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Nancy Kelly Allen Ron Hirschi Carrie A. Pearson
Samantha Bell Mary Holland Phyllis Perry
Marianne Berkes Kim Hutmacher Terry Pierce
Scotti Cohn Catherine Ipcizade Dr. Ellen Prager
Carol A Cole Terry Catasus Jennings Donna Rathmell German
Laura Crawford Pam Kapchinske Doreen Rathmell
Jennifer Keats Curtis Gail Langer Karwoski Katherine Rawson
Jean Heilprin Diehl Cynthia Kieber-King Bettina Restrepo
Ann Downer Jennifer Kramer Susan Ring
Rhonda Lucas Donald Kevin Kurtz Brian Rock
Terri Fields Karen Lee Mara Rockliff
Doris Fisher Michelle Lord Suzanne Slade
Carole Gerber Donna Love Danna Smith
Valarie Giogas Barbara Mariconda Dani Sneed
Laura Goering Lynne Mayer Lois Spangler
Kristen Haas John McGranaghan David A. Ufer
Janet Halfmann Susan K. Mitchell Andrea Vlahakis
Katharine Hall Mary Alice Monroe Kelly Kizer Whitt
Jeanne Walker Harvey Doris Mueller Loran Wlodarski
Fran Hawk Lucy Nolan Patti Zelch
Janet Ruth Heller Sherry North
John Himmelman Darcy Pattison
 


Marianne Berkes at a launch event for Animalogy


Janet Halfmann at a signing with Fur and Feathers and Little Skink's Tail


David Ufer at FRA


Cynthia Kieber King and Christina Wald at a launch event


Christina Wald and Carole Gerber at Claire's Day


Suzanne Slade, author of What's New at the Zoo?, What's the Difference?, and Animals are Sleeping doing a virtual author visit.


Multi-award-winning author of Little Skink's Tail, Janet Halfmann, at an event in Wisconsin.



Mother Osprey author Lucy Nolan (L) and One Wolf Howls author Scotti Cohn (R) at AASL..



Moose and Magpie author Bettina Restrepo at the Frisco Public Library in Texas to celebrate National Friend's Week.



One Wolf Howls author Scotti Cohn at the Illinois School Library Media Association conference.



Henry the Impatient Heron illustrator Christina Wald (left) and One Wolf Howls author Scotti Cohn (right) sign books at Books by the Banks in Ohio.


Author Jennifer Keats Curtis (L) with owl rehabber Kathy Woods, who inspired Baby Owl's Rescue.


Author Lucy Nolan celebrates Talk Like a Pirate Day with Mother Osprey in South Carolina.



Wildlife rehabber Kathy Woods presents Baby Owl's Rescue at the Ladew Gardens Childrens' Day.



Scotti Cohn (One Wolf Howls) and Christina Wald (Henry the Impatient Heron) team up at Blue Manatee in Ohio.



Baby Owl's Rescue author Jennifer Keats Curtis (center) introduces her new title in Baltimore.



Sylvan Dell's One Wolf Howls on display in Connecticut.




Jennifer Curtis (Baby Owl's Rescue) and wildlife specialist Kathy Wood
s with an owl friend!


Bettina Restrepo signs books for her Moose and Magpie launch party in Texas.




Moose and Magpie hits its first bookshelf in Texas!



Moose and Magpie author Bettina Restrepo shows kids a moose skull at a recent school visit.



Janet Halfmann invites kids to enact her award-winning book Little Skink's Tail while wearing tails of their own!

Henry the Impatient Heron author Donna Love shows students in Montana how the heron flies

Jennifer Kramer prepares for her close up at the Ocean Hide and Seek launch party in Georgia

Scotti Cohn reads new release One Wolf Howls at her Illinois launch!

Donna Love signs books at her launch party for Henry the Impatient Heron in Montana

A Burro's Tortillas puppet show in Arizona with author and guest Terri Fields

Jennifer Curtis with Turtles in My Sandbox at Author's Night at Forest Knolls Elementary in Silver Spring, MD

David Ufer with The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights at a recent 

school visit!

Terri Fields signing Burro's Tortilla's at her book launch

Donna Rathmell Doreen Rathmell

Donna and Doreen signing Octavia at BEA

Gail Karwoski

Gail signing Water Beds at SIBA

Gail Karwoski

Gail at a library event

Mara Rockliff Salima Alikhan Mary Alice Monroe

Mara Signing Pieces of Another World with Salima at SIBA

Mara Rockliff

Mara reading to children in Jamaica

Jean Diehl Kathryn Freeman

Jean and Kathryn signing Loon Chase at BEA

Doris Fisher

Doris at a booksigning

Doris Fisher

Doris speaking at a conference in Houston

Susan Mitchell Doris Fisher Dani Sneed

Susan, Doris, Dani, and Rachel at

ALA Midwinter

Valarie Giogas Jean Deihl

Valarie, Lee and Jean at PLA

David Ufer

David at a booksigning

Terri Fields

Terri Fields with a burro

Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe at an Author Signing

Ron Hirschi

Ron Hirschi working with children

Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe Signing Books at BEA

Catherine
Catherine Ipcizade with two fans at her book opening for Twas' the Day Before Zoo Day at the Santa Ann Zoo

 
Nancy Kelly Allen Nancy Kelly Allen is a school librarian and the award-winning author of more than 30 picture books. Her inspiration for writing The First Fire was to honor her Cherokee great-grandmother, Sarah. She hopes that this book will provide younger generations an insight into the mystery and wonder of traditional folktales. Some of her recent and award-winning titles include On the Banks of the Amazon, What Sea Creature Is This?, and Trouble in Troublesome Creek. Nancy lives in Kentucky with her husband and two dogs. Visit her website at www.nancykellyallen.com.
 
