Posted by: Kathy Temean | August 20, 2013

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Andew Arnold

Andrew Arnold is one of the co-authors of the Adventures in Cartooning series and moonlights [during the day] as a book designer for a children’s book publisher. His work has appeared in several publications, including Nickelodeon Magazine, Cambridge University Press, and Roaring Brook Press. Originally from Houston, TX, Andrew currently lives in New York City.

Andrew Arnold

Avi

Avi

Avi is part of a family of writers extending back into the 19th century. Born in 1937 and raised in New York City, Avi was educated in local schools, before going to the Midwest and then back to NYC to complete his education.

His first book was Things That Sometimes Happen, published in 1970, and recently reissued. Since then he has published seventy books. Winner of many awards, including the 2003 Newbery Award for Crispin: the Cross of Lead (Hyperion), two Newbery Honors, two Horn Book awards, and an O’Dell Award, as well as many children’s choice awards, he frequently travels to schools around the country to talk to his readers.

Among his most popular books are Crispin: The Cross of Lead, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing but the Truth, the Poppy books, Midnight Magic, and The Fighting Ground.Read more »

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Sudipta Bardhan Quallan

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is an award-winning children’s book author whose books include Chicks Run Wild, Pirate Princess, Hampire!, and Quackenstein Hatches a Family. She visits schools around the country to talk about the craft of writing to children of all ages. Sudipta graduated from Washington Township High School in New Jersey in 1994 and then attended the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, where she received both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree…Read more »

Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall is a Brooklyn-based Australian artist who has illustrated over thirty books for children, including the Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning Ruby’s Wish, Meet Wild Boars, which won a Founder’s Award from the Society of Illustrators and a BCCB Blue Ribbon Award, Big Red Lollipop, which was a New York Times Top Ten Picture Book for 2010, Pecan Pie Baby, which won a Horn Book Honor in 2011, and the New York Times bestselling series, Ivy and Bean.

Blackall’s first book for adults, Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found

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Nick Bruel

Nick Bruel

Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of the phenomenally successful Bad Kitty picture books and chapter books, as well as other popular books for young readers. He has received the 2012 CBC Children’s Choice Book Award, as well as other popular books for young readers. He has received the 2012 CBC Children’s Choice Book Award, as well as several major state awards for his work.

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Jen Bryant

Jen Bryant

Jen Bryant writes novels, biographies and poems for readers of all ages. Her biographical picture book A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, received a Caldecott Honor, a NY Times Best Illustrated, and Charlotte Zolotow Honor. Their 2013 collaboration A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin received four starred reviews and is a Jr. Library Guild section. Jen’s award-winning novels include Pieces of Georgia, The Trial, Kaleidoscope Eyes, Ringside 1925, and The Fortune of Carmen Navarro.

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Laurie Calkhoven

Laurie Calkhoven

When she got her first library card and was set free among the picture books, Laurie Calkhoven decided she wanted to be a librarian. Later she realized that that were people who created those wonderful books on the shelves, and she decided to be one of them. Laurie writes for American Girl’s Innerstar University series as well as historical novels for her own series, Boys of Wartime. Her most recent work of nonfiction is I Grew Up to be President.

She lives in New York City and can frequently be found at the library.

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Alyssa Capucilli

Alyssa Capucilli

Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the author of over seventy-five books including Biscuit, the popular bestseller used to launch the My First I Can Read Series from HarperCollins. With over fifty titles in the series as well as over nineteen million books in print, Biscuit has been deemed a modern classic and has been translated into numerous languages worldwide.

Once a professional dancer, Alyssa’s love of dance is embodied in her latest series, Katy Duck, illustrated by Henry Cole. Her newest project is a series of interactive non-fiction photo essays including, My First Soccer Game and My First Ballet Class. 

Ms. Capucilli is the recipient of numerous awards including the Washington Irving Award, the Garden State Award, the Bank Street College Best Book Award and the Oppenheim Portfolio Gold Award, and the American Library Association Award.

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Monica Carnesi

Monica Carnesi

Mônica Carnesi is the author and illustrator of Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic, which was selected as a 2012 Horn Book Fanfare and a 2013 Gryphon Award Honor Book.  Mônica is also a librarian with The Free Library of Philadelphia  – a perfect fit for her interests!  Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she lives in Philadelphia with her husband and a silly beagle named Constance.  Her new picture book, Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear (Nancy Paulsen Books) is due out summer 2014. …Read more »

Bryan Collier

Bryan Collier

Bryan Collier was born and raised on the Easternshore of Maryland and from won a scholarship to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York where he received a B.F.A in 1989. Collier served as assistant director then director of the Harlem Horizon Art Studio for 12 years while also persuing a picture book deal. After seven years of knocking on publisher’s doors, in 2000, the award-winning book Uptown was released, winning the Coretta Scott King Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Award.

Bryan Collier has gone on to receive three Caldecott Honors for Martin’s Big Words, Rosa, and Dave the Potter, as well as a total of seven Coretta Scott King Awards and Honors. Collier is currently collaborating on a picture book with New Orleans based super-star musician, “Trombone Shorty.”

