Author Palooza

Just Inside the Exhibit Hall

Organized by

R. J. Julia Booksellers

Meet the Authors

Purchase Their Latest Books

Have Your Books Autographed

Leslie Helakoski

Lee Harper, Illustrator

Ready or Not Woolbur Goes To School

1:30 pm in Celebrity I

Jenna Grodzicki

Jenna Grodzicki lives in Connecticut with her husband and two crazy awesome kids. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Boston College, and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of New England. After spending 15 years as an educator, Jenna is now a full-time writer. She is the author of Pixie’s Adventure (eTreasures Publishing, 2017) and Finn Finds A Friend (Clear Fork Publishing, 2017). She is represented by Victoria Selvaggio of Storm Literary Agency. Visit Jenna's website to learn about upcoming releases, school visits, and more!

2:30 in Premier E

Alan Katz

Alan Katz is the author of many highly acclaimed children’s books, including Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs, Don’t Say That Word! OOPS!, If I Didn’t Have You, The Day the Mustache Took Over, and The Day the Mustache Came Back.

Alan is also a six-time Emmy-nominated writer for TV series including The Rosie O’Donnell Show, animated series Pinkalicious, Taz-Mania, Disney’s Raw Toonage and Goof Troop, the Grammy Awards and Tony Awards, and a ton of network specials and game shows. He was an XM Kids radio host, and he has also created comic books, trading card sets, web videos, TV commercials and hundreds of other special projects for kids and parents.

Alan and his journalist wife Rose are the proud parents of four incredible kids: Simone, Andrew, Nathan and David. The family lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

2:30 pm in Spotlight B

Alicia Klepeis

Working It Out with RJ

Alicia Z. Klepeis is the author of over 90 children's books, both nonfiction and fiction. At her author table, she will have information about her books and her school visits.

9:00 am in Celebrity I

11:30 am in Celebrity I

David Kelly

David A. Kelly is the author of the Ballpark Mysteries and MVP sports series of chapter books from Random House, as well as MIRACLE MUD, a picture book about baseball rubbing mud, and BABE RUTH AND THE BASEBALL CURSE, a non-fiction chapter book. He loves sharing his journey as a writer, and his tips for writing mysteries with young readers and writers everywhere. For more information, visit his website,

Janet Lawler

Fright School

Award-winning author Janet Lawler writes fiction and nonfiction for children. Three of her more than twenty books have appeared in the Scholastic Book Clubs, and two have been featured selections of the Children's Book of the Month Club. Her picture books include National Geographic’s RAIN FOREST COLORS and OCEAN COUNTING (a National Science Teachers' Association Outstanding Science Trade Book);SNOWZILLA; THE PREHISTORIC GAMES; SCARY PLANTS!; FRIGHT SCHOOL; and MIRABEL’S MISSING VALENTINES. Free curriculum and CCSS guides and activity materials for many of her books are available on her website.

11:30 am in Premier Ballroom E

Debbi-Michiko Florence

Jasmine Toguchi Series

Debbi Michiko Florence, a third generation Japanese American, is a former classroom teacher and zoo educator. Her debut chapter book series is Jasmine Toguchi (FSG/2017 and 2018). Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen was a Bank Street 2018 Best Children’s Books of the Year, on the 2018 Amelia Bloomer List, and the 2018 CBCC Choices List (Best of the Year). Mochi Queen, Jasmine Toguchi Drummer Girl, and Jasmine Toguchi Flamingo Keeper were Junior Library Guild selections.

Paul Noth

Bloomsbury, Inc Yorker cartoonist Paul Noth introduces us to the world of How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens, the first novel in his new middle grade series from Bloomsbury. He uses art and humor to help kids create their own New Yorker cartoons, design alien beings, and find other fun ways to tap into their natural creativity.

10:30 am in Premier Ballroom E

Dave Roman

Graphic Novels by Dave Roman

9:00 am in Premier Ballroom E