Samantha Bell The Perfect Pet is Samantha’s debut picture book with Sylvan Dell. Her stories, poems, and articles have been published both online and in print including e-zines and magazines. Her picture book, It's Birthday Time, Jake!, was released in 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing; she has also illustrated Shaping up the Year, As I Watch, Growing Up Dreams, Cinderfella and the Furry Godmother, One Pelican at a Time, and Sea Turtle Summer. She served for two years as the managing editor of the Pen & Palette, the newsletter of SCBWI-Carolinas Chapter. A native of sunny central Florida, Samantha Bell grew up in an area brimming with wildlife; now living in the upstate of South Carolina with her husband and four children, she’s found there is lots of room for the family’s animal friends. Visit her website at www.samanthabellbooks.com.
 
Marianne Berkes

Award-winning author Marianne Berkes (Daisylocks) is a retired teacher and librarian who turned her love of nature and teaching into writing informational picture books. In addition to Anybody Home?, The Tree That Bear Climbed and the award-winning Animalogy for Sylvan Dell, some of Marianne’s other recent and award-winning titles include: Going Home, The Mystery of Animal Migration; Over in the Ocean, in a Coral Reef; Over in the Jungle, a Rainforest Rhyme; Going Around the Sun, Some Planetary Fun, and What's in the Garden?. Visit her website at www.MarianneBerkes.com.

 
Scotti Cohn

Award-winning author Scotti Cohn has had a love for poetry and fiction writing since childhood. In addition to authoring On the Move, Big Cat, Little Kitty and One Wolf Howls for Sylvan Dell, Scotti has written eight nonfiction books as well as short stories and poems. Scotti’s two grown children have done their own moving on. She and her husband live in upstate South Carolina with five little kitties. Visit her website at www.scotticohn.com, or visit her School Visit Info and Facebook Page for more information.

 
Scotti Cohn Carol A. Cole has worked with young children in schools for about 30 years as a pediatric physical therapist. Carol started writing “scripts” for a favorite TV show when she was ten years old and hasn't stopped writing since. She’s the author of numerous articles and short stories found online and in anthologies. This is her debut picture book. Carol based this story on one of the teachers with whom she works—the original Penguin Lady. Penguin mouse pads, puzzles, wall decorations, and inflatable penguins fill the Penguin Lady’s classroom, leading Carol to wonder what would happen should real penguins move in. Carol and her family live in Northern Virginia. Visit Carol's website at http://www.carolacole.com/. For school visit information click here.
 
Laura Crawford

Laura Crawford was an accomplished teacher and reading specialist at Sleepy Hollow School in the Chicago area. While teaching a science unit on the Arctic region, she became fascinated with the unique animals of the Arctic. The cumulative tale, In Arctic Waters, is the result of her curiosity and was written with her students in mind. Laura also authored The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving From A to Z, The American Revolution from A to Z, Postcards from Washington, Postcards from Chicago, and Postcards from New York City. She was an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and credits the critique groups with much of her success.

 
Jennifer Keats Curtis

Award-winning nature author Jennifer Keats Curtis is frequently found among students and teachers, talking about literacy and conservation. In addition to Kali's Story the Animal Helpers series, Baby Owl’s Rescue, and Turtles In My Sandbox for Sylvan Dell, some of her other recent titles include Seahorses, Osprey Adventure and Saving Squeak: The Otter Tale. Recently honored with the SoMIRAC Literacy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Literacy. Jennifer resides in Maryland with her family and a wide variety of pets. Visit her website at www.jenniferkeatscurtis.com.

 
Jean Diehl

In addition to authoring Three Little Beavers and Loon Chase for Sylvan Dell, Jean Heilprin Diehl writes novels for kids and adults. Three Little Beavers was inspired by her interest in stories about urban wildlife conflicts with happy endings.  Her fiction received a James Michener Award, and she has taught writing at all levels, from elementary school through college. She lives near Washington, DC. Visit her website here. For school visit information click here.

Rhonda Lucas Donald Rhonda Lucas Donald (Dino Tracks) has written more than a dozen books for children and teachers. Her recent book Deep in the Desert, won the silver medal in the 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. In addition, she has won awards for articles and stories appearing in Ranger Rick and Your Big Backyard magazines. Rhonda specializes in writing about science and has always found desert life fascinating, perhaps because it's so different from where she lives in Virginia. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, National Science Teachers Association, and the Cat Writers Association. Rhonda and her husband share their home with dogs Maggie and Lily, and their very dignified cats, Darwin and Huxley. Visit Rhonda's Website or see her School Visit Info.
 
Ann Downer

Ann Downer (Shark Baby) has never lived very far from the ocean. When she was little, her uncle took her to a beach to see horseshoe crabs, and she has been interested in sea creatures ever since. She spent part of her childhood in and around the Pacific Ocean, living first in the Philippine Islands and then in Thailand. Now she lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, not far from the Atlantic Ocean. With her husband and son, she likes to go looking for sea creatures in tide pools in Maine. She once had a chance to go out in a very small boat with some scientists who study whales, and got to listen to the whales coming up for air. She used to be scared of sharks (she still is, a little!) but mostly thinks they are some of the most beautiful and fascinating creatures on Earth. Ann helped edit two books about the ocean for grown-ups: Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet and Underwater Eden: Saving the Last Coral Wilderness on Earth. She is the author of five novels for young readers and Elephant Talk, a book about the ways elephants communicate. Visit Ann's Website.

 
Terri Fields

Terri Fields (Burro’s Tortillas, The Most Dangerous) has written nineteen books which have garnered a number of awards including the Maud Hart Lovelace Award for Middle Grades Fiction, the Georgia Children’s Choice Award, being named to the Recommended Reading List for Chicago Public School, the TAYSHAS (Texas) Reading List, the Southwest Books of the Year List, and as one of the 100 Top Kid Picks in Children’s Books in Arizona. A long time desert-dweller, Ms Fields has enjoyed sharing her books with children all over the world. In addition to writing, Ms. Fields is also a educator who has been named Arizona Teacher of the Year, ING Education Innovator for Arizona, and been selected as one of the twenty teachers on the All-USA Teacher Team of the nation’s top educators. Terri Fields has worked with students in first through twelfth grade.  Ms. Fields sees the world around her in terms of the wonderful stories it reveals. Visit Terri's Website / School Visit Info.

