Alumni Authors

Kirby Larson

Kirby Larson

Kirby Larson is the acclaimed author of the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, Hattie Big Sky, a young adult historical novel she wrote inspired by her great-grandmother, Hattie Inez Brooks Wright, who homesteaded by herself in eastern Montana as a young woman. That book, and encouragement from her mentor, Karen Cushman, gave Kirby the confidence to embrace her passion for historical fiction; she has since written the Dogs of World War II series (Scholastic), which include Duke, Dash (recipient of the Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Prize), Liberty and Code Word Courage.

Grade: 

4-5

Year: 

19

Alan Gratz

Alan Gratz

Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of a number of novels for young readers. His first novel, Samurai Shortstop, was named one of the ALA’s 2007 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults. His second novel, Something Rotten, was a 2008 ALA Quick Pick for Young Adult Readers, and was followed by a sequel, Something Wicked, in October 2008. His first middle grade novel, The Brooklyn Nine, was one of the ALA’s Top Ten Sports Books for Youth and Top Ten Historical Books for Youth, and his middle grade Holocaust novel Prisoner B-3087 was one of YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Readers and has won eight state awards.

Grade: 

6-8

Year: 

19

Josh Funk

Josh Funk

 Josh Funk writes silly stories and somehow tricks people into publishing them as books - such as the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series (including The Case of the Stinky Stench and the upcoming Mission Defrostable), How to Code a Sandcastle (and the upcoming sequel How to Code a Rollercoaster), ​It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk, Dear Dragon, Albie Newton, Pirasaurs!, and the forthcoming Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience and Fortitude (in conjunction with the New York Public Library), It's Not Hansel and Gretel, and more coming soon! ​Since the fall of 2015, Josh has visited (or virtually visited) over 300 schools, classrooms, and libraries.

Grade: 

K-1

Year: 

19

Erin Soderberg

Erin Soderberg

Hi! I'm Erin Soderberg Downing, and I read and write books for kids. I love writing (and reading!) stories that make you laugh, and I usually find inspiration for my stories in everyday stuff - my family, my dog, and things that have happened to me in real life! I love to travel, explore, read, and be outside in nature. These are a few of my other favorite things:

Grade: 

2-3

Year: 

19

Lita Judge

Lita Judge

 Lita Judge is the author/illustrator of over a dozen picture books, including the modern classic Red Sled, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Medal winner Born to Be Giants, and the IRA Children's Book Award winner One Thousand Tracings. Lita lives with her husband, two cats, and a little green parrot named Beatrix Potter in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Grade: 

K-1

Year: 

18

Jennifer Nielsen

Jennifer Nielsen

New York Times Bestselling author, Jennifer Nielsen, was born and raised in northern Utah, where she still lives today with her husband, three children, and a dog that won’t play fetch. She is the author of The Ascendance trilogy, beginning with THE FALSE PRINCE; the MARK OF THE THIEF series, and the forthcoming A NIGHT DIVIDED. She loves chocolate, old books, and lazy days in the mountains.

Grade: 

6-8

Year: 

18

Jason Chin

Jason Chin

Text from http://jasonchin.net/biography/---Jason Chin is the author and illustrator of the acclaimed books Gravity, Island: A Story of the Galapagos, Redwoods and Coral Reefs.  Most recently, he illustrated Water is Water, by Miranda Paul. Jason grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, and studied illustration at Syracuse University.  In 2001 he moved to New York City and found a job at a children’s bookstore in Manhattan.  It was through co-workers at the store that Jason found his way to his current publisher, Roaring Brook Press. Jason’s latest book, Water is Water has just been published, and has earned multiple starred reviews.  His pre

Grade: 

2-3

Year: 

18

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of Towers Falling, Ninth Ward, Sugar, and Bayou Magic. Her middle-grade books have won the Coretta Scott King Honor, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and more. She is also the Virginia G. Piper Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Arizona State University, and has written many award-winning books for adults.

Grade: 

4-5

Year: 

18

Lenore Look

Lenore Look

Lenore Look is the author of Ruby Lu, Brave and True, an ALA Notable Book; Love As Strong As Ginger, illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Stephen T. Johnson; and Henry's First-Moon Birthday, illustrated by Yumi Heo. She lives in Randolph, New Jersey.

Grade: 

2-3

Year: 

17

Neal Shusterman

Neal Shusterman

Award-winning author Neal Shusterman grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he began writing at an early age. After spending his junior and senior years of high school at the American School of Mexico City, Neal went on to UC Irvine, where he made his mark on the UCI swim team, and wrote a successful humor column. Within a year of graduating, he had his first book deal, and was hired to write a movie script.

Grade: 

6-8

Year: 

17

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