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.
Alison Green Myers is a National Writing Fellow and Literacy Specialist. She specializes in connecting curriculum-driven instruction to creative writing and language work.
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.
Anne is the author of several books for young readers. Her book BREADCRUMBS was a Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, BCCB, and Amazon.com Best Book of the Year.
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 …
Bruce Degen is the cocreator of The Magic School Bus Series with Joanna Cole. She is the writer; he is the illustrator. They have worked on the series for more than twenty-five years. The Magic School Bus is the well-known science series where the very unusual teacher, Ms. Frizzle, takes the class where no class has gone before, to explore topics in science.
Candace is an award-winning author of numerous books for children. She discovered the joy and music of children’s books by reading aloud to her two sons.
Carolyn is currently senior editor of Calkins Creek Books—the U.S. history imprint of Boyds Mills Press. Calkins Creek specializes in nonfiction and historical fiction picture books, chapter books, and novels. Carolyn is also the senior editor of history for Highlights for Children.
Carrie Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of the Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy and Infinity Ring: Divide and Conquer, as well as the editor of Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction.
Catherine began her career at the National Geographic Society (NGS) in 1980, first as a researcher and writer working on NG World magazine (which was renamed NG KIDS magazine in 2001) and Books for Young Explorers. In 1995 she moved into her editing career and is now science editor for National Geographic KIDS and managing editor of NG Little Kids magazine (NGLK).
Storyteller, writing teacher, Queen of Revisions, and founder of Mims House publisher, Darcy Pattison she created the Novel Revision Retreat in 1999, which she has taught across the nation. Passionate authors at those retreats taught Darcy the power of story, and how an author’s passion can carry a career.
David’s first book for children, The Boy with a Drum, was released in 1969 and eventually sold more than two million copies. In 1972, David won national recognition when he received the Christopher Award for The Book of Giant Stories. Since then David has published seventy-seven original titles that have sold more than fifteen million copies and earned numerous honors.
Debbie has lived in Alaska for nearly 40 years. Inspired by the beauty and magnificence of the wilderness, Debbie enjoys exploring wild places and studying the amazing diversity of wildlife that live in the Far North.
Debra joined Highlights for Children as a Senior Editor in June 2009. She is the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books for children…
Denise Fleming has published numerous picture books, including Time to Sleep and the Caldecott Honor Book In the Small Pond. Ms. Fleming creates the illustrations for her books by pouring colored cotton pulp through hand-cut stencils.
Dianna Hutts Aston is the author of many books for children, including the award-winning An Egg Is Quiet, A Butterfly Is Patient and A Rock Is Lively, all illustrated by Sylvia Long. The Moon Over Star, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, received a Coretta Scott Honor in 2009.
Eileen is an award-winning author and poet whose work includes the 1991 Christopher Award winner, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. Eileen has published over 30 books for children. Some of her recent titles include The Dancing Pancake, Do You Have A Cat, The Best Story, Miss Fox’s Class Earns a Field Trip, and How To Clean Your Room.
Elizabeth Preston is editor of Muse, ‘the magazine of life, the universe, and pie throwing,” for kids age ten to fourteen. A member of the Cricket family of magazines, Muse has won three consecutive gold awards from Parents’ Choice.