 
Doris Fisher Doris Fisher (Happy Birthday to Whooo?, My Half Day, One Odd Day, and My Even Day) loves writing in verse. She has written a biography, Kelly Clarkson, and a six book series, Grammar All-Stars: The Parts of Speech for Gareth Stevens. Doris is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her children’s writing includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, word puzzles and mazes. She has been published in various children’s magazines including Babybug, Highlights for Children, and Wee Ones Magazine. Doris and her husband live in the Houston, Texas area. They have two grown children. Visit Doris' Website / School Visit Info. 
 
Carole Gerber (Little Red Bat) has written over a hundred science and reading textbooks, a multicultural folktale series, several adult nonfiction books, two chapter books, and 14 picture books. Her recent picture book, Winter Trees, was selected as a 2009 Outstanding Trade Book by the National Science Teachers' Association and the Children's Book Council. Other awards include NSTA and Cooperative Children’s Book Center commendations for Leaf Jumpers, a CCBC commendation for Blizzard, and a Parent Council Award of Excellence for Hush! A Gaelic Lullaby.  Carole is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and participates as an Artist in Schools through the Greater Columbus, Ohio, Arts Council. She is frequently invited to elementary schools as a visiting author. She and her husband, Mark, have been married for more than 30 years. They are the parents of two grown daughters, Paige and Jess, and two grandchildren, Sara and Tyler. For more information, visit her website at http://www.carolegerber.com/ School Visit Info.
 
Valarie Giogas Valarie Giogas (In My Backyard) has been writing since she was a young child. As a teacher, her favorite part of teaching was the books. She’s been writing for children ever since she discovered that she could combine her love for children’s literature with her passion for writing. The idea for In My Backyard began when her son was in preschool. They always drove by a gaggle of geese and he would giggle when she told him the group name. When the geese had goslings, the idea for this book was cemented. A member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Valarie has also written articles for Hopscotch Magazine. Valarie and her family live in a suburb of Boston.  Visit Valarie's Website / School Visit Info.
 
Laura Goering Laura Goering, pronounced Gehring, (Whistling Wings) is a professor of Russian language and literature (including Russian Literature for Children) at Carleton College. Every fall, people travel from all over the Upper Midwest to Alma, Wisconsin, to view the thousands of whistling swans (also called tundra swans), who stop there on the way from their breeding grounds in northern Canada and Alaska to their wintering grounds in the Chesapeake Bay area. It was this spectacle that inspired Laura to write Whistling Wings. While Laura has poems published in anthologies and several magazine articles to her credit, this is her first picture book. Laura, her husband, and their daughter live in Minnesota. Visit Laura's Website / School Visit Info.
 
Kristin Haas Kristin Haas is a third grade teacher with a Masters in Elementary Education. As a teacher, she sees how books inspire learning and engage the minds of young readers. Kristin hopes this book will encourage young math fans at home and in classrooms to learn about the myriad kinds of geometric shapes. This is her debut picture book. Kristin lives in Newburgh, New York with her family.Visit Kristin's website.
 
Janet Halfmann

Janet Halfmann (pronounced Howlf-mun) is the award-winning author of more than thirty fiction and nonfiction children’s books, including Home in the Cave, Fur and Feathers, and Little Skink’s Tail for Sylvan Dell. Other recent titles include Eggs: 1, 2, 3; Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish; Good Night, Little Sea Otter; Garter Snake at Willow Creek Lane; and Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story. Janet is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Before becoming a children’s author, Janet was a daily newspaper reporter, children’s magazine editor, and a creator of coloring and activity books for Golden Books. She is the mother of four and the grandmother of four. When Janet isn’t writing, she enjoys gardening, exploring nature, visiting living-history museums, and spending time with her family. She grew up on a farm in Michigan and now lives in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For more information, visit her website: http://www.janethalfmann.com. For school visit information click here.

   
Katharine Hall

Katharine Hall has spent her entire life surrounded by books. As an avid reader from a very early age, she has always wanted to become a writer herself. Polar Bears and Penguins: A Compare and Contrast Book is Katharine’s debut picture book.  She is currently working on a second book about clouds that will be the second in the Compare and Contrast series. Katharine and her husband live in California with their dog, Tonks, and two mischievous cats. 

 

 

Jeanne Walker Harvey has been a long timemember of SCBWI with publications in Writer's Digest, Cricket Magazine, Nation’s Business, SCBWI's ACORN, Creativity Connection, Parent's Expecting and Teachers of Vision, including articles pertaining to nature and marine animals. Currently, she teaches Language Arts and a Writing Workshop at her local public middle school. In addition to Astro: The Steller Sea Lion for Sylvan Dell, Jeanne has also written My Hands Sing the Blues, a story about Romare Bearden. Growing up in Orange County, California, she was always fascinated by the ocean and marine mammals.  She lives in Marin County, California, with her husband and two teenage sons and a black lab who sits at her feet when she writes.
School Visit Information/ Website

 

Fran Hawk's favorite things are children, books,

and writing. Writing children's books is her dream come true, because it combines all three. Fran resides in South Carolina, and when the famous Hunley submarine was raised from Charleston harbor, she wrote a children's book about the event. Her next book was called Ten Tips for

Raising Readers, in which Fran shares all the best information she had gathered about bringing children and books together. One autumn afternoon, Fran was walking as leaves drifted down all around her. She realized she only knew the names of a few of them, so she got some leaf books from the library and worked on identifying them. Then, she thought it would be interesting to write a children's book that would make it fun to learn the names of leaves. The result was Count Down to Fall. Visit Fran's Website / School Visit Info.

