2020 Authors

Mary Amato

Mary Amato

Mary Amato is an award-winning children’s and YA book author, poet, playwright, and songwriter. Her books have been translated into foreign languages, optioned for television, produced onstage, and have won the children’s choice awards in Ohio, Minnesota, Utah, and Arizona. She teaches popular workshops on writing and the creative process around the country. (info from https://www.maryamato.com). 

Grade: 

2-3

Year: 

20

J.J. and Chris Grabenstein

J.J. and Chris Grabenstein

Chris Grabenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of the Lemoncello series, the Wonderland series, the award-winning Haunted Mystery series, and The Island of Dr. Libris. He is also the co-author (with James Patterson) of the #1 Bestsellers I Funny, House of Robots, Treasure Hunters, Jacky Ha-Ha, Word of Mouse, Pottymouth and Stoopid, and many others. J.J. (Myers) Grabenstein is the co-author of Shine! with her husband, the award-winning #1 New York Times best-selling author, Chris Grabenstein. SHINE! is the first book she’s ever written. But it’s not the first book she’s ever read. In fact, you can hear J.J.

Grade: 

4-5

Year: 

20

Watt Key

Watt Key

Watt Key is an award-winning author from Alabama. While enjoyed by all ages, his novels and essays are widely used in elementary and middle grade classrooms for their success with young reluctant male readers. His debut novel, ALABAMA MOON, was published to international acclaim in 2006. ALABAMA MOON won the 2007 E.B. White Read-Aloud Award, the 2006 Parent’s Choice Gold Award. is listed on the ‘100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time’ list by Time Magazine, and has been translated into eight languages. All of Watt’s books are highly awarded and widely used in school curriculum. (info from https://wattkey.com/)

Grade: 

6-8

Year: 

20
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