2018 CLCSC Awards

"Outstanding Picture Book Biography"
Michael Mahin
Michael Mahin
Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017.
"Excellence in a Picture Book"
Dan Santat
After the Fall by Dan Santat
Dan Santat
After the Fall
Roaring Book Press, 2017.
"Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Poetry"
Nikki Grime
One Last Word by Nikki Grimes
Nikki Grimes
One Last Word
Bloomsberry USA Childrens, 2017.
"Peggy Miller Award for Young Adult Literature"

Leigh Bardugo

Sara Kipin

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo and Sara Kipin
Leigh Bardugo and Sara Kipin
The Language of Thorns
Imprint, 2017.
*Notable Contributions to the Field of Nonfiction
Susan Goldman Rubin

Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands by Susan Goldman Rubin

The Quilts of Gee's Bend by Susan Goldman Rubin

Susan Goldman Rubin
Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands
Chronicle Books, 2017.
The Quilts of Gee's Bend
Harry N. Abrams, 2017.
"Dorothy C. McKenzie Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Children's Literature"
Elizabeth Dragga for The Book Truck

Elizabeth Dragga
Founder and Executive Director - The Book Truck

From the official website of The Book Truck:
Elizabeth Dragga, "a former bookseller, librarian, and education advocate founded The Book Truck in 2011 in response to a lack of literacy outreach programming for teenagers.... The Book Truck increases literacy skills among foster care and low-income teens in order to break the cycle of poverty...Thousands of free books are gien every year to foster care and low income teens throughout Los Angeles.





















































































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   Members - Speakers' Bureau


         The speakers on this list are all members of the Children's Literature Council of Southern California. They          are authors, illustrators, librarians, and poets, including those members of the Council who speak on          topics concerned with children's literature. To be included on this list, please contact Webmaster.

         When contacting speakers on this list, please recognize that all speakers must be paid. Expenses          (including travel and lodging if necessary) and fees/honoraria are to be negotiated between you and          the speaker. You will also need to discuss, with the speaker you invite, how many presentations          he/she will do in a day and any audio/visual equipment needed for the presentation.

         All speakers are listed alphabetically.  Inclusion on this list does not include an endorsement from CLC.          Last updated January 2013.

     Speakers are in Alphabetical Order:


Christine M. Allen (School District Librarian K-12)

  Contact: Christine M. Allen
30541 San Pasqual Rd.
Temecula CA 92591
Phone: 909-788-7176
Fax: 909-788-7177
  Preferred Audience: Adults - K-12 staff
  Program: Collection Development K-12 (including weeding);
Specialized bibliographies K-12; Reference K-12
Clerical instruction K-6; Internet Freedom Issues
  Length of Program: 30-45 minutes
  Previous Programs:

Long Beach IMT Program, CSLA - over the years.



Caroline Arnold (Author)

  Contact: Caroline Arnold
  Preferred Audience: Elementary school students, Middle school students
  Program: I do an interactive slide presentation in which I talk about the process of getting ideas and doing research. I also discuss the writing process and how a book is made. With younger children, I read a story instead. I also talk about how I started writing and what it is like to be an author.
  Length of Program: 40-45 minutes
  Previous Programs: Claremont Young Peoples Reading Conference, Long Beach Author Festival, Newport-Mesa Author Festival
  Web Site:
  Recent Books:
Birds: Nature's Magnificent Flying Machines (Charlesbridge, 2003)
Uluru, Australia's Aboriginal Heart (Clarion, 2003)


When Mammoths Walked the Earth (Clarion, 2002)

Eve Bunting (Author)

  Contact: Eve Bunting
  Preferred Audience: Adults
  Program: An exploration of children's books from the writer's point of view
  Length of Program: 1 hour and signing if necessary
  Previous Programs: IRA, SCCLCYP, ALAL, CRA, TLA, FOCAL, and over 30 years of speaking in many schools and libraries.
The Presence (Clarion, 2003)
Snowboarding on Monster Mountain (Cricket, 2003)


Little Bear's Little Boat (Clarion, 2003)

Jewell Reinhart Coburn (Author, Researcher)