 
Janet Heller Janet Ruth Heller (How the Moon Regained Her Shape) is the President of the Michigan College English Association.  She has her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. Janet has taught creative writing, British and American literature, composition, literature for children, and women’s studies for 40 years at various colleges and universities, including Western Michigan University, Northern Illinois University, Michigan State University, and the University of Chicago. Janet has published poems and stories in many magazines and anthologies. She is a founding mother of Primavera, a literary magazine. Her book of literary criticism, Coleridge, Lamb, Hazlitt, and the Reader of Drama, was published in 1990 by the University of Missouri Press.  She has also published two books of poetry, Traffic Stop (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and Folk Concert: Changing Times (Anaphora Literary Press, 2012).  Her website is http://www.redroom.com/author/janet-ruth-heller.
 
John Himmelman John Himmelman (Tudley Didn't Know) has written and/or illustrated over 60 children's books since 1981. His award-winning book "Pipaluk and the Whales" (published by National Geographic) is based on the true story of how far people will go to save their wild neighbors. John's "Nature Upclose" series of 13 different books (published by Children's Press, a division of Scholastic) includes such titles as: A Monarch Butterfly's Life, A Pillbug's Life, A Luna Moth's Life, and A Woodfrog's, Life. He based his Animal Rescue Club (Harper Collins) beginning reader book on a group of real children who rescued orphaned and injured wildlife. John's first book for adults, Discovering Moths, was recently published by Downeast Books. Most of John's book stem from his obvious passion for animals and nature. When John isn't busy writing or illustrating his books, he is involved with the CT Butterfly Association, the Killingworth Land Conservation Trust, leads nature walks and gives natural history lectures throughout the country. He works with schools by offering special science observation programs, and teaches courses on children's book writing. As if he isn't busy enough, John has two children (one in college and one in high school) and a working wife (high school art teacher) with a busy life of her own. John says he has never lost his love of reading and ends each day curled up in bed with a good book! Visit John's Website / School Visit Info.  
 
 
Mary Holland

Mary Holland is a naturalist, nature photographer, columnist, and award-winning author with a life-long passion for natural history. After graduating from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources, Mary worked as a naturalist at the Museum of the Hudson Highlands in New York state, directed the state-wide Environmental Learning for the Future program for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, worked as a resource naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and designed and presented her own “Knee-High Nature Programs” for libraries and elementary schools throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Her children’s books include A Beaver’s Busy Year and Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer with Sylvan Dell and Milkweed Visitors, (Science Books and Films’ list for the best books of 2006 in the category Children’s Books under Zoological Sciences). Mary’s book Naturally Curious: a Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods and Marshes of New England won the 2011 National Outdoor Book Award for the Nature Guidebook category. Mary lives in Vermont with her lab, Emma. Visit Mary’s blog at naturallycuriouswith maryholland.wordpress.com

   
Ron Hirschi Ron Hirschi (Ocean Seasons) lives on a small island in western Washington and walks the beach most days of the year. As a biologist, he also spends much time on the water, learning about and helping salmon and other aquatic fish and wildlife. As an author, he brings the excitement of what he learns onto the pages of books for young readers. Ron has written over 50 children’s books. His books have been listed as Best Science Trade Books of the year, and won the John Burroughs Nature Book among other awards. Several of his books have been featured on Reading Rainbow. In addition to writing, Ron enjoys working directly with kids and takes them outside during his many school visits. They net fish to study water quality or search for frogs and salamanders in small ponds. They also study ocean life and it was on a trip to the beach with a group of elementary students that he got the idea for this book. Ron helped to raise the funds to purchase a tidal wetland that is now an environmental learning center and critical habitat for endangered salmon. His book, Salmon, remains a fund raiser for this (Nick’s Lagoon) project. Visit Ron's Website / School Visit Info.
 
Kimberly Hutmacher Kimberly Hutmacher (Paws, Claws, Hands, and Feet) has written numerous pieces of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children’s magazines and anthologies. She has also written three eBooks for the educational website “A to Z Kid’s Stuff” and served as poetry editor for Wee Ones Magazine for two years. Kimberly has homeschooled her three children for several years and they have a huge love and curiosity for science. A few years ago, when gathering material for a science lesson on how animals use their appendages, Kimberly had a difficult time finding material geared toward preschool and early elementary students. The seed was planted, and she set out to write her own book that would present the materials in a lively and engaging way for younger audiences. The result was her first picture book, Paws, Claws, Hands, and Feet, to be published by Sylvan Dell Publishing in Spring 2009. Kimberly lives in Illinois. Visit her School Visit Info.
 
Catherine Ipcizade Catherine Ipcizade (pronounced ip-chi-zah'-deh) ('Twas the Day Before Zoo Day) has written for numerous publications, both in print and on-line, and also works as an assistant editor for Thirteen Minutes Magazine. In addition to writing and blogging, Catherine likes to spend time with her husband and two children, cozy up with a good book, spend time in the kitchen cooking and baking, and practicing photography. Catherine is a member of SCBWI and volunteers for The Little Owl Mentoring Program, a program that pairs published writers with high school students who wish to be writers. In addition to 'Twas the Day Before Zoo Day, she also has also written African Animals: Giraffes; African Animals: Lions; and African Animals: Zebras. Catherine and her family live in southern California. Visit Catherine's Website / School Visit Info.
   
Laura Jacques Terry Catasús Jennings (pronounced cat ah soos) has been heavily involved in the arts for the past 20 years, serving as a Cultural Arts Chair in her children’s schools. She is a contributor to the National Science Resource Center’s (NSRC) Science and Technology for Children and Science and Technology Concepts for Middle Grades series. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Long Island News Day and Ranger Rick and she wrote a family humor column for her local newspaper, The Reston Connection, for four years. Gopher to the Rescue: A Volcano Recovery Story is her first picture book. Terry is a member of SCBWI. She and her husband live in Northern Virginia. Visit Terry's blog at http://terryjennings.wordpress.com/.
 
Kapchinske

Pam Kapchinske is a freelance writer and editor of educational materials. She creates K-12 web-based assessments for Scantron Corporation and has written science content for Discovery Education. Her children’s poetry has been published in Ladybug magazine. Pam holds a B.S. in Biology and taught science in the Peace Corps in Zimbabwe. She lives with her husband and two boys in San Diego. Hey Diddle Diddle is her debut picture book. Visit Pam's website or view her school visit info.