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Shana Corey

Shana Corey

Shana Corey has a flair for finding the story in history and making it fun for kids. She was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for her first picture book, You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer !, which was also selected as a Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Book, a Booklist Editors’ Choice, and an Orbis Pictus Recommended Book. Shana’s other books for young readers include Mermaid Queen!The Spectacular True Story of Annette Kellerman Who Swam Her Way to Fame, Fortune, & Swimsuit History, Milly and the Macy’s Parade,  Players in Pigtails, and most recently, Here Come the Girl Scouts! The Amazing, All-True Story of Juliette Gordon Low and her Great Adventure  which celebrates the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary and was  named a New York Times Editors Choice and a Notable Social Studies Trade Book. Shana is also a children’s book editor at Random House Children’s books.

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David Hyde Costello

David Hyde Costello was born in upstate New York and began drawing as soon as he could hold a crayon. He drew constantly, filling reams of paper with characters of his own making. His favorites became the subjects of ongoing stories that David wrote and illustrated. One of his early recurring characters was “The Math Wizard,” who lived on the upper-right-hand corner of his eighth-grade math assignments and whose adventures were of continuing interest to the entire class.

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Nina Crews

Nina Crews

Nina Crews uses photography and collage to create distinctive picture books. Her stories draw inspiration from the children and neighborhoods of Brooklyn – her home for over 25 years. She is the daughter of children’s book authors Donald Crews and Ann Jonas and grew up watching them work. Her first book, One Hot Summer Day, was published in 1995 and is still in print today. She has had two books selected for ALA’s Notable list – The Neighborhood Mother Goose, and Below. Her latest books, The Neighborhood Sing-Along and Jack and the Beanstalk were both published Spring 2011.…Read more »

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Margery Cuyler

Margery Cuyler has written 48 children’s books, among them That’s Good! That’s Bad!,  Skeleton Hiccups, 100th Day Worries, Bullies Never Win, and The Battlefield Ghost, a children’s chapter book for grades 3-5 that takes place in Princeton, NJ. She has

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Debbie Dadey

Debbie Dadey

Attention mermaid lovers!  Debbie Dadey, author of 158 books and the fabulous Mermaid Tales series from Simon and Schuster, is splashing down in Princeton.  You may know Debbie from the beloved Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series, but the

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Elizabeth Dahl

Elizabeth Dahl

Elisabeth Dahl lives with her husband and son in Baltimore, Maryland, where she writes for both children and adults. All her life, people have asked whether she is related to Roald Dahl. Sadly, she’s not, but she’s looking forward to being his shelf neighbor with her first novel.

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Erin Soderberg Downing

Erin Soderburg Downing

Erin Soderberg Downing has written more than a dozen books for kids, tweens, and young adults. The first book in her quirky new middle-grade series, The Quirks: Welcome to Normal (illustrated by Kelly Light), was published by Bloomsbury in June 2013. Before becoming an author, Erin was a children’s book editor, a cookie inventor, and also worked for Nickelodeon.

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Ame Dyckman

Ame Dyckman

AME DYCKMAN LOVES picture books. Sometimes she’ll stop reading them long enough to write one of her own: · BOY + BOT, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino (Knopf; 2012) · TEA PARTY RULES, illustrated by K.G. Campbell (Viking; Fall, 2013) ·

WOLFIE AND DOT (working title), illustrated by Zachariah OHora (Little, Brown; 2014)

Etc.!

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Doris Ettlinger

Doris Ettlinger

Doris Ettlinger has illustrated over 30 books for children, including the award-winning titles A Book for Black-eyed Susan and The Orange Shoes. Her latest title Welcome to America, Champ! by Catherine Stiers, is part of Sleeping Bear Press’ Tales of the World series. A graduate of RISD and UW-Madison, Doris lives, works, and teaches watercolor in Warren County, NJ.

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Alison Formento

Alison Formento

ALISON ASHLEY FORMENTO is the author of multi-award-winning nature picture books This Tree Counts!, This Tree, 1, 2, 3, These Bees Count!, These Seas Count! and These Rocks Count! (2014). Her debut young adult novel Twigs is published by new imprint Merit Press Books, helmed by The New York Times bestselling author,

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David Gordon

David Gordon has art directed and/or worked on visual development, layout, and character design for numerous production companies from Lucasfilm to Pixar, including such movies as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., A Bug’s Life, and Cars;  BlueSky’s Robots and Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants; as well as animated commercials for companies like Cheerios and Nike. He has also written and illustrated many children’s books, among them Hansel and Diesel, The Three Little Rigs, The Ugly Truckling, and Smitten. He is one of the authors of the acclaimed graphic novels Out of Picture I and Out of Picture II, and one of three illustrators of Jon Scieszka’s 52-book, N.Y. Times best-selling series, Trucktown

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Lisa Greenwald

Lisa Greenwald

Lisa Greenwald is the author of Reel Life Starring Us, Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes, and My Life in Pink & Green. She works in the library at the Birch Wathen Lenox School in Manhattan and is a graduate of the New School’s MFA  program in writing for children. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Melissa Guion

Melissa Guion

Melissa Guion was born and raised in New Jersey! Her picture book Baby Penguins Everywhere! was selected for The Original Art 2012, an exhibition of the year’s best picture book art at the Society of Illustrators. Baby Penguins Love Their Mama! will be published by Philomel in January 2014. Melissa also writes for Tom Tom, a magazine for and about female drummers.

