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Tammi Sauer, a former teacher and library media specialist, is a full-time children's book author who presents at schools and conferences across the country. Getting kids excited about reading and writing is Tammi's passion. Her other passion is tropical tea.
In addition to winning awards and garnering starred reviews, Tammi's books have gone on to do great things. Nugget & Fang was made into a musical that toured the nation. To date, the show has been performed more than 150 times. Wordy Birdy was named a Spring Kids' Indie Next pick, a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and a Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month. Your Alien, an NPR Best Book of the Year, was released in Italian, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and French which makes her feel extra fancy.
Tammi and her husband live in Edmond, Oklahoma, with one dog, two kids, and a tank full of random fish.
To learn more about Tammi and her many books, visit her on the web at tammisauer.com
TAMMI'S 2019 RELEASES TO PROMOTE:
Josh Funk writes silly stories such as the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, the How to Code with Pearl and Pascal series, the It's Not a Fairy Tale series, the A Story of Patience & Fortitude series in conjunction with the New York Public Library, Dear Dragon, Albie Newton, Pirasaurs!, A Night at the Bookstore: A Barnsie & Noble Adventure, and more coming soon!
Since the fall of 2015, Josh has visited (or virtually visited) over 400 schools, classrooms, and libraries and he is a board member of The Writers' Loft in Sherborn, MA.
Josh grew up in New England and studied Computer Science in school. Today, he still lives in New England and when not writing Java code or Python scripts, he drinks Java coffee and writes manuscripts.
Josh is terrible at writing bios, so please help fill in the blanks. Josh enjoys _______ during ________ and has always loved __________. He has played ____________ since age __ and his biggest fear in life is being eaten by a __________.
For more information about Josh Funk, visit him at www.joshfunkbooks.com. (SUBSCRIBE TO JOSH'S MAILING LIST!)
UPCOMING EVENTS TO PROMOTE:
Saturday, October 5th from 1:00-3:00pm: HOW TO CODE A ROLLERCOASTER signing at G. Willikers! Books & Toys, 13 Market St. Portsmouth, NH, USA
Monday, October 14th at 10:30am: Storytime at Blue Bunny Books
577 High Street, Dedham, MA, USA
Saturday, October 19th at 11:00am: Barnsie & Noble signing at Barnes & Noble
1 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA, USA
Sunday, October 20th at 4:00PM: Boston Book Festival
Roxbury Innovation Center Classroom, 2300 Washington St, Boston, MA, USA
NEW BOOK TO PROMOTE:
Diana Murray writes poetry and books for children. Her award-winning poems have appeared in magazines including Spider, Ladybug, Highlights, and High Five, as well as several anthologies. Diana recently moved from the Bronx to a nearby suburb, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a motley crew of pets. She is represented by Brianne Johnson at Writers House literary agency.
I moved here with my family from Ukraine when I was two years old. I have lived all over New York City from Coney Island to Manhattan and Queens. I spent much of my childhood drawing, dreaming of a backyard, and making up stories. My first job was at a sock store called “Leg Room”. Using my employee discount, I developed quite an impressive sock collection.
In college, I was especially interested in child psychology and art. After graduating, I spent many years as a graphic designer and art director, most recently working in the fashion industry (at Theory). I did lots of brainstorming for different concepts. This included photographing clothes hanging from trees and street signs, creating design-it-yourself gift wrapping, and laying out look books for every season. I believe my experience with design helps make me a more visual writer.
I discovered a new passion for writing while reading picture books with my first daughter. I became smitten with picture books for their simplicity, humor, philosophical depth and unique interplay of words and pictures. I especially love writing in rhyming verse, which feels like solving a puzzle in the best possible way. Also, nothing beats that special moment of closeness you get when you share a book with a child.
DIANA'S BOOKS TO PROMOTE:
My name is Alastair Heim and I write children's picture books. I live in Kansas City with my awesomely, awesome family who inspires me everyday. Laughter is my favorite sound, purple is my favorite color, and other-people-cooking-for-me is my favorite food. I am a huge fan of music and have been known to play the guitar with impeccable mediocrity.
I started writing picture books because of my kids - plain and simple. After experiencing the joy, laughter and wondrous awe picture books brought them (and still continue to), I thought that there would be nothing cooler than to see that same reaction come from one of Daddy's stories. And boy, was I right. I'm grateful, everyday, for getting to write these books and hope that, at the very least, one of mine puts a smile on your kid's faces, too.
