Nick Bruel is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of children’s books along with a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. He is most notably known for the Bad Kitty series. The first book in the series, Bad Kitty, is an alphabet-themed picture book, and the following books are chapter books. He has an office in New York City. Nick enjoys sharing his work and is always open to making appearances in stores, schools and/or libraries. During his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in his backyard. He lives in Tarrytown, NY with his wife Carina, their lovely cat, Esmerelda and dog, Toby.
Marilyn Cappellino, a former public relations consultant, has spent the last several years writing recipe books for children. From soups, to salads, to main dishes, and desserts, her Mangia! series shares recipes and traditions handed-down from generations of Sicilian grandparents. Written for children aged 4 and up, her books hope to encourage young families to give children a contributing space in the kitchen, and a permanent seat at the dinner table.
Matt Chandler is an award-winning children’s book author from Buffalo, New York. He is a former newspaper editor, freelance magazine writer and the author of 22 books. He regularly visits elementary schools for author visits to share his experiences as a writer with students. Matt writes primarily non-fiction books including many titles on sports. He also likes to write books about ghosts and haunted places! He grew up in a family of hunters and developed his love of the outdoors early in life as a Boy Scout. Matt has been writing professionally since 1996. The New York Press Association named him an award-winning writer in 2007 and 2010.
Ying Chang Compestine is a leading national authority on Asian culture and cuisine, award-winning author, and former food editor for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine. She is the multi-talented author of 20 books including fiction, picture books, and cookbooks. Ying has been featured to numerous national television programs and is regularly profiled in prestigious news media outlets (The New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Huffington Post). She has been named one of the “50 great writers you should be reading” by the Author’s Show. Her highly acclaimed novel about her life growing up in China during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Revolution is Not a Dinner Party has received over 30 national awards, and has been included in school syllabi globally. Ying was born in Wuhan, China. Even as a small child she loved writing. She is delighted to be writing today in her second language. Ying’s biggest passions are children, travel, and food. She loves school immersions where she can incorporate her books, her love of writing and cooking. Her school presentations focus on her book themes, include writing workshops and when possible, incorporate a culinary component that ties in with her stories!
Cynthia Cotten is an award-winning writer of fiction and poetry for young people. Her books include Snow Ponies, This Is The Stable, and The Book Boat's In. She grew up in the historic city of Lockport, NY, on the banks of the Erie Canal. She began reading at an early age, and some of her favorite memories from childhood are connected to books. She writes because her head is full of stories she wants to share. In addition to writing, Cynthia also enjoys art, quilting, music of all kinds, especially Irish traditional, watching movies and live theater, as well as canoeing and fishing with her husband. Not to worry, they always throw the fish back!
Maria DiVencenzo is an author and founder of Winterlake Press. She is an award-winning author and publisher of books for children including The Scariest Dream Ever and The Star of Christmas. Maria also wrote three Little House novels depicting the childhood of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s mother, Caroline. An independent publisher, Winterlake Press uses proceeds from book sales to support children’s programs in schools and libraries. In 2010, Winterlake Press became a founding sponsor of HeroConnect.org, a storybook support program that connects deployed US service men and women with their families back home. She also works with teachers and librarians to provide seminars and enrichment programs for classrooms. Maria lives in Western New York with her husband, four children, and shaggy black Schnoodle.
Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Awards, and is a New York Times bestselling author, with Out of My Mind staying on the list for almost two years. In 2015, she was honored by the American Library Association as the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime literary achievement.
She has been honored at the White House six times, and was chosen as one of only four authors in the country to speak at the National Book Festival Gala in Washington, D.C, and to represent the United States in Moscow at their Book Festival. Her book, Copper Sun has been selected by the US State Department and the International Literacy Association as the United States novel for the international reading project called Reading Across Continents. Students in the US, Nigeria, and Ghana are reading the book and sharing ideas-a true intercontinental, cross-cultural experience. Actively involved in encouraging and motivating all teachers and their students as well, she has worked all over the United States, as well as in Russia, Ghana, Togo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Bermuda, and Guam, spreading the word about the power of accomplished teaching and excellence in education. Sharon's literary recognition began when, as a challenge from one of her students, she entered and won first prize in a literary contest, for which she was awarded $5000 and the publication of her short story, "One Small Torch."