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Laura Lee Gulledge

Laura Lee Gulledge

Laura Lee Gulledge crafts stories and illustrations that are thought-provoking, funny, and emotionally resonant. Her debut graphic novel Page by Paige (2011, Abrams Books) was nominated for both the Eisner and Harvey Awards, as well as being the only graphic

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Brett Helquist

Brett Helquist

Brett Helquist is the illustrator of many books including The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. He is also the author of Bedtime for Bear and Roger the Jolly Pirate. His latest book is the Grumpy Goat, a great story about making friends and being happy. Brett grew up in Utah, graduated from Brigham Young University and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Edward Hemingway

Edward Hemingway is a writer and artist living in Brooklyn, NY.  He has done feature reporting for GQ magazine, written comics for Nickelodeon, and been featured in American Illustration and the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show. His artwork has

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Leeza Hernandez

Leeza Hernandez

Leeza Hernandez has illustrated three picture books, one of which was her debut book as an author—Dog Gone! (Putnam) in 2012. She has three picture books on the horizon: Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo (S&S, Fall 2013) written by NYT best-selling author and acclaimed actor John Lithgow; Cat Napped (Putnam, Summer 2014), a companion to Dog Gone! and sequel to Eat Your Math Homework, Eat Your Science Homework (Charlesbridge, Fall 2014) written by Ann McCallum.

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Susan Hood

Susan Hood

Susan’s published her first picture books (three in all) in fall 2012, but she’s not a newcomer to children’s publishing. Most recently she was the Children’s Content Director of Nick Jr. Magazine and has worked as an editor at Sesame Workshop and Scholastic. Her new books Spike, The Mixed-Up Monster and The Tooth Mouse were named Junior Library Guild selections and among the 2013 Best Books of the Year by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Spike is also a finalist for the 2013 International Latino Awards and New York’s Charlotte Award. Five more picture books are in the works from Candlewick, Hyperion and Random House. Stay tuned!

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Kate Hosford

Kate Hosford

Kate Hosford graduated from Amherst College in 1988 with a degree in English and Philosophy. Before becoming an author, she worked as a social worker, an elementary school teacher, and an illustrator. In 2011, she received her MFA in Writing For Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She presently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two sons. Her books are Big Bouffant (spring, 2011) its sequel, Big Birthday (spring, 2012), and Infinity and Me (fall, 2012). All three books are published by Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing.

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Dar James

Dar (Hosta) James

Dar (Hosta) James graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in Creative Writing and is the author and illustrator of six picture books for children. Her graduate work included a secondary education certification in Language Arts and, after a brief stint as a high school teacher, Dar went on to continue working in education through her writing and art as a visiting author, an artist in residence and a national speaker on creativity and education.

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Amy Ignatow

Amy Ignatow

Amy Ignatow is a cartoonist and the author of the Popularity Papers series of scrapbook-style illustrated novels. She is a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design and lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Mark, their daughter, Anya, and  and their cat, Mathilda, who is mostly very terrible.

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Melissa Iwai

Melissa Iwai

Melissa Iwai has illustrated numerous award winning books for children, including Good Night Engines, B is for Bulldozer, Hush Little Monster, and Soup Day, which she also wrote.  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, author Denis Markell, and their son, Jamie.  A relatively recent transplant, the illustrations of the trucks and the truck stop in Truck Stop was inspired by the trucking industry she grew up around in the central valley of California.

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Vincent X. Kirsch

Vincent X. Kirsch is an artist, designer, toymaker and writer of books, film and television projects for people of all ages. TITLES TO DATE NATALIE & NAUGHTILY / Author & Illustrator / BloomsburyUSA / Fall 2008 / Selected for 2010 Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators
FORSYTHIA & ME / Author & Illustrator / Farrar Straus Giroux / Winter 2011
THE CHANDELIERS / Author & Illustrator / Farrar Straus Giroux / August 2012
NOAH WEBSTER & HIS WORDS / Illustrator / Houghton Mifflin / October 2012 / Golden Kite Award 2012: Best Non-Fiction Picture Book
FREDDIE & GINGERSNAP / Author & Illustrator / DisneyHyperion / Winter 2014
A CLOUD TO KEEP / Author & Illustrator / DisneyHyperion / Winter 2015
THE GINGERBREAD SPY / Illustrator / Houghton Mifflin / Fall 2014
VALENTINY SWEETOOTH: A chapter book series / Creator & Illustrator / DisneyHyperion / Fall 2014 …Read more »

Michelle Knudsen

Michelle Knudsen

Michelle Knudsen is the author of more than 40 books for young readers, including the New York Times best-selling picture book Library Lion (illustrated by Kevin Hawkes), the picture book Argus (illustrated by Andréa Wesson), and the middle-grade fantasy novels The Dragon of Trelian and The Princess of Trelian. Her most recent picture book, Big Mean Mike (illustrated by Scott Magoon), won the 2013 Irma Black Award, which was voted on by more than 7,500 first and second graders around the world. She is currently working on a new novel for young adults, due out in 2014.…Read more »

