Abby McAden is the paperback publishing director of Scholastic and editorial director of Point. She has worked on many middle-grade and chapter-book series, including Goosebumps, Dear Dumb Diary, Rainbow Magic, Geronimo Stilton, and Poison Apple.
Alan Gratz’s first novel, Samurai Shortstop, was named one of the ALA’s 2007 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults. His second novel, Something Rotten, was a 2008 ALA Quick Pick for Young Adult Readers, and was followed by a sequel, Something Wicked, in October 2008.
Alexandria LaFaye, author of the Scott O’Dell Award–winning novel Worth, is thrilled to have a picture book added to her publication list with Walking Home to Rosie Lee, a 2012 IRA Teacher’s Choice selection. A few of her other titles include The Keening, Water Steps, Stella Stands Alone…
Alma Fullerton was born in Ottawa, Ontario, as one of seven children. Her dad was in the military so they moved when his postings changed, first to Trenton when she was two, then to Comox when she was twelve. Having a learning disability, she couldn’t read until grade four and didn’t enjoy reading at all until grade nine, when she discovered books that she really loved.
Alvina Ling is Executive Editor for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She edits children’s books for all ages, from picture books to young-adult novels, with some nonfiction mixed in.
Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the award-winning author of nearly 100 books for children. Her popular Biscuit book series, with more than fifty books, includes picture books, board books, e-books, and Apps.
Amie is an accomplished author, researcher, and photographer who has written more than fifty books for kids, has contributed to online and print media, and has worked as a consultant, writer, and editor for numerous educational publishing and assessment companies.
We’re pleased to welcome Amy as a Teaching Assistant for this course. Amy Rose Capetta holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her debut, Entangled, is a young-adult science-fiction novel, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2013.
Andy is a writer, editor, and editorial consultant with a strong interest in sports, games, puzzles, and other nonfiction subjects. He has written books for many publishers, including Random House, Putnam, Workman, and Time-Life Books for Children
Andy is the science editor at Highlights magazine. He used to write about psychiatry and molecules at medical centers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Galveston, Texas, but he hasn’t done that since he joined Highlights eighteen years ago.
Levine’s YA novel Freefall (Greenwillow/HarperCollins) won the Sydney Taylor Honor’s Award the same year that her picture book Jodie’s Hanukkah Dig won a Sydney Taylor Notable Award. Jodie has gone on to discover many new archaeological sites in Israel. Jodie’s Shabbat Surprise, the third in the series, will be out in Spring 2015.
Artie has worked for more than 30 years with highly creative people, addressing challenges and opportunities facing more than 1,000 companies
Ashley Prine is currently the Art Director for the Interactive Media and Global Partnerships group at Highlights for Children. Ashley has more than twelve years of publishing experience in art direction and design, having worked on a variety of products from children’s educational textbooks to adult illustrated trade titles
We’re pleased to welcome Augusta as a Teaching Assistant for this course. Augusta grew up in a small town in Mississippi. She has since lived in North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Florida—twice!
Barbara Jean Hicks is the author of five critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books that beg to be read aloud! She claims that editors who say they don’t like rhyme really mean they don’t like bad rhyme. And if a story wants to be told in rhyme, who is she to say no?
Barbara Krasner received her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College in January 2006. She serves on the Association of Jewish Libraries’ prestigious Sydney Taylor Book Award committee.
Barry Furrow is a professor of health law at Drexel University School of Law. He is married to Donna Jo Napoli and has negotiated her contracts right from the start—that’s twenty-four years of experience with over seventy contracts, including contracts …
Bernette founded Color-Bridge Books, LLC, an independent packaging and consulting company, in January 2003, to package a wide range of children’s books, including board books and novelty books, picture books, easy readers, and first chapter books, for publishers to the trade and supplementary school markets.
We’re pleased to welcome Bethany as a Teaching Assistant for this course. Bethany’s books include Truth with a Capital T (Delacorte/Random House) and Between Us Baxters (WestSide Books).
Betina has worked for over twenty years in the publishing, licensing, and nonprofit industries, and is now Editorial Director of the Interactive Media and Global Partnerships Department at Highlights for Children.