Bookable Authors: Intermediate Grades (3 7) English

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Selina Alko

Selina Alko spends her days melding words and mixed-media art to convey stories of hope and inspiration—as well as an alternative viewpoint. Her books include The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage, Can I Touch Your Hair?, Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama, and I is… View →

 
Ivan Amato

Mary Amato

Mary Amato is an award-winning children’s and YA book author, songwriter, and poet who lives in Maryland. Her books have been translated into foreign languages, optioned for television, and produced onstage. View →

 

Mehrdokht Amini

Mehrdokht Amini is an Iranian-born children’s book illustrator. She has been nominated for a Kate Greenaway Medal and been invited to participate in the prestigious Bratislava Biennial of Illustrations. She lives in the UK. View →

 

Jennifer Joline Anderson

Jennifer Joline Anderson has been writing since she was a teenager, when she had her first short story published in Seventeen magazine. She holds a degree in Hispanic Studies from Vassar College and has lived in Mexico and China. Today, she works as a freelance writer, editor, and… View →

 

Sonia Antaki

Of Swiss, British, and Syro-Lebanese ancestry, Sonia Antaki was born in Egypt. She’s spent her adult life as a performer, a financial analyst, and a Tony-nominated Broadway producer. She lives with her dog in California. View →

 

Elizabeth Atkinson

Elizabeth Atkinson has been an editor, a children’s librarian, an English teacher, and a newspaper columnist. She lives in Newburyport, MA. Visit her at www.elizabethatkinson.com. View →

 

Kristen Ball

In 2005, Kristen Ball became the first westerner to live in Sauri, Kenya, after she was awarded a scholastic grant. She now teaches middle school in Connecticut. A Calf Named Brian Higgins is her debut novel. View →

 

Tilda Balsley

Tilda Balsley has written many books for Kar-Ben, bringing her stories to life with rhyme, rhythm, and humor. Tilda lives with her husband and their rescue Shih Tzu in Reidsville, North Carolina. View →

 
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Chris Barton

Chris Barton is the author of acclaimed nonfiction picture books including Dazzle Ships, Whoosh!, and What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?. His books have won several awards including a Sibert Honor for The Day-Glo Brothers and an Orbis Pictus Recommended for All of a Sudden and… View →

 

Darlene Beck-Jacobson

Darlene Beck Jacobson has a BA in Special Education and a Reading Specialist MA. She worked as a Speech Language Specialist for 20 years. Her book, Wheels of Change, was an NCSS Notable Book. View →

 
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Josée Bisaillon

Josee Bisaillon grew up in St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada. Her illustrations are a mixture of collage, drawings, and digital montage, taking us into a richly detailed and multidimensional world. View →

 
Shar Devine

Gavin Bishop

Gavin Bishop, ONZM, Tainui, Ngāti Awa, is a leading Māori illustrator living in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has published over 70 books internationally and been translated into 12 languages. His awards include the Sir Kingi Ihaka award for lifetime… View →

 

Wiley Blevins

Wiley Blevins has written more than 70 books for children, as well as created reading programs for schools in the US and Asia. Wiley currently lives and writes in New York City. View →

 

Valerie Bodden

Valerie Bodden is a freelance author and editor. She has written more than 100 children’s nonfiction books and lives in Wisconsin with her husband and four children. View →

 

Halley Bondy

Halley Bondy is a professional freelance writer, journalist, editor, producer, and mom based in Brooklyn. Her articles have appeared in NBC News, The Balance, Contently, Digital Trends, Bustle, Romper, The Outline, MTV, and more. She… View →

 

Eric Braun

Eric Braun has written dozens of books for readers of all ages and edited hundreds more. He is a McKnight fellow and a nice fellow, and he likes to ride his bike really far and really fast. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons, some of whose antics have found their way into View →

 

Calef Brown

Calef Brown is the author and illustrator of many celebrated books including Polkabats and Octopus Slacks, Dutch Sneakers and Fleakeepers, Tippintown, Hallowillloween, We Go Together!, Boy Wonders, Hypnotize a Tiger, and Flamingos on the Roof, a New York Times bestseller. View →

 

Laurie Calkhoven

Laurie Calkhoven has never swallowed a frog or sung too loud in music class, but she is the author of many books for young readers. Laurie lives in New York City. View →

 

Heather Murphy Capps

Heather Murphy Capps grew up in a small Minnesota town where the motto is “Cows, Colleges, and Contentment.” She spent fifteen years as a television news journalist before deciding to focus on her favorite kind of writing: books for kids involving history, social justice,… View →

 

Rebecca Caprara

Rebecca Caprara grew up in a small town surrounded by apple orchards. An avid globetrotter, she has lived in Italy, Singapore, and Canada. She is now growing roots in Massachusetts with her family. View →