Sue Alexander, author of Small Plays for Special Days
, shares some of the real-life anecdotes that have inspired her books.
The author of When Mammoths Walked the Earth
loves to write about animals and the environment.
Visit the wildlife page of the author and illustrator of our beloved Mouse series.
Author of two Clarion titles, Peacebound Trains
and Tae's Sonata
Louise W. Borden
The author cowrote Paperboy
, which was based on a true event in the life of coauthor Mary Kay Kroeger's father.
The Australian author of more than fifty books for young readers was a teacher for more than twenty years before becoming a full-time writer.
Linda Bronson, illustrator of Moe McTooth: An Alley Cat's Tale
, shares her exuberance and her artistic process.
Visit the fun-filled Web site of Timothy Bush, illustrator of Janey and the Famous Author
The author of Virginia Bound
discusses the grad school research that later led to her first young adult novel. She also notes a number of interesting resources for learning more about Colonial history.
An encounter with blinding snow while crossing Donner Pass led Marian Calabro to begin researching The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party
Stephanie Calmenson writes from the heart about dogs of all shapes and sizes, from a Perfect Puppy
to Rosie: A Visiting Dog's Story
to Shaggy, Waggy Dogs (and Others)
Paul Carrick designs and illustrates for a variety of formats, from books to role-playing games. He collaborated with his mother, Carol Carrick
, on Mothers Are Like That
This author-illustrator has a knack for creating mischievous creatures, from elusive sheep to adorable monkeys. Look for her new book, Vote!
in Fall 2003.
Meet the author of Spitting Image
: a librarian, a storyteller, a writer, and a quilter extraordinaire!
The illustrator of the charming seasonal mice books Halloween Mice!
, Valentine Mice!
, Christmas Mice! Easter Mice!
, and Thanksgiving Mice!
began his artistic career in high school, when he drew comic books lampooning his teachers and sold them for a nickel each.
Diane de Groat
The illustrator of several children's books by authors such as Eve Bunting (A Turkey for Thanksgiving
) and Lois Lowry (Anastasia Krupnik
) enjoys gardening, taxidermy, and sleeping late.
As the oldest of nine children, the author of Flying Solo
grew up swimming in stories.
Jamie Gilson learned to read from Dick and Jane books in Boonville, Mississippi.
Kristine O'Connell George
The award-winning poet of Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems
and Little Dog and Duncan
shares her love of poetry and challenges her visitors to find poetry in their own lives.
Kitty Griffin and Kathy Combs
Two first-time authors round up their talents with a rollicking adventure as big as Texas itself: Cowboy Sam and Those Confounded Secrets
Nikki Grimes, author of A Pocketful of Poems
, shares insight, inspiration, and her love for wordcraft as she encourages students in their own poetic endeavors.
Mary Downing Hahn
Mary Downing Hahn has written more than twenty acclaimed books for young readers, ranging from modern-day ghost stories and time travels to historical novels. Her latest offering is Hear the Wind Blow
, an adventure set during the Civil War.
In the midst of a Ph.D. program in Linguistics at Stanford University, Melissa Iwai realized she wasn't pursuing what she really loved to do. Now she illustrates books such as Gramps and the Fire Dragon
and Snuggle Mountain
Barbara M. Joosse
As a child, the author of Nugget and Darling
, Ghost Trap: A Wild Willie Mystery
and Snow Day!
thought that books got on library shelves by magic.
The author of Mandy Sue Day
and This Is a Hospital, Not a Zoo
shares about her childhood desire to write.
The Caldecott Honor winner of Click, Clack Moo
, Aunt Minnie McGranahan
, and Aunt Minnie and the Twister
can't remember ever wanting to be anything but an artist.
Author and illustrator of such books as Sacred River
began his career as a magazine illustrator.
The artwork of E. B. Lewis can be found in major private collections and galleries throughout the United States.
Betsy and Giulio Maestro
The Maestros introduce young readers to complicated subjects, from the history of money to the workings of government.
