Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott

Over the last two and a half decades, Tony Abbott has written one hundred books of mystery, fantasy, and adventure for young readers aged 6 to 14, including Kringle, Underworlds, and the long-running series, The Secrets of Droon. He is also author of the realistic novels Firegirl (2006 Golden Kite Award for Fiction), The Postcard (2008 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery), and the civil-rights drama, Lunch-Box Dream, appearing from FSG. The scientific thriller saga, The Copernicus Legacy, with its companion series, The Copernicus Archives, launched in 2014 from HarperCollins. Tony has been on the faculty of Lesley University’s MFA in Creative Writing, is a frequent conference speaker and visitor to schools, and presents workshops to creative writers of all ages. His website is...
Heather Alexander

Heather Alexander

Heather Alexander is the author of more than forty books for children, both fiction and non-fiction. Her early chapter book series, The Amazing Stardust Friends (Scholastic), was published in February 2015, and her middle grade novel, Picture Perfect #1: Bending Over Backwards (HarperCollins), debuted in January 2015. In 2016, her newest non-fiction titles will be released: A Child’s Introduction to Natural History (Black Dog & Leventhal/Hachette), Who is Hillary Clinton? (Grosset & Dunlap), and Meet the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team (Grosset & Dunlap). Other titles in her non-fiction A Child’s Introduction series include: A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology, A Child’s Introduction to the World, and A Child’s Introduction to Art (Black Dog & Leventhal/Hachette), which was listed as Amazon Best Non-Fiction of 2014 and received the Silver Medal Parent’s Choice Award. The former Editorial Director of prominent children’s packager, Parachute Press, Heather has edited over 100 children’s fiction series, including the bestselling Goosebumps and the early chapter mystery series, The New Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley. She graduated from Cornell University. Heather lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, with her husband and two daughters. You can read more about Heather at...
Adam Auerbach

Adam Auerbach

Adam Auerbach is an author, illustrator, and graphic designer. His first book, Edda: A Little Valkyrie’s First Day of School, received an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor. Adam’s illustrations have appeared on book covers and in numerous print publications, including The New York Times. He is currently working on his next picture book, Monkey Brother. Adam lives in Brooklyn, NY with his...
Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill writes novels for children and short stories for adults and poetry that she whispers in the dark when no one is listening. Both The Witch’s Boy and her first novel, The Mostly True Story of Jack, received four starred reviews, and her second, Iron Hearted Violet, received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award. She has received grants and awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, Intermedia Arts, and the Loft. She has three very smart kids and one very smart...
Aaron Becker

Aaron Becker

Born in Baltimore, Aaron Becker moved to California to attend Pomona College where he scored his first illustration job designing t-shirts for his water polo team. After attending the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he worked in the Bay Area as a concept designer for film companies such as ImageMovers, Disney, and Lucasfilm. Journey, his debut picture book, was the recipient of a 2014 Caldecott Honor. Quest, which published in 2014, picks up right where Journey left off. Meanwhile, Aaron spent the 2014-15 school year with his family living abroad in Spain where he finished work on his picture book trilogy’s final chapter, Return, which will publish fall 2016. Upon his own return, he’ll head back to his home studio in Amherst, MA, where, according to promises made during his year abroad, his daughter will, at long last, receive a...