CHRIS BARTON is the author of the New York Times and Publishers Weekly
bestseller Shark Vs. Train (Little, Brown; 2010; illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld). It was
named one of the best books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal,
Kirkus Reviews, Parents, The Washington Post, and Barnes & Noble. It was also a Junior
Library Guild selection and received a silver honor from the Parents' Choice Awards. He
is also the author of the American Library Association Sibert Honor-winning The Day-
Glo Brothers (Charlesbridge, 2009; illustrated by Tony Persiani), the biography of the
inventors of those daylight-fluorescent oranges, yellows, and greens you see every day. It
was named one of the best books of 2009 by Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal,
Kirkus Reviews, and The Washington Post. He will follow up these picture books with
Can I See Your I.D.? True Stories Of False Identities, a young-adult collection of profiles
of impostors and other masqueraders to be published by Dial Books for Young Readers
in April 2011. It has been named a Junior Library Guild selection. For more information
about Chris, his books, and his presentations to students, writers, educators, and
librarians, visit him at http://www.chrisbarton.info (where you can also read his late-
1970s work The Ozzie Bros. Meet The Monsters, inspired by Star Wars, the Muppets,
Abbott & Costello, and the movie-monster books he loved to check out from his
elementary-school library). You can follow him at http://twitter.com/Bartography.
PATRICIA MCCORMICK, a 2006 finalist for the National Book Award, is the author
of four critically acclaimed novels – Purple Heart, a suspenseful psychological novel that
explores the killing of a 10-year-old boy in Iraq; Sold, a deeply moving account of sexual
trafficking; My Brother’s Keeper, a realistic view of teenage substance abuse and Cut, an
intimate portrait of one teenager’s struggle with self-injury.
Her books have earned many honors: Sold was named by Publishers Weekly as one of Best 100 Books of the Year and was selected by the American Library Association as one of the Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults in 2006. Cut was an ALA Best Book for Teenagers. McCormick was named a New York Foundation on the Arts fellow in 2004. She is also the winner of the 2009 German Peace Prize for Youth Literature. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and lives in Manhattan.
KATE MCMULLAN taught sixth grade in inner-city Los Angeles and on an American Air Force base in Germany. In 1975, she decided to try her hand at writing and settled in New York City. To date, has more than one-hundred children’s books to her credit, including the best-selling IF YOU WERE MY BUNNY and the FLUFFY, CLASSROOM GUINEA PIG series for beginning readers. Her other popular series include PEARL & WAGNER and DRAGON SLAYERS’ ACADEMY. For many years, Kate taught “Writing for Children” New York University’s Division of Continuing Education, and was on the faculty of New School University’s MFA Program in Writing for Children.
ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY has worn many hats throughout her illustrious career,
spanning more than twenty years. She is the New York Times bestselling and awardwinning
author of many books for children and young adults, including picture books,
novels, works of historical fiction and non-fiction, as well as an esteemed editor and
publisher in the children’s book industry.
Her books include the novels Bird In a Box and Silent Thunder, and the picture books Sit- In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down, a Parenting Publication Gold Medal winner, Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride, a 2010 Jane Addams Honor Book and School Library Journal “Best Book of the Year,” the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, which also won the Carter G. Woodson Award for historical works for young people; Duke Ellington, a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation, a featured selection on Oprah and Friends radio.
As Vice President, Executive Editor for Scholastic, Andrea has acquired and edited a
robust mix of titles, including the Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Award
Winner Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis; Sunrise Over Fallujah by Newbery
Honor author and National Book Award finalist Walter Dean Myers; March On! The Day
My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris (the sister of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.); and the Sassy series by New York Times bestseller Sharon Draper.
Andrea began her editorial career at Essence Magazine, then went on to serve as an
acquisitions editor at Simon & Schuster, followed by Disney Publishing’s Hyperion
Books for Children, where she served as Editorial Director and was the founding editor
of Jump at the Sun, the first African American children’s book imprint at a major
publishing company. She then joined the Children’s Division of Houghton Mifflin as
Vice President and Publisher, where she acquired and edited many award-winning books,
among them Toni Morrison’s Remember: The Journey to School Integration and A
Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson.
Andrea was recently named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business”
by The Network Journal, a publication for Black professionals, and is named among “The
25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” by Children’s Health Magazine. She
lives in New York City with her husband, award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney, and
their two children.
Peter's best-selling books about protecting and nurturing the creative spirit include The
Dot, Ish, and So Few of Me (Candlewick Press). His cornerstone work, The North Star
(FableVision), an allegory that raises questions about how to seek out our own unique
path through life, has inspired children of all ages around the world as a book, curriculum
and musical. The SugarLoaf book series (Simon & Schuster), My Very Big Little World
and The Best Kid in the World, are the first of Peter's many books about an irrepressible
little girl who sees the world through creative-colored glasses.
The film version of The Dot (Weston Woods) won the American Library Association'
(ALA's) Carnegie Medal of Excellence for the Best Children's Video of 2005 and the
film version of Ish was announced as one of ALA's 2006 Notable Children's Videos. His
other series of original, animated film shorts, including The Blue Shoe, Living Forever
and He Was Me, have won many awards and honors around the globe.
Peter's award-winning publishing work also includes illustrating The New York Times #1
Best Seller, Someday (Simon & Schuster), by Alison McGhee - a "storybook for all ages"
that celebrates the potential we see in our children and the yearning for them to live life
to its fullest. In addition, Peter illustrated The New York Times best-selling Judy Moody
series (Candlewick) by Megan McDonald, Eleanor Estes' The Alley and The Tunnel of
Hugsy Goode, Judy Blume's Fudge series (Dutton), and Ellen Potter's Olivia Kidney
With his twin brother, Paul, Peter is co-founder of the Emmy award-winning children's
multimedia company, FableVision - a turn-key educational media developer and
publisher committed to creating positive programming/products that help all learners
navigate their full potential. With offices in Boston, MA, Dedham, MA, Portland, OR,
and London, the FableVision team enjoys an international reputation for its unique brand
of innovative, technology-delivered storytelling and learning. FableVision's most popular
products include Stationery Studio and Get A Clue, as well as BrainCogs and Essay
Express, which were produced in collaboration with Research Institude for Learning and
In 2007, Peter received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from his undergraduate
alma mater, Fitchburg State College, in recognition of his "substantial contributions to
education and the arts."
Much of Peter's spare time is spent giving back to the community ~ revitalizing the
businesses in his beloved town, Dedham Square, supporting schools, and serving on the
board of several non-profit organizations, such as Horizons for Homeless Children,
Everybody Winds Metro Boston and the Dedham Historical Society.
Born in Littleton, New Hampshire, TOR SEIDLER grew up in Vermont and later,
Seattle, Washington, in both of which places his parents were involved in the theater.
Encouraged by his family's love of the arts, Mr. Seidler studied English literature at
Stanford University, and at the age of twenty-seven his first book, The Dulcimer Boy,
was published, launching his celebrated career as a writer.
Over the past twenty years,Mr. Seidler has become one of the most important voices in children's fiction with such
classics as, A Rat's Tale, The Wainscott Weasel, an ALA Notable Book, Terpin, and
Mean Margaret, which was selected as a finalist for the National Book Award in 1997.
Other books include The Silent Spillbills, Brothers Below Zero, Brainboy and the Death
Master, Toes and Gully’s Travels. This year Tor served as a committee member for the
National Book Award committee. He currently lives in New York City.
*Participating authors subject to change. Schedule of events will be forthcoming.