Eric A. Kimmel has been writing for children since 1968. He is the author of close to 130 books, including such classics as Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock and the Caldecott Honor Book Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, now the subject of a new movie. His newest books include Little Red Rosie, Rattlestiltskin, Little Red Hot, and Simon and the Bear. Eric and his wife Doris live in Portland, Oregon, with a snake named Pirate.
Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Ben moved to the United States just before entering the seventh grade. His books reflect his many experiences — flight and sky diving lessons, flying to the North Pole, going undercover with narcotics agents, living with the homeless in Mexico and with the Massai in Africa, riding horseback across the USA from Minnesota to Oregon, boating the length of the Mississippi, driving from Montana to the Terra del Fuego, making over a thousand parachute jumps, and racing sled dogs in northern Minnesota. Ben’s novels include Rescue Josh McGuire, Sparrow Hawk Red, Touching Spirit Bear, Ghost of Spirit Bear, Tree Girl, and more. He lives in a log cabin near Bozeman, Montana.
Author, historian, park naturalist, teacher, principal, docent trainer and now a full-time, nationally-recognized storyteller, Jim Cogan has devoted the last 30 years of his life to inspiring students, adults and professionals with his animated, interactive interpretive storytelling programs and presentations. Jim tours the West year round visiting scores of schools, libraries, art museums, community theaters and special venues. Jim has been featured on PBS-TV, at the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee and has created award-winning spokenword CDs for all levels of listeners. Hailing from Meridian, Idaho, Jim is in the process of publishing several books of his stories for children, young adults and teens.
Ellen Hopkins is a poet and the awardwinning author of 20 nonfiction books for young readers, 13 New York Times bestselling young adult novels-in-verse, and three novels for adults. She was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 2015, and lives with her extended family, two dogs, one rescue cat and a whole lot of fish near Carson City.
Kelly grew up in a family that encouraged creativity, in the midst of children’s theater, bedtime tales, old-school dancing and gospel tunes. A canopy of trees became a fortress; backyards held tunnels to faraway lands. But growing up, she rarely saw kids who looked like her in children’s books, and she knew what she had to write about — reflections of herself. Her three picture books celebrate freedom, family, and explore themes of hope, love, and faith, and many of her books are based on historical events.
I'm a story-scribbler, picture-squiggler, book aficionado, child advocate, dragon tamer (someday), and avid sock wearer (especially of the striped variety). I have spent most of my time on this planet reading, drawing, playing basketball, gardening and eating chocolate. I live in Seattle with my wife, Kelsey (a photographer and designer!), my young son, and a wild Goldendoodle named Gigi. Ben’s most recent books are Mo’s Mustache, The Table Sets Itself, Rex Wrecks It!, and his newly published Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea!
Neecy Twinem is a fine artist, toy designer, academic professor, and an author/illustrator of over 31 children’s books published in several languages. Neecy has worked as a professional illustrator, author, artist and instructor for over 24 years. She has given presentations at numerous schools, libraries, conventions and conferences across the country. She launched her children’s book career with her first title: Aye-Ayes, Bears and Condors, An ABC of Endangered Animals and Their Babies, published in 1994. In 2010, she developed a brand trademark, ZOMBIEZOO® including the design, manufacturing and release of a plush toy line and book. Many of her books are available as board books for the very young.
Suzanne Morgan Williams is author of 12 published books for children and young adults. She was a teacher and is a frequent presenter at schools, libraries, festivals, and conferences. As Regional Advisor for Nevada SCBWI she organized dozens of author events and had the opportunity to hear dozens of authors and illustrors present. She has worked with Nevada Hispanic Services, Nevada International Center, Pyramid Lake Paiute Band, veterans advocates, Nevada Arts Council and more community groups to encourage literacy and diversity of books and readership in communities. She believes if a project expands kids’ horizons, there’s a way to get it done.
Patricia Newman is the award-winning author of several fiction and nonfiction trade books, school and library titles, and magazine articles for children. Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch focuses on a real-word issue to open readers’ eyes to ocean science and the scientific method. Her research introduced her to a number of inspiring environmental heroes who save our seas. Newman writes for herself and for the kid who tells her he as read her book fifteen times. She was a reluctant writer in elementary school, so when she speaks with students, she shares why she changed her mind about writing. Her newest book, Sea Otter Heroes, has just been published.
Author/illustrator/storyteller/recovering teacher/poet, Linda Boyden has writien six and illustrated three picture books, The Blue Roses (2002), Powwow’s Coming (2007), Giveaways: an ABC of Loanwords from the Americas (2010), Roxy Reindeer (a Christmas book) and Boy and Poi Poi Puppy and a sequel, Boy and Poi Poi Puppy in Doggone! She loves doing school/library visits and belongs to the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, and Writers Forum of Redding CA.
Janice is known for her historically researched, Nevada-based ghost stories… from Goldfield to Lake Tahoe, from Reno to Las Vegas — her interests in the paranormal and the stories people share with her have been the basis of more than a dozen books.
Jacci’s middle grade and young adult fiction books include Bending Willow, chosen to represent Nevada at the National Book Festival, and sequels Stretching Willow and Finding Willow. Jacci loves chocolate, babies, and coffee with friends. She’s worn many hats during her lifetime, but her favorite hats are her writer and grandmother hats, which come in wild colors and don’t fit too tightly!
Born in Indiana, William Hill has lived in many states and places, including north and south Lake Tahoe, before settling with his wife and son in the south Carson Valley near Gardnerville. He learned to read through Superhero comic books, sci-fi, and fantasy…. all of which are reflected in the novels he’s written. Bill has a degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from the University of North Texas, but has chosen to escape the corporate world to immerse himself in writing imaginative fiction and fantasy. His books include Prey of the Spirit Bear, Dragon Pawns, Impatient Fire, The Vampire Hunters, The Vampire Hunters Stalked, The Magic Bicycle, Chasing Time: The Magic Bicycle 2, Wizard Sword, California Ghosting, and Vegas Vampires.
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1470 E Golden Valley Rd
Reno, NV 89506
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