A.M. (Amanda) Jenkins is the author of six YA novels, including the Printz Honor Book Repossessed and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Damage Other honors include a PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, the Delacorte Press Prize for a …
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.
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
Barb Rosenstock loves true stories best. Her picture books include: The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero, illustrated by Terry Widener, The Noisy Paint Box, illustrated by Mary Grandpre, Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library, illustrated by John O’Brien, The …
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 …
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.
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.
Caroline Ward, a recognized authority in the field of library services to youth, is the Coordinator of Youth Services at the Ferguson Library in Stamford Connecticut. A regular reviewer for School Library Journal, she chaired the 1990 Newbery Committee, and …
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 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.