*Meet the Authors

Ron Roy was born in the Nutmeg State of Connecticut. On his website Ron Roy tells us he was a shy kid and spent lots of time studying nature, reading and that he won all the spelling bees at school. His favorite teacher, Ben Hancock, taught him to love books along with lots of other useful things. Because of Mr. Hancock’s influence, Ron decided to become a teacher himself and that is just what he did. He taught fourth grade. Somewhere along the way he got excited about writing children's stories. In 1978 he sold his first children's book and soon after he became a full time writer.

Check out his wonderful books at


Text Box

Sarah Darer Littman is the critically acclaimed author of Backlash, Want to Go Private?; Life, After; Purge; and Confessions of a Closet Catholic, winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award. When she’s not writing novels, Sarah is an award-winning columnist for the online news site CTNewsJunkie. She teaches creative writing as an adjunct professor in the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University, and with Writopia Lab and advocates for libraries, literacy and a well-rounded education. Sarah lives in Connecticut. 


Text Box


Judy Siegel

Hi! I am so happy to share THE SCHLIMPOON AND PETER with you. It is one of the ten SCHLIMPOON stories that I wrote for my two daughters to enjoy.

When I was teaching third and fourth grades, I shared these SCHLIMPOON stories with my students. We all know there is no secret friend, who is invisible to parents. But, gee whiz, wouldn’t that be great? I think anyone, no matter how old, would LOVE to have Schlimpoon fly down from her home in the clouds and solve their problems! Don’t you?

You won’t believe one of the most fun SCHLIMPOON-Y things that my former students did! Each spring, a group of them would create a new problem that Schlimpoon could solve. They’d come into my class and surprise my students with their skit. One of them was in pink, green, and yellow, playing the part of Schlimpoon. She, of course, saved the day.

What do you know about me so far? You know I am a mom with two daughters. You know that I was a teacher. NOW, I am a grandmother with three grandkids! I volunteer in my grandchildren’s classes at school. I have even gotten to share SCHLIMPOON stories with their friends.

I cannot wait for YOU to get to know Schlimpoon, too!




Text Box

Cori Lynn Arnold has worked as a hotel housekeeper, handywoman, laundry attendant, radio disc jockey, library clerk, historical photographic archivist, mathematics tutor, teaching assistant, artwork framer, photo lab junky, portrait and wedding photographer, high school algebra teacher, internet security researcher, security analyst, computer programmer and ethical hacker. She currently resides in West Hartford, Connecticut and works as a full-time mother of an adventurous teenage boy and as an author. Her mystery novel, Northern Deceit, available in July 2015, is set in her hometown of North Pole, Alaska.

Cori Lynn Arnold
Author of books for the adults in the audience!!

Text Box

Dawn Metcalf writes about fairy tales, myths, and sharp, pointy objects. She has yet to be whisked away to Fairyland, but also has yet to be stabbed in the eye. She is the YA author of Luminous (Dutton Books) and the Twixt series (Harlequin Teen) including Indelible, Invisible, Insidious and Invincible, as well as a contributing author of Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperTeen). A member, speaker and activist with Society for Children's Books Writers & Illustrators, Connecticut Humanities Council's Book Voyagers Program and #WeNeedDiverseBooks, she is passionate about reading, writing and literary inclusion. You can find her and her family buried somewhere beneath piles of costuming, crayons, karate pads, board games and other assorted mayhem masquerading as a normal Victorian house in northern Connecticut. If they had a sign, it would read: Confounding the Neighbor Children Since 1999. For more information on Dawn and her books, visit www.dawnmetcalf.com.

Twitter: @dawnmetcalf

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dawn.metcalf.73

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/dawnmetcalf

Instagram: thedawnmetcalf

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3418947.Dawn_Metcalf

Text Box

Susan Hood
is the author of more than 200 children's books. Her most recent titles include:

MISSION: NEW BABY illustrated by Mary Lundquist
SPIKE, THE MIXED-UP MONSTER illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet
THE TOOTH MOUSE illustrated by Janice Nadeau
ROOTING FOR YOU! illustrated by Matthew Cordell
TICKLY TOES illustrated by Barroux

Her publishers include HarperCollins, Disney Hyperion, Kids Can Press, Penguin Putnam, Random House, Scholastic and Simon and Schuster. In addition to writing for children, Susan has worked as an editor at Nick Jr., Sesame Street, and Scholastic and written for parents in The New York Times, Working Mother and more. 

Four new picture books are slated for release in 2016. 