 
Gail Karwoski Gail Langer Karwoski (Water Beds, River Beds, and Julie the Rockhound) is an award-winning children’s book writer. In addition to Julie the Rockhound and Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean (Mom’s Choice Best Children’s Picture Book Author for 2005), published by Sylvan Dell, Gail has written six other books for young readers including: Tsumani: The True Story of an April Fool’s Day Disaster and Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906. Before becoming a full time author, Gail taught in Georgia public schools. She frequently returns to schools as a visiting author. Gail married a rockhound. On their honeymoon, they hiked through lush western forests and stark “forests” of petrified wood. They dove into foamy aquamarine waves in the Pacific Ocean and dug into crumbly turquoise deposits in the Southwestern desert. Since then, they’ve gone “treasure hunting” for geodes, fossils, and crystals. At the schools where she taught, her classroom was famous because of the “rock box.” Now, as owners of a quartz deposit in South Carolina where visitors can try their luck at digging for crystals, Gail and her husband have watched hundreds of people – both young and old – delight in finding sparkly quartz crystals. She wrote Julie the Rockhound to share this delight in our earth’s treasures with children and their parents. Gail lives near the University of Georgia with her husband, two daughters, and three bossy cats.  Visit Gail's Website / School Visit Info.        
 
Cynthia Kieber-King Cynthia Kieber-King (Habitat Spy) has always been inspired by nature and science, and has degrees in zoology and biological oceanography. Before becoming a children's author, Cynthia worked as an environmental consultant studying wetlands and conducting ecological risk assessments. She loves to travel and explore all kinds of habitats and learning about all the different plants and animals that live there. Cynthia lives and writes in central New York State with her wonderful husband and son. Habitat Spy is her debut picture book. Visit Cynthia's WebsiteSchool Visit Info         
 
Jennifer Kramer Jennifer Kramer (Ocean Hide and Seek) loves spending time outdoors and believes children make the very best nature guides. Jennifer graduated with a BA from Emory University and a JD/MBA from Georgia State University. At Emory, she took classes in Child Psychology and Education, and worked with children at Fernbank Elementary, The Phoenix School, and the St. Stephens Infant School in Canterbury, England. Her favorite time was recess, though she was hopeless at jumping rope and hide-and-seek. The kids always found her! It was also at Emory that Jennifer obtained her NAUI scuba certification. Her first dive trip was to a rock quarry in Alabama, where there were no sea animals. Since then, she has snorkeled and dived off Maui, the Caymans, and the coast of Cozumel. She loves to talk about coming face-to-face with a white tipped reef shark! In addition to Ocean Hide and Seek(Spring 2009), Jennifer has also written Good Luck Charlie and The Ninth Dragon. She has fiction and non-fiction stories and articles published with Highlights for Children, Ladybug, Educational Testing, McGraw Hill, and more. Jennifer currently resides in Georgia, with her husband, four children, and a standard poodle that thinks he is Elvis.
 
Kevin Kurtz

Kevin Kurtz (A Day in the Deep) is also the author of A  Day in the Salt Marsh and A Day on the  Mountain. He has loved science, nature, and books since he was a kid. As an adult, he has worked as an educator for organizations such as the South Carolina Aquarium and the Science Factory Children’s Museum, and also onboard, the research ship the JOIDES Resolution during an expedition in the South Pacific. Kevin currently lives in upstate New York, where he continues to write and visit schools to teach children about the wonders of nature. Visit Kevin's website for more information.

 
Karen Lee Karen Lee (ABC Safari) has turned from illustrator to author/illustrator with ABC Safari. A visit to the Mote Marine Aquarium with her family inspired a series of drawings and poems beginning with the manatees she discovered there. She comments “They are surprisingly beautiful, comical, and graceful.” Her sketchbook soon represented animals from all over the world. Karen has spent over three years on this project which was the runner up for the 2005 SCBWI Don Freeman Grant. She is also the recipient of the 2004 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Illustration for her wok in Highlights For Children. Karen has illustrated three other books for Sylvan Dell, One Odd Day, My Even Day, and My Half Day. She and her husband, also an illustrator, are raising their family outside of Raleigh, NC. Karen’s children join her on many research trips to museums, zoos and aquariums – tough job, but someone has to do it!  Visit Karen's Website / School Visit Info
 
Michelle Lord

Award-winning author Michelle Lord started writing stories when she was in elementary school. In addition to Nature Recycles for Sylvan Dell, her other books include Tide Pool Trouble, A Song for Cambodia, and the award-winning Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin. Michelle and her family recycle at their home in Texas. Check out her website at www.michellelordwrites.com.

 
Award-winning author Donna Love brings nature to life for children through her books: The Glaciers are Melting!; Henry the Impatient Heron; Loons, Diving Birds of the North; Awesome Ospreys, Fishing Birds of the World; Animals Count in Grand Canyon National Park; and The Totally Out There Guide to Glacier National Park. Donna lives in Montana, where her husband is a district ranger on the Lolo National Forest. They have three grown children, and one granddaughter.School Visit Info / Website.
 
  
Barbara Mariconda Barbara Mariconda Award-winning author Barbara Mariconda is one of those people who “has done it all!” In addition to authoring Ten for Me and Sort it Out! (2009 IRA and CBC Children’s Choice and 2009 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year List) for Sylvan Dell, she is an educator (K-6), a mentor teacher, an adjunct professor of Children’s Literature and Process Writing. Barbara has also written a wide variety of musicals, songs, novels, and numerous professional books for teachers. She frequently speaks on the topic of writing for and with children, and provides professional development for teachers at seminars across
the country. She lives in Connecticut where she is a partner in the educational seminar and consulting firm, Empowering Writers, LLC., and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Visit Barbara's Website / School Visit Info.  
 
