NANCY VIAU is the founder of the KidLit Authors Club, and the author of the picture books Storm Song (Two Lions & Scholastic, 2013), Look What I Can Do! (Abrams Books, 2013), City Street Beat (Albert Whitman & Co., 2014), First Snow (Albert Whitman & Co., 2018), and Pruitt and Soo (Two Lions, TBA). Her middle-grades include:  Just One Thing! (Schiffer Publishing, 2016), winner of the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award, Samantha Hansen Has Rocks In Her Head (Abrams/Amulet Books, 2008 & Schiffer Publishing, 2019), Something’s Bugging Samantha Hansen (Schiffer Publishing, 2019), and Beauty and Bernice (Schiffer Publishing, TBA). Nancy is a kid-at-heart who loves presenting programs to K-6 students. She finds inspiration in nature, travel, and her super-fun job as a librarian assistant.   

TIMOTHY YOUNG is the author/illustrator of I Hate Picture Books!, Shadows On My Wall, They're Coming!, The Angry Little Puffin, Do Not Open The Box! (all from Schiffer Publishing) and I'm Looking For A Monster! (Random House). Autumn 2017 sees the publication of two new books, I'm Going To Outer Space! and Creatures and Characters: Drawing Amazing Monsters, Aliens, and Other Weird Things!. He is also the illustrator of Am I BIG Enough? by Julia Pinkney and Just One Thing! by Nancy Viau. He has worked as an art director, toy designer and animator. He and his family live near the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. One of his favorite things about being an author is doing school visit presentations.

  ALISON FORMENTO is the author of the award-winning picture book This Tree Counts! and its abridged board book This Tree, 1, 2, 3. From Booklist: Teachers and parents will welcome Formento's “going green” tale. Her other books include These Bees Count! (2012) and These Seas Count! (2013) and These Rocks Count! (2014). Alison has written for several publications including The New York Times, The Writer and Parenting. Alison Ashley Formento's debut young adult novel is Twigs (September 2013, Merit Press). She loves visiting schools and libraries and donates a portion of her book sales to AmericanForests.org.
         
nancyviau.com   creaturesandcharacters.com   alisonashleyformento.com
         

         
   

ARTIE BENNETT is the executive copy editor for a children’s book publisher and he writes a little on the side (but not the backside!). He wrote a couple things when he was a much younger man, but The Butt Book (2010) was his first “mature” work. It would earn Artie the nickname “the Dr. Seuss of your caboose.” His “number two” picture book, fittingly entitled Poopendous!, published to great acclaim in 2012. Peter Panda Melts Down! and Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My! followed in 2014. He and his wife live deep in the bowels of Brooklyn, New York.

  DIANNE K. SALERNI is the author of The Eighth Day fantasy series (HarperCollins) and YA historical novels, The Caged Graves (Clarion/HMH) and We Hear the Dead (Sourcebooks). Dianne lives in southeastern Pennsylvania, where she was a public school teacher for 25 years before leaving the profession to spend more time hanging around creepy cemeteries and climbing 2000 year-old pyramids in the name of book research.   TIFFANY STRELITZ HABER is the author of two rhyming picture books: The Monster Who Lost His Mean (Holt/Macmillan, 2012) and Ollie and Claire (Philomel/Penguin, 2013). She has eaten fried bugs, jumped out of airplanes and lives for adventures in general! Tiffany grew up in NYC, but is now located in central NJ with her husband and two young sons.
         
artiebennett.com   diannesalerni.com   itsrhymetime.com
         

         
   
CHARLOTTE BENNARDO is the author of the MG science adventure series, Evolution Revolution (Poolside Press), and is co-author of Blonde OPS (St. Martin's/Dunne) and the Sirenz series (Flux), and a contributing author in Beware the Little White Rabbit (Leap Books). She sees story ideas everywhere and has written them down on napkins, bottoms of her shoes and even on her arms.   YVONNE VENTRESCA’s latest young adult novel, the psychological thriller BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES (Sky Pony Press, 2016) was listed at the top of Buzzfeed’s must-read new YA fall books. Her debut YA novel, PANDEMIC, won a 2015 Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Yvonne’s other works include the short story “The Art of Remaining Bitter,” which was selected for the anthology, THE MYSTERIES OF DEATH AND LIFE (Dancing Lemur Press, 2017) and the short story “Escape to Orange Blossom,” which was chosen for the dystopian collection, PREP FOR DOOM. She is also the author of two nonfiction books, PUBLISHING (Careers for the 21st Century) and AVRIL LAVIGNE (People in the News). You can learn more about her at YvonneVentresca.com where she blogs about writing and the creative life.   JODI MOORE is author of the award-winning When a Dragon Moves In (Flashlight Press, 2011), its sequel, When a Dragon Moves in Again (2015), and Good News Nelson (Story Pie Press, 2012). Jodi is the proud (admittedly), neurotic mother of two talented young adults and never ceases to be amazed at how far the umbilical cord stretches. She loves connecting with readers through school and book events. Jodi lives in PA with her husband and an ever-changing bunch of characters in her head.
         
charlotteebennardo.blogspot.com   yvonneventresca.com   writerjodimoore.com
         

         
   