Text Box

Two-time winner of the Connecticut Book Award, with books recommended by the International Reading Association, NCTE, NCSS, ALA, Junior Library Guild and other organizations, author and teacher Pegi Deitz Shea has published more than 400 articles, stories, poems and books for readers of all ages. She specializes in multicultural and social justice fiction and nonfiction:   Abe in Arms, is about a former African boy soldier suffering from PTSD; child labor is the topic of The Carpet Boy’s Gift; refugee lives are featured in the picture book, The Whispering Cloth, its middle grade sequel, Tangled Threads and now a YA novel, Stitch in Time;New England history and human rights are featured in The Taxing Case of the Cows: A True Story About Suffrage and in Noah Webster: Weaver of Words. Pegi teaches writing at the University of Connecticut and at the Mark Twain House, and she has presented at more than 400 schools, libraries and conferences. For more information, including teachers guides and writing workshops, please go to www.pegideitzshea.com

Text Box

Nora Raleigh Baskin is the author of eleven novels for young readers and a contributor to two story collections. She has won several awards including the 2010 ALA  Schneider Family award for Anything But Typical.  A  2001 Publishers Weekly Flying Start, Ms. Baskin has also published short stories and personal narrative essays which have appeared in The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and The Writer Magazine. Ms. Baskin speaks at schools and libraries across the country. Ruby on the Outside will be published June 2015 . Nine/Ten: A 9/11 Story is scheduled for August 2016.

Text Box

Meet Brian Selznick virtually and face-to-face at the Museum of Natural History in NYC!

National Finalists,  visit the sites  and learn about Wonderstruck and meet Brian Selznick  virtually to prepare for a face-to face meeting with this exceptional author/illustrator!

http://www.wonderstruckthebook.com and 


Text Box

Rosemary Wells’s career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books. She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She has also given Mother Goose new life in two enormous, definitive editions, published by Candlewick. Wells wrote and illustrated Unfortunately Harriet, her first book with Dial, in 1972. One year later she wrote the popular Noisy Nora. “The children and our home life have inspired, in part, many of my books. Our West Highland white terrier, Angus, had the shape and expressions to become Benjamin and Tulip, Timothy, and all the other animals I have made up for my stories.” Her daughters Victoria and Beezoo were constant inspirations, especially for the now famous “Max” board book series. “Simple incidents from childhood are universal,” Wells says. “The dynamics between older and younger siblings are common to all families.”


Mrs. Wells says, “Most of my books use animals rather than children as characters. People always ask why. There are many reasons. First, I draw animals more easily and amusingly than I do children. Animals are broader in range–age, time, and place–than children are. They also can do things in pictures that children cannot. They can be slapstick and still real, rough and still funny, maudlin and still touching.

In Benjamin and Tulip, Tulip falls out of a tree and mashes Benjamin in the mud. If these pictures were of children, they would be too close to violent reality for comfort, and all the humor would be lost.”

Her writing career has been a “pure delight,” she says. “I regret only that I cannot live other lives parallel to my own.


Excerpts from  Penguin at http://www.penguin.com/author/rosemary-wells/32812

Text Box

Over the last two and a half decades, Tony Abbott has written one hundred books of mystery, fantasy, and adventure for young readers aged 6 to 14, including Kringle, Underworlds, and the long-running series, The Secrets of Droon. He is also author of the realistic novels Firegirl (2006 Golden Kite Award for Fiction) and The Postcard (2008 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery), and the civil-rights drama, Lunch-Box Dream, appearing from FSG. The scientific thriller saga, The Copernicus Legacy, with its companion series, The Copernicus Archives, launched in 2014 from HarperCollins. Tony has been on the faculty of Lesley University’s MFA in Creative Writing, is a frequent conference speaker and visitor to schools, and presents workshops to creative writers of all ages. His website is  www.tonyabbottbooks.com    

Text Box

Padma Venkatraman turned to writing, her first love, after obtaining a doctorate in oceanography at the College of William and Mary and conducting post-doctoral research in Environmental Engineering at John Hopkins University.
 She enjoys reading from her work and speaking to students,
teachers and librarians and participated on panels at Harvard University, provided keynote addresses at  teacher and librarian conferences, and was the commencement speaker at Lincoln school in RI. Her work was featured in the documentary Library of the Early Mind. Although born in Ind
ia, Padma is an American and she lives in RI with her family.

Text Box

Kevin O’Malley is the author and or illustrator of over 70 books for kids.

Of those books that are still in print and haven’t been turned into third world fuel or Ikea table tops, his more popular titles include: ‘Once Upon A Cool Motorcycle Dude’, ‘Cinder Edna’, and the long running ‘Miss Malarkey’ series of books.

He’s been on the New York Times bestseller list and people have given him awards which surprises nobody more than his parents.