AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS

Barbara Elleman

Barbara Elleman is a noted children's librarian, book reviewer, editor and author. After receiving her master's degree in Library Science, she took on roles as a school and public librarian, which served as the springboard for her to become a reviewer for and editor of the American Library Association's Booklist magazine, followed by the creation of Book Links. Barbara has been named Distinguished Scholar of Children's Literature by Marquette University, and has served for many years as a Trustee, Advisor, exhibit curator and donor to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Her biography of Tomie dePaola, TOMIE DEPAOLA: HIS ART & HIS STORIES, was first published in 1999 and will soon reappear in a revised edition from Simon & Schuster. Barbara lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, giving her ready access to the Carle Museum and its many resources.


What's New?

Barbara is currently revising and updating her biography of Tomie dePaola, TOMIE DePAOLA: HIS ART & HIS STORIES, to be re-launched by Simon & Schuster in 2019.

KAREN MORGAN

Karen Morgan was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver, after which she and her husband decided to continue living in the beautiful state of Colorado where they raised two children. Karen enjoys skiing, hiking, biking and walking in the incredible mountain scenery she calls home. Her career has included art and design in marketing and newspaper publishing as well as co-ownership of two businesses (one a printer, and the other a greeting card design and manufacturing company). Of late, she has been writing and illustrating children’s picture books and recently completed her debut middle-grade comic novel, Nerd Notebook: My Gawky Beginning to Middle School.


What's New?

Karen’s debut middle-grade novel, Nerd Notebook: My Gawky Beginning to Middle School, is fully written and has been partially illustrated. This material is available for review, and the book is available for acquisition.

Please contact Doug Whiteman for further information.

Katya Tabakh

Katya Tabakh was born in Moscow, Russia. She grew up in an artistic family from which she learned painting, drawing and art composition, which inspired her to attend art school. After graduating from the Moscow Art Theater School with an MA in Theatrical Sets Design, Katya began a career in drawn animation. After moving to the US in the 1990s, she soon became fascinated with the art of book illustration, and published her debut children's books with a Japanese publisher in 2006. Katya was the first-place winner of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Tomie dePaola Illustration Award in 2017. Katya lives with her family in San Francisco.

Visit At - www.KatArtist.com


What's New?

Katya's illustration 'First Snow' is one of ten finalists for the 2018 Bologna Book Fair BIG competition.

Finalist, 2018 Bologna BIG Competition

Katya currently has two illustrated children's books in process: a board book tentatively entitled WHERE IS MR. BEAR?, and a picture book re-telling of the Grimm's SWEET PORRIDGE. These and other projects are available for acquisition.

Please contact Doug Whiteman for further information.

Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips is author of the memoir My Father's Cabin (Lyons Press, 2004). My Father's Cabin was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and Joyce Carol Oates had this to say about it: 'I don't believe I have ever read so relentlessly honest, unsentimental and unsparing an account of working-class life. My Father's Cabin is a courageous account of American life that rings painfully true yet is, in its way, strongly affirming." A collection of his essays, Love and Hate in the Heartland, is forthcoming from SkyHorse. His creative non-fiction has been cited in Best American Essays and has been published in Commonweal, New York Times Magazine, The Sun, Notre Dame Magazine, Salon, and in many other journals. Mark lives in western New York State, on the land which was the subject of his first book.


What's New?

SkyHorse will publish a collection of Mark's essays, LOVE AND HATE IN THE HEARTLAND, in 2018. He is currently working on his first novel.

Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola is one of the best known authors and illustrators of books for children. He's been published for over 50 years and has written and/or illustrated nearly 300 books. Tomie dePaola and his work have achieved the rare status of being recognized with both a Caldecott Honor and a Newbery Honor award, and his many other awards include the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure and the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.

Photo Credit - Michael Seamans

Visit At - www.tomie.com and www.tomiesblog.blogspot.com


What's New?