  Contact: Jewell Reinhart Coburn (Dr. Julie)
  Preferred Audience: Middle School students, High School students, Adults
  Program: Exploration of values shared among cultures with the use of my personal on-site research findings plus generous reference to the 40 ethnic stories appearing in my following books: Beyond the East Wind (Tales from Vietnam), Encircled Kingdom (Tales from Laos), Khmers, Tigers and Talismans (Cambodia), Jouanah (Hmong), Angkat (Cambodian), Lani and the Secret of the Mountain (Chinese), Domitila (Mexican); plus art objects, maps and ethnic clothing, etc.
  Length of Program: 45-50 minutes
  Previous Programs: Numerous schools and libraries in Counties of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara CA.
  Recent Books:
Domitila: A Mexican Cinderella (Shen's Books, 2000, Reprinted 2002, 2003)
Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella (Shen's Books, 1998, Reprinted 2002)

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Lani and the Secret of the Mountain: A Values-Rich Chinese Tale (Burn Hart and Co. - Available through Shen's Books, 1996)

Sheila Cole (Author)

  Contact: Sheila Cole
  Preferred Audience: Elementary school, Middle school students
  Program: I talk about writing and how it is a process. I describe the process of writing my books and I tell them about the research I have done for the history of childhood in America that I am writing now.
  Length of Program: Approximately 45 minutes, depending on age of children.
  Previous Programs: San Diego County Schools
  Recent Books:
The Canyon (HarperCollins, 2002)
The Dragon In the Cliff (Lothrop Lee & Shepard, June 1991)
What Kind of Love? (HarperCollins, 1996)


Stacia Deutsch (Author)

  Contact: Stacia Deutsch
12 Woodfall
Irvine, CA 92604
  Phone: (949) 689-0103
  Preferred Audience: Elementary school students and adults
  Program: Classroom and assembly. Interactivie presentation on writing process, separating fact and fiction in historical fiction and reading with kids.
  Length of Program: 30 - 60 minutes depending on need.
  Previous Programs: Barnes and Noble, Costa Mesa, CA., Turtle Rock Elementary School, Newport - Costa Mesa Fairmont, Naples School, Long Beach, CA.
  Recent Books:
Blast to the Past #1 - Lincoln's Legacy by Stacia Deutsch
Blast to the Past #1 - Lincoln's Legacy (Simon & Schuster, 2005)
Blast to the Past #2 - Disney's Dream by Stacia Deutsch
Blast to the Past #2 - Disney's Dream (Simon & Schuster, 2005)
Blast to the Past #3 - Bell's Breakthrough by Stacia Deutsch
Blast to the Past #3 - Bell's Breakthrough (Simon & Schuster, 2005)

Jean Ferris (Author)

  Contact: Jean Ferris
  Preferred Audience: Middle School students, High School students, Adults
  Program: "Book in a Box" traces the development of a book from initial idea through research, multiple drafts, editorial comments, book design to finished product.
  Length of Program: 40-60 minutes
  Previous Programs: Gompers School (San Diego CA), Taft Middle School (San Diego)
  Recent Books:
Once Upon a Marigold (Harcourt, 2002)
Of Sound Mind (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001))


Bad (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998)

Kristine O'Connell George (Author)

  Contact: Kristine O'Connell George
  Preferred Audience: Elementary School students, Middle School Students, Adults
  Program: Who needs poetry? Whether a conference keynote or a school visit, presentations are designed with this question in mind. Props, overheads, and audience participation are part of the mix as we explore the magic and possibilities of poetry and I share the stories and creative writing techniques behind my poetry collections.
  Length of Program: 30-50 minutes, depending on age group
  Previous Programs: ALA, IRA, NCTE, Hennepin County Library (Minnesota), Crossroads, Palmquist Elementary, Peninsula Heritage.

