- April Halprin Wayland
- Carmela Martino
- Esther Hershenhorn
- Jill Esbaum
- JoAnn Early Macken
- Laura Purdie Salas (coming soon!)
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visit her website. You can find all Esther's blog posts here.
Jill Esbaum is the author of many books. Her newest picture book, Tom’s Tweet (Knopf), is a 2013-2014 Goldfinch Book Award nominee. She is also the author of Stanza (HMHarcourt), a 2012-2013 Young Hoosiers Book Award nominee; Ste-e-e-e-eamboat A-Comin’! (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), an IRA Notable Children’s Book; and To the Big Top (FSG), which was named to the CCBC’s Choices List. More picture books are forthcoming. Jill authored a nonfiction series, Picture the Seasons, for National Geographic, as well as two books in the Angry Birds Playground series: Animals, and Dinosaurs. A former instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature, Jill leads a workshop at the University of Iowa’s Summer Writing Festival and co-hosts the Whispering Woods Picture Book Writing Workshop/Retreat each July. To contact Jill, visit her website. You can find all Jill's blog posts here.
JoAnn Early Macken is the author of Write a Poem Step by Step (Earlybird Press). Her newest picture books are Baby Says, “Moo!” (Disney-Hyperion), Waiting Out the Storm (Candlewick Press), and Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move (Holiday House). Her poems appear in a number of magazines and anthologies, and she has also written more than 125 nonfiction books for young readers. JoAnn earned her M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches writing at three Wisconsin colleges, and she speaks about poetry and writing to children and adults at schools, libraries, and conferences. To contact JoAnn, visit her website. You can find all JoAnn's blog posts here.
Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 120 books for kids and teens, including two recent books from Millbrook Press: Water Can Be ... and A Leaf Can Be ... (Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers' Choice, Minnesota Book Award Finalist, Riverby Award for Nature Books for Young Readers, and more), and Bookspeak! Poems About Books, published by Clarion (Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable, Bank Street Best Book, Eureka! Gold Medal, and more). She loves to introduce kids to poetry and help them find poems they can relate to, no matter what their age, mood, and personality, and she loves to get teachers excited about sharing poetry in their classrooms. She has also written numerous nonfiction books. See more about Laura and her work at her website. You could also Like her on Facebook and/or Follow her on Twitter @LauraPSalas or check out her writing coaching and critiquing services through Mentors for Rent. She's everywhere--ha!
* * *You will also see posts on our blog from two TeachingAuthor alums who are currently taking a blogging break:
Jeanne Marie Grunwell Ford holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College and is the author of five novels, including Mind Games (Houghton Mifflin). She writes for a soap opera by day when she is not busy teaching, freelancing, or driving the carpool. She is married to an amazing seventh-grade teacher and is the mother of two avid young readers and one ornery puppy. To contact Jeanne Marie, visit her website. You can find all Jeanne Marie's blog posts here. And you can read about how she became a TeachingAuthor here.
Mary Ann Rodman has published four picture books and two middle-grade novels. Her first picture book, My Best Friend (Viking), won the Ezra Jack Keats and Charlotte Zolotow Awards. Her middle-grade historical novel, Yankee Girl (Farrar Straus Giroux) has been nominated for nine state book awards, and was named a VOYA Top Shelf Fiction as well as an NCSS Best Trade Book. Her most recent title, Surprise Soup (Viking), received a starred review from Booklist. For several years, she has conducted Young Writers' Workshops and camps at the Margaret Mitchell House Literary Center in Atlanta. To connect with Mary Ann, visit her on Facebook. You can find all Mary Ann's blog posts here. And you can read about how she became a TeachingAuthor here.