Harry BlissHarry Bliss is the New York Times bestselling artist of Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly, by Doreen Cronin; A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech; and Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig. His newly illustrated book by Jeanne Birdsall is My Favorite Pets by Gus W for Ms Smolinky’s Class. He is also an award-winning, internationally syndicated cartoonist and a cover artist for the New Yorker magazine. He lives in Vermont.




jef czekaj2Jef Czekaj is a cartoonist, children’s book author and illustrator, and musician.He has illustrated 4 books, and written and illustrated 5 picture books and one graphic novel. His books, Hip and Hop, Don’t Stop!, Cat Secrets, The Circulatory Story, and Yes, Yes, Yaul!, were all chosen as Junior Library Guild selections. His comic, Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters, ran in Nickelodeon Magazine for more than 10 years. Jef’s new book, Dog Rules, is forthcoming in September. He lives and works in Somerville, MA.





Arun GandhiArun Gandhi, born in 1934, is the fifth grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi. A journalist for more than thirty years for the India Times, Arun now writes a blog for The Washington Post. His books for children are Grandfather Gandhi and Be the Change: A Grandfather Ghandi Story. Currently, Arun serves as president of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute and travels the world speaking to governmental leaders, as well as to university and high school students about the practices of peace and nonviolence. He lives in Rochester, New York. Visit him at








Katherin HanniganKatherine Hannigan is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Ida B…And Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster and (Possibly) Save the World, and True (…Sort Of), which was a California Young Reader Award nominee. She has also written and illustrated Emmaline and the Bunny (a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year), Gwendolyn Grace, and her new book Dirt+Water=Mud. She has undergraduate degrees in education and mathematics, and painting; her graduate degree is in studio art. She has worked as an assistant professor of art and design at Iowa State University, and as the education coordinator for a Head Start program in New York. She grew up in western New York, and lives in Iowa.





BethanyHeadshotNew13-2Bethany Hegedus is the author of the picture book Grandfather Gandhi and the novels Truth with a Capital T and Between Us Baxters. Long an advocate for other writers, she serves as a mentor and manages The Writing Barn, an Austin, Texas center for retreats, classes, and events.









img_5725Susan Ross grew up in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, and attended Brown University and NYU School of Law. After practicing law, Susan taught legal writing in Brooklyn and in Budapest, and creative writing to kids in Connecticut. She led “art smart” for many years in her three children’s elementary school classes and assisted with weekly writing workshops at their international school in London. Her book Kiki and Jacques was inspired by the large influx of New Mainers from Somalia to Susan’s hometown in Maine. It is her debut middle grade novel. Currently, Susan lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Connecticut. She teaches writing at Westport Writers Workshop and is a trustee at the local library.





Jaimie Scanlon is a Vermont-based writer and language teacher. She is the author of Ralph Flies the Coop published by Green Writers Press . She is enthralled with the sounds of words and she loves new experiences, especially traveling and learning languages. In addition to children’s stories, she also writes textbooks and teaching materials for English teachers around the world. She shares a home in Brattleboro with her husband, Morris Kimura, and their two children, Rei and Senji.

Ellen Tumavicus has always had a passion for vivid color and an unquenchable curiosity for other cultures. She is theillustrator of Ralph Flies the Coop published by Green Writers Press . Her work is infused with the brilliant hues, rich patterns, and playful imagery seen during her travels throughout the world. She currently teaches art to children and lives in Vermont with her husband Junie Pereira, their children Elias and Nicole, and their dogs.

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Evan TurkEvan Turk is an illustrator, animator, and designer working in New York City. He specializes in travel illustration, on-location event reportage, cultural children’s books, and concept illustration for video games, animation, and advertising. His clients include Time INC. and Simon & Schuster. He studies with Dalvero Academy, and his animation and illustration have been exhibited by the Petit Palais: Museum of Fine Art, Paris; Mystic Seaport Museum, CT; ArtsWestchester, NY; Woods Hole Film Festival, MA; and African Film Festival NY.  He is the author and illustrator of The Storyteller and the illustrator of the two Grandfather Ghandi books.