Web Site:
  Recent Books:
Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems. Illustrated by Debbie Tilley. (Clarion, 2002)
Little Dog and Duncan. Illustrated by June Otani. (Clarion, 2002)

Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems. Illustrated by Kate Kiesler. (Clarion, 2001)


Pamela Greene (Children's/School Librarian)

  Contact: Pamela Greene
  Preferred Audience: Adults - Children's Librarians

"Between the Books: Fingerplays, Stretches, Songs, Flannelboards, Puppets, and Other Activities that Enhance a Storytelling Experience for Children Ages 2 to 10." 
I bring a vast collection of ideas and props that I have used in my storytelling and storytime programs over the last 25 years.  Designed to inspire new children's librarians and rejuvenate others.  Lots of handouts - lyrics, patterns, and program suggestions.

  Length of Program 1 Hour, 2 hour, 3 hour programs available.
  Previous Programs: UCLA Friday Forum series; San Bernardino County Public Library System - Children's Librarians' Meeting; Los Angeles Public Library - Children's Librarian's Monthly Order Meeting.


Patrice Karst (Author)

  Contact: Patrice Karst
  Phone: 310-383-1008
  Preferred Audience: Children of all ages and all adults
  Program: In this experiential presentation, Patrice will draw upon her highly praised, Just Love program for kids. Using the Smile and the String as powerful symbols from her bestselling inspirational children’s books THE INVISIBLE STRINGand THE SMILE THAT WENT AROUND THE WORLD, Patrice will help all children (and those that care about them) a wonder-filled workshop that will have all the participants realizing the wonder of love – the ability that we all have to give it, how powerfully loved we really all are --that we are all connected on this very big planet and mostly that they have all the magic they need inside to create the world that they want to see!
  Length of Program: Can be arranged to meet your needs from 30 minutes to more than an hour
  Previous Programs: Both private and public schools, conferences and libraries across the US!

Web Site:

  Recent Books:
Invisible Strong by Patrice Karst
The Invisible String Illustrated by Geoff Stevenson. (DeVorss & Company, 2000)
The Smile that Went Around the World by Patrice Karst
The Smile That Went Around the World. Illustrated by Jana Christy. (DeVorss & Company, 2009)



Rene Colato Lainez (Author)




Rene Colato Lainez

(818) 997-0159

  Preferred Audience: Elementary School, Adults
  Program: I love to work with children, parents and teachers making books, discussing the process of publication, presenting multicultural reading and of course my bilingual books.  I can also present in Spanish.
  Length of Program: 45 minutes - 1 hour

Previous Programs:


Los Angeles Public Library - Eagle Rock Branch, El Salvaor Consulate - Independences's Parade, Latino Book and Family Festival.



  Recent Books:
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Playing Loteria/El Juego de la loteria (Rising Moon, 2005)


Waiting for Papa (Pinata Books, 2005)



I am Rene, the Boy (Pinata Books, 2005)

Nancy Smiler Levinson (Author)

  Contact: Nancy Smiler Levinson
  Preferred Audience: Elementary School, Middle School students, Adults
  Program: Clara and the Bookwagon, story based on the first mobile (horse-drawn) library. Idea to final book: writing, revising, galleys, illustrations, etc. among the visuals. Audience participation. Also, for older audiences, history and geography program on Magellan and the First Voyage Around the World.
  Length of Program: 45 minutes

Previous Programs:


I have given presentations at schools and libraries throughout Southern and Central California as well as in several other states



  Recent Books:

Magellan and the First Voyage Around the World (Clarion, 2001)


North Pole/South Pole (Holiday House, 2002)


Prairie Friends (HarperCollins, 2003)

Sonia Levitin (Author/Teacher)

  Contact: Sonia Levitin
  Preferred Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School students, Adults
  Program: Numerous programs: Sudan Slavery & Redemption (slides); Journeys of a Writer (how and why I write); Immigrants in America - a personal story of escape to America during WWII; There's More than Gold in California - based on my 4 western books; "Seeds of Hate" - a look at tolerance issues in my books.
  Length of Program: 45 minutes to 1 hour
  Previous Programs: Simon Wiesenthal Center - Museum of Tolerance; John Thomas Day School; ?Sinai Temple School; Mizel Museum (Denver, CO); Santa Monica Library; Palos Verde Library; Sacramento area & Los Angeles schools.