JEFFRY W. JOHNSTON is the author of the two young adult novels: Fragments (Simon Pulse, 2007), an Edgar nominee for Best Young Adult Mystery by the Mystery Writers of America and a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers, and The Truth (Sourcebooks, 2016). Before turning to YA, he published over 40 short stories and has written on subjects as varied as theatre, film, health, business, and education. He shares his publishing experience with students of all ages, and in his spare time he enjoys music, movies, and baseball.     DARLENE BECK JACOBSON is a former teacher and speech therapist and the author of the historical middle-grade novel Wheels of Change (Creston Books, 2014). She has loved writing since she was a girl. Darlene’s stories have appeared in Cicada, Cricket, and other magazines. She enjoys sewing, tea parties, and travel. Her favorite destination is Australia, where she fed a kangaroo, held a koala, and snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef. Her blog features recipes, activities, crafts, and interviews with children’s book authors and illustrators.   LAURIE WALLMARK’s picture book biography, Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine (Creston Books, 2015), received four starred reviews (Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal) and many national awards such as Outstanding Science Trade Book and Cook Prize Honor Book. Her picture book biography, Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code (Sterling Children’s Books, 2017), earned a Kirkus star and a Parents’ Choice Gold Medal. Laurie has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. When not writing, she teaches computer science. Laurie enjoys visiting schools and encouraging children’s interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).
         
jeffrywjohnston.com   darlenebeckjacobson.com    lauriewallmark.com
         

         
   
M. TARA CROWL’S debut middle-grade novel Eden’s Wish was released by Disney-Hyperion in 2015. The second book in the series, Eden’s Escape, will be released in September 2016. Tara grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She studied Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, then worked as an assistant in Hollywood for two years before returning to her childhood dream of writing books. She moved from LA to Sydney, Australia and received an MA in Creative Writing at Macquarie University. She now lives in New York City.   MARISA DE LOS SANTOS has published three New York Times bestselling novels for adults. DAVID TEAGUE is the author of the acclaimed picture books Franklin’s Big Dreams and the forthcoming The Red Hat. Their first joint middle-grade venture was the Texas-Bluebonnet-Award nominated Saving Lucas Biggs, and their second collaboration, Connect the Stars (2015), was a Scholastic Book Fair pick. They live in Wilmington, Delaware, with their two children, Charles and Annabel, and two dogs, Huxley and Finn. They like nothing better than visiting schools, libraries, and community centers to talk about books.
  COLLEEN ROWAN KOSINSKI received her B.A. from Rutgers University in visual art, and is an alumna of Moore College of Art. Her debut picture book, Lilla’s Sunflowers (Skypony Press), releases in July 2016. She writes middle grade novels, young adult novels, and writes and illustrates picture books. As a lover of nature and animals, in the spring you can usually find her nursing a sick rabbit or robin back to health. Colleen resides in NJ with her husband, three sons, and three dogs.
         
mtaracrowl.com   davidteague.net   colleenrowankosinski.com
         

         
   
MARIA E. ANDREU, a New Jersey resident, is the author of The Secret Side of Empty, a semi-autobiographical story of an undocumented teen. It won an Indie Excellence Award and was named “Must-read YA” by Bookish. At age twelve, Marie wrote, “Most of all, I want to be a writer.” It only took her thirty years to get there. She enjoys taking pictures of the wild things that visit her yard and writing in her inner snarky teenage voice.   ROBIN NEWMAN was a practicing attorney and legal editor, but now prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. She’s the author of the Wilcox & Griswold Mysteries: The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake (Creston Books, 2015) and The Case of the Poached Egg (Creston Books, 2017). Robin’s picture books include Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep (Creston Books, 2016) and No Peacocks! (Sky Pony Press), which flies onto bookshelves in 2018. She lives in New York with her husband, son, goldfish, and two spoiled English Cocker Spaniels.
  KELL ANDREWS wrote the picture book Mira Forecasts the Future (Sterling, 2016) after growing up in a household obsessed with the weather forecast. Today she lives with her husband and two daughters outside Philadelphia, where they enjoy rainy days as much as the sunny ones. Her second picture book will be published by Sterling in 2018. Kell is also the author of the middle-grade eco-fantasy Deadwood (Spencer Hill Press, 2014).
         
mariaeandreu.com   robinnewmanbooks.com  

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    KIMBERLY SABATINI is a former special education teacher who is now a very busy domestic engineer. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, three boys, and a slightly naughty German Shepherd. Kimberly writes YA fiction and is the winner of the 2016 Alice Curtis Desmond Award. She’s represented by Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Literary Agency and Touching the Surface (Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, 2012) is her debut novel.    
   
   
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In Memorium

   
       
    CYNTHIA CHAPMAN WILLIS, a vibrant part of the KidLit Authors Club since 2009, greeted both friend and stranger with a bright, unforgettable smile. Her passion for writing was evident in everything she touched, and we relied heavily on her support, optimism, and words of wisdom. Please take a moment to read a lovely tribute on Cynthia Leitich Smith's blog. We hope you’ll join us in honoring our dear friend’s memory by adding her delightful books, Dog Gone and Buck Fever, to your library.
   
         
       

 

         

         
         
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