Courtney Carbone writes the wonderful OMG Classics for teens and adults alike, and she writes Star Wars Golden Books, including I Am a Princess and The Phantom Menace, as well as early reader titles featuring Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Peppa Pig. The OMG Classics are a clever and fascinating mix of emojis and classic literature, including srsly Hamlet, Macbeth #killingit, and Darcy Swipes Left. Her next title Greek Gods #Squadgoals will debut at the Kid-Lit Festival. Courtney studied English and creative writing in the United States and Australia before becoming a children’s book writer and editor. Her favorite things include Brit lit, trivia nights, board games, stand-up comedy, improv, bookstores, libraries, brick-oven pizza, puns, portmanteaus, and ’90s pop culture.
Michael Northrop is the author of the NY Times bestselling Tombquest series, and his latest middle grade historical fiction adventure novel Polaris publishes just a few weeks before the 2017 Festival. His other works include the recent bestselling middle grade novel Plunked and two YA novels Gentleman and Trapped. Michael is originally from Salisbury, Connecticut, where he mastered the arts of BB gun shooting, tree climbing, and field goal kicking with only moderate injuries. After graduating from NYU, he worked at The World Almanac and was senior editor at Sports Illustrated Kids.
Jordan Sonnenblick, the author of numerous acclaimed novels for teens and tweens, has a brand new novel for middle grade readers, The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade, a story about standing up for yourself – and being a hero at home and in the halls of your school. His previous bestsellers include Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie and its sequel After Ever After, Notes from the Midnight Driver, and Zen and the Art of Faking It. He lives in Bethlehem with his wife and two children.
Ame Dyckman is short, loud, mischievous, and often dresses like her book characters (which is why we love her!). She’s also the award-winning, internationally-translated author of the fantastical picture books Boy + Bot, Tea Party Rules, the New York Times bestselling Wolfie the Bunny, and You Don’t Want a Unicorn! Her new book Read the Book, Lemmings! debuts at the Kid-Lit Festival. She lives in central New Jersey with her family, ridiculously big-eared cat, book collection, closet full of hair dye colors, and of course, the characters from her stories.
A.S. King is making her eighth appearance at the Kid-Lit Festival, thanks to her numerous fans. She has been called “One of the best Y.A. writers working today” by the John Green in the New York Times. King is the author of such highly-acclaimed novels as Still Life with Tornado, the surrealist I Crawl Through It, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Ask the Passengers, and the 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz, among others. She recently published her first middle grade novel Me and Marvin Gardens. King is a Pennsylvania native and is a faculty member of the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She spends many months of the year traveling the country speaking to high school students.
Linda Oatman High is the author of fifteen books for children and teens, including her new work One Amazing Elephant, which features a child losing her grandfather and bonding with the elephant from her family’s circus. In addition to writing for children, she is also a journalist and songwriter who has played in several bands. Linda lives in Narvon, PA, with her family, which includes a golden retriever named Angel and a Bichon named Ozzy.
Matt Phelan is making his fourth appearance at the Kid-Lit festival. The creator of acclaimed graphic novels The Storm in the Barn (winner of the Scott O’Dell Award), Around the World, and Bluffton, his latest is the bold and innovative New York Times bestseller Snow White. Matt has been nominated for five Will Eisner Awards. He is also the illustrator of numerous beloved picture books, including Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle, Marilyn’s Monster by Michelle Knudsen, Druthers, and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the Newbery Medal. In 2014, Matt was awarded the Free Library of Philadelphia/Drexel University Children’s Literature Citation.
Jared Reck will publish his debut Young Adult novel A Short History of the Girl Next Door in October, an equally funny and heart-wrenching story of young love. He received a BA in English from Clemson University, a Master’s in Educational Leadership, and recently completed graduate coursework in McDaniel College’s Writing for Children & Young Adults program. Jared lives in Hanover, where he’s an eighth-grade Language Arts teacher.