Web Site:
  Recent Books:

Room in the Heart (Penguin, 2003)

Clem's Chance (Scholastic, 2001)

Dream Freedom (Harcourt, 2000)




Lael Littke (Author)

  Contact: Lael Littke
  Preferred Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School students, Adults
  Program: For younger grades I bring my Magic Story Bag from which I take objects for kids to make a story around after I've told them how to do it. For others I talk about how to construct a story, with examples.
  Recent Books:
Haunted Sister

Haunted Sister (Henry Holt & Co., 1998)

Lake of Secrets (Henry Holt & Co., 2002)


Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan (Author) (Virginia Shin-Mui Loh) - Author, Scholar, Professor

  Contact: Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan
  Preferred Audience: K-12, Teachers/Professors, Librarians, Parents
  Program: I can tailor programs to fit your needs. Topics of interest include Diverse KidLit, Literacy, Writing, Researching, Common Core, and more. I have been invited to keynote and speak at a variety of events for a variety of audiences.
Length of Program: 30 minutes to whole day
Previous Programs: local, state, and national conferences (IRA, NCTE, CRA, CSLA), K-12 school visits, professional development.
  Recent Books:
Paper Son by Virginia Loh
Paper Son (Sleeping Bear Pres, 2013.



Robin Mellom (Author)

Phone Number:
Robin Mellom
  Preferred Audience: Grades 3 - 8
  Program: I share my writing journey and "the making of a book." My presentations also address techniques students can use in their own writing, from brainstorming to outlining to revision. A more intensive writing workshop is also available where students will get a chance to write and revise with me. My presentations address several Common Core Standards. Details on my website.
  Length of
45 - 60 minutes; 90 minutes for writing workshop
  Previous Programs: Santa Barbara School District, San Luis Obispo School District, La Verne and Claremont schools, Atlanta School District
  Recent Books:

The Classroom: The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet-Epic Kid (Disney-Hyperion, 2012)


The Classroom: Student Council Smackdown! (Disney-Hyperion, 2013)



The Classroom: Trick Out My School! (Disney-Hyperion, 2014)


Lori Mitchell (Author)

  Contact: Lori Mitchell
  Preferred Audience: Elementary school through college
  Program: Lori talks about all the different people that are involved in getting a book published. She goes over what it takes to be an author, publisher, editor, designer, illustrator, printer, and bookstore owner. Student volunteers pretend to be each of the different people. She talks about where ideas come from and she gives examples of what inspired her and how she never gave up, even after many rejections. She will also point out the San Diego connections, games and pictures hidden throughout the book. The presentation will also cover diversity and the fact that we are all different yet so much alike.
Lori's recently published books that she illustrated include: The Contest
The Worst Day Ever
The Big Mistake
Spider Cave
To the Rescue
Marfan Syndrome A to Z
  Length of Program: Varies according to the audience. Usually 45 minutes and time for signing if necessary.
  Previous Programs:

Lori has been doing presentations since 1999 and has gone to hundreds of elementary schools and several libraries. Other organizations include the Braille Institute, Girl Scouts of America, Greater San Diego Reading Association Authors' Fair, SDSU, Palomar College, Miramar College, and Alliant University,

*The program is approved by the Serra Children’s Committee. The Serra Library system includes these California Library districts: Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Escondido, National City, Oceanside, San Diego City and County Libraries, and Imperial Valley Libraries.


Web Site:
  Recent Books:
Different Just Like Me (Charlesbridge Publishing, 1999)

Holly Bloom's Garden written by Sarah Ashman. (Flashlight Press, 2004)


The Spooky Mansion written by Linda Rosenberg. Illustrated by Lori Mitchell.  (Life's Building Blocks, 2008)

Alexis O'Neill (Author)