Diane Kredensor

Diane Krednesor

Diane Krednesor is an Emmy Award-winning artist for her work on animated TV shows such as Pinky and the Brain, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and WordWorld, to name a few. Her most recent children’s book, Ollie & Moon: Aloha! is the third in the series for Random House
Children’s Books and introduces a brand new format, Step into Reading Comic Reader. Graphic panels and word balloons full of punchy dialogue introduce emergent readers to the joy of
comics. The easy-to-follow plot is about trying new things and what it means to be a best friend.…Read more »

Tara Lazar

Tara Lazar

Street magic performer. Hog-calling champion. Award-winning ice sculptor. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been. Instead, she writes quirky, humorous picture books featuring magical places that adults never find. Her debut The Monstore released in June 2013, with I Thought This Was a Bear Book and Little Red Gliding Hood to follow in 2014 and 2015. She’ll also debunk the rule “Grow Up, Be Serious” in Break These Rules, a YA anthology due in September 2013. …Read more »

Claire Legrand

Claire Legrand

Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now a writer, Ms. Legrand can often be found typing with purpose at her keyboard, losing herself in the stacks at her local library, or embarking upon spontaneous adventures to lands unknown. Her first novel is The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls, a New York Public Library Best Book for Children in 2012. Her second novel, The Year of Shadows, releases August 27, 2013, with her third novel, Winterspell, to follow in fall 2014. …Read more »

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Brian Lies

The Princeton Public Library was Brian’s boyhood library (though it was a smaller building then, and sported a wide spiral staircase which occasionally had a fountain in its middle).  Brian left Princeton for Brown University, where he studied psychology and and literature.  After Brown, he attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and spent several years as a political illustrator for magazines and newspapers.

Brian’s real goal was creating children’s books, and in 1990 he was offered his first book to illustrate.  To date, he has written and/or illustrated more than two dozen books, including his New York Times bestselling bat series, Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library and Bats at the Ballgame.  Brian’s most recent illustrated books include W.H. Beck’s Malcolm at Midnight and I.C. Springman’s More.  He has won many awards for his work.

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Kelly Light

Kelly Light

Born in 1970 off exit 149 of the Garden State Parkway, Kelly Light grew up down the shore surrounded by giant roadside dinosaurs, cotton candy colors and skee ball sounds. Schooled on Saturday morning cartoons and Sunday funny pages, she picked up a pencil and started drawing and never stopped. Kelly has illustrated two chapter books that have come out this spring of 2013, The Quirks, Welcome to Normal by Erin Soderberg, Bloomsbury and Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee, Balzer and Bray.  These series will continue with the second books out in the fall! Fall of 2014 her debut picture book Louise Loves Art is out from Balzer and Bray, followed the next fall by Lola Knows A Lot by Jenna McCarthy, also from Balzer and Bray. …Read more »

Lenore Look

Lenore Look

 Lenore Look is the award-winning author of numerous children’s books including the popular Alvin Ho series and the Ruby Lu series.

Her books have been translated into many languages. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Lenore Look

Fran Manushkin

Fran Manushkin

Fran Manushkin is the author of the popular Katie Woo series (33 books so far), as well as Baby, Come Out!; The Tushy Book; Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story; Miriam’s Cup: A Passover Story; Big Sisters are the Best; …Read more »

John B. Marciano

John Bemelmans Marciano

John Bemelmans Marciano was born in 1970 and grew up on a horse farm in Three Bridges, New Jersey — an hour’s drive from downtown Manhattan. He graduated from Columbia University, and worked at a variety of jobs, including reporterin a small town. He is a self-taught artist and works in a studio that sits right across the street from his childhood farm. The studio is a converted 100-year-old country department store.

While looking through some of his grandfather’s belongings, Marciano discovered a completed manuscript for a Madeline story with rough sketches that hinted at what the final illustrations might look like. Bemelmans Marciano took this story and developed a finished set of drawings to publish Madeline in America and Other Holiday Tales, a new addition to the series his grandfather started.

In addition to this first Madeline book, Bemelmans Marciano has written several other Madeline stories (one set in Rome), a first-person chapter book about a squirrel who lives in a New York City park (Harold’s Tail), a picture book about a resourceful and individualistic lamb (Delilah), and a book on the life and art of Ludwig Bemelmans.

John’s latest book is the 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield (October 2013) which is illustrated by Sophie Blackall.

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Leonard Marcus

Leonard Marcus

Leonard S. Marcus is one of the world’s leading writers about children’s books and the people who create them. His award-winning books include Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon; Minders of Make-Believe; ; The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth; Show Me a Story!; Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing; and Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work. Leonard is a contributor to the New York Times Book Review and a columnist for The Horn Book, and is a frequent commentator radio and television. …Read more »

Denis Markell

Denis Markell

Denis Markell is a playwright, and composer/lyricist who co-wrote the musical A Backers’ Audition (Manhattan Theatre Club), directed by Martin Charnin. Other works include the revue, Showing Off (with Donna Murphy and Veanne Cox), and the musical Gotham! (with other …Read more »

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Ann Martin is the author of many novels for young readers including A Dog’s Life, Everything For a Dog, Belle Teal, the Doll People books (written with Laura Godwin), and the Newbury Honor-winning title, A Corner of the Universe.

