Authors and Illustrators 2022 - More to be Announced Soon.

David Owen Bell


Website: DavidBellAuthor

David Owen Bell is a Master Watershed Steward, volunteer Streamkeeper, and Merchant Marine officer currently living in the Delaware Watershed. He first experienced the Chesapeake Bay while working on tugboats and sailing vessels, and later as an environmental educator, helping thousands of school children experience the Bay first hand. Conveying the excitement of a field trip, his books help young readers understand that animals and plants have unique attributes that make them interesting and worthy of study. In addition to books for children, Dave has written books and articles on navigation and seamanship for adults.


Bryan Collier



Bryan Collier is a beloved illustrator known for his unique style combining watercolor and detailed collage. He is a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient for Trombone ShortyDave the PotterMartin’s Big Words, and Rosa. His books have won many other awards as well, including six Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. His recent books include By and By, ThurgoodThe Five O’Clock Band, and Between the Lines. He lives in New York with his family.


Lee Harper



Lee Harper is an author, illustrator, painter, school visit performance artist, woodworker and farmer. Lee has four children, a German Shepherd, a Great Pyrenees, two barn cats, eleven chickens, four sheep, two pigs, but still no turkeys...yet. He lives with his wife in Bucks County Pennsylvania. Visit him online at


Frances Park


Twitter: @FPbooks77

Instagram: @bookbabe.frances


Frances Park is the author or co-author of eleven books published in seven languages – novels, memoirs and children’s books including Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong (National Geographic Books), Where On Earth is My Bagel? (Lee and Low Books 2001), and the forthcoming Grandpa’s Scroll (Albert Whitman & Company 2023). Her recently-released memoir That Lonely Spell (Heliotrope Books 2022) was praised by Kirkus Reviews as “A fresh take on the Korean American memoir by a writer from a generation whose voice has seldom been heard.”


Ginger Park


Twitter: @GingerPark

Instagram: @gingerpark_


Ginger Park; "Inspired by my heritage, my children's books have received many awards including the 1999 IRA Award, the 2002 Joan G. Sugarman Award, Rutgers University Economic Award, Bank Street College Award, Notable Books for a Global Society Awards, and the Paterson Prize, among others. My latest middle grade historical novel "The Hundred Choices Department Store" was inspired by my mother's family who endured the Russian invasion of their hometown of Sinuiju in northern Korea prior to the outbreak of the Korean War. My forthcoming picture book "Grandpa's Scroll" will be published by Albert Whitman & Company in Spring 2023.
When I'm not writing or spending treasured time with my human and fur baby family, you can usually find me at my sweet shop, behind the counter 'breaking chocolate' with my beloved customers. My shop motto: There's a chocolate for every mood. But for me, it's always something dark and earthy that lingers on the tongue long after the chocolate has melted."


Diane K. Salerni


Twitter: diannesalerni

Facebook: DianneKSalerni

Dianne K. Salerni is the author of middle grade and YA novels, including Eleanor, Alice, & the Roosevelt Ghosts, The Eighth Day Series, The Caged Graves, and We Hear the Dead. Her latest book, Jadie in Five Dimensions, is a multi-dimensional adventure steeped in science and math. Dianne was a public school teacher for 25 years before leaving the profession to spend more time hanging around creepy cemeteries, attending ghost hunting classes, and climbing 2000 year-old pyramids in the name of book research.


Nancy Viau



Twitter: NancyViau1  

Instagram: nancyviau1


Nancy Viau is the author of ten books for kids ages 2-12. A former teacher and librarian, she’s a kid-at-heart who loves to present interactive assembly programs, instructional writing workshops, and energetic storytimes. Her latest picture book, PRUETT AND SOO, explores intergalactic friendships and how a simple change can change the world. Nancy lives in New Jersey, and when not reading or writing, she hikes, bikes, and travels wherever her frequent flyer miles take her. (She’s waiting for those miles to transfer to space travel…)


Joan Waites



Instagram: joanwaites


Joan Waites is an award-winning illustrator of numerous trade and educational titles. She is the author-illustrator of three picture books, with forthcoming titles releasing in Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. A former adjunct faculty member of the Corcoran Museum School of Art and Design’s aspiring artists programs, she continues to teach art enrichment for children and adults. Joan is a member of SCBWI, The Children’s Book Guild of Washington D.C., and the National Art Educators Association.

Carole Boston Weatherford



Books by New York Times best-selling author Carole Boston Weatherford have received the Newbery Honor, Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King Award, NAACP Image Award, Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor, Carter G. Woodson Award from National Council for the Social Studies, and the North Carolina Award for Literature, the state's highest civilian honor. Her 60-plus titles include several of Maryland interest--Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom; Becoming Billie Holiday; I, Matthew Henson; and By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music. A Baltimore native, she has roots on Maryland's Eastern Shore, where her great great grandfathers founded the villages of Unionville and Copperville. She has two adult children, Caresse and Jeffery, the latter of whom she collaborates with on books such as You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen and Call Me Miss Hamilton: One Woman's Case for Equality and Respect. Carole teaches at Fayetteville State University.


Timothy Young



twitter: @TimSYoung


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 15 books including The Angry Little Puffin, the highly acclaimed I Hate Picture Books! and the unusually titled untitled. His newest books are 2 board books, P Is For Puffin: The ABCs of Uncommon Animals and Space Aliens 1•2•3: Intergalactic Counting By Color. 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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