-loathing cat.
Margo Sorenson – http://www.margosorenson.com
Author of twenty-seven books, Margo Sorenson was born in Washington, DC, and spent the first seven years of her life in Spain and Italy, living where there were few children her age, so books became her friends. She finished her school years in California, graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles. After teaching high school and middle school and raising a family of two daughters, Margo is now a full-time writer, writing primarily for young people of all ages, toddlers through high schoolers. Margo enjoys writing for young readers since she believes they are ready for new ideas and experiences, and they really enjoy “living” the lives of the characters in books. She enjoys meeting with her readers in school and library settings from Minnesota to California and Hawaii.
Besides winning recognition and awards for her books from various groups, including the American Library Association, Margo was invited to donate and archive her working papers with the internationally-known children’s literature collection, the Kerlan Collection, at the University of Minnesota. After having lived in Hawaii, California, and Minnesota, Margo and her husband now live full-time in La Quinta, California. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys visiting her grandchildren, playing golf, reading, watching sports, traveling, and hearing from her readers.
Marilyn Taylor McDowell – http://www.marilyntaylormcdowell.com
Marilyn Taylor McDowell has been bringing children and books together for over 25 years. She volunteered her time as Chairperson of the Library in her children’s elementary school for over six years and went on to open a children’s only bookshop. She headed up a Cultural Arts program to bring storytellers and musicians to a rural school and has led writing workshops for young writers. She has performed as a storyteller and has often volunteered to lead storytimes in schools, libraries and bookstores. Her debut mid-grade novel, Carolina Harmony, was published in March 2009 and was a Booklists Top Historical Fiction for Youth pick. She is currently revising her second mid-grade novel.
Mark A. Hicks – http://www.planetmarkix.com
I’m an award-winning whimsical illustrator creating artwork on assignment and independently for numerous publishers and companies around the globe. Creating fun and inspiring stories and illustrations for children, teens, and adults is my goal and passion. My experience includes illustrating children’s books and magazines, textbooks, greeting cards, educational clip art, websites, advertisements, marketing materials, POP displays and signs and much more.
Marlene Perez – http://www.marleneperez.com
Author of several novels for teens, including the popular DEAD IS series.
Marlo Garnsworthy – http://cleverbirdy.blogspot.com
Marlo is a SCBWI member and published children’s author. She works freelance as a developmental editor, copyeditor, and writing mentor with Book Editing Associates and is on faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD CE), where she teaches ‘Writing for Children’s Books’ as a component of the Children’s Book Illustration Certificate. She is also an artist and illustrator. She blogs about writing, editing, and more at cleverbirdy.blogspot.com.
Mary Newell DePalma – http://www.marynewelldepalma.com
Mary Newell DePalma has illustrated twenty picture books and is the author of five, including A Grand old Tree, an IRA/CBC Children’s Choice in 2006.
Maryam Tabibzadeh – http://www.persiandreams.org
I was born in Darab, Pars, in Iran. Earned my master’s degree from Shiraz University and moved to the United States in 1977 where I attended SUNY Binghamton to farther my education. My short novels and poems have been published in Persian magazines for the past twenty years. Two of my Persian books recently have been accepted for publication in Iran. I am one of the Persian Studies Advisory Committee for UNC Chapel Hill. I am also member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and SCBWIC.
I taught at UNC Charlotte, Wake technical College and Rutledge College.
Megan E. Bryant
Megan E. Bryant has written more than 150 books for children. She is represented by Jamie Weiss Chilton at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
Melissa Wiley – http://melissawiley.com
Melissa Wiley is the author of The Martha Years and The Charlotte Years, two series of books about the ancestors of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She blogs about books, writing, and rowdy family life at Here in the Bonny Glen. Her early reader, Fox and Crow Are Not Friends, will be published by Random House in Spring 2013 and she is at work on a YA novel to be published by Knopf.
