NANCY VIAU is the founder of the KidLit Authors Club, and the award-winning author of the following picture books: Storm Song, Look What I Can Do!, City Street Beat, First Snow, Today Is a Beach Day! and Pruett and Soo. Her middle-grade novels include: Just One Thing!, Beauty and Bernice, Samantha Hansen Has Rocks In Her Head, and Something Is Bugging Samantha Hansen. 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 untitled, I Hate Picture Books!, Shadows On My Wall, They're Coming!, The Angry Little Puffin, Do Not Open The Box!, I'm Going To Outer Space!, Creatures and Characters: Drawing Amazing Monsters, Aliens, and Other Weird Things!, If You Give the Puffin a Muffin and More Creatures and Characters: Drawing Awesomely Wild, Wacky and Funny Animals. (all from Schiffer Publishing) and I'm Looking For A Monster! (Random House). 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! (Albert Whitman & Co., 2010) 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), 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 (Merit Press, 2013). She loves visiting schools and libraries and donates a portion of her book sales to



ARTIE BENNETT is an executive copy editor by day and a writer by night. He’s the author of the inspiring picture-book biography The True Story of Zippy Chippy: The Little Horse That Couldn’t. He’s also the author of several hilarious rhyming picture books: The Butt Book, his first “mature” work; Poopendous!, his “number two” children’s book; Peter Panda Melts Down!, an adorable departure from derrières and doo; the explosively funny Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!; and his newest, What’s Afoot! Your Complete, Offbeat Guide to Feet, guaranteed to knock your socks off. He’s also written The Universe’s Greatest Dinosaur Jokes and Pre-Hysteric Puns and The Universe’s Greatest School Jokes and Rip-Roaring Riddles. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he spends his time moving his car to satisfy the stringent demands of alternate-side-of-the-street parking. HuffPost says: “It appears there is no topic Mr. Bennett can’t make funny and educational.”

  DIANNE K. SALERNI  is the author of middle grade and YA novels, including Eleanor, Alice, & the Roosevelt Ghosts (Holiday House), The Eighth Day series (HarperCollins), The Caged Graves (Clarion/HMH,) and We Hear the Dead (Sourcebooks). Dianne 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.    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 where she blogs about writing and the creative life.


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.   COLLEEN ROWAN KOSINSKI received her BA from Rutgers University and is an alumna of Moore College of Art. Her middle grade novel, A Promise Stitched in Time (Schiffer Publishing, 2018), is a spooky story with Holocaust ties. She’s also written and illustrated a picture book called, Lilla's Sunflowers (Sky Pony, 2016). And has sold two more picture books to be released in the future. A seeker of the unknown, Colleen has explored haunted houses, visited mediums, and even spent time with a voodoo priestess in New Orleans. She lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with her family and pets—and no ghosts as far as she knows.   JEFFRY W. JOHNSTON is the author of 3 young adult novels. His first novel, Fragments (Simon Pulse, 2007) was a 2008 Edgar nominee by the Mystery Writers of America for Best Young Adult Mystery, and his second novel, The Truth (Sourcebook Fire 2016) was a 2017 Top 10 In the Margins Book Award winner. Both novels were also YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. His latest novel, Following(Sourcebooks Fire 2019) was a 2019 Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. Before turning to YA, Jeffry published over 40 short stories and has written on various subjects such as theatre, movies, health, business, and education. He shares his writing and publishing experience with students, and in his spare time enjoys movies, TV-bingeing, baseball, music, and, of course, reading.


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), The Case of the Poached Egg (Creston Books, 2017), and The Case of the Bad Apples (Creston Books, 2020). Robin’s picture books include Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep (Creston Books, 2016), No Peacocks! A Feathered Tale of Three Mischievous Foodies (Sky Pony Press, 2018), and Don’t Call Me Fuzzybutt! which flies onto bookshelves spring 2021 (Sleeping Bear Press). She lives in New York with her husband, son, and three spoiled dogs.   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) and Wishes, Dares and How To Stand Up to a Bully (Creston Books, 2020). 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.   Award-winning author LAURIE WALLMARK 's most recent #WomenInSTEM picture book biography, Numbers In Motion: Sophie Kowalevski, Queen Of Mathematics, released March 2020. Her previous biographies (Ada Byron Lovelace And The Thinking Machine, Grace Hopper: Queen Of Computer Code, and Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life) have earned multiple starred trade reviews and many national awards. Laurie has an MFA in writing from VCFA. She is a former software engineer and computer science professor. Laurie enjoys visiting schools and encouraging children’s interest in STEM. You can find Laurie online at @lauriewallmark.  


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.   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).
  ANNETTE WHIPPLE celebrates curiosity and inspires a sense of wonder in young readers while exciting them about science and history. She’s the author of eight fact-filled children’s books including The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide (Chicago Review Press), Whooo Knew? The Truth about Owls (Reycraft Books), and The Story of the Wright Brothers (Rockridge Press). Annette is a fact-loving, chocolate chip cookie-baking children’s nonfiction author from Pennsylvania. Get to know her and learn about her resources for teachers and writers at her website.


DAVID NEILSON is the author of two middle-grade horror/comic/fantasies published by Crown Books for Young Readers: Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom (2016) and Beyond the Doors (2017). A classically trained actor, David works as a professional storyteller based in Sleepy Hollow, NY and spends much of October spooking the bejeebers out of people or performing one of his one-man shows based on and inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft. He lives with his wife, son, daughter, and two very domineering cats.    RACHELLE BURK writes both fiction and nonfiction for children ages 3-12. Her works include picture books Don’t Turn The Page!, (CrestonBooks, 2014) Tree House in a Storm (Stemmer House, 2009), and the award-winning biography Painting in the Dark: Esref Armagan, Blind Artist (Tumblehome Learning, 2016). Her chapter book The Tooth Fairy Trap has been a “One School/One Book” choice in several schools, and her middle grade science adventure novel, The Walking Fish (Tumblehome Learning, 2015), received an award from the National Science Teachers Association. Rachelle has numerous magazine publications, including Scholastic Science World and Highlights, and is the founder of the writer’s resource site
A recently retired social worker, Rachelle lives in New Jersey and visits schools throughout the country.
  JULIE GONZALEZ is a former teacher and the author of the picture book How Could a BEAR Sleep Here? (Holiday House, 2018). She enjoys working with younger students, using humor and heart to encourage curiosity, imagination, and empathy. Born in Maine, raised in New Jersey, and currently living in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, she runs, hikes, and interacts with the wildlife in her wooded backyard, an area which provides constant inspiration for her stories.



    HALLEE ADELMAN is the debut author of My Quiet Ship (Albert Whitman, 2018), a picture book about a young boy who pretends he is the commander of his own rocket ship whenever he hears yelling in his home. With a PhD in education, Hallee has taught elementary through university students. She enjoys sharing writing tips with educators, children, and teens. She loves all-things-Philadelphia, all forms of music, and all people who believe in kindness. Random fact: Hallee also works on documentary films.    






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