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Authors and Illustrators at the Hudson Childrens's Book Festival -- May 4, 2013

2014 Book Festival Authors and Illustrators

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Author and Web Site Featured Book Biography/Awards 3 Fun Facts!
Locricchio, Matthew
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Teen Cuisine New Vegetarian

Matthew Locricchio created the highly regarded SUPERCHEF library series of cookbooks for young readers and is now in its second edition.

His book, THE INTERNATIONAL COOKBOOK FOR KIDS won the prestigious Disney Adventures Magazine Book Award, and two Gourmand World Cookbook Awards THE 2ND INTERNATIONAL COOKBOOK FOR KIDS which The New York Times said "Points in a new direction going beyond cookies and other treats to teach children to cook main courses and side dishes." 

More recent titles from Matthew Locricchio have been written for a slightly older readership.  In 2010 Teen Cuisine was released.  Booklist described this as an “well organized and visually attractive cookbook [that] should appeal to beginning chefs of all ages.”

Locricchio’s most recent title is Teen Cuisine New Vegetarian which, won the IACP Cookbook Award for 2013.

International Association of Culinary Professionals Award

Best book for Children, Youth and Family, Disney Adventures Book Award, Gourmand World Cookbook Award

1. Started cooking at 12 years old,

2. Was an extra in American Graffiti at the sock hop

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Mack, Jeff
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Good News Bad News

Born in Syracuse, New York, Jeff Mack has written and illustrated a long list of award-winning picture books, chapter books, and early readers, including Clueless McGee, Ah Ha!, The Things I Can Do, Good News Bad News, and Hush Little Polar Bear. He has also illustrated many books for other authors, including James Howe's Bunnicula and Friends series and Eve Bunting's Hurry! Hurry!, one of School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007.

2012 Texas 2x2 –Good News Bad News
2012 Texas 2x2 – Frog and Fly
2012 Texas 2x2 – Cindy Moo
Penn State Center for the Book Best Books for Family Literacy – Frog and Fly
Bank Street’s Best Books of 2011-HIPPO AND RABBIT

1. I have painted giant portions of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel on two very high ceilings and a parody of DaVinci’s Last Supper in one restaurant. 

2. I write almost all of my books in a bakery while watching cows graze on the front lawn.

3. I have a dog named McGee. He is a little clueless.

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Marrero, Carla
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The Magical Cat

Carla Marrero is a self-published illustrator and author. Although born in Puerto Rico (1975), she has always been a life long resident of Massachusetts. She graduated from the Art Institute of Boston in 1998 where she majored in Illustration. Carla achieves her compositions by scanning her pencil drawings into her computer then uses digital water color to color them in. She is also the founder and single force behind Marrero Illustrations ( ).

Not only am I a cat mom of four felines, I am also an Art Teacher. I wrote The Magical Cat when I was in the 6th grade as an ELA assignment for my teacher Mr. Kelly at the Kennedy School in Brockton MA.

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Michelson, Richard
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S is for Sea Glass

RICHARD MICHELSON’s books have been listed among the Ten Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The New Yorker.

Michelson has received a Sydney Taylor Gold and Silver Medal from the Assoc. of Jewish Librarians, the only author to be honored with their two top awards in the organization’s history.

He has published poetry books for children, teens and adult. Michelson travels throughout the world speaking to children and teachers about his love of poetry and Social Justice.

NY Times - 10 Best Books of the Year

Publishers Weekly-10 Best Books of the Year

Sydney Taylor Gold Medal- Association of Jewish Librarians

National Jewish Book Award Finalist

National Parenting Publication Gold Medal

Massachusetts Book Award Finalist

Harlem Book Festival Award Finalist

1. I am the current Poet Laureate of Northampton Massachusetts

2. I own R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton MA which features original children’s book illustrations.

3. I didn’t read children’s books till I was an adult.

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Minor, Florence

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If You Were a Panda Bear

A former film editor for ABC news, Florence now works with her husband Wendell creating books that entertain, teach, and inspire children. She manages all aspects of their busy studio, and authors some of the books that Wendell illustrates. Their second collaboration If You Were a Penguin, was chosen by Pennsylvania for their “One Book” Literacy Program, and their third collaboration, If You Were a Panda Bear, celebrating the eight species of bears was a Summer 2013 Kids’ Indie Next List.  Florence is currently working on a book about bunnies. Visit her on Facebook and on Twitter at minor art.

