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  Authors and Illustrators 2019


Suzanne Bloom




Before the first book contract, before Cooper Union or even first grade, a scribble was made. It wasn’t remarkable but it was the future. Architectural renderings and toy-making were stops along the way to writing and illustrating. My stories are populated by lots of critters like pigs, polar bears and occasionally people. Research for my books includes visiting libraries, zoos, and classrooms. That’s where ideas lurk; there and the produce aisle at the grocery store.

Deborah Blumenthal


Deborah Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and the author of twenty books, most of them for children. She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times (including four years as the Sunday New York Times Magazine beauty columnist), and a home design columnist for Long Island Newsday. Deborah lives in New York City.


Cathy Breisacher





Cathy Breisacher spends her days surrounded by books working as an elementary school librarian. She first earned her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education and worked as a high school guidance counselor before earning her Master of Library Science Degree and making a career change. Her passion is to write fun, silly, humorous picture books that will put a smile on kids’ faces. Cathy lives in Central PA with her husband. When she is not working or writing, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

Doreen Cronin






I was born in NYC and grew up on Long Island. My first-grade teacher, Mrs. Cooper, told me I was a writer and I believed her! My first book, Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type, illustrated by Betsy Lewin, was published in 2000, and I’ve been writing ever since! Books include the Click Clack series, The Chicken Squad series, Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Fly, Diary of a Spider, and Smick, Bloom, Wiggle, Bounce and Stretch.


Paul Czajak



Paul Czajak struggled with reading and writing as a child, and never thought he'd end up writing books. But after working as a scientist for 20 years, he discovered that his creativity could no longer be contained to the laboratory. Now he hopes his books will be the seeds to a new generation of book gardeners! Paul lives in New Jersey, USA.

Debbie Dadey





DEBBIE DADEY taught first grade before becoming a librarian. It was while teaching that she first realized how much she wanted to write a book for reluctant readers. Debbie has sold 166 books and is enjoying writing the Mermaid Tales series for Simon and Schuster. She has had a great time channeling her inner girl (and inner mermaid) with the adventures of Shelly, Echo, Kiki and Pearl. In each book, the mergirls deal with kid issues, as well as learning things about the ocean in school. Debbie grew up in Kentucky, but has lived all over the country with her family. She currently lives in Sevierville, TN with her husband and two dogs. She loves it when her three children visit and enjoys visiting schools all over the world.

Sue Fliess




Sue Fliess has published over 25 children's books including bestselling Robots, Robots Everywhere!, How to Trap a Leprechaun, Mary Had a Little Lab, and more. Her background is in copywriting and marketing, with articles appearing in O Magazine, Huffington Post, Writer's Digest, and more. Fliess has also written for The Walt Disney Company. Her books have received honors from SCBWI, been used in schools and museums, and been translated into French and Chinese. She's a member of SCBWI and Children's Book Guild of DC. She’s available for school visits and speaking engagements. Sue lives with her family in Virginia.

Laura Gehl




Laura Gehl is the author of picture books with humor, heart, and hope, including One Big Pair of Underwear; the Peep and Egg series; I Got a Chicken for My Birthday; and My Pillow Keeps Moving. Laura is also a former science writer who is excited to have multiple science-themed books for kids releasing in 2019 (Baby Astronaut, Baby Oceanographer, and Always Looking Up: Nancy Grace Roman, Astronomer). Laura loves hiking, travel, and dark chocolate, preferably combined. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her husband and four children.

Julie Gonzalez





Julie Gonzalez is the author of the rollicking read-aloud, How Could a Bear Sleep Here? (Holiday House, 2018). She was born in Maine, grew up in New Jersey, and currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and one very naughty rabbit. She holds a degree in Education from the College of New Jersey and, before becoming an author, was a teacher and fitness instructor.

Lauren Abbey Greenberg





Lauren Abbey Greenberg is a graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and the Institute of Children’s Literature. She has been published in various children’s magazines and has also written and produced TV spots for Discovery Channel, educational videos for National Geographic, and a film for Mount Rushmore National Memorial. She lives in Maryland with her family and has spent summers in Maine for over twenty years. This is her debut novel.


Wendy Greenley




A former cub scout leader, microbiologist and attorney, Wendy Greenley was surprised when people said she had her head in the clouds--like it was a BAD thing. Now a full-time writer, she's thrilled to share Lola Shapes the Sky with other quirky dreamers. Wendy writes and dreams in Pennsylvania.

Jacqueline Jules





Jacqueline Jules is the award-winning author of 40 children’s books, including the
Zapato Power series, the Sofia Martinez series, Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation, Duck for Turkey Day, Never Say a Mean Word Again, Feathers for Peacock, The Hardest Word, and Pluto is Peeved. Also a poet, Jacqueline is the author of three poetry chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in over 100 publications, including Cricket, Cicada, Germ Magazine, YARN, The Poetry Friday Anthologies, and One Minute Till Bedtime.

Colleen Rowan Kosinski



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.