At a young age, Jennifer Hansen Rolli's father took notice of her desire to create and was more than pleased to have his youngest child follow in his footsteps. Outfitted with easels and wooden boxes filled with fresh oils, they would traipse around beautiful Bucks County, PA where he taught her how to paint. She was hooked and snubbed the starving artist cliché....and hasn't stopped painting since. For many years, Jennifer enjoyed running her own design firm in Philadelphia but turned to painting as a full time career after a third child arrived. While painting with three kids whirling around, she kept a journal of all the funny things they said and did. Motherhood was like living among the making of hilariously funny (well, usually funny) storybooks and someday she knew she'd put her mind to writing and illustrating those books. Today, the ideas keep coming and she hopes to get the worthy ones down in print! Jennifer lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her family.
Virginia Kroll attended Canisius College and the State University of New York at Buffalo. She was formerly an elementary school teacher and has raised six children. It was Virginia's love of children that led her to begin her career as a children's writer in 1984. She has contributed more than 1500 items to juvenile magazines. She travels throughout the country speaking to children about writing multicultural books. Virginia has a special talent for understanding and communicating with children. Her efforts to cross cultural lines and address multicultural issues have won her the praise of critics and readers. She believes that, "Every child has a special talent. In some children, it is easily recognized. In others, it is hidden and takes time." She hopes that every child who reads "will reach inside himself/herself and pull out that ability, passion, or drive that makes him/her unique." Virginia lives in New York with her family.
E. B. Lewis is an award-winning illustrator of over 70 children’s books. Lewis attended the Temple University Tyler School of Art. There, he discovered his medium of preference was watercolor. During his four years at Temple, Lewis majored in Graphic Design and Illustration and art education. After graduating, he taught art in public schools for twelve years. Presently, Lewis teaches at the University of Arts in Philadelphia, continues to paint and illustrate and is a member of The Society of Illustrators in New York City. He has written many award- winning titles including: Nikki Grimes’ Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner; Alice Schertle’s Down the Road, an ALA Notable Book; Bat Boy and His Violin by Garvin Curtis a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and Jacqueline Woodson’s The Other Side, a 2002 Notable Book for the Language Arts. EB Lewis presents to schools all over the United States. Every year he demonstrates his artistic craft to thousands of young and eager minds.
Juana Medina is an illustrator and author of children’s books, as well as a teacher at George Washington University; she grew up in Bogotá, Colombia. Her books for children include 1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book and Smick. Her latest picture book, Juana and Lucas, tells the story of a young girl’s decision to learn English and is the 2017 winner of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and Author Award, honoring Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books. Juana lives in Washington, D.C.
Kathryn Otoshi is a multi-award winning author, illustrator and speaker, best known for her character-building number/color book series: Zero (self-esteem), One (bullying/standing up) and Two (friendship/conflict resolution). Her most recently published book is Beautiful Hands is about the wonderful things that young children explore. She travels across the country to encourage kids to develop strong character assets and helps teachers find creative methods to connect with their students through the power of reading, art and literature. Kathryn lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, Daniel, and two cockatiels.
Molly O'Malley Pitman is the mother of a child with autism. She has had the opportunity to truly appreciate the significance of communication. A simple greeting of hello, a request for a drink, or an “I want” for a favorite toy may never happen for many. In her struggle to make those connections, there have been many meltdowns, countless tears, and moments of desperation where she found myself begging her son to say a single word, let alone a simple “I love you.” It was when her children’s own relationships began to evolve that she started to see an even greater love that cannot be expressed in just three words. Love without Words was written with the hope that many will be able to reflect on similar moments enjoyed in their lifetime. These moments demonstrate a true and pure love, regardless of any words being spoken. Molly said that the goal of writing “Love without Words” is “to truly spread the message of love. To give children examples of love and how love is expressed.” For every book sold, a donation will be made to organizations supporting families with affected by autism. This is Molly's first book.