 
Lynne Mayer Lynne Mayer (Newton and Me) grew up in Palos Park, Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois where she obtained her degree in computer science/math and developed her love of puzzles and educational reading. She is currently an adjunct instructor of computer science at Elgin Community College. The college has provided Lynne with the opportunity to travel to exotic places. She has visited the Amazon jungle in Peru as well as the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Often inspired by the outdoors, she will be returning to the jungle in June 2009 for her third visit. Now that her children are grown, Lynne is finally pursuing her dream of writing educational children’s books. For more information, visit her website: http://lynnemayer.com/ School Visit Info.
 
John McGanaghan John McGranaghan (Saturn for My Birthday, Meet the Planets) has always been fascinated by outer space and he shares that fascination in a humorous (but educational) way through Meet the Planets and Saturn for My Birthday. John has also written stories and articles for Boys’ Quest Magazine, Pockets Magazine, Columbia Magazine, and local newspapers. He is winner of the 2001 Pockets Fiction Contest. When John isn’t writing, he enjoys sports and spending time with his wife and two boys. John is a school counselor in the Philadelphia suburbs. Website / School Visit Info.
 
Susan Mitchell Susan K. Mitchell (The Rainforest Grew All Around and Kersplatypus) is a children’s author with many hats in her collection: author, mom, wife, pre-school teacher, and Spanish teacher. Susan loves creating a silly world of words for kids.  The idea of Kersplatypus quite literally came from a word she made up when her youngest daughter fell down one day. Surrounded by kids all day, every day, she has no shortage of story ideas. Susan is also the author of two other picture books: The Rainforest Grew All Around and Stone Pizza. She has also written more than fourteen non-fiction chapter books for older readers on topics ranging from entertainment to architecture to animals.  Susan, her husband, and two wonderful daughters live outside of Houston with their dog and two crazy cats. Visit Susan's Website / School Visit Info.
 
Mary Alice Monroe Mary Alice Monroe (A Butterfly Called Hope) is the New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House, Swimming Lessons, Beach House Memories, Skyward, Sweetgrass, Time is a River, Last Light Over Carolina, and The Butterfly’s Daughter among other novels. Her first children’s book, Turtle Summer: A Journal for my Daughter (ASPCA Henry Bergh award-winner) was released to great acclaim in 2007 as a picture book companion to her adult novel, Swimming LessonsA Butterfly Called Hope is her second children’s photographic book and is the result of her monarch-raising research for The Butterfly’s Daughter. Mary Alice is currently working on a trilogy of novels about dolphins. Look for a third children’s book to accompany that series. Visit Mary Alice's Website
 
Doris L. Mueller (The Best Nest) was a teacher and professor at every level from kindergarten through graduate school. Some of her other books include, Small One’s Adventure, a middle-grade novel, Marryin’ Sam, and a biography, M. Jeff Thompson: Missouri’s Swamp Fox. Doris recalled that whenever she failed to listen to instructions, her mother would tell her an Old English Tale of how, when the magpie tried to teach the birds how to build a beautiful, strong nest like hers, all but one failed to attend to her instructions and went off to build inadequate nests. She retold the story, substituting birds native to the US, and added factual information telling how various birds build their nests for The Best Nest. Doris lived with her husband on a small lake outside of St. Louis and had many bird visitors at their bird feeders—woodpeckers, humming birds, nuthatches, and goldfinches, among others.
 
 
Lucy Nolan spent many childhood days roaming two very special islands: Pawleys Island, SC, and Amelia Island, FL, where she collected the family stories that were shared around the dinner tables of hundred-year-old homes. It was only natural that she would eventually combine her love of the sea and storytelling into Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys and Gulls (Sylvan Dell, Fall 2009). This playful book retells Mother Goose rhymes and embodies everything Lucy loves about America's coastlines! Lucy has been writing since she was four years old and is the author of several picture books and the popular Down Girl and Sit chapter books. She is also a two-time winner in the South Carolina Fiction project, sponsored by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Lucy lives in Columbia, SC, with her daughter and two rambunctious dogs. For more info, visit her website: www.lucynolanbooks.com/ School Visit Info.
 
Sherry North (Champ’s Story: Dogs Get Cancer, Too) is an award-winning children’s author and medical journalist. A former medical producer for CNN Headline News, Sherry has written and produced a number of award-winning medical documentaries for public television, and she currently contributes to WebMD. In the children’s book realm, Sherry has written Because You Are My Baby (Winner of a 2008 NAPPA Gold Award), Because I Am Your Daddy, Sailing Days, and The School that Sank. Her writing has also appeared in Highlights magazine, and she was a runner-up in the 2008 Magazine Merit Awards. Sherry has presented at many preschools, elementary schools, and libraries.  She was also a featured speaker at the 2008 Miami Book Fair International. She lives in South Florida with her husband, son, daughter, dog, and cat. For more information, visit her website at http://www.sherrynorth.com/. Sherry is also a featured blogger for the Miami Herald’s parenting site.
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Darcy Pattison (www.darcypattison.com) is published in eight languages. Recent titles include two nature books for Sylvan Dell, Prairie Storms and Desert Baths (August, 2012). Other recent titles include Wisdom: The Midway Albatross and 11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph.  She also authored the ebook, How to Write a Children’s Book and the teacher resource book, Paper Lightning: Prewriting Activities to Spark Creativity and Help Students Write Effectively (Prufrock Press). Darcy is the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award, Individual Artist Award for her work in children’s literature.  As a writing teacher, Darcy is in demand nationwide to teach her Novel Revision Retreat.  She is currently the Co-Chair of the Children’s Program for the Arkansas Literary Festival.. For more information about Darcy, view her school visit info, or visit www.prairiestorms.com.
 

Carrie A. Pearson

Carrie A. Pearson is a former early elementary teacher and the winner of a SCBWI-Michigan Picture Book Mentorship Award and a Work of Outstanding Promise grant. A Cool Summer Tail, and the companion, A Warm Winter Tail (2013-2014 Great Lakes Great Books Literature Program and a Gelett Burgess Award) follow many of the same animals to describe how they manage the hot summer and cold winter weather. Carrie and her family live in the upper peninsula of Michigan. Visit her website at www.carriepearsonbooks.com.
 