Michaela MacColl – http://www.michaelamaccoll.com
Michaela attended Vassar College and Yale University. She earned degrees in multi-disciplinary history. Unfortunately, it took her 20 years before she realized she was learning how to write historical fiction. Her favorite stories are the ones she finds about the childhood experiences of famous people. What happened that helped them to be great? Michaela has two daughters so she’s hoping to identify those moments firsthand. She and her family live in Connecticut, but she will travel at the drop of hat to do local research. So far her travels have taken her to London and Florence and Amherst, Massachussetts. A trip to Shanghai, China is in the works. Prisoners in the Palace (Chronicle, October 2010) is her first book.
Michele Corriel – http://www.michelecorriel.com
Michele Corriel is a freelance writer, SCBWI Regional Advisor and author of Fairview Felines: A Newspaper Mystery, Blooming Tree/Tire Swing Press, 2010.
Michelle Cusolito – http://michellecusolito.blogspot.com/
Michelle has worked as a Naturalist, Grade 4 Teacher, Educational Consultant and Adjunct Professor for Lesley University’s Graduate School of Education. A National Board Certified Teacher, she also served as the President of the Board for Cape Outdoor Discovery (environmental camp) for 7 years. She currently writes for children and is seeking representation/publication for her non-fiction book “SNAKE! An Ecuadoran Adventure” and her picture books “When Camels Dance” and “Polliwog Safari.”
Mike Mullin – http://www.mikemullinauthor.com
I’ve been around children’s literature all my life, including working at Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore in Indianapolis in various capacities for more than 20 years. My debut young adult novel, ASHFALL, will be published by Tanglewood Press in October 2011.
Mira Reisberg – http://www.mirareisberg.com
Dr. Mira Reisberg is a children’s picture book consultant and editor. She is also an award winning picture book illustrator, writer, educator, book designer and art director. She has taught courses in writing, illustrating, and publishing children’s picture books for over 20 years with many of her former students now published. For her PhD in Education she wrote a 370 page dissertation on picture books and cultural studies. You can find some of her upcoming courses at http://www.artspractice.com/current_arts_courses.html
Muriel L. Dubois – http://www.apprenticeshopbooks.com
Author of more than 35 non-fiction books for children. Currently owner of Apprentice Shop Books, LLC specializing in books on American history.
Nancy Viau – http://www.nancyviau.com
Nancy Viau is the author of SAMANTHA HANSEN HAS ROCKS IN HER HEAD (Amulet Books), a novel for kids 8-12, and I CAN DO IT! (Abrams Books for Young Readers), a forthcoming picture book. She lives with her family in New Jersey and enjoys visiting schools to present assembly programs and writing workshops.
Nancy Raines Day – http://nancyrainesday.com
Nancy Raines Day is the author of many acclaimed picture books, including On a Windy Night, Flamingo’s First Christmas, A Kitten’s Year, Double Those Wheels, and The Lion’s Whiskers.
Penny Blubaugh – http://pennyblubaugh.com
Penny Blubaugh graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts with a Masters in Writing for Children. She’s also a YA Librarian. She’s held jobs that run the gamut from grocery store clerk to flight instructor. Her first book, Serendipity Market (fairy tale retellings from an alternate perspective) was a Kirkus Best Book for 2009. Her second book, Blood and Flowers, is an urban fantasy. Both are YA.
A new novelist, my first novel, HELFIRE, was shortlisted for the Debut Dagger award and has been optioned by Transit Publishing. Most of my recent writing has been screenplays, placing 18th in last years Writers’ Digest competition, and 2nd in a previous SouthWest Writers contest.
Sandra Alonzo – http://www.sandraalonzo.com
Sandra Alonzo is the author of two books. Gallop-O-Gallop, 2007, Dial Books for Young Readers, a picture/picture book about horses. Riding Invisible, 2010, (an ALA selection for Best Fiction for Young Adults) a young adult novel, published by Disney Hyperion.
Sarah Albee – http://www.sarahalbeebooks.com
Sarah Albee is the author of many children’s books; her most recent title, POOP HAPPENED: A HISTORY OF THE WORLD FROM THE BOTTOM UP examines how societies from ancient times to the present day dealt with the perplexing problem of what to do with their waste.
Sarah Jamila Stevenson – http://www.sarahjamilastevenson.com
Sarah Jamila Stevenson is the author of the recently-released debut YA novel THE LATTE REBELLION (Flux, January 2011). She is a freelance writer, editor, artist and graphic designer living in Northern California.