ALASTAIR'S BOOKS TO PROMOTE:
Board book OUT NOW!
Board book of LOVE YOU TOO out December 3rd, 2019
COREY ROSEN SCHWARTZ:
Corey is the author of THE THREE NINJA PIGS and several other rhyming picture books and fractured fairy tales. Corey has no formal ninja training, but she sure can kick butt in Scrabble. She lives with three Knuckleheads in Warren, NJ.
COREY'S BOOK TO PROMOTE:
Bridget Heos grew up in a family that told lots of stories. Her family also supported her creative endeavors. For instance, her parents let her put on big plays in their backyard, which was her first paid writing job.
Fast forwarding to adulthood, Bridget became a social worker and teacher, but soon transitioned into freelance writing for local newspapers, magazines, and businesses. Finally, her son’s love of nonfiction books, particularly ones about turtles, led to her dream job. She wondered, “Who writes all these turtle books?” A little research revealed that it was ordinary writers like her.
Through a children’s writing group, Bridget connected with an editor seeking writers for hire. Her first assignment was to write a middle grade biography of the rapper Jay-Z. Since then, she has written around 100 nonfiction books for children, mostly about science.
For a long time, Bridget didn’t think she had a big enough imagination to write fiction. To remedy that, she read 100 well-loved picture books one Summer. That Fall, she got the idea for Mustache Baby. She has since written a handful of picture books, and still writes nonfiction.
She lives with her husband, three sons, one daughter, and a cat in Kansas City, Missouri.
BRIDGET'S BOOK TO PROMOTE:
Jessie grew up watching Kansas sunsets, and she'll always have wild sunflowers and gold-tipped corn fields in her heart. She spent her college-life climbing mountains in Utah and striving for higher vistas. After a fulfilling career as a registered nurse, Jessie hung up her stethoscope to grow children and stories. She loves root beer floats, autumn, and running in the rain. These days you can find her in the Texas hill country with her husband and their four kids.
JESSIE'S BOOK TO PROMOTE:
I am such a lucky person! I have a kind husband (Winston), three lovely children (Sarah, Kevin and Mary), lots of sisters, brothers, cousins and friends. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Thanksgiving Day. For my birthday, I get turkey and all the trimmings, and pumpkin pie with birthday candles. And…Macy’s has a parade every year. I have had many interesting jobs. I was a teacher for a long time and enjoyed that a lot. I worked in factories manufacturing cars, sold shoes and greeting cards, made donuts and scooped ice cream–any kind of sundae I wanted. Now I work as a writer for both children and adults. I write picture books, recipes, poetry, prayers, and lots of other things. I enjoy all of it. The best part is writing something and seeing that it pleases others.
I write at home in an upstairs office. If I take my laptop computer downstairs, I begin to think, “Maybe I need a snack, maybe I should read a good book, maybe I should call a friend, maybe I should pet the cats, maybe I should take a walk!” When I’m not writing, I love to read, play cards, go for long walks, ride my bike and travel. I would like to swim more often than I do, and I like to try new recipes and share them with family and friends. One of my favorites is “Second Day Soup.” My daughter, Sarah, made up that recipe. It is the best turkey soup ever! I’ve also been lucky to see a lot of the world–Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies, Germany, France, England, China, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Columbia, Peru, Bolivia, Belgium, Mexico, Guatamala and many cities in the United States and Canada. My favorite place is still home in Kansas City, Missouri where people are friendly, barbecue is great and jazz is grand!
ANN'S BOOK TO PROMOTE:
Laura Gehl is the author of seventeen picture and board books, including ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title, International Literacy Association Honor Book, Booklist Books for Youth Editors’ Choice); the PEEP AND EGG series illustrated by Joyce Wan (Parents’ Choice Recommendation, Amazon Editors’ Pick, Children’s Choice Book Award Finalist); MY PILLOW KEEPS MOVING illustrated by Chris Weyant (Junior Library Guild selection, New York Public Library Best Books of 2018 selection); and I GOT A CHICKEN FOR MY BIRTHDAY illustrated by Sarah Horne (Kirkus Best Picture Books of 2018 selection). Laura's fall 2019 books include JUNIPER KAI: SUPER SPY illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis; ALWAYS LOOKING UP: NANCY GRACE ROMAN, ASTRONOMER illustrated by Louise Pigott and Alex Oxton; and BABY BOTANIST, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman. Laura loves travel, hiking, ice cream, and reading, in almost all combinations.