Terry Pierce
Phyllis J. Perry (Pandas’ Earthquake Escape) is the author of more than 70 books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for children and adults.  Phyllis worked with the Boulder, Colorado, Valley Schools as a teacher, principal, curriculum specialist, and director of talented and gifted education before taking early retirement to write full time. She is active in a number of writing-related organizations.  She is a member of the Colorado Authors' League and of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She participates in the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association and lives in Boulder with her husband, David.  They have two daughters and four grandchildren. For more information about Phyllis, visit:
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Terry Pierce
Terry Pierce (Blackberry Banquet) is the author of sixteen children’s books, including picture books, easy readers, joke books, and non-fiction. Terry now writes full-time, teaches children’s writing workshops and is a visiting author at elementary schools. She also proudly serves on the Ventura/Santa Barbara regional board of the SCBWI. Terry was inspired to write Blackberry Banquet by her son (now grown) and their berry-picking family vacations in Oregon. Even though he hated bees (which frequented the blackberry bushes), he knew the lessons of The Little Red Hen and would help her to pick berries anyway. Terry lives in the high desert of California with her husband of thirty years, one goldfish, and a brown bobtailed cat. Visit Terry's Website / School Visit Info.
 
Dr. Ellen Prager Dr. Ellen Prager, a well-respected marine scientist, consultant, and author, is widely recognized for her expertise and ability to bring science to the layperson. Her books for adults include the acclaimed Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Oceans’ Oddest Creatures and Why They MatterChasing Science at Sea: Racing HurricanesStalking Sharks, and Living Undersea with Ocean ExpertsThe Oceans; and Furious Earth: The Science and Nature of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis. In addition to Sea Slime: It’s Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea, her other children’s books includeThe Restless Earth: Earthquakes and Volcanoes; SAND; Volcanoes; and Earthquakes; and the upcoming middle grade fiction series, The Shark Whisperer: Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians. Dr. Prager was the chief scientist for the world’s only undersea research station, the Aquarius Reef Base program in Key Largo, FL. For more information, go to her website at earth2ocean.net.
 
Doreen Rathmell
Doreen Rathmell (Octavia and Her Purple Ink Cloud) and her sister, Donna (see Carolina's Story above) collaborated on this book. Doreen is an elementary school teacher and former elementary school librarian. This is Doreen's first book. Both sisters have a passion for children's books and believe that reading to children is the best way to instill imagination and a love for learning. The annual family beach reunion and a Discovery Channel program about octopuses sparked the beginnings of "Octavia."
 
Donna Rathmell
Donna Rathmell German (Carolina's Story and Octavia) is the author of 16 cookbooks, four of which were New York Times best-sellers including The Bread Machine Cookbook Series, which have sold more than 3 million copies. The 1990's brought extensive media experience promoting her cookbooks, with appearances on such nationally respected programs as The Today Show, The 700 Club, Attitudes with Linda Dano, QVC, and a host of other radio and television programs. Donna is a volunteer at the South Carolina Aquarium, where she has developed a keen interest in their sea turtle rescue program. It was there that she met Barbara Bergwerf, the photographer for Carolina's Story. Two of life's inspirations led to the writing of Carolina's Story: one day, several years ago, the dock master at the marina called to ask Donna to safeguard an injured sea turtle that stranded nearby. As she and her daughter waited for the rescue team to arrive, she began to think about the importance of helping endangered turtles thrive in their natural environment. The second inspiration occurred when Donna was introduced to the Sea Turtle Hospital. She recalled an incident from years before when her then five-year-old daughter was injured in a fall and had to be rushed to a nearby Children's Hospital. The terrifying experience of emergency surgery and the attendant tests and medications brought to mind the same treatments she was seeing with the turtles. She saw both experiences as a way to increase children's awareness and respect for the natural world, and wrote a book that is also an invaluable resource for educating children on what to expect from their own medical treatment. Visit Donna's Website / School Visit Info.                                     
 
 
Katherine Rawson (If You Were a Parrot) was inspired to write this book by watching her own pet parrot, Shadow, a small green parrot with a big personality. (Shadow even has his own blog!) When Katherine is not playing with, reading or writing about parrots, she teaches English as a Second Language at a community college and works as a freelance writer. She is a former elementary school teacher. Katherine lives in Vermont. School Visit Info.
 
Bettina Restrepo (Moose and Magpie) is a professional writer who has appeared in Highlights for Children, Nature Friend, and Boy's Life magazines. Bettina graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Speech Communications and spent over fifteen years in the retail industry as a merchandise manager and auditor. She achieved her dream and is now writing at home with her husband, son, and dog in Texas. Moose and Magpie is Bettina's debut picture book. She is busy writing about more animals and is completing her fourth young adult novel. She is thrilled to share this book with elementary schools across the globe. Visit Bettina's Website / School Visit Info.       
 
Susan Ring (Where Should Turtle Be?) is an Emmy-award winner and prolific writer, who specializes in writing for children, and through her creative services company, Monkey-Says, she writes for all types of media. Her experience in television and video includes creating characters and writing songs. Her song "Where's My Nose?" won third place in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition, competing against thousands of other songwriters worldwide. Although Where Should Turtle Be?(Spring 2009) is Susan's first Sylvan Dell book, she has over 135 books to her name. Susan lives in Rhode Island. Visit Susan's company Website / School Visit Info.       
 