Author of the quirky and popular Hamlet Chronicles
, as well as The Dream Stealer
, The Good Liar
and Crabby Cratchitt
Illustrator of more than a dozen books for young readers, including his most recent, Quiet Night
Award-winning Canadian author of novels for young readers such as Sparks Fly Upward
Laura Williams McCaffrey
The author of Alia Waking
offers fantasy-writing tips.
Debbie S. Miller
The author of several children's books about nature, including River of Life
, has a passion for writing nature books about the wilderness and wildlife that surrounds her home in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Minor is a well-known painter who has illustrated more than 2,000 book jackets, including that of Red Fox Running
by Eve Bunting
The whimsical illustrator of the Missing Rabbit
and Room for Rabbit
grew up on a farm where her father flew airplanes and her mom painted pictures.
William Allen Munoz
Photographer William Munoz has worked with Dorothy Hinshaw Patent on many excellent books, including Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark
and Plants on the Trail with Lewis and Clark
Claire Rudolf Murphy
Claire Rudolf Murphy, author of Free Radical
, lived in Alaska for twenty-four years before settling in her current home in Spokane, Washington.
Hiroe Nakata often reminded of her childhood in Japan as she illustrates whimsical books like Everything Is Different at Nonna's House
Author of several popular Clarion titles, including Too Far Away to Touch
and Matzo Ball Moon
Wendie Old, a children's librarian for more than twenty-five years, has written several biographies for older readers. To Fly
is her first picture book.
Linda Sue Park
This 2002 Newbery Medal winner for A Single Shard
discovered and connected with her Korean heritage when she delved into writing for younger readers. Her other acclaimed titles include The Kite Fighters
, Seesaw Girl
, and, most recently, When My Name Was Keoko
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Writer of award-winning books about animals and natural history, including Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark
and Plants on the Trail with Lewis and Clark
with photographer William Munoz.
Jill and Daniel Pinkwater
Jill and Daniel Pinkwater have collaborated on numerous books for children.
Mary Skillings Prigger
Creator of the indomitable, lovable Aunt Minnie in of Aunt Minnie and the Twister
Artist James Ransome has received many awards, including the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and the 2001 Rip Van Winkle Award.
Enter the hilarious and high-flying world of Chuck Richards, illustrator of Author Day for Room 3T
Bethany Roberts, whose books include the Holiday Mice series, has been writing about animals since she was eight years old.
Illustrator of Five Little Kittens
, Millions of Snowflakes
, Martin and the Giant Lions
The award-winning author of Missing Rabbit
and Room for Rabbit
likes to help children think for themselves.
Pegi Deitz Shea
The author of Tangled Threads
shares her life as a writer, and the life-changing experience of her travels to Thailand.
The author of more than fifty books for young readers, including Didi and Daddy on the Promenade
and Quiet Night
, writes in a variety of formats, from poetry to prose.
Chris Soentpiet's books reflect his deep interest in history and culture.
Author of The Amethyst Road
, which is shortlisted for the 2006 Andre Norton Award for outstanding young adult fantasy.
Catherine Stock lives in France and in New York. She has traveled all over the world, often finding stories to write and illustrate as she goes.
Edith Tarbescu studied playwriting before trying her hand at children's books.
Stefano Vitale grew up in Italy and studied in Venice and Verona before coming to the United States.
Ginger Wadsworth's books reflect her interest in the natural world.
Two-time Caldecott medalist; two-time Caldecott Honor winner. Caldecott Medal: The Three Pigs
(2002) and Tuesday
(1992); Caldecott Honor Book: Sector 7
(2000) and Free Fall
Illustrator of Cowboy Sam and Those Confounded Secrets
and Davey's Blue-Eyed Frog
, Mike Wohnoutka grew up in the town of Spicer, Minnesota (population: 1000).
Thomas Yezerski based his illustrations for Perfect Puppy
on a dog named Mickey who thinks that stealing socks is an important job.
Jane Breskin Zalben
Jane Breskin Zalben began her career as a graphic designer and art director. She is the author and illustrator of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Don't Go!