She is also the author of a number of series, including Family Tree and The Baby-sitters Club. In 1990 she founded the Lisa Libraries, which provides new children’s books to shelters, day-care centers, prison visiting areas, and other programs reaching under-served children.

Her newest book is The Long Way Home, the second book in the Family Tree series.

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Megan McCafferty

Megan McCafferty

Megan McCafferty’s first middle grade novel, JESSICA DARLING’S IT LIST #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness and Perfection is on sale now. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the Jessica Darling series for older teens, Bumped and Thumped. Her work has received honors from the American Library Association and the New York Public LIbrary and has been translated into eleven languages. Megan lives with her husband and son in Princeton where she volunteers for HiTOPS adolescent health center and is a Princeton University Community Fellow for Mathey College.

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Steve Metzger

Steve Metzger

Steve Metzger is the bestselling author of more than seventy children’s books, including Pluto Visits Earth! (2013 Children’s Choice Book Awards’ Finalist) and Detective Blue (2013 Kansas Bill Martin Jr. Award Nominee).

Before becoming an author, Steve was a teacher for fifteen years. He currently lives in New York City with his wife, daughter, and a chatty cat named Biscuit.

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Hazel Mitchell

Hazel Mitchell

Hazel Mitchell is an award winning illustrator. From an early age she drew on every thing she could get her hands on and still can’t be left safely alone with a pencil. Her most recent books include One Word Pearl, 1,2,3 by the Sea, How to Talk to an Autistic Kid (Foreword Reviews Gold Medal winner and Finalist in ‘Books for a Better Life’), Hidden New Jersey and the All-Star Cheerleaders series by Anastasia Suen. Originally from Yorkshire, England, she now lives and works from her studio in Central Maine, USA. She still misses fish and chips and mushy peas, but is learning to love lobster. She has a dog, a cat, two horses and several snow shovels.

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Denise Dowling Mortensen

Denise Dowling Mortensen

Denise’s titles include Good Night Engines (2003), an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award-winner; Ohio Thunder (2006); Wake Up Engines (2007); a board book/flip book combination of Good Night Engines/Wake Up Engines (2011); and Bug Patrol (2013)–all published by Clarion/HMH. From From a very young age, she developed a passion for words after listening to lyrical verse read to her at bedtime. She has worked at CBS News and the Conde Nast Publications and has done freelance copyediting and proofreading for a publisher of children’s non-fiction books. She works in an elementary classroom as a paraprofessional and teaches young author’s workshops.

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Roxie Munro

Roxie Munro

Roxie Munro is the award-winning author/illustrator of more than 35 books for children, primarily nonfiction. Her books have been translated into French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese. Recent books: Slithery Snakes; Hatch!; EcoMazes: 12 Earth Adventures (SLJ star); Desert Days, Desert Nights; Inside-Outside Dinosaurs; Busy Builders (Bank Street Cook Prize Honor); and Go!Go!Go! Other awards include NY Times Best Illustrated, Smithsonian Best Children’s Book of the Year, TIME magazine’s Best Children’s List, Outstanding Science Trade Book, Notable Social Studies Trade Book; Washington Post Best Book for Boys; Parenting magazine Best Book of the Month; Eric Carle Museum Best List; others. “Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure” is an interactive animated maze game app for the iPad and iPhone; “Roxie’s Doors” is a 3-D animated book app for the iPad; “Roxie’s Puzzling Mazes” is an iPad app with fun jigsaw puzzles (OCG Studios, developer). Roxie also did all the art for the new product KIWiStoryBooks (Kids Interactive Walk-in Story Books), which includes a free app for all themes.

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Trinka Hakes Nobel

Trinka Hakes Noble

Trinka Hakes Noble is the award-winning author of numerous picture books including The Scarlet Stockings Spy (IRA Teachers’ Choice 2005), The Last Brother, Apple Tree Christmas and The Orange Shoes (IRA Teachers’ Choice 2008).

She also wrote the ever-popular Jimmy’s Boa series and Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, both featured on PBS’s Reading Rainbow. Her many awards include ALA Notable Children’s Book, Booklist Children’s Editors’ Choice, IRA-CBC Children’s Choice, Learning: The Year’s Ten Best.

Her newest titles are The People of Twelve Thousand Winters, Little New Jersey and The Legend of the Jersey Devil, which Kirkus calls…”delightfully spooky…suspenseful, with captivating illustrations” and Booklist states…”few of the Jersey Devil origin stories are as delectable as this one.”

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Jerry Pallotta

Jerry Pallotta

Jerry began writing books in 1986 when he was 32 years old. He got the idea for his first book, Ocean Alphabet, while reading to his own children and remembering all the fun he had growing up at the beach on the Massachusetts coast. This self-published title established Jerry’s creative process; Jerry hired his own illustrator, designed the book, directed the art, researched, wrote and edited the text, bought paper and rented press time. While successfully selling Ocean Alphabet, inspiration for the next title, and the next, took hold. Information researched in the field, complimented with museum and library study grew into a series of 22 nonfiction alphabet titles which includes Icky Bug Alphabet, Jet Alphabet, Flower Alphabet and Skull Alphabet. More are in the works!

