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Acclaimed children’s book author/illustrator Brian Lies was born in Princeton, NJ in 1963, and graduated from Brown University with a degree in British and American Literature. He attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) for two and a half years, and then went on to create Op/Ed page illustrations for many magazines and newspapers, including the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor and Chicago Tribune. He illustrated his first children's book with Houghton Mifflin Company in 1989 and has since created more than two dozen books, including his 2019 Caldecott Honor-winning picture book The Rough Patch, which has been translated into nine languages and has already garnered several other awards. Before that was Got to Get to Bear’s, a story of friendship in the face of a blizzard. Many readers will be familiar with his New York Times-bestselling bat book series, Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, Bats at the Ballgame and Bats in the Band. He also illustrated the middle-grade novels Malcolm Under the Stars and Malcolm at Midnight (by W.H. Beck). Brian’s books have been nominated for numerous state awards and have won several, including the Bill Martin, Jr. Award (Kansas). He has also won many awards for his political illustrations in newspapers and magazines. His work has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show (she called Bats at the Library "a good thing,"), named as the #3 book of the year by Time/CNN, and read aloud on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday by Scott Simon and Daniel Pinkwater (Bats at the Beach, June 24, 2006).
Brian nearly stopped reading in the third grade, but was encouraged by his local librarians and rebounded, becoming an avid, lifelong reader. Partially because of his own experiences, as well as current brain studies which show the importance of reading in social and emotional growth in young people, Brian feels very strongly about the importance of getting them to read. Brian spends a portion of the school year traveling throughout the United States to work with students and encourage them in their goals. He lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts with his wife and daughter. . . and two cats.
BRIAN'S BOOKS TO PROMOTE:
Daniel Miyares is a critically acclaimed picture book author and illustrator. Some of his books include: Float, Night Out, That is My Dream, and Bring Me A Rock!. Daniel has been called “…a master of visual storytelling.”- Jody Hewston, Kinderlit, and “…enchanting, versatile” – The New York Times, but also “…predictable and dull” – some angry guy named Mike on Goodreads. He takes the good with the bad while living in Lenexa, KS with his wife, their two wonderful children, and a dog named Violet that gives them all a run for their money.
DANIEL'S BOOK TO PROMOTE:
Cori Doerrfeld grew up wanting a career in animation but couldn’t be happier with her current job as an author/illustrator. She has worked with both local and national publishers on everything from baby board books to graphic novels. Some of her picture book titles include Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!, The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig, Good Dog, Wild Baby and the award winning The Rabbit Listened. Some of Cori’s favorite things are animals, old tin lunch boxes, nachos, and long, long walks. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, two kids, and rescue dog, Rufus.
CORI'S BOOK TO PROMOTE:
Eric Fan received his formal art training at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. His work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital. The Night Gardener was his widely acclaimed debut picture book.
He is represented by Kirsten Hall, at Catbird Agency
AWARDS AND HONORS:
Sendak Fellowship 2017.
Dilys Evans Founder's Award from the Society of Illustrators.
Shortlisted for a 2017 Governor General’s Award in the category of young people’s literature, illustrated (Ocean Meets Sky).
Shortlisted for the 2018 Kate Greenaway Medal (Ocean Meets Sky).
ERIC'S BOOK TO PROMOTE:
Always the quiet shy kid at heart, Rodolfo spends a lot of his time drawing, painting, and looking for new stories to tell. He loves living near the ocean and waking up early to a clean sheet of paper. He also has a studio partner – his little dog named Wooky. His illustrated books include The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School and The Amazing William Dooley (both written by Fowler Dewitt), and the picture book Dear Dragon by Josh Funk.
RODOLFO'S BOOK TO PROMOTE:
RODOLFO'S NEW BOOK TO PROMOTE:
Artist Jorge Lacera was born in Colombia, and grew up in Miami, Florida, drawing in sketchbooks, on napkins, on walls, and anywhere his parents would let him.
After graduating with honors from Ringling College of Art and Design, Jorge worked as a visual development and concept artist for major gaming studios and entertainment companies.
As a big fan of pop culture, comics, and zombie movies, Jorge rarely saw Latino kids as the heroes or leads. He is committed to changing that, especially now that he has a son. The family now lives in Cypress, Texas.
*Jorge will be doing a critique with his wife, author Megan Lacera*
JORGE'S BOOKS TO PROMOTE:
Michael Rex has written and illustrated over 40 books for children, including the gruesomely hysterical, #1 seller, Goodnight Goon. His popular sword-swinging Fangbone! graphic novels have been turned into an animated show that runs on Disney XD in the U.S. and many other markets worldwide. He visits schools across the country, as well as internationally, to share his books with students of all ages, and he has a masters degree in Arts Education. His work covers a wide range of styles, from the simple, goofy rhymes of Truck Duck, to heavily illustrated, yuck-filled, Icy Ricky chapter books. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, two boys, and a dog.
MICHAEL'S EVENT TO PROMOTE:
Glen Rock, NJ - October 5th, 2019 - 11am - 3pm
MICHAEL'S BOOK TO PROMOTE:
Yangsook Choi grew up in Korea. She started drawing at age 4 and loved telling her grandma scary stories. After moving to New York to pursue her art, she has written and illustrated many books for young readers. Her books have been acclaimed as "Best of the Best" by the Chicago Public Library, included on the American Library Association Notable Book list, selected by PBS Reading Rainbow, and have received the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award.
When she is not creating, she loves to meet and play with children in her community and around the world. The local children in a shelter, the mountain children in the Himalayas, the Bedouin children in the Arabian desert, the orphans in flooded Cambodia, and the North Korean defector children are among her greatest teachers.
She received an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She divides her time between New York and Seoul.
YANGSOOK'S BOOK TO PROMOTE:
YANGSOOK'S EVENT TO PROMOTE:
MAY 1 – JUNE 2, 2020
Eliza Wheeler is the bestselling illustrator-author of Miss Maple's Seeds and has illustrated numerous books for children, including Newbery Honor winner Doll Bones (Holly Black), Wherever You Go, and When You Are Brave (Pat Zietlow Miller), and John Ronald's Dragons: Story of J.R.R. Tolkien (Catherine McAlister). She received the prestigious Sendak Fellowship award in 2017. Her new book, Home In The Woods, is based on her grandmother’s childhood, living in a tar-paper shack in northern Wisconsin. Eliza and her husband Adam live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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ELIZA'S BOOK TO PROMOTE:
ELIZA'S EVENT TO PROMOTE:
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 2:00pm
Once Upon A Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Ave.
Montrose, CA 91020
I grew up in Tamworth, NSW and in the early 90’s I moved to Melbourne to study art at RMIT. After graduating, I had lots of ‘character building’ jobs, until I fell into working as a Graphic Designer. I live in sunny Fitzroy with my partner Seamus and our wonderfully loud daughter, Ava.
I Just Ate My Friend is my first book, and I have never eaten a good friend (or recommend it).
HEIDI'S BOOK TO PROMOTE:
Ebony Glenn is an Atlanta based illustrator who enjoys bringing stories to life with whimsical imagery. A passion for the arts, great storytelling, and advocating for more diverse narratives in children's books, she aims to create illustrations that will foster a love of reading in young readers. She also loves to create joyful and heartwarming crafts to satisfy her endless need to always make new things.
When Ebony is not giving in to her creative itch of art-making, you may find her lost in the pages of a good book, learning some new hula-hooping tricks, or going on an adventure with her pups.
Ebony is also the proud recipient of the 2018 Wonders of Childhood Focus Fellowship, an award given by AIR Serenbe, a nonprofit artist residency program of the Serenbe Institute.