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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!
O'Connor, Jane

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There's No Day Like A Snow Day

Jane O'Connor has been writing books for children for more than 35 years. At last count, the total number of titles was 60, including the wildly popular children's series Fancy Nancy (HarperCollins). (Seven titles have been #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.). Chronicling the adventures of a young girl who loves all things glamorous, posh, and splendiferous, the Fancy Nancy series has now sold 20 million copies. There are also Fancy Nancy puzzles, dolls, games, and clothes; the most recent picture book, Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet, has been adapted into a musical for kids, produced by New York City's Vital Theatre. O'Connor frequently appears at schools, libraries, and literacy events, to share her stories and characters with children and their families, as well as teachers and librarians.

O'Connor's first adult fiction novel, Dangerous Admissions (HarperCollins), debuted in August 2007 and received praise from The New York Times Books Review, School Library Journal, and Kirkus, as well as a starred review in Publisher's Weekly. The comical mystery delves into the competitive world of Manhattan's prestigious private schools in the much anticipated follow-up, Almost True Confessions (HarperCollins), is due to hit bookshelves in the summer of 2013.

A native New Yorker, O'Connor resides on the Upper West Side with her husband, Jim O'Connor. They have two grown sons and a rambunctious canine named Arrow. O'Connor is also Vice President and Editor-at-Large for Penguin Group USA.

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Preller, James
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Scary Tales Good Night Zombie

James Preller has published many books for children of all ages, including BYSTANDER, A PIRATE'S GUIDE TO FIRST GRADE, BEFORE YOU GO, SIX INNINGS, the JIGSAW JONES Mystery Series, and the popular new SCARY TALES Series for ages 8-12. He lives in Delmar, NY.

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Prince, April Jones
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Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing

April Jones Prince is a children’s book author and freelance editor. She has worked in the editorial departments of William Morrow and HarperCollins Children’s Books, and has also been a children’s bookseller and reviewer. Currently, she works at Studio Goodwin Sturges, an illustrator’s agency in Providence that represents nearly 40 children’s book authors and illustrators. April is the author of eight books for young readers, including the award-winning Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing and What Do Wheels Do All Day? She especially loves history, biography, and all kinds of picture books.

Amazon Best Books of the Year

 Child Magazine Best Book of the Year

NYPL 100 Books for Reading and Sharing

Children’s Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Book

1.  I have wanted to be a children’s book author since I was eight years old.

2. My writer’s fantasy is to have a fabulous, multi-story treehouse in which to research and write.

3. Yes, I was born in April!

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Rotner, Shelley
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Shelley Rotner is the award-winning author and photo-illustrator of over 45 children’s books, including HOMER, SHADES OF PEOPLE, I’M ADOPTED!, BODY ACTIONS, YUMMY, EVERY SEASON and her newest- BODY BONES.

Her books are mostly nonfiction that explore the world through observation and diversity.

Ms Rotner has traveled extensively for the UN and U.N.I.C.E.F. documenting programs on health, education and women.

Her work has been published in Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic, Food and Wine, Outside and Time Magazine and many other publications.

Currently, Ms Rotner is working on a collection of large hand-painted photographs that capture beautiful and sacred places she has discovered in her travels called "SPIRIT OF PLACE".

She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Visit her online at

HOMER - Finalist children’s choice award


1. I never went to kindergarten.

2. I can stand on my head.

3. I’m a photo-illustrator

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Rubin, Adam
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Secret Pizza Party

Author, Adam Rubin works as a creative director at Firstborn Multimedia. He has been involved in the Chicago theater scene, doing alternative comedy at The Annoyance and improv at iO Chicago. Rubin has appeared in several commercials, doing a flying somersault catch in a White Sox ad and falling off a roof for the Lotto. His theater background comes out in full force during author events where he solicits suggestions from the audience while Daniel draws a monster of their design. Rubin and Salmieri treat their audiences to an engaging mix of reading and comedy. He lives in New York, NY. Visit Adam at

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Sabatini, Kimberly
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Touching the Surface

Kimberly Sabatini is a former Special Education Teacher who is now a stay-at-home mom and a part-time dance instructor for three and four year olds. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and three boys. Kimberly writes Young Adult fiction and is represented by Michelle Wolfson of Wolfson Literary Agency. TOUCHING THE SURFACE is her debut novel. (Simon Pulse – Simon & Schuster)


"This gorgeous, lyrical read will sweep you away."
--JESSICA VERDAY, bestselling author of THE HOLLOW trilogy

"Soulful and inventive. A thoroughly original vision of what happens next."  