Along with the alphabet series, Jerry’s stories model an opportunity for both research and creative writing. Dory Story reveals the Atlantic Ocean food chain with a fictional twist. Who Will Guide My Sleigh This Year? and How Will I Get to School This Year? inspire young writers to come up with their own solutions for the yearly dilemma. Get reluctant boys (and girls) reading and writing with Guys Read. Jerry’s story, Dead Body, recounts a grisly boyhood memory at the beach. Set the ground work for oral or written debate in Jerry’s new series, Who Would Win, a non-fiction comparison of two potential rivals. Eight completed titles include Killer Whale vs Great White Shark, Komodo Dragon vs King Cobra, and Tarantula vs Scorpion. More in this series are underway.

Jerry also brings nonfiction subjects to the field of elementary math in a beautifully illustrated format. His math literacy books count from zero to zillions, in titles such as Underwater Counting Even Numbers, Underwater Counting Odd Numbers, Count to a Million, and Icky Bug Numbers. Jerry’s Math = Fun series includes the operations of addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, as well as fractions and measurement.

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Ammi-Joan Paquette

Ammi-Joan Pacquette

Ammi-Joan (A.J.) Paquette is the author of the novels Rules for Ghosting (Walker, 2013), Paradox (Random House, 2013), and Nowhere Girl (Walker, 2011), and the picture books Ghost in the House (Candlewick, 2013), The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids (Tanglewood,, 2012), and The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies (2011). She is also a literary agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency, representing children’s and YA authors. She lives outside of Boston with her family and her very tall to-read pile.

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Herman Parish

Herman Parish

Herman Parish says “Happy Birthday, Amelia Bedelia!” He was in the fourth grade when his Aunt Peggy Parish wrote the first book about Amelia Bedelia way back in 1963. Fifty years and more than 35 million books later, the literal housekeeper has become a favorite household character for readers young and old.

After Peggy passed away in 1988, Herman has continued Amelia Bedelia’s exploits by adding 30 new books to the series. He is carrying on her adventures as a housekeeper in books such as the best-selling Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm and Amelia Bedelia, Cub Reporter.

Herman’s latest books portray Amelia Bedelia as a young girl. She’s as literal as ever — only littler. There are picture books for the youngest children, such as Amelia Bedelia’s First Library Card, which joins the national bestsellers Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School and Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine. There are books for beginning readers and Amelia Bedelia Road Trip! — the third in a new series of chapter books alongside the best-selling Amelia Bedelia Means Business and Amelia Bedelia Unleashed.

The last time Herman was at the Princeton Children’s Book Festival, Amelia Bedelia herself showed up to dust (and undust) the people who came by to talk with him. There’s a good chance she’ll make another appearance. But don’t “dress” your chickens before they’re hatched!

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Erica S Perl

Erica S. Perl

Erica S. Perl is pleased to return to the Princeton Children’s Book Festival with two new books: King of the Zoo (a picture book with New York Times Bestselling illustrator, Jackie Urbanovic) and Aces Wild (a companion book to When and Aces Wild (a companion book to When Life Gives You O.J., which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Older Readers, an Amazon Editors’ Best Book of the Month, and a finalist for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award and the Rhode Island Children’s Choice Book Award).  A crowd-pleasing presenter (and not just because she encourages children of all ages to yell “Chicken Butt!”), Erica has shared her work at educational conferences, universities, literacy organizations, schools and libraries nationwide. Erica is also the Vice President of Publisher and Author Relations for First Book, a nonprofit organization that has provided over 100 million brand new books to children in need across the U.S and Canada.

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Helen Perelman

Helen Perlman

Helen Perelman is the author of the Candy Fairies chapter book series. The series is aimed at 7 to 10 year old readers. She worked in a children’s bookstore and was a children’s book editor….but, sadly, she never worked in a children’s bookstore and was a children’s book editor….but, sadly, she never worked in a candy store. She has written several books for young readers – and not all about candy. She writes full time in New York, where she lives with her husband and two delicious daughters. Visit her online at www.helenperelman.com and www.candyfairies.com.

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Matt Phelan

Matt Phelan

Matt Phelan is the illustratorof many books for young readers, including Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal). He is the author/illustrator of the graphic novels The Storm in The Barn (winner of the 2010 Scott O’Dell Award) and Around the World. His latest graphic novel, Bluffton, is about summertime, vaudeville, and the young Buster Keaton. His latest picture book is Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park.

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Leah Pileggi

Leah Pileggi

Leah Pileggi was born in the tiny town of Kane, Pennsylvania, in the middle of the Allegheny National Forest. (The town is there; she wasn’t born in the woods.) She has lived in California, Connecticut and Texas and now lives in the big small town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Leah finds writing inspiration everywhere she goes, and she always wears a helmet when she rides her bike. She has published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Chautauquan Daily and Hopscotch Magazine. Prisoner 88 is her first novel.

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Pizzoli_colorcroppedGreg Pizzoli

Greg Pizzoli is an author, illustrator, and screen printer.

When not zipping around town on his bicycle, he can be found in his studio or teaching at the University of Arts in Philadelphia, where he also received his MFA.

Greg’s first book, The Watermelon Seed, came out to high acclaim.