Jia Liu




Jia Liu is an author and illustrator for children’s picture books. She her MFA in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her enthusiasm is to create work for children. She likes to bring playfulness and humor into her work. She is very interested in the relationship between children’s psychology and their behavior, most of her stories come from her teaching experience and focus on real problems children face in real life. Terrific Tongues was her debut book.


Barbara Lockhart



Eastern Shore writer and graduate of the MFA Program at Vermont College, Barbara Lockhart has received 2 Individual Artist Awards in Fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council. As a teacher of early childhood for twenty-five years, she wrote a program and manual for children’s literature for teachers and parents, Read to me, talk with me, which was in use nationwide. Two of her children’s books, Rambling Raft and Once a Pony Time, were written in collaboration with her daughter, Lynne Lockhart, who was also the illustrator. Her latest children’s book, Mosey’s Field, is illustrated by Easton resident Heather Crow.

Susan McElroy Montanari





Susan McElroy Montanari spent the majority of her life on the beach and tidal creeks surrounding Savannah, Georgia.

Susan was a finalist in two categories for the 2010 Tassy Walden Award for New Voices in Children’s Literature in Connecticut: one for her picture book, My Dog’s A Chicken, and the other for her middle grade novel, The Day Sasquatch Ate My Journal.  

Susan’s hobbies include gardening, scuba diving, natural science, legend tripping, and cryptozoology. She has three daughters and one son-in-law. After several productive years in Norwalk, Connecticut she returned home to Savannah, Georgia, where she resides with her husband, Dan, and a cat named Tybee. 


Jodi Moore




Jodi Moore is author of the award winning When A Dragon Moves In (2011), When A Dragon Moves In Again (2015) and an all new Flashlight Press board book, I Love My Dragon (2019) as well as Good News Nelson (2012, Story Press). She writes picture books, YA and MG novels, hoping to challenge and inspire her readers by opening new worlds and encouraging new ways of thinking. Besides her “dragons”, Jodi is mother of two talented young men and lives in PA with her husband, one laughing dove and an ever-changing bunch of characters in her head.

Robin Newman




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Raised in New York and Paris, Robin was a practicing attorney and legal editor, but she now prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. She lives in New York with her husband, son, goldfish, two English Cocker Spaniels, and one French Bulldog.


Baptiste Paul





Baptiste Paul is a Caribbean-born author of two books for children. His debut picture book, The Field, received starred reviews from Kirkus, The Horn Book, and Booklist. According to Kirkus, his co-authored book Adventures To School, will “will pique readers’ curiosity.” His forthcoming picture book biography, I Am Farmer, chronicles the work of Cameroonian environmentalist Tantoh Nforba (2019, Lerner/Millbrook). Born and raised on the island of Saint Lucia, Baptiste is a native Creole/Patois speaker who enjoys reading his books and sharing about his experiences with anyone who will listen.

Miranda Paul





Miranda Paul is the award-winning author of One Plastic Bag, Water is Water, and I Am Farmer, all Junior Library Guild selections. Whose Hands Are These? was named a 2017 ILA Teacher's Choice and Are We Pears Yet? won the 2018 Award of Excellence in Children and Young Adults Literature from the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. Miranda Paul is an annual faculty member at the Highlights Foundation and a co-founder of the nonprofit organization We Need Diverse Books, for which she currently serves as Mentorship Chair.

Jonathan Roth





Jonathan Roth is the author-illustrator of the humorous sci-fi chapter book series, BEEP AND BOB (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin), as well as a public elementary art teacher near his home in Rockville, Maryland. Though Jonathan has never left Earth himself, he has met four of the astronauts who have gone to the moon. BEEP AND BOB is his first series.

Megan Wagner Lloyd




Megan Wagner Lloyd is the author of Finding Wild and Fort-Building Time, as well as the upcoming picture books Building Books, Paper Mice., and The ABCs of Catching Zs. She lives with her family in the Washington, D.C. area.

Joan Waites


Joan Waites Is an award winning author-illustrator, with more than 45 titles illustrated for the children’s trade and educational markets. A former adjunct faculty member of the Corcoran Museum School of Art and Design’s aspiring artists programs, Joan now operates her own art teaching studio for children. She has served as the Mid-Atlantic SCBWI Illustrator Coordinator for the past 18 years, and is a member of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington D.C., and The National Art Educators Association. Her second author/illustrated picture book, A COLORFUL TAIL was released in March 2019.


Timothy Young





Timothy Young has had a long career doing all kinds of interesting and fun stuff. He's been an animator, puppet maker, toy designer, sculptor, art director and graphic designer. His career highlights include being Head Model-Maker for the Penny. cartoons on Pee-Wee's Playhouse, designing and building Muppets for Jim Henson Productions and sculpting the very first Simpsons toys.
Tim is the author/illustrator of 11 books including The Angry Little Puffin and the highly acclaimed I Hate Picture Books!. His latest books are untitled, If You Give the Puffin a Muffin and his second how-to-draw book More Creatures and Characters: Drawing Ausomely Wild, Wacky and Funny Animals. He lives with his family in Easton and has been pleased to be a part of organizing the Chesapeake Children's Book Festival.


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