NEIBA PRESIDENT’S AWARD with husband, Wendell Minor, 2013

If You Were a Panda Bear was a Summer 2013 Kids’ Indie Next pick

1. I love to get lost in a book.

2. I love to swim and I love dolphins.

3. I am going to swim with dolphins next month!

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Minor, Wendell

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Galapagos George

Wendell Minor is nationally known for the artwork he has created for over fifty children’s books, some of which he has authored. His collaborators have included Jean Craighead George, Charlotte Zolotow, Mary Higgins Clark and astronaut Buzz Aldrin, among others. He continues to work with Robert Burleigh, Tony Johnston, and his wife Florence, to name but a few.

“Wendell Minor’s America” a retrospective featuring 25 years of his children’s book art, is currently on exhibit at The Norman Rockwell Museum through May 26th, 2014.  A catalog of the exhibition is available through the Rockwell Museum. Visit Wendell on Facebook.

NEIBA PRESIDENT’S AWARD with wife, Florence Minor, 2013

NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2014 - The Eagles are Back

2012 ALA Notable - Night Flight

National Green Earth Book Award Honor book – The Wolves are Back

1. I’m a cloud watcher and a day dreamer and I love walking in the woods.

2. I love to draw and paint animals of all kinds.

3. I love books!

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Mlynowski, Sarah
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Whatever After Bad Hair Day

Sarah Mlynowski is the author of the Whatever After and Magic in Manhattan series, GIMME A CALL, TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE) and DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. Originally from Montreal, Sarah now lives and writes in Manhattan. Visit Sarah online at or find her everywhere @sarahmlynowski.

Texas Bluebonnet Nominee
ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

1. I grew up in Canada, where we “write tests” instead of “take tests,” use the washroom instead of the restroom, and enjoy a mix of fries, gravy, and cheese curds, which is known as poutine.

2.  My five-year old daughter is a better cook than I am. Last week she made a purée and a meatloaf. Last week I made toast and a cup of coffee.

3.I wrote my first book, Lizzie Forshort when I was in the third grade. It’s about a girl whose name is Elizabeth but is called Lizzie...for short! My mom typed my manuscript up and sent it to Bantam Books. And that’s the story of very first rejection letter. 

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Mojica, Barbara Ann
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Little Miss History Travels to the Statue of Liberty

Barbara Ann Mojica is a historian and retired educator who lives in Columbia County. She enjoys the challenge of writing historical articles for “Passages,” in The Columbia Insider and matching the themes of each issue to local Hudson Valley and American history. In addition, she writes reviews of children and young adult books on her blog at Marrying her love of history and teaching, she and her husband/illustrator Victor Ramon Mojica developed the Little Miss HISTORY character to inspire children and parents to learn about historical people and visit landmarks.

Winner of B.R.A.G. Medallion and Reader's Choice Five Star Review

1. I have visited more than thirty countries and more than half the states in the U.S.

2. I have six grandchildren, including two sets of twins, and the seventh one is on the way!

3. I relax by reading and reviewing books, watching movies with my husband, and enjoying sunsets over the lake.

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Mojica, Victor Ramon
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Crossbones in the Treasure Hunt

VICTOR RAMON MOJICA is an illustrator, cartoonist and writer. He was born and raised in Manhattan, New York, but has lived in the Hudson Valley region since 1986 and now resides in Craryville, New York with his wife Barbara. Together they have 7 children and 6 grandchildren with Number 7 on the way!

Winner of the B.R.A.G. Award

1. Illustrator of eugenus comic books.

2. Loves Star Craft video games.

3. Writing screenplay adaptation for eugenus comic books.

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Moore, Jodi
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When a Dragon Moves In

Jodi Moore is author of the award winning WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN (Flashlight Press) and GOOD NEWS NELSON (Story Pie Press). She writes picture books and young adult novels, hoping to challenge and inspire her readers by opening new worlds and encouraging unique ways of thinking. Jodi is the proud, (admittedly) neurotic mother of two talented young adults and never ceases to be amazed at how far the umbilical cord will stretch. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Larry, and an ever-changing bunch of characters in her head. Look for WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN AGAIN Fall 2015!

Georgia Children’s Book Award Winner 2012-2013;
Library of VA Cardoza Award for Picture Books Winner 2012;
Nebraska Golden Sower Award List 2013-14;
Mississippi Magnolia Chldren’s Choice Award List 2012-13;
Kansas Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award List 2013-14;
NSW Premier Reading Challenge Book (Australia);
2011 ABC Best of Books Catalog Pick;
Indie Next Kids’ Pick, summer 2011

1. In addition to being an author, I’m a disc jockey.

2. I once played the Wicked Witch of the West in a local theatre production.

3. I think books and chocolate should each be their own food group.

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