Alumni Authors

Daniel Kirk

Daniel Kirk

In 2015 we're excited to present award winning author and illustrator of dozens of books for children and young adults, poet, singer-songwriter, performer, Daniel Kirk!

Grade: 

K-1

Year: 

15

Chris Grabenstein

Chris Grabenstein

Chris Grabenstein is the author of the New York Times bestseller ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY and the co-author (with James Patterson) of the #1 Bestsellers I FUNNY, I EVEN FUNNIER, and TREASURE HUNTERS.

Chris pronounces GRABENSTEIN! (It sounds like Frankenstein)

Winner of two Anthony and four Agatha Awards, Chris writes fast-paced and fun page-turners for children and adults. He's also a playwright and screenwriter not to mention a former advertising executive and improvisational comedian. Sometimes he sleeps.

Grade: 

4-5

Year: 

15

Adrian Fogelin

Adrian Fogelin

Adrian Fogelin has visited Authors in April twice, once in 2007 and again in 2014. 

She is the author of eight novels for middle-grade and young adult readers, including the hugely popular "Crossing Jordan," and has won numerous awards including two Florida Book Award gold medals. 
 
We found this brief autobiography on the web. Listen to Adrian's voice: 

"I’ve heard it said that all writers who are worth their salt had unhappy childhoods.

If that’s true I’m cooked.  Mine was happy.  Very.

Grade: 

6-8

Year: 

07
14

Laurie Keller

When Laurie was growing up in Muskegon, Michigan, She entertained herself for hours at a time doing art -- drawing, painting, sculpting clay - She loved all of it. By the age of nine, She kept a sketchbook of her drawings -- Her most prized possession at the time. “I was "passionate about my art" and felt I should therefore become a real artist one day.” Laurie was sidetracked in college, taking classes in education and dancing and performing with the college’s repertory dance tour company. It wasn’t until 5 years later that she attended an art show at Kendall College of Art and Design that she realized that she could make a career using her art skills.

Grade: 

2-3

Year: 

08
14

Lisa Graff

Lisa Graff

Learn more about amazing Lisa Graff by visiting her web site at www.lisagraff.com

 

Until then, read a short autobiographical excerpt from her web site. 

Grade: 

4-5

Year: 

14

Brian Floca

Brian Floca

Here is a brief excerpt from www.brianfloca.com

Brian Floca was born and raised in Temple, Texas. He graduated from Brown University, received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Grade: 

2-3

Year: 

14

Sara Pennypacker

As a child, Sara Pennypacker had dreams of playing shortstop for the Red Sox, and when that dream didn’t come true she moved on to painting watercolors. Sara was a serious painter for many years before becoming an author for children and adults. She began writing children’s books while she was homeschooling her children and spending many hours in public libraries. She currently lives on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts and her two children are now grown. Sara has written a book for adults called My Enemy’s Cradle under the name Sara Young. She has written several books for children including the enormously popular Clementine series. Her new book, Sparrow Girl, will be released in 2009.

Grade: 

2-3

Year: 

09

Laurie Keller

When Laurie was growing up in Muskegon, Michigan, She entertained herself for hours at a time doing art -- drawing, painting, sculpting clay - She loved all of it. By the age of nine, She kept a sketchbook of her drawings -- Her most prized possession at the time. “I was "passionate about my art" and felt I should therefore become a real artist one day.” Laurie was sidetracked in college, taking classes in education and dancing and performing with the college’s repertory dance tour company. It wasn’t until 5 years later that she attended an art show at Kendall College of Art and Design that she realized that she could make a career using her art skills.

Grade: 

2-3

Year: 

08
14

Adrian Fogelin

Adrian Fogelin

Adrian Fogelin has visited Authors in April twice, once in 2007 and again in 2014. 

She is the author of eight novels for middle-grade and young adult readers, including the hugely popular "Crossing Jordan," and has won numerous awards including two Florida Book Award gold medals. 
 
We found this brief autobiography on the web. Listen to Adrian's voice: 

"I’ve heard it said that all writers who are worth their salt had unhappy childhoods.

If that’s true I’m cooked.  Mine was happy.  Very.

Grade: 

6-8

Year: 

07
14

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