LAURA'S BOOKS TO PROMOTE:
New York Times bestselling picture book author, Susan Verde grew up in a brownstone in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City with her older brother Michael. She spent much of her time as a child clad in bell bottoms and rainbow suspenders, roller skating up and down her block with a skate key around her neck and a piece of chalk in her pocket (for spontaneous hopscotch).
Susan’s household was filled with books, music and the smell of mocha chip pies, which her mother made for their neighborhood restaurant. Susan could always be found writing stories and poetry and even a song or two. Her love of literature began in utero (according to her mother) and never dwindled.
After working in Manhattan for Vibe Magazine and other jobs in fashion and music (specifically old school hip hop) Susan moved to the Hamptons where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in reading remediation. She then become an elementary school teacher in Bridgehampton for many years. All the while Susan continued to read and write and cultivate a deep love for picture books. She has always felt this genre packs a powerful punch and holds deep lessons for all ages.
After having her 3 children Susan became certified to teach yoga and mindfulness to kids old and young. Being a yogi herself, she knew the power of these practices and wanted to give kids the tools to not only manage their often stressful lives but also to tap into their own joy and strength. Susan finds gratitude in her ability to share her own stories and self-care practices with children to support their experiences and their powerful voices.
Susan is currently living in East Hampton, New York with her twin boys Joshua and Gabriel, her daughter Sophia, their dog Gizmo and an assortment of other creatures including Cuddles the tarantula. She spends her time writing children’s books and teaching kid’s yoga and mindfulness and teaching and supporting teachers to bring these practices into their schools. She loves traveling around the country visiting schools, bookstores, and libraries sharing her stories, the writing process, themes of empathy and community and yoga and mindfulness, Her own children, her practice and the ocean at her doorstep keep her constantly connected and inspired.
SUSAN'S BOOK TO PROMOTE:
Andrea Wang is the award-winning author of The Nian Monster. She loves to travel and sample new and unusual foods. Perhaps unsurprisingly, most of her writing is about food. Andrea writes picture books and middle grade novels. Her second picture book, Magic Ramen, published in March 2019. She has also written seven non-fiction titles for the library and school market. Andrea holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Young People. She lives in Colorado with her family and their dog, Mochi, named for the sticky rice dessert.
ANDREA'S BOOK TO PROMOTE:
Yep. Here I am. Adam Wallace in all my glory! Right under these words is a video of me telling you all about me and what I like, and it’s ALL true. Seriously. My eyebrows go up and down so I must be telling the truth!
WEBSITE TO PROMOTE:
ADAM'S BOOK TO PROMOTE:
Writer Megan Lacera grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, with a book always in her hands. She became a writer and creator of characters and worlds for entertainment companies like American Greetings, Hasbro, and Goldieblox and later formed her own creative company with husband Jorge Lacera.
After reading many stories to their son, Megan realized that very few books reflected a family like theirs--multicultural, bilingual, funny, and imperfect. She decided to change that by writing her own stories.
*Megan will be doing a critique with her husband, illustrator Jorge Lacera*
MEGAN'S BOOKS TO PROMOTE:
JODY JENSEN SHAFFER:
Jody Jensen Shaffer is an award-winning poet and the author of more than 45 books of fiction and nonfiction for children, including PRUDENCE THE PART-TIME COW, a Missouri Show Me Award finalist for 2020, A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK, IT’S YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, BUSY BUS!, an Amazon best-seller and Amazon Prime Book Box pick for September 2019, IT’S A FIELD TRIP, BUSY BUS!, EMERGENCY KITTENS!, WHO IS JACKIE CHAN? and more. Jody’s poetry and fiction have been published in great magazines like Highlights, Ladybug, and Clubhouse Jr. Jody lives in Liberty, Missouri, with her family. You can find Jody online at jodyjensenshaffer.com
JODY'S BOOKS TO PROMOTE:
Out January 2020!
REBECCA J. GOMEZ:
Rebecca J. Gomez can’t get the sound of her mother reading poetry out of her head, not that she’s ever actually tried. That must be why she’s drawn to poetry as a writer and a reader. She writes verse novels and picture books (mostly rhyming), and when she’s not doing that she likes to read, create art, watch movies, and drag her family to the woods for a hike.
October 2019: SCBWI Webinar