Authors 2018

Julie Berry


Alan Gratz

Alan Gratz is the New York Times bestselling author of a number of novels for young readers.  His latest books are Refugee and Ban This Book. Author of:
  • Samurai Shortstop
  • Something Rotten
  • Something Wicked
  • The Brooklyn Nine
  • Prisoner B-3087
  • Code of Honor
  • Projekt 1065
  • League of Seven trilogy

Joseph Bruchac

For over thirty years Joseph Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies and music that reflect his Native American heritage and traditions. He is the author of more than 120 books for children and adults. The best selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children and others of his “Keepers” series, with its remarkable integration of science and folklore, continue to receive critical acclaim and to be used in classrooms throughout the country.

Loren Long

Illustrator & Author
Author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, An Otis Christmas and Otis and the Scarecrow. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of President Barack Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing, the re-illustrated edition of The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, and Mr. Peabody’s Applesby Madonna.  Loren's Little Tree, is a picture book for all ages.  He has most recently illustrated Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Wise Brown and Love by Newbery Medalist, Matt de la Peña.

Kathryn Otoshi

Author & Illustrator
Kathryn is an award-winning author/illustrator, best known for her character-building number/color book series: One, Zero, and Two. She is also the co-author of Beautiful Hands, a book about possibilities and reaching your dreams. She travels across the country to encourage children to develop strong character traits and to help readers find creative methods to engage and connect with their students through the power of reading, art, and literature. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Jim Averbeck


Author of:

  • One Word from Sophia (2015)
  • The Market Bowl  (2013)
  • Oh, No, Little Dragon  (2012)
  • except if  (2011)
  • In a Blue Room  (2008)