Jennifer Holm is a three-time Newbery Honor author and co-creator of the bestselling kids graphic novel series BabyMouse and Squish. Her new novel The Fourteenth Goldfish combines her famous sense of humor with her love of science. Jenni’s father was a pediatrician and she grew up listening to him talk about the wonder of antibiotics and how science could change the world. Jenni’s other books include Turtle in Paradise, Penny From Heaven, The Trouble With May Amelia, and Eighth Grade is Making Me Sick.
Tom Angleberger is the author of the wildly popular Origami Yoda series. He is also the author of Horton Halfpott and Fake Moustache, both Edgar Award nominees, and The Qwickpick Papers. He is married to author/illustrator Cece Bell and lives in Christiansburg, VA. Visit him online at origamiyoda.com.
David Levithan is a bestselling YA author and senior editor at Scholastic. His most recent book, Two Boys Kissing, garnered the 2014 Lambda Literary Award, and was long listed for the National Book Award. He has authored more than a dozen books, including every day, Every Me Every You, Love Is the Higher Law, & Likely Story. David has also co-authored several books, including Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green and Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist with Rachel Cohn (which became a movie starring Michael Cerra). David created the PUSH imprint for Scholastic and has worked with some of the world’s bestselling authors (including Suzanne Collins, Gordon Korman, and Maggie Steifvater).
Cece Bell has written and illustrated several books for children, including the Geisel Honor book Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover. She lives in Virginia with her husband, author Tom Angleberger. Her newest book is the funny and moving graphic memoir El Deafo.
Caroline Carlson, a former textbook editor, is the author of The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, a funny and fantastical new seafaring adventure series for young readers. She grew up in Massachusetts and holds a BA from Swarthmore College and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Caroline lives with her husband in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, amidst many stacks of books.
Kit Grindstaff was born near London, and grew up in the rolling countryside of England. After a brush with pop stardom (under her maiden name, Hain) she moved to New York and embarked on her career as a pop song writer. Kit now lives with her husband in the rolling countryside of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the SCBWI. The Flame In The Mist is her first novel.
John Kloepfer began his writing career at five years old with a one-sentence short story: “And then one day the monsters came.” He lives in New York City, where he is preparing for a massive zombie invasion. He is the author of the popular “Zombie Chasers” series- Zack, Madison, and the rest of the Zombie Chasers are on a mission to save the world, but first they have to survive their flesh-eating, half-dead neighbors–and each other! With Galaxy’s Most Wanted, John Kloepfer delivers another spot-on middle grade book series featuring fast-paced, sidesplitting drama and a cast of diverse and endearing characters–that include a slew of creepy-crawly aliens that oozing off the page.
Matt Phelan (always a Lititz favorite) returns to share his first picture book, Druthers. Matt’s last graphic novel, Bluffton, was nominated for three 2014 Eisner Awards, and his 2010 book, Storm in the Barn, won the Scott O’Dell Award for historic fiction. He has illustrated numerous bestselling children’s books including Flora’s Very Windy Day, Very Hairy Bear, and Xander’s Panda Party. Matt lives in suburban Philadelphia and loves playing his ukulele. (Maybe we can nudge him to play for us!)
Mara Rockliff will share her latest picture books The Grudge Keeper and Chik Chak Shabbat with our younger book fans at this year’s festival. Mara’s previous picture books include Me and Momma and Big John (Golden Kite Award, Charlotte Zolotow Honor, Junior Library Guild Selection) and My Heart Will Not Sit Down (Ezra Jack Keats Honor). She is also the author of the Milo & Jazz Mysteries chapter book series, and the buy-better manifesto for teens Get Real: What Kind of World Are You Buying?
Courtney Sheinmel is the author of My So-Called Family,Positively, Sincerely, All the Things You Are, andStella Batts – one of our favorite series for young readers. Her books have received numerous awards, and have appeared on recommended lists.
Eric Wight is the author and illustrator of FRANKIE PICKLE, a chapter book/graphic novel hybrid series for young readers published by Simon & Schuster. Prior to that, he was an animator for almost ten years for such companies as Walt Disney, Warner Bros., and Cartoon Network. Wight’s comic book adaptation of the AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY helped garner both the Harvey and Eisner Awards for Best Anthology, as well as the Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer, and his debut graphic novel MY DEAD GIRLFRIEND was listed among the 2008 Great Graphic Novels for Teens by YALSA. His artwork has also been prominently featured on such television series as THE O.C. and SIX FEET UNDER. His latest works include contributing to COMICS SQUAD (with Jenni Holm) and illustrating the new “Magic Shop” series by Kate Egan.
HONORARY AUTHOR CHAIR
A.S. King won the 2013 LA Times Book Prize for her novel Ask The Passengers. Her 2010 novel, Please Ignore Vera Dietz, earned a Printz Award Honor. Her lastest book is the multi-starred reviewed Reality Boy. In October 2014 her 7th novel, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, will be published. Amy lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and children and is a huge fan of Kurt Vonnegut, corn on the cob, libraries, and roller skating.