James Preller is the author of more than 80 books for children. He is best known for the Jigsaw Jones Mysteries. "When I was quite young, with everyone else off to school, I used to draw pictures and make homemade comic books that I sold to friends and neighbors," says James. "Was I dreaming of becoming an author? No, absolutely not. I fully intended to play baseball for the New York Mets. But I did enjoy making up stories, creating my own little worlds. In a way, I had my own publishing company, complete with door-to-door product distribution. When you think about it, I pretty much do the same thing today. I'm still making up stories. It's my job." James worked as a waiter for a year, and then was hired as a copywriter for Scholastic publishers in New York. He worked for the SeeSaw Book Club, writing blurbs about literally thousands of children's books. "It was during this time when I first “met' authors (through their books) such as James Marshall, Arnold Lobel, Maurice Sendak, Bernard Waber, Eric Carle, Joanna Cole, William Steig, and many more." This experience inspired him to write his own books. James Preller lives in Delmar, New York with his wife, three children, two cats, and a basset hound.
Sherri Duskey Rinker is the author of #1 New York Times bestsellers GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE and STEAM TRAIN, DREAM TRAIN. In 2008, in the midst of hectically trying to manage the demands of being a working mom in a career she no longer loved, she wrote Construction Site, and it was picked up by the first publisher to whom it was sent. Sherri writes she believes "in the bonding experience of reading together, the exposure to art through the artistry of picture books, hearing the rhythms of sounds and syllables, hearing the poetry in the prose, exploring worlds beyond our own — that is, for me, the unequaled magic of books." Sherri lives in the Chicago area with her photographer husband and two sons.
Barney Saltzberg is the author and illustrator of close to 50 books for children, including Beautiful Oops!, Arlo Needs Glasses, Andrew Drew and Drew, and the bestselling Touch and Feel Kisses series with over a million copies in print. Additionally, he’s recorded four albums of music for children. When an art school teacher once told Barney that he had the ability to draw like a child (and, after he crawled out from under the table), he realized he had future in children’s literature. Barney has been working with the United States State Department as a part of the Cultural Exchange Program and has traveled to China and Russia to speak about the creative process. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two dogs.
Cecelia Schmidt is a homeschooled high school student and has been a Christian since she was four. Cecelia is the author of The War Rages On. She lives in New York with her parents and three younger siblings. Besides writing Christian books, Cecelia enjoys writing and performing plays with her family and friends, playing the piano at church and at home, baking, singing, acting, and making people laugh.
Solomon Schmidt was just 12 years old when he wrote his first book, U.S. History Bites. Now, at age 13, he has written the second book in his "History Bites" series called, US Presidential History Bites. Solomon lives in New York with his parents and three siblings. He loves God, his family, his church, reading, learning history, building Legos, eating, playing in the snow, and making films. He really hopes you will be inspired to learn more about the amazing history of the United States.
As a child, Davis Schwartz was filled with a sense of awe as he contemplated the universe. The huge numbers of stars and their sizes and distances never failed to amaze him. With binoculars and magnifying glass, he also focused on closer subjects like birds, flowers, frogs and bugs.But science and math weren’t David's only fascinations: he also loved bicycles, baseball, boats…and ice cream. Years later, on a clear spring night, he looked up at the sky and a shower of memories descended. He suddenly remembered his childhood awe at the wonders of space.That night he was inspired to write his first book, How Much Is a Million? Now, almost 50 books later, he spend much of his time finding unusual, whimsical ways to make math and science come alive for kids and teachers, both through his writing and through speaking at schools and conferences. He also write science articles for magazines, including Smithsonian. To do the research, he's made exciting trips to some of the more remote corners of several continents. David has been to Africa to study hippos, to South America to visit an indigenous tribe living in the rain forest, and to far northern Scotland to track illegal egg collectors. But he still loves the land outside his door in northern California, and the same distant stars that inspired him years ago.