1. I lived in Augsburg, Germany for four years. My husband was stationed there with the Army. While overseas I was able to travel and visit all over Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, France, England, Denmark, Poland, The Czech Republic and Egypt. And yes, it was awesome.

2. I’m the Mom to three boys and they are the reason that I haven’t been finished with laundry in over a decade. LOL!

3. I LOVE chocolate and have a particular devotion to chocolate ice cream. I’ve made Wednesday nights my ice cream night, but calories don’t count on weekends, right?

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Salmieri, Daniel
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Secret Pizza Party

Illustrator bio: Daniel Salmieri is an artist and illustrator who graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, constantly drawing and painting images of ninja turtles, dinosaurs, and fighter jets. (Not in the same scene...) He lives in Brooklyn, NY. Visit Daniel at

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Schmidt, Tiffany
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Bright Before Sunrise

TIFFANY SCHMIDT lives in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin sons, and a pair of mischievous puggles. And while she thinks sunrises are quite beautiful, she'd rather sleep through them. Send Me a Sign was her debut novel, followed by Bright Before Sunrise, and the Once Upon a Crime Family series will begin in 2015. Find out more about Tiffany and her books by following her on Twitter @TiffanySchmidt or visiting


Bright Before Sunrise was named one of Teen Vogue's 15 Most Exciting Books of the Year 

1. I was so accident prone as a child, I was known by name in the emergency room.

2. I write all dialogue and kissing scenes first.

3. I frequently get lost driving around my own town, but put me in a shopping mall and my sense of direction is uncanny.

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Seamon, Hollis
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Somebody Up There Hates You

Hollis Seamon is the author of a young adult novel, Somebody Up There Hates You (Algonquin Young Readers, 2013).  Seamon is also the author a short story collection, Corporeality (Able Muse Press, 2013), as well as a previous collection of stories, Body Work, and a mystery novel, Flesh.  She has published short stories in many journals, including Bellevue Literary Review, Greensboro Review, Fiction International, Chicago Review, Nebraska Review, Persimmon Tree, and Calyx. She is a recipient of a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.  Seamon is Professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany NY and also teaches for the MFA in Creative Writing Program in Fairfield CT.  She lives in Kinderhook NY.

Book has received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and has been listed on
2013 Kirkus Best Teen Books
2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
Fall 2013 Indie Next Kids Pick

1. SUTHY is my first novel for young readers.

2. The book takes place right here in Hudson NY.

3. SUTHY is coming out in a number of languages.  In France as DIEU ME DETESTE, Germany as EINER DA OBEN HASST MICH, and Spanish-speaking countries as ALGUIEN ALLA ARRIBA TE ODIA.

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Sheinmel, Courtney
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Stella Batts

Courtney Sheinmel is the author of My So-Called Family, Positively, Sincerely, All the Things You Are, and the Stella Batts series for young readers. Her books have received numerous awards, including the Sequoyah Award (Positively), a National Parenting Publication Awards honorable mention (the Stella Batts series), and have appeared on recommended lists, including the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teenage, and the ABC Best Books for Children. In addition to writing, Courtney served as a judge on the national level for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and she received a National Scholastic Outstanding Educator Award for her work as a writing instructor at Writopia Lab, a non-profit organization serving kids ages 8-18. Courtney lives in New York City. Visit her online at

"The Sequoyah Award (Positively)

National Parenting Publication Awards honorable mention (the Stella Batts series)

Books have appeared on numerous recommended lists, including the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teenage, and the ABC Best Books for Children

Courtney received a National Scholastic Outstanding Educator Award for her work as a writing instructor at Writopia Lab, a non-profit organization serving kids ages 8-18. "

1. I love the card game Spit. I played it every day in fourth grade, and I even wrote it into the STELLA BATTS books, so she plays the game with her friends during lunchtime just the way I did.

2. I am not a good cook, but I do make really good nachos. The trick is to put cheese on every single layer.

3. Last year one of my New Year's resolutions was to eat more brownies. I'm proud to say I kept that one.

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