 
Brian Rock

Brian Rock (The Deductive Detective)received a master’s degree in Children’s Literature and Creative Writing from Hollins University. Brian’s short stories for children appear regularly in the regional magazine Kid’s World and his poems for children have appeared in Highlights for Children, Poetry Train, and various regional publications. His short story, The Frog Dad, was selected as one of the inaugural titles for iPulpFiction’s “Don’t Read This in the Dark” series. For six years Brian worked in the Chesterfield County public school system teaching at-risk students. Visit his website at http://www.brianrock.net/

 
Mara Rockliff (Pieces of Another World) is the author of many books for children and teens, including the Indie Next pick The Busiest Street in Town, praised by Publishers Weekly as "genuinely inspiring." Her own favorite meteor shower was one she watched with a group of friends on a bitterly cold night. They threw a pile of old blankets on the ground and huddled close together, telling jokes and singing songs as they stared up into the clear night sky, afraid to blink and miss one of these tiny bits of other, distant worlds as they blazed into our own. Mara lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her family. Visit her Website
 
Suzanne Slade is the award-winning author of over 80 books for children including The Great Divide, Multiply on the Fly, What’s the Difference?, What’s New at the Zoo?, and Animals are Sleeping for Sylvan Dell. Her works include picture books, biographies, as well as many non-fiction titles about animals, sports, and nature. One of her favorite parts of the writing process is researching and learning new things. Suzanne lives near Chicago with her husband, Mike, two children, and their tiny dog, Corduroy. She enjoys visiting schools in-person or during her live virtual author visits.  Visit Suzanne's Website.
 
DannaSmith
Danna Smith received excellent reviews for Pirate Nap and Two at the Zoo, which was featured in Parenting Magazine and is a Raising Readers board book special edition. The inspiration for her most recent book, Balloon Trees, came from her husband’s line of work running a rubber manufacturing plant. Although his company makes industrial rubber products, Danna chose to follow the creation of a fun product that is near and dear to a child’s heart: the balloon. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two grown children, and their cocker spaniel, Peanut. Visit her website at www.dannasmithbooks.com.
 
Dani Sneed
Dani Sneed (One Odd Day, My Even Day and My Half Day) is a mother of three, full-time engineer, part-time writer and former substitute teacher. While teaching, Dani enjoyed explaining math in silly, but memorable, ways. Oddly enough, she was inspired to co-author One Odd Day based on a conversation she had with an elementary school librarian. My Even Day is a natural follow on to that quite odd book and there may even be a fraction of a book in the future! Dani has written several articles for Highlights for Children and five merit badge books for Boy Scouts of America including Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Geology, and is working on more. She has two co-authored bilingual books; Confetti Eggs / Cascarones and Punched Paper / Papel Picado. Dani lives in the suburbs of Houston with her family which includes a dog, Muffin and a cat, Cupcake. They are currently looking for a pet to name Biscuit. School Visit Info.
 
 
Dani Sneed

Lois Spangler is an accomplished author and educator who has received many distinguished awards for her classroom work during her 32-year career. In addition to her personal achievements, she has worked with students to help them earn both state and national awards from numerous organizations including NASA, Toshiba and the NSTA. Although The Fort on Fourth Street is Lois’s debut picture book, she has written, edited and managed more than 30 books including 6 ancillary science books for Scott Foresman Science. As an author and education expert, she has served on various committees and boards, including as a judge for the NSTA’s ExploraVision National Science Competition and the NSF’s Selection Committee for the “PAEMST.” Visit her website www.edconnectionsllc.com for more information.  

 
David Ufer
David A. Ufer (The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights) says that this story has been floating around in his head for several years now and has spent lots of hours at the zoo watching some of these animals to get a feel for their behavior and personalities. David hopes that this book will help children overcome some of their own fears. He is looking forward to the day when he may be able to leave the corporate world behind and become a full-time author – perhaps writing and traveling across the country.
 
Andrea Vlahakis (Christmas Eve Blizzard) is a busy children's author, having been published in Highlights for Children, Turtle, Ladybug and Appleseeds. In addition to her own writing, Andrea is an instructor at the Institute of Children's Literature. A large portion of Andrea's work revolves around nature and birds. The inspiration for this book comes from her childhood home—when she was eight, her father hung a cardinal-red birdfeeder from their old apple tree and her love of bird watching was born. It also comes from her own rescue of a bird during a blizzard a few years ago, with the help of an equally snowbound wildlife rescue person on the other end of the phone. Andrea lives in Connecticut surrounded by woods, streams, and lots of birds to watch. For more information, visit her website at www.AndreaVlahakis.com.         
 
Loran Wlodarski
Loran Wlodarski (Felina’s New Home, and If a Dolphin Were a Fish) is a science writer for SeaWorld and has written six books for them in addition to his many normal daily responsibilities. He has been published in sources such as Grolier's Encyclopedia for Children and The Marine Mammal Encyclopedia. In addition, he has served as a scientific consultant for "Ask Magazine", Random House Books, Animal Planet, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, and Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Loran has raised animals his entire life. One of his early jobs at SeaWorld's Education Department was to raise some of their animals - newly hatched sharks, macaws, turtles, tropical fish, and iguanas. Loran lives with his wife and child in Florida. Loran's School Visit Info.  

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Kelly Kizer Whitt (Solar System Forecast) has been an admirer of the universe since childhood. From the dark skies of her hometown of Sauk City, Wisconsin, she would gaze at the stars and wonder what was beyond them. Kelly majored in English and studied Astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After college she spent three years in Nashville with her husband, Jeremy, before moving to the Milwaukee area. In 1998 she landed her dream job at Astronomy magazine, where she worked as copy editor, photo editor, and assistant editor. Kelly wrote the terrestrial planets section of The Collins Illustrated Encyclopedia of Space, published in 2001. She writes about space for the websites Suite101.com and AstronomyToday.com. She also has a weekly stargazing blog for the Sierra Club online. Besides writing about space, Kelly published a romance novel on Kindle in 2011 titled The Gathering Storm. Kelly’s hobbies include visiting the national parks, creating crossword puzzles, and reading. Kelly lives in Sussex, Wisconsin, with Jeremy, her son Kaden, her daughter Lucy, and their cat Perseus, named for the constellation. See her school visit info.
 
Loran Wlodarski Influenced by wildlife around her, Patti Zelch’s (pronounced “Zelk”) stories have been published in magazines and anthologies. While preparing for a hurricane, her grandson asked her what wild animals would do during the storm. After much research, she learned that some wildlife seem to sense upcoming storms long before humans. Ready, Set...Wait! is the result of her research and is her debut picture book. A retired teacher, Patti and her husband split the year between southern Florida and North Carolina.
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