Laurel Snyder is an author of several novels and children’s picture books. Her latest release this month, The Forever Garden is a beautifully written story about the importance of friendship, kindness and how just like gardens, friendships grow. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former Michener-Engle Fellow, Laurel has published work in the Utne Reader, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Revealer, Salon, The Iowa Review, American Letters and Commentary, and elsewhere. She is an occasional commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, and she teaches in the MFAC program at Hamline University. Laurel currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her family.
Matt Tavares was born in Boston, and grew up surrounded by books and reading. From the time he was very young, his mother read to him every night, and his family made countless trips to the public library. Matt's first published picture book, Zachary's Ball went on to win an Oppenheim Gold Seal Award, a Massachusetts Book Award Honor, and was named one of Yankee Magazine's 40 Classic New England Children's Books. Since then, Matt has published sixteen more books and has won several awards, including three Parents' Choice Gold Awards, six Oppenheim Gold Seal Awards, and an Orbis Pictus Award Honor. Two of Matt's books have been named ALA Notable books. His artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration, the Brandywine River Museum, and the Mazza Museum of Picture Book Art. Matt lives in Maine with his wife, Sarah, and their two daughters.
Peggy Thomas loves true stories, she writes mostly nonfiction. She says the best part of being a nonfiction writer is that she doesn't have to choose just one subject to write about. She can spend a year learning about bones and bodies from forensic specialists, and then hang out with marine mammal veterinarians or virus hunters. When she's not writing, she likes to walk with her dogs Lily and Bertie, sing in choir, sit and read with a cat on her lap, or travel with her family. But wherever she goes, she is always on the lookout for a great true story! Peggy live with her husband and two children in Middleport, NY near the banks of the historic Erie Canal.
Hervé Tullet is a French author and illustrator who is internationally recognized as a children's author for over 25 years. His breakout book entitled Press Here!, interactive board books, and adult book Art Workshops for Children are just a few of his titles. Hervé is a creative, imaginative individual and will tailor a program to meet your needs. We have been waiting to get on Hervé's travel schedule since 2014, so we are delighted to bring this highly regarded author to Western New York!
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Dee Romito is a middle-grade author and former elementary school teacher, Dee lives in her hometown of Buffalo, New York, where she and her family are steadily checking items off their own bucket list of adventures. You're likely to find her at the local ice cream shop, writing at a cafe, or curled up on the couch with her cats. And while she does her best to be a grown-up most of the time, giggling with her BFFs is still one of Dee's all-time favorite things. To join the fun and create your own bucket list, visit TheBFFBucketList.com.
Rachel DiNunzio is a local author, illustrator and publisher. She has written several books in the Forsynthia series. Her latest project involves students in elementary school to college, its called: My Thoughts Can Change the World. Rachel believes that what you do outwardly and what we think internally, impacts everything around us. The project’s goal is to make a positive impact for people, animals, plants, and our environment, through the sharing of thoughts and ideas. Rachel loves working with schools to empower the students into not only believing that they can make a difference, but also works with them to write down their thoughts.
Dave Bauer is a graduate of State University of New York College at Buffalo. His first book, What’s Under That Rock, Papa? incorporates his understanding of backyard nature and his close relationship with his grandchildren. Now as an author, his understanding of backyard nature leads both children and adults on a journey of self discovery and insight. Dave loves the outdoors, hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. In addition to teaching environmental science for thirty-four years, he is a sustainability and environmental consultant, leadership trainer and business facilitator with his company, Sustainable Earth Solutions. He lives in Buffalo, New York. This is Dave’s first book.
Jonah Winter is the celebrated author of more than 30 nonfiction picture books. His book themes deal with respect, inequality,
kindness, fairness, overcoming adversity and strong characters. A poet and a painter, Mr. Winter divides his time between Santa Fe and a small town in Pennsylvania. He writes biographies such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, The Secret Project, Mickey Mantle, the Commerce Comet, Lillian's Right to Vote, Willie Mays, You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?, Just Behave, Pablo Picasso, Jazz Age Josephine, Sonia Sotomayor, Roberto Clemente, Frida, BEISBOL! , Muhammad Ali, Champion of the World, and many more.