Sarah Lamstein – http://www.sarahlamstein.com
I’m a children’s book author and have published a folktale collection, a middle grade novel, and four picture books.
Sarah Tuttle – http://sarahtuttle.wordpress.com
Sarah Tuttle is a professional freelance writer and editor. She has been a Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators critique group leader for three years, and is currently attending Simmons for the MFA program in Writing for Children. In her undergraduate days, Sarah spent a semester as an editorial intern at Candlewick Press. Sarah specializes in editing books for children, picture book through young adult.
Shelli Wells – http://www.faeriality.blogspot.com
Sheri Doyle – http://www.sheridoyle.blogspot.com
Sheri Doyle writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for kids and teens. Her poems have appeared, or are due to appear, in Spider, Appleseeds, Highlights for Children, Highlights High Five, Turtle Magazine for Preschool Kids, Stories for Children, and a teacher’s resource titled, PASS IT ON.
Shirley Parenteau – http://www.shirleyparenteau.com
Shirley Parenteau is a native Oregonian transplanted to California years ago. Her writing career began with outdoor and travel magazine articles. While her children were young, she sold eight children’s books to five publishers, then moved to women’s fiction, publishing five novels. Now with granddaughters, she has returned to writing for children. Candlewick Press has published ONE FROG SANG, a counting book, and BEARS ON CHAIRS, a rhyming picture book recently republished in a toddler board book format. A sequel BEARS IN BEDS will be published by Candlewick in Fall, 2012.
Stacy Whitman – http://www.leeandlow.com/p/tu.mhtml
Stacy Whitman is the editorial director of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books.
Tara Lazar – http://taralazar.wordpress.com
Tara Lazar is the author of THE MONSTORE (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster 2013) and the creator of PiBoIdMo, Picture Book Idea Month, the picture book writer’s alternative to NaNoWriMo.
Teresa Flavin – http://www.teresaflavin.com
Teresa is an American children’s book author and illustrator based in Scotland. She has illustrated a number of picture books for US publishers and is author/illustrator of the middle grade novel, THE BLACKHOPE ENIGMA, published by Templar Publishing in the UK and Candlewick Press in the USA (August 2011). The sequel will be published in the UK in October 2011.
Tiffany Trent – http://www.tiffanytrent.com
Tiffany Trent is the author of the acclaimed young adult dark fantasy series, Hallowmere, as well as The Unnaturalists (forthcoming from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers). Her first book, In the Serpent’s Coils, was on the 2007 Autumn IndieNext list and was named a 2008 New York Public Library Book of the Teenage. She is also the winner of the 2008 SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant. Her short stories have been featured in Magic in the Mirrorstone, Love Bites, and Corsets & Clockwork. She is also the editor of the charity anthology for Gulf coast relief, Breaking Waves.
Tom Dell’Aringa – http://www.maroonedcomic.com
Hi, I’m Tom Dell’Aringa, a User Interface designer by day and a comic book artist by night! (Although I don’t wear a cape, because it gets in the way of drawing!) I love to tell stories, and the story is at the heart of all my comics. I grew up with a steady diet of Looney Tunes, Underdog, B-movies and epic fantasy books. All these things influence the stories I tell through my comics. All the work I do is suitable for all ages, although I do not “dumb it down” for kids! My characters are people that everyone can relate to. So grab a comic, a treat, and a comfortable seat and enjoy!
You can find me online at:
Tommy Greenwald – http://tommygreenwald.com
creative director and author – debut middle-grade novel, CHARLIE JOE JACKSON’S GUIDE TO NOT READING, published by Roaring Brook/Macmillan in July ’11.
Uma Krishnaswami – http://www.umakrishnaswami.com
Uma Krishnaswami was born in India and now lives in northwest New Mexico. She is the author of picture books (Monsoon, The Happiest Tree, Chachaji’s Cup), a middle grade novel (Naming Maya) and early readers (Holi, Yoga Class). Her latest novel for young readers is The Grand Plan to Fix Everything, a Bollywood-themed romp featuring best friends, dancing monkeys, and chocolate, published by Atheneum, with a sequel due out in 2012. Uma is on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.