Tomie's latest book, QUIET, was published by Simon & Schuster in October of 2018, and has appeared for multiple weeks on the New York Times picture book best-sellers list. In addition, he was featured in museum appearances at the Guggenheim in New York and at the Dumbarton oaks in Washington, D.C. His next book, WINGS, a collaboration with writer Cheryl B. Klein, will appear in March, 2019.

Will Moses

Will Moses grew up with a paint brush. He is descended from a long line of artists, the most famous of which was his Great Grandmother, Anna Mary Robertson Moses (Grandma Moses). At age four, Will began painting with his grandfather, Forrest K. Moses, and it was under his guidance that he developed a love and appreciation for what has become the Moses style of American Folk art. Continuing to paint and carrying on the tradition after Forrest died, Will opened his own gallery, Mt. Nebo Gallery, on the family farm in Eagle Bridge NY; the gallery distributes his original art as well as the books, puzzles, cards and graphics he has created. To this day, Will continues to paint upstairs in the old barn that he converted to his gallery and offices many years ago. Will has 11 illustrated children's books to his credit, most notably JOHNNY APPLESEED, THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, and WILL MOSES: MOTHER GOOSE. Will and his wife Sharon continue to live on the old family farm where they have raised three children.

Photo Credit - Steve Scott Welty


What's New?

Will's next book for children, HAZEL BEAN AND THE WHALE, is written and partially illustrated. All of this material is available for review, and the book is available for acquisition.

Please contact Doug Whiteman for further information.

Mirka Breen

Mirka Breen was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel. She now lives in sunny California with her husband and three cats. Her two children have recently flown the coop, and the cats do their best to fill in. Mirka writes picture books and middle grade novels, two of which were traditionally published. Of her novel The Voice of Thunder (WiDo Publishing 2012), The Jewish Book Council Magazine reviewer wrote: “There are too few books for middle grade and young adult readers about modern Israeli history in all its complexity and nuance. It is a vital topic and ought to be more often addressed. Here’s one book that offers a slice of that history and can start an excellent dialogue. It is recommended for ages 9-15.”

Visit At - www.mirkabreen.com Blogspot - www.mirkabreen.blogspot.com


What's New?

Mirka is working on her next middle grade novel, in which a sixth grader and her family fall victim to a rumor and innuendo viral take-down. Hard to believe, but it is a humorous story even as the timely theme is not funny in the least.

Please contact Doug Whiteman for further information.

Anita Lobel

Anita Lobel is an award-winning author and illustrator of over fifty books for children, including the Caldecott Honor book ON MARKET STREET, her memoir and National Book Award finalist NO PRETTY PICTURES, and many other well-known picture books. Anita attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, worked as a textile designer, and published her first book for children, SVEN'S BRIDGE, in 1965. In addition to her prominent successes in the United States, Anita's books have been published in French, German, Japanese, and Korean editions. Anita lives in New York City;

Photo Credit - Barry Hollywood

Visit At - Anita-Lobel.com


What's New?

Anita's next book for children, tentatively entitled DUCKS ON THE ROAD, will soon be ready for review and acquisition. Anita has other projects in motion as well;

Please contact Doug Whiteman for further information.

Courtney Hostetler

Courtney Hostetler was born and raised in Rhode Island. She holds a B.A. from Colgate University, a M.Phil from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Her education and career have taken her to many parts of the world, from Ireland to Sierra Leone. She currently practices law as a legal aid attorney in Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband, three children, and dog. She has long valued the power of stories, and focuses her own writing on middle school and young adult readers.


What's New?

Courtney recently completed her first middle-grade novel, The Ghost of Wildkill.

STAN FISCHLER

Stan Fischler, known as 'The Hockey Maven', serves as the resident hockey expert for MSG Networks. In 2011 Fischler collected two New York Emmy Awards, one for his weekly 'Five for Fischler' segment, and another in the Sports Reporter category. Fischler is also a regular contributor to MSGNetworks.com. He has covered hockey either in print or in broadcast for over 50 years. Fischler's hockey newsletter, 'The Fischler Report', is the only 52-weeks-a-year publication of its kind and now is in its 22nd year.