  Contact: Alexis O'Neill
  Preferred Audience: Grades K - 8, but can adjust programs to any age. Specialty: professional development for teachers.
  Program: "Playing With Words." Using music, costumes, props, pictures, and kinesthetic experiences, Alexis's interactive assemblies encourage kids to use their whole body to experience books. Through behind-the-scenes stories about her books, she shows kids how she came to be a writer, where she find ideas, how rewrites improved her work, and how she submits a book for publication. As an author and an educator, her goal is to inspire kids to capture the joy of reading, improve their writing, and create works they are proud of.
  Length of Program: 45 - 60 minutes
  Previous Programs: CSLA, CRA, IRA, SCCBA, SCBWI, NAEYC, AAUW, CARS (California Association of Resource Specialists), UCLA Extension Writers' Program instructor, California Lutheran University, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Claremont Young People's Reading Conference, J. Paul Getty Museum, Mystic Seaport Museum, Los Angeles Public Libraries, Visalia School District, Tulare County Schools, Kern County Schools, Glendale Assistance League, San Francisco area schools, Sacramento area schools, Santa Barbara Author-Go-Round, Ventura County Reading Association, San Joaquin Reading Association, Ventura County School Library Conference.

  Web Site:


  Recent Books:
Estela's Swap (Lee & Low Books, 2002)
The Recess Queen (Scholastic, 2002)

Worst Best Friend (Scholastic, 2008)


Susan Patron (Author, Librarian, Children's Book Reviewer)

  Contact: Susan Patron
  Preferred Audience: Adults
  Program: For parents and teachers -- The best children's books of the year - a look at what's new and recommended. For Librarians - Selecting and developing excellent children's collections
  Length of Program: 45 minutes
  Previous Programs: Children's Literature Council, Skylights Books (Los Feliz)

Recent Books:


Lucky Breaks by Susan Patron

Lucky Breaks  (Simon & Schuster, 2009)

The Higher Power of Lucky (Atheneum, 2006) 2007 NEWBERY AWARD WINNER

Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe by Susan Patron

Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe (Simon & Schuster, 2009)



Terry Pierce (Author)

  Contact: Terry Pierce
  Preferred Audience: K-6, Adults
  Program: K-6: Writing is fun and there are lots of ways to do it! That is the message I want kids to hear. In my multi-sensory and interactive assembly, in accordance with California State writing standards, children will get an in-depth look at writing. Using overheads, props and movement, I'll teach children about story creation, the revision process, humor writing and writing tips. I'll share the importance of how my own childhood and personal experiences contributed to my becoming a writer. I want to inspire even the most reluctant writer to pick up a pencil and get busy!

Post-Assembly Classroom Visits: I do classroom visits following assemblies in a Q & A format. This is also where students can get an in-depth look at an author's life.

Adults: The ABCs of Writing for Children. Have you ever dreamed of writing for children? In this three-hour introductory workshop, you'll learn the basics of writing for kids and how to submit your work to a publisher.

  Length of Program: K-6: Preferably two assemblies with individual classroom visits afterwards (usually taking a full day). Assembly times range from 40-50 minutes, depending on the grade level.
Adult Workshop: 3-3.5 hours.
  Previous Programs:

Sierra Sands Unified School District, Cerro Coso Community College, SCBWI (locally), CRA (Kern Reading Association)

  Web Site:
  Recent Books:
Greatest Goofiest Jokes by Terry Pierce
Greatest Goofiest Jokes (Sterling Pub., 2004)
Tae Kwon Do (Random House Step-Into-Reading, 2006). 
Blackberry Banquet Blackberry Banquet (Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2008).

Joanne Rocklin (Author)

  Contact: Joanne Rocklin
  Preferred Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School students; Adults
  Program: Presenting - My Magic Storybuilders! In large assemblies or smaller focused writing workshops, former school teacher and psychologist Joanne Rocklin shares exactly how the Magic of story-building happens for her, explains away the mysteries and gives lots of surprising and practical tips! Includes a puppet, slides, audience participation, readings, handouts and fun.
  Length of Program: 1 hour including questions
  Previous Programs: Claremont Graduate School, Liberty School (Riverside), Cambridge Heights School, UCLA Extension.