Salina Yoon is an award-winning author, illustrator and format designer of nearly two hundred books for children, including Duck, Duck, Porcupine!, the Penguin series, the Bear and Floppy series, and Be a Friend. Salina loves creating books with interactive play appeal that make children laugh. Her awards include the 2009 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal, Best Book Award, for both TOYS and ROCK & ROLL COLORS (Scholastic). OPPOSNAKES (S&S) was a 2009 finalist for the CBC's Children's Choice Book Awards for K-2nd Best Book of the Year. Salina was born in a small town in South Korea where there was no TV, can you imagine that?! and studied art and design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She works from home in her studio. Salina lives in San Diego with her family.
Virginia A. Batchelor is a Professor of Education at Medaille College. She has always expressed a desire to improve upon living and learning experiences of children. The Division of Education provides a forum for her social activism. She touches generations of future teachers by cultivating and fostering culturally responsive learning experiences. Virginia is committed to preparing student educators to better understand their role as agents of positive change in the lives of children and adolescents. She has co-authored publications specifically focused on domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST), a social anomaly that threatens and destroys young lives. Stop Calling Me That! My Name is Araminta is Virginia's first children’s book.
Tom Watson is the author and draws the original sketches for all the Stick Dog stories. They also have a dog named Shadow. They also have a dog named Shadow. Tom did not want to name the dog Shadow. He wanted to name him ‘Put Your Shirt On.’ It’s a long story. Sometimes when Tom is visiting schools, he shares the story.Tom’s first jobs out of college were in politics. He worked for U.S. Senator John Glenn and as the Chief Speechwriter for the Governor of Ohio. He has also worked in marketing and advertising. He likes writing books for kids a lot more than writing speeches and other things for grown-ups. He thinks kids are way smarter than grown-ups. Tom lives in Chicago with his wife, daughter and son.
Diane de Groat has been illustrating children’s books since 1972. She has an impressive, over 150 books to her credit. Diane has created artwork for many well-known authors, including Eve Bunting, Lois Lowry, and Food Network star, Ree Drummond. She also wrote and illustrated 19 books in the “Gilbert and Friends” series. When illustrating was no longer a challenge to Diane, she decided to become a writer. The problem there was that she didn't know how to write, and all her stories got rejected. This did not stop her. It motivated her to join a writers' groups and she took writing classes. Dianne also loves to read. The more she reads, the more she learns about writing. Dianne is working on a new series with new characters now that the Gilbert series has been completed. Keep an eye out for them! Diane lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Marcie Colleen is a former classroom teacher turned children’s book author. She is the author of THE SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS chapter book series as well as the upcoming picture book: LOVE, TRIANGLE. Her books deal with friendship, being kind and overcoming obstacles. Marcie is the Education Consultant for Picture Book Month and the Curriculum Developer for Time Traveler Tours & Tales. Her educational work in children’s literature has been recognized by School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Children’s Book Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Education of English and Language Arts from Oswego State University and a master’s degree in Educational Theater from New York University. Marcie currently resides in San Diego, California with her husband and their mischievous sock monkey!
Judy Bradbury is coordinating the Expo Educator Event, a three-hour NYS-approved CTLE opportunity taking place from 8am-11am at the Expo. Judy is an author and literacy specialist who provides professional development workshops across the country. She has over twenty-five years of teaching experience ranging from Pre-K through college. Her books include Empowering Families: Practical Ways to Involve Parents in Boosting Literacy, The Read-Aloud Scaffold: Best Books to Enhance Content Area Curriculum, the Children's Book Corner series, and the Christopher Counts picture book series. Judy has penned a monthly column on character education for LibrarySparks and contributed regularly to Children's Writer and Writer's Guide. She has received awards from the New York State Reading Association and the Niagara Frontier Reading Council, where she is CTLE/Professional Development Chair. Follow Judy's literacy-themed posts on Instagram at judy_bradbury. Educators can learn more about the Expo Educator Event and the panel of authors who will be participating and register here. Space is limited.