Constance Anderson is the illustrator and writer of the children’s picture book Smelling Sunshine, a story about one world doing an ordinary chore of hanging laundry (Star Bright Books, 2013). Her newest picture book, A Stick Until..., follows a stick on its transformational journey as a tool (Star Bright Books, July, 2017). Her writing reflects her interest in connecting people to one another, and to the environment.
Constance often combines paint and paper in her narrative images, a process reminiscent of hours spent as a child making paper dolls and the stories that went with them. Her illustrations have appeared throughout the San Diego Zoo, in science journals, cookbooks, and children’s magazines, and at California galleries and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay area where she volunteers at the environmental educational organization, Audubon Canyon Ranch. Please visit her website.
As a child growing up on a farm near La Crosse, Wisconsin, Mary enjoyed the trips to the library. She started writing for magazines and newspapers in 2001. I Have Cerebral Palsy was written to increase the understanding of what cerebral palsy is, thus enhancing the meaningful interaction between physically challenged and non-physically challenged children.
Dr. Dorit Whiteman was born in Vienna, Austria, to a Jewish family that narrowly escaped Nazi persecution. From 1938 to 1941, her family lived in London, and they moved to New York in 1941. Dorit earned a B.A. from the University of Georgia and a PhD in clinical psychology from New York University. She met her future husband, Dr. Martin Whiteman, at NYU. Dr. Whiteman lives in New York with her husband. They have two children and two grandchildren. She has a private practice and conducts lectures on the Holocaust. She is the author of The Uprooted: A Hitler Legacy, which tells the stories of Jews who escaped the "Final Solution."
Edith Baer came to the United States in her teens. She earned a BA in English Literature and a Masters degree in Library Service from Rutgers University. She has taught college workshops on 'Writing for Young Readers' for many years. When visiting schools to read from her books, she enjoys the lively participation of her audience, especially of the children. She has published a number of picture books, including the multicultural books, This is the Way We Go to School, This is the Way We Eat our Lunch, and The Wonder of Hands. Her award-winning YA novel, A Frost in the Night, and its sequel, Walk the Dark Streets, are set in the Germany of her youth. Edith Baer and her husband live in northern New Jersey. They are the parents of a son and daughter and have two grandchildren.
Lorna Balian was born and raised in Wisconsin. She studied art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, where she met her husband, John. Together, they renovated an old brick schoolhouse where they raised six children. Lorna's children's book career began when she decided to write and illustrate stories for her young children. She published her first book, Humbug Witch in 1965. Her long and celebrated career of creating books continues to be inspired by her fourteen grandchildren. Lorna still lives in Wisconsin with her husband.
Dr. Vanita Braver is a renowned child psychiatrist, a best-selling author, and a keynote speaker at national conferences. She is also a frequent lecturer at hospitals, schools, libraries, and community centers.
Dr. Braver wrote the Teach Your Children Well series to help teach children values and virtues. These books aim to help parents and educators enhance children's emotional well-being. VISIT Dr. Vanita Braver's website here.
Deborah Bruss is the author of the acclaimed Book! Book! Book! and brings her backpack full of noisy puppets to her readings. To entertain the young children at her Big Box for Ben readings, she brings lots of boxes. Deborah also loves researching and writing about influential women in American history for middle grade level readers. She lives in New Hampshire with her family, two dogs and a backyard full of birds and squirrels.
S. J. Bushue’s post-graduate studies involved helping children learn through visual, auditory, and multiple language formats. It was this work that inspired her to create playful, entertaining, and educational picture books. She focuses on writing bilingual and special situation children’s books for preschool and early elementary school-aged children.