2013 Keynote Author
David Wiesner is one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed picture book creators in the world. He is one of the two illustrators to have won the prestigious Caldecott Medal three times, for Tuesday in 1992, The Three Pigs in 2002, and Flotsam in 2007. David has also received two Caldecott Honors, for Free Fall and Sector 7. His new picture book Mr. Wuffles! features a cat and tiny aliens inside his favorite cat toy. He grew up in suburban New Jersey, known to his classmates as “the kid who could draw”. David Wiesner lives with his family outside Philadelphia.
2013 Featured Authors
Debbie Dadey is the author of more than 145 children’s books, including both The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series and the Keyholders series. Dadey was a first grade teacher and librarian before becoming a full-time writer. Her award-winning “books for reluctant readers” have been published worldwide. Her latest series is Mermaid Tales and features four spunky mermaid friends.
Chris Grabenstein is the co-author (with James Patterson) of the #1 New York Times Bestseller I Funny: A Middle School Story. Winner of two Anthony and three Agatha Awards, Chris writes fast-paced and fun page-turners for children and adults. He’s also a playwright and screenwriter, not to mention a former advertising executive and improvisational comedian. His latest books are the fantastical Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and a new series called Treasure Hunters series, also co-authored with James Patterson.
Amy Ignatow returns to Lititz for the Kid-Lit Festival to share more tales of her bestselling middle grade series The Popularity Papers, featuring two best friends and their journal-style observations and drawings of the world around them. Amy has worked as a teacher, a farmer, a florist, a short-order vegan cook, a ghostwriter for Internet personal ads, a telefundraiser, a wedding singer, and an air-brush face and body painter.
Amie and Bethanie Borst are a mother-daughter writing team, with their debut middle grade novel, Cinderskella, coming out in October. Amie, a long-time writer and self-proclaimed graduate from ULE (University of Life Experience), is a native New Yorker, now residing in Northern Virginia. Bethanie is an all-rounder. She is a spunky 12-year-old who plays viola in her school orchestra, enjoys video games, and is quick on her toes when it comes to tricky situations.
Alissa Grosso is the author of three YA novels, Popular, Ferocity Summer, and Shallow Pond, which is coming in September. Alissa grew up in Bergen and Sussex Counties in New Jersey. She’s lived in the Pocono Mountains; Hunterdon County, New Jerseyand, briefly, in a basement in Maine. These days she lives in a small town in Pennsylvania, but she can walk to New Jersey (there’s a bridge). She holds a B.A. in English from Rutgers University and like most English majors has held a variety of jobs.
A.S. (Amy) King is the acclaimed author of five teen novels, including Ask the Passengers, which earned the 2012 LA Times Book Award for Young Adult Fiction and Please Ignore Vera Dietz, which was a 2011 Printz Honor. Amy’s latest book, Reality Boy, coming in October 2013, has already garnered several starred reviews and is a Junior Library Guild Selection. She is the only author featured at every Lititz Kid-Lit Festival, and she recently relocated to Lititz with her family.
Matt Phelan is the author and illustrator of 2011 Scott O’Dell award-winning book, The Storm in the Barn. His latest kids’ graphic novel, Bluffton, explores the life of young Buster Keaton. He is also the acclaimed illustrator of numerous picture books in collaboration with other authors, including award-winning author Linda Sue Park latest Xander’s Panda Party.
Maria V. Snyder was an environmental meteorologist before penning the New York Times bestselling teen fantasy Study Series (Poison Study, Magic Study and Fire Study). She also wrote the award-winning Glass Series. Storm Watcher is her 11th novel. She lives in Central PA