Over the last four decades, Fischler has written for many publications, including The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Sport Magazine, Newsweek, Hockey Digest and The Hockey News. Fischler has authored or co-authored more than 100 books, with topics ranging from hockey and baseball to subways and transportation system.

A Manhattan resident, Fischler holds a master's degree in education from Long Island University and has taught news and feature writing at Queens College, Columbia University and Fordham University. In January 1999 Mayor Rudolph Giuliani designated Fischler a Centennial Historian of the City of New York. He regularly bicycles around the island of Manhattan, with rare trips to his hometown of Brooklyn.


What's New?

Stan currently is writing regular historic stories, combined with one-minute videos including photos and film footage, for NHL.com's ongoing coverage of the NHL Centennial. He is working on a number of television features (both historic and contemporary) for MSG Networks, the NHL Network, and other outlets. As part of his MSG Networks role, Fischler writes regular blogs about the Islanders, Rangers and Devils for the network's website. He is also in the midst of his 43rd year as a TV analyst, primarily as a commentator for the Islanders. His landmark history of the New York Subways, UPTOWN, DOWNTOWN, will soon appear in electronic form for the first time, and he has begun work on a new subway book, 80 YEARS RIDING UNDERGROUND ' ONE STRAPHANGER'S LIFE AS A NON-STOP SUBWAY RIDER. Finally, Stan is a regular speaker at various sports functions, and on February 9, 2018 will be featured at Clinton, New York's celebration of 100 years of hockey.

Beatriz Gutierrez

Beatriz Gutierrez is an illustrator and animator born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, and now based in Brooklyn. Beatriz was always drawn to an artistic career; as a child she began creating small illustrated books with different animals as characters. Beatriz graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in Communications Design, with a focus in illustration. She has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Fishs Eddy, and Animation Block Party, among others.


What's New?

Beatriz's first illustrated book for children, DREAMS FROM MANY RIVERS (with text by Margarita Engle) will be published by Henry Holt in the fall of 2019. She continues to work on a 3D illustrated typography project which was inspired by Mexican traditional crafts "alebrijes," and which is directed towards children as recreational and educational material.

SUNNY LEE

Sunny Lee was born in Seoul, and currently lives in Brooklyn. Her first-ever story was a comic she created in the fifth grade about Hum, a hummingbird with a talent for anarchy and destruction. Now, she writes stories with more light-hearted fare and, with her MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay degree from the School of Visual Arts, brings a new level of skill and training to her work. Her artwork has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, and she has worked for clients such as Carus and McGraw-Hill. When she's not drawing, she works as a designer for a New York City-based children's publisher.


What's New?

Sunny is currently working on three completely different projects: SUNNY AND THE BEAN is a 32-page picture book which should be published by spring 2020; SHIM CHUNG AND THE DRAGON KING is a work-in-progress Korean folk tale, retold for the American market; and MOON ZOOM LIFTOFF is a graphic novel featuring a young girl whose family has just emigrated from Korea to America.

SARAH MACKENZIE

Sarah Mackenzie is founder of the immensely popular Read-Aloud Revival, an online community dedicated to helping parents make meaningful and lasting connections with their kids through books. Her Read-Aloud Revival podcast has been downloaded over 5 million times by families all over the world.

Sarah's most recent book, The Read-Aloud Family (Zondervan, 2018), was a USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestseller.

She lives in the Northwest with her husband, Andrew, and their six kids, where she loves to make sure they are well-stocked in the best books she can find.

Visit At - readaloudrevival.com


What's New?

Sarah’s first two picture book manuscripts for children, LOU ALICE AND THE GIRL WHO NOTICED and MOONFLOWER SONG, are available for review and acquisition.

Please contact Doug Whiteman for further information.