Web Site:
  Recent Books:
For Your Eyes Only! (Scholastic, 2001)
Strudel Stories (Delacorte, 1999)


This Book is Haunted! (HarperCollins, 2002)

Susan Goldman Rubin (Author, Teacher-UCLA Writers' Program, Photo Researcher)

  Contact: Susan Goldman Rubin
  Preferred Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School students, Adults
  Program: I do programs with or without slides. Some of my themes are "Art All Around Us," "Researching and Writing Nonfiction Books for Children," "The Power of Art: Bringing Hope through Hard Times," "Behind the Scenes in Art," "Nurturing Creativity in Children," and "Friedl Dicker-Brandeis: Heroine of the Holocaust."
  Length of Program: 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on age
  Previous Programs: National Building Museum (Washington D.C.), Children's Literature Conference (Northern Illinois University), 35th Annual CRA Conference (Ontario CA), SCBWI Awards Banquet, 2001; Young Adult Program-Whittwood Branch Library (Whittier CA), Young People's Reading Conference, Claremont Graduate University, Meet the Author Program, LAPL.
  Recent Books:
Searching for Anne Frank: Letters from Amsterdam to Iowa (Abrams, 2003)
Degas and the Dance: The Painter and the Petits Rats Perfecting Their Art (Abrams, 2002)


The Yellow House: Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin Side by Side (Abrams, 2001)

Sachs, Alva (Author, Former Teacher)

  Contact: Alva Sachs
  Preferred Audience: Elementary, Middle School students.
  Program: Pre-K to 5th grade Interactive storytime; writing workshops-age appropriate; developing communication and socialization through reading and writing, character development, story, plot, etc.
  Length of Program: Depends on the age of the group - 30-60 minutes.
  Previous Programs: Camarillo Heights Elementary School; Dearborn Elementary School; Taft high School Passport to Reading; City of Moorpark Library; City of Calabasas Library; City of Simi Valley Library; Several Barnes & Noble Stores (Calabasas, Thousand Oaks; The Grove; Woodland Hills).  Kiwanis Clubs, libraries, and various other community organizations promoting literacy for children.

Web Site:


  Recent Books:
I'm 5 by Alva Sachs I'm 5 (Three Wishes Publishing, 2011)
Dear Master Dragon by Alva Sachs
Dear Master Dragon (Three Wishes Publishing, 2013)
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! by Alva Sachs

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! (Three Wishes Publishing, 2009)




Sandy Schuckett (Retired School Librarian)

  Contact: Sandy Schuckett
  E-mail: aq061@lafm/org
  Preferred Audience: Adults
  Program: (1) Multilingual book collections in school libraries - how to select, organize and utilize to best advantage for students. (2) Library advocacy - how to get decision makers to support your library.
  Length of Program: 1&1/2 hours
  Previous Programs:

CSLA, CABE, AASL, California Assn. Of Library Trustees and Commissioners, National Commisssion on Library and Information Services, Missouri Association of School Libraries, PTA (various public and private schools), Catholic Library Association, Cal State Long Beach - Library Credential program.


Sherry Shahan (Author, Photo-Illustrator)

  Contact: Sherry Shahan
  Preferred Audience: Elementary School, Middle School students, Adults
  Program: A slide show presentation featuring my 2 Alaska based books. I discuss my experience in Alaska's harsh winter while I researched and photographed Dashing Through the Snow: The Story of the Jr. Iditarod. The second half of the presentation shows students how a personal experience (kayaking in Alaska) turned into an adventure novel, Frozen Stiff.
  Length of Program: 45 minutes - 1 hour (q&a included)
  Previous Programs: American Overseas School of Rome (Italy), Santa Barbara Author Go-Round (CA), Bloomfield School System (MI) Humboldt Author Festival (CA), CRA, CSLA, SCBWI, many other schools and libraries.
  Web Site:
  Recent Books:
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Willie Covan Loved to Dance (Mondo, 2004)
The Jazzy Alphabet (Philomel, 2002)


Frozen Stiff (Delacorte press, 1998)

Lisa Silverman (Library Director)

  Contact: Lisa Silverman
Sinai Temple Library
10400 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90024
  Preferred Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School students, Adults.
  Program: Terrible Things: Examining the Holocaust using picture books (for grades 4-12 and teachers of those grades). A startling number of new picture books now deal with the Holocaust. Excellent for beginning a study or for delving into the human stories that accompany the historical facts.
  Length of Program: 50 - 90 minutes.
  Previous Programs: Ohio State Children's Literature Conference, Redlands Children's Literature Conference, CSLA, Association of Jewish Librarians.