Visit him at

www.gregpizzoli.com .

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Michael Rex

Michael Rex

Michael Rex has written and illustrated over 30 books for children, including the hit “Goodnight Goon” and the “Fangbone!” graphic novels. He is currently working on an illustrated chapter book series called “Icky Ricky.” An animated television pilot for “Fangbone!”  is in production in Canada and will air on Disney XD Canada in 2014.

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julia-sacone-roachmidcroppedsmsmJulia Sarcone Roach

Julia Sarcone-Roach is the author and illustrator of Subway Story and The Secret Plan.

She attended Rhode Island School of Design, is the creator of an award-winning animated short, “Call of the Wild”. Ju

Julia grew up in Virginia, and now

lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Fiona Robinson

Fiona Robinson

Originally from the north of England, Fiona now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

She has been praised by Publishers Weekly for her ‘humor tinged with heart’, and her work has been honored by the Royal Academy of Arts in London. She won the Irma S Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature from Bank Street for What Animals Really Like in 2012. won the Irma S Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature from Bank Street for What Animals Really Like in 2012.

Her favorite things include drawing, reading and drinking tea. When she was in elementary school her teachers called her Little Leonardo and she’s very thankful for their support and that of her great family in England too.

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John Rocco

John Rocco

Rocco studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is the author of four acclaimed books for children: Wolf! Wolf!, winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for best …Read more »

Anne Rockwell

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Lizzy Rockwell

Lizzie Rockwell

Lizzy Rockwell is an illustrator whose artwork can be seen in picture books, magazines, games andart at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Lizzy is the illustrator of over 20 children’s books by a variety of authors including her mother, Anne Rockwell. She wrote and illustrated Good Enough to Eat: A Kid’s Guide to Food and Nutrition, Hello Baby!, and The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness.
Lizzy frequently visits schools to talk to young authors and illustrators about her work.

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Dave Roman

Dave Roman

Roman is the co-creator of Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden (AiT/Planet Lar), a Harvey Award-nominated webcomic. He also co-created Teen Boat (Cryptic Press), an Ignatz Award-winning webcomic. Both were with artist John Green. He has contributed to comics anthologies including Flight 3, Not My Small Diary, and Bizarro World for DC Comics. Astronaut Elementary was his weekly webcomic which was awarded a Web Cartoonists’ Choice Award for Outstanding New Character Design in 2005. It is being published as a series of graphic novels under the name Astronaut Academy. In October 2006 his comic Agnes Quill was published by Slave Labor Graphics and in 2008 it was optioned by Paramount Pictures. He has also designed a CD cover for the wizard rock band Harry and the Potters.

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Marisabina Russo

Marisabina Russo

Marisabina Russo is the award winning author/illustrator of  over 30 picture books and young adult novels. Her books include The Line Up Book (International Reading Association Award), Always Remember Me  (ALA Notable Book), The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds,  ALA Notable Book), The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds, A Very Big Bunny (Junior Library Guild Selection) and I Will Come Back for You; A Family in Hiding During World War II, (Parents’ Choice Gold Book Award.) Ms. Russo’s books have been translated into French, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Hebrew.

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Sergio Ruzzier

Sergio Ruzzier

Sergio Ruzzier is a picture book author and illustrator. He was born in Milan, Italy, in 1966, and began his career as an illustrator in 1986. In 1995 he moved to New York City, where he’s been creating pictures and stories for national and international magazines and book publishers.

His work has been awarded by American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Parents’ Choice, and others. He was a recipient of the 2011 Sendak Fellowship.

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Stephen Savage

Stephen Savage

New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Stephen Savage has created six books for children, most recently Polar Bear Morning (written by Lauren Thompson, published by Scholastic Press) and Ten Orange Pumpkins, A Counting Book (Dial Books). His 2011 book, Where’s Walrus?, won the International Reader’s Association Primary Fiction Award and made it on to the top ten lists of the Wall Street Journal, Kirkus Reviews, the Horn Book, and Publishers Weekly. His illustrations also appear in the pages of the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Atlantic Monthly.

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Stephen Shaskan

Stephen Shaskan

Stephen Shaskan is an author, an illustrator, a music maker, and an early childhood educator.  Stephen brings his love of art, music, children, and humor to all his work. His debut picture book A Dog is a Dog (Chronicle Books) is on New York Public Library’s Top 100 Books to Read and Share for 2011, and was a 2011 CBCC Choice. The Three Triceratops Tuff (Beach Lane Books) is his latest book.

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Steve Sheinkin

Steve Sheinkin

A former history textbook writer, Steve Sheinkin now writes nonfiction books that kids and teens will actually want to read.

His 2012 book Bomb was a Newbery Honor book, National Book Award Finalist, and New York Times Bestseller. Other recent titles include The Notorious Benedict Arnold and Lincoln’s Grave Robbers. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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David Ezra Stein

David Ezra Stein

Children’s-book historian Leonard S. Marcus has called author and illustrator David Ezra Stein “one of the most gifted younger artists working today.” David’s book Interrupting Chicken was awarded a 2011 Caldecott Honor, as well as many state awards. Scholastic named named it one of the top 100 books of all time for children. His books have garnered many awards and are translated into Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, Catalan, Thai, French, and Finnish.

