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 Pruett and Soo (Two Lions, 2020). Her middle-grade novels include: Just One Thing! (Schiffer Publishing, 2016), winner of the 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award, Beauty and Bernice (Schiffer Publishing, 2018), Samantha Hansen Has Rocks In Her Head (Abrams/Amulet Books, 2008 & Schiffer Publishing, 2019), and Something Is Bugging Samantha Hansen (Schiffer Publishing, 2019). 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!, 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). May 2019 sees the publication of untitled (Schiffer). 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 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.   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.


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 where she blogs about writing and the creative life.   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.  


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.   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).


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).
  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.


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.   ANNETTE WHIPPLE strives to inspire a sense of wonder in young people through her children’s nonfiction books. She wants to excite readers about science with her books FlowersSoil, and Insects as Producers. Annette’s recent titles, North America and Africa, explore the incredible geography, wildlife, history, and people of the continents. When she’s not writing, Annette enjoys snacking on warm chocolate chip cookies with her family.    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.
  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.   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.



    JENNIFER ROBIN BARR focuses on picture books and middle-grade novels, and is drawn to writing about little-known nuggets of history. Goodbye, Mr. Spalding (Boyds Mills Press, 2019) is her middle grade debut. She is excited to share her experience and connect with schools and libraries.  Jennifer spent a short career publishing how-to style guide books, then joined SCBWI, found a great writing group, and has been writing stories for children ever since. When she’s not writing, Jennifer spends her days advising college students. She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband, daughters, and an 18-pound guard dog beagle named Maggie.



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