Web Site:




Margo Sorenson (Author)

  Contact: Margo Sorenson
  Preferred Audience: Elementary, Middle School, High School students, Adults.
  Program: A Milken National Educator Award recipient, I enjoy sharing the development of the writing process, generating story ideas, plots, and characters, and the importance of revision - recounting my 21 pounds of rejection letters! I tailor talks and workshops specifically for each audience and am happy to help with fund-raising.
  Length of Program: 30 - 60 minutes, audience-specific
  Previous Programs: National League of American Pen Women; Ladies' Guild, St. Francis of Assisi; Sons of Norway, ND.
  Web Site:
  Recent Books:
Ambrose and Princess by Margo Sorenson
Ambrose and the Princess (Liturgical Press, 2005)
Abrose and the Cathedral Dream by Margo Sorenson
Ambrose and the Cathedral Dream(Liturgical Press, 2006)

Funny Man by Margo Sorenson


Funny Man (Perfection Learning Corp, 2002)


Elizabeth Spurr  (Author)

  Contact: Elizabeth Spurr
  Preferred Audience: Elementary School Students, Adults
  Program: For students: I gear my programs to the age level. I tell how exciting it is to be a writer, and how I began writing at age 7, showing samples of my early work-- a newspaper I published and sold at 10 years old. I tell how I got the idea for the book I am featuring, then show the stages the ms. goes through: from submitted ms. through f&gs, pointing out, for picture books, the silent relationship between illustrator and writer. For early grades I often read the book, with pictures projected on an overhead. I end by emphasizing the importance of pursuing a goal.

For adults: I cover the most frequently asked questions asked of an author; covering the writing process, getting published, working with the illustrator. I speak about the joy of achieving a goal, in books or elsewhere. For teachers I speak of ways to work with my book as a teaching tool.

  Length of Program: 35-45 minutes for students, 45-60 minutes for adults.
  Previous Programs: Cuesta College Conferences; Saddleback College conference; the libraries and schools of San Luis Obispo county; SCBWI; Huntington Beach Author's Festival; Texas State Reading Assn.

Recent Books:


Halloween Skyride by Elizabeth Spurr Halloween Skyride (Holiday House, October, 2005)
Peterkins' Thanksgiving by Elizabeth Spurr
Peterkins' Thanksgiving (Atheneum, Nov. 2005)

Peterkins' Christmas by Elizabeth Spurr


Peterkins' Christmas (Atheneum, 2004)


Ann Stalcup (Author)

  Contact: Ann Stalcup
  Preferred Audience: Elementary (Grades 4 & 5) School, Middle School students.
  Program: I describe why I write, how I select my subjects, and what it takes to get published. I then read excerpts from On the Home Front: Growing Up in Wartime England so that children will understand what it was like to grow up in war-torn Europe as I did. Transparencies will illustrate the many changes experienced by families at that time. A question and answer period follows.
  Length of Program: 45 minutes to 1 hour
  Previous Programs: Author Fairs in: Huntington Beach, Long Beach, Alhambra, Camarillo, South Bay Taft High School, Reseda High School (all CA), So. Cal Library Assoc., Catholic Library Assoc.
  Recent Books:
On the Home Front: Growing Up in Wartime England. (iUniverse, 2002)
Ndebele Beadwork: African Artistry (Rosen Press, 1998)
Mayan Weaving: A Living Tradition (Rosen Press, 1998)


Sally Warner (Author/Illustrator)

  Contact: Sally Warner
  Preferred Audience: Elementary school students, Middle school Students, Adults
  Program: I usually show slides while I speak, and sometimes include cartooning (with audience participation). My talks are geared toward either grades 2-4 (the Lily books) or older kids, age 9+ (my other novels). I have written 3 books about creativity for parents.
  Length of Program: 45-50 minutes
  Previous Programs: Mayfield Junior School (Pasadena), Polytechnic School (Pasadena). IRA. CSLA. Truman State University (MO)