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Julie Sternberg

Julie Sternberg

Julie Sternberg received her MFA in writing for children from the New School.

She is the author of Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie. She lives in Brooklyn.

Visit her online at

www.juliesternberg.com.

Tiffany Strelitz Haber

Tiffany Haber Streilitz

Tiffany Strelitz Haber is the author of two rhyming picture books.  The Monster Who Lost His Mean (Holt/Macmillan) and Ollie and Claire (Philomel/Penguin).  She was born in NJ, raised in NYC, has traveled extensively and lives for adventures. She will taste any food she is served, be it fried Witchetty Grubs on a stick or Calf’s Brain Ravioli, and loves being high in the air or deep in the sea.

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janet tashjian

Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian is the author of acclaimed books for young adults, including The Gospel According to Larry, Vote for Larry, Fault Line, Multiple Choice and My Life as a Book.

Disney adapted  into a television movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf.

Tashjian studied at the University of Rhode Island and Emerson College.

She lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her family.

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Bill Thomson

Bill Thomson

Bill Thomson has created artwork for advertising, book, and editorial clients across the United States. Bill’s recent work has focused primarily on children’s books, illustrating Karate Hour, Building With Dad, Baseball Hour, Chalk and Soccer Hour for Cavendish Children’s Books.

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Audrey Vernick

Audrey Vernick

Audrey Vernick is the author of the New York Times 2012 Notable Book Brothers at Bat: The Tru

e Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team, which was also named to Best of lists by Booklist, BCCB, The Wall Street Journal, , ALA, IRA and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Her summer 2013 release, Bogart and Vinnie: A Completely Made-Up Story of True Friendship, is a loving satire of the recent spate of interspecies friendship picture books. A frequent visitor to elementary schools throughout the area, Audrey is a two-time recipient of the New Jersey Council of the Arts fiction fellowship.

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Nancy Viau

Nancy Viau

Nancy Viau is the author of Look What I Can Do! (Picture Book/Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013), Storm Song (Picture Book/Amazon Children’s Publishing/formerly Marshall Cavendish Children’s, 2013), and Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head (Middle-Grade Novel/Amulet Books, 2008). Her stories, …Read more »

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Joyce Wan

Joyce Wan designed her first greeting card when she was in first grade for a city-wide greeting card design contest. The design won first place and was subsequently sold through a major department store chain. Twenty years later that design …Read more »would inspire a design studio called Wanart whose products featuring Joyce’s designs are now sold world wide.

Joyce is the author and illustrator of Greetings from Kiwi and Pear, You Are My Cupcake, We Belong Together, Frog & Friends, and Owl & Friends.  Several forthcoming titles include: Hug You, Kiss You, Love You (Cartwheel, 2013), My Lucky Little Dragon (Cartwheel, 2014), Mama, Mama (Cartwheel, 2014), Whale in My Swimming Pool (FSG, 2015) and she will be illustrating Sleepyheads by Sandra Howatt (Beach Lane Books, 2014).

Monica Welllington

Monica Wellington

Monica Wellington is the author/illustrator of more than 30 picturebooks for young children, all in her bold and brightly colored style. She was born in England and lived in Europe as a child before coming to the US. She halived in New York City for over 30 years and teaches a children’s book class at the School of Visual Arts.s

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Eric Wight

Eric Wight

Eric Wight is the award-winning creator of FRANKIE PICKLE, a chapter book/graphic novel series published by Simon & Schuster. Prior to that he was a professional animator for such companies as Walt Disney, Warner Bros. and Cartoon Network. He iscurrently developing FRANKIE PICKLE into an animated TV series, as well as writing and illustrating a variety of new graphic novels, chapter books, and picture books.…Read more »

Maryrose Wood

Maryrose Wood

Maryrose Wood is the author of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series for middle-grade readers. These funny, mysterious tales of a plucky young governess in Victorian England and her three adorable pupils (who were actually raised by wolves) have

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Paul Zelinsky

Paul O. Zelinsky

Paul O. Zelinsky has illustrated thirty-odd books for children, written some of them, and been awarded numerous honors, including the Caldecott Medal for Rapunzel and three Caldecott Honors. His most widely known book is probably the movable Wheels on the …Read more »

This is going to be a wonderful opportunity to meet some of your favorite authors, make new friends, and run into other people you know, so mark your calendars.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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  1. wow what a line up!!! so happy Melissa Iwai and Denis Markell are included….so wish I could be there. ENJOY guys!

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    • Christina, I was thinking the same thing as I was scrolling…and scrolling…and scrolling: What a line-up!!! Just when I thought the list was going to end, it kept going on and my eyes kept opening wider and wider! So nice to see some familiar faces, too 😀 I’m hoping I’ll finally be able to attend!

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  2. This is my first year attending, and I am so excited to be included!

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  3. Yowza – wish I could be there!

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  4. Reblogged this on Darlene Beck-Jacobson and commented:
    Take your kids to meet their favorite authors at this NJ event!

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  5. I got to go today, and WOW!!!!!!! What a WONderful day! 😀

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  6. I always spent my half an hour to read this blog’s articles everyday along with a mug of coffee.

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