Web Site:

April Halprin Wayland (Author, Poet)

  Contact: April Halprin Wayland
1097 Aviation Blvd.
Hermosa Beach CA 90254
  Preferred Audience: Elementary. Middle School, High School students, Adults
  Program: Whatever the age, there's audience participation in April's high-energy poetry workshops and presentation. Her message? "Good writing takes TIME." Sponsors have commented: "I've taught…all over the world…in my entire career, I've never seen a better author presentations." "Not only…fun to watch and listen to - (April) inspired us to the best writing we've done all year."
  Length of Program: Prefer 60-90 minutes but flexible: 45 minutes - 3 hours or more.
  Previous Programs: An instructor in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program for over 11 years. LA Times Book Festival, Claremont Young People's Reading Conference, Los Angeles Public Library's Grandparents and Books Group, CRA, CSLA, NCTE, USC, Penn State, Texas Poetry Festival, SCBWI, FOCAL, CLC, CATE, Brandis University Fundraiser, SCCBA, ALA, Palos Verde Library, workshops for LA County Children's Librarians. Over 450 public, private and international schools in USA, Germany, Italy, England, France and Poland.

Web Site:
  Recent Books:
New Year at the Pier -- A Rosh Hashanah Story by April Halprin Wayland New Year at the Pier -- A Rosh Hashanah Story. Illustrated by Stephane Jorisch (Dial, 2009). Winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award for Young Readers
Girl Coming In For a Landing: A Novel in Poems for Teens and 'Tweens" Illustrated by Elaine Clayton (Knopf, 2002)
It's Not My Turn to Look for Grandma Illustrated by George Booth (Knopf, 1995)

Karen B. Winnick (Author/Illustrator)

  Contact: Karen B. Winnick
  Preferred Audience: Elementary school students, Adults
  Program: Slide presentation of historical resarch. Writing and illustrating a children's book. Following Sybil's Night Ride or Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers through manuscript, book dummy, final art.
  Length of Program: 45 minutes
  Previous Programs: Many elementary schools all over the country, Illinois Reading Conference, IRA, CRA, American History Museum, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Libraries, etc

Gretchen Woelfle (Author)

  Contact: Gretchen Woelfle
  Preferred Audience: Elementary school students, Middle school students, High school students, Adults
  Program: Younger children: with props and costumes we dramatize Katje the Windmill Cat. Older children and adults: traveling the world to get ideas for my stories; from first glimmer to finished book case histories. Older children: Writing workshop-Only you can write your story.
  Length of Program: 30-60 minutes
  Previous Programs: Los Angeles Public Library, Laguna Hills Elementary School, Author Fairs in Long Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Alhambra. Reseda Writing Fair.
  Web Site:
  Recent Books:
Write On, Mercy! The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren by Gretchen Woelfle Write On, Mercy! The Secret Life of Mercy Otis Warren (Candlewick Press, 2001)
Katje the Windmill Cat (Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills, 2012)
The Wind at Work: An Activity Guide to Windmills (Chicago Review Press, 1997)



Lisa Yee (Author)

  Contact: Antonio Gonzales (Scholastic)
  Preferred Audience: Elementary, Middle, High Schools, and Adults
  Program: From Reader to Writer - the humiliating, heartbreaking and hilarious journey to becoming a bestselling author. This high-energy, entertaining and informative presentation includes embarrassing baby pictures, writing tips, and a behind-the-scenes look at a single idea can turn into a novel. (Writing workshops are also available)
  Length of Program: 30-60 minutes, depending on the audience
  Previous Programs: National Book Festival, LA Times Festival of Books, PEN Women, ALA, SCBWI, IRA, Numerous Libraries, State Conferences and Schools across the country.
  Web Site:
  Recent Books:
Warp Speed by Lisa Yee
Warp Speed
(Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2011)
Aloha, Kanani by Lisa Yee
Aloha, Kanani series
(American Girl Publishing, 2011)
Bobby the Brave (Sometimes) by Lisa Yee
Bobby the Brave (Sometimes) (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2010)