Armstrong has written more than fifty novels, picture books, and nonfiction books and we are proud to have her write for Breakfast Serials. She also lives in Saratoga, right around the corner from the racetrack that is featured in The Winner’s Circle.
The recipient of many writing honors, which include the 2003 Newbery Award, two Newbery Honors, the Horn Book Award, the Scott O'Dell Award, the Christopher Award, plus many state awards, Avi is known for his wide stylistic range and prolific literary skills.
Lucky enough to have been given the ability to craft language in many ways—from poetry and music to oral storytelling and prose—Joseph Bruchac uses his gift well.
Emerging from a French-American family that was something like "participating in a Renaissance fair held in the middle of a Barnum and Bailey freak show," Denys Cazet has developed (and illustrated) a sense of humor that is celebrated by the young people he writes for and their parents.
Craig Crist-Evans received broad recognition for his writing—five Pushcart Nominations for poetry, a New York Public Library Best Books for the Teenage List honor, and the International Reading Association/Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award for his first book, Moon Over Tennessee.
Brian Floca points out, "A well-designed, well-printed and well-bound book is one of the most beautiful and lasting objects one can own. On the other hand, a newspaper, with its dense, space-conscious columns and its thin paper, looks and feels inexpensive from the minute you pick it up. But because there’s so much to learn and enjoy in a good paper, affordability elevates rather than lowers its worth."
Nancy Garden was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in New York and New England. As a child, she lived for about eight years in Rhode Island, where The Secret of Smith's Hill is set.
Ji-li Jiang published her first book in 1997. An award-winning memoir, Red Scarf Girl fulfilled Ji-li's long cherished desire to tell her story about what happened to her family, and to her neighborhood and school during the 1960’s Cultural Revolution in China.
Norma Kassirer comes from a long line of writers: her father wrote articles for Canadian magazines about his experience in World War I; her brother was a prize-winning poet; a great great aunt wrote poetry for Harper’s Magazine in the 1800s; and a great great great uncle founded a literary journal in New York City with Edgar Allen Poe.
Liza Ketchum is the author of fourteen books for young people, including Where the Great Hawk Flies, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for Children's Literature. Liza teaches in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Hamline University.
In addition to writing novels for kids, Alexandria LaFaye is a professor of children's literature and creative writing at Hollins University.
Jonathan London was a poet for about twenty years before writing his first picture book. He says, "Some of my more lyrical books, such as Like Butter On Pancakes and the more recent Sun Dance, Water Dance—are certainly influenced by my background as a poet. Poets learn to invoke images with as few words as possible. This is a very useful trait for a writer."
Rafe Martin’s love of myths and legends began back when he was growing up in New York City. His father told of his adventures “Flying the Hump” over the Himalayas in World War II, and his mother read fairytales to him. After imagining careers as a pilot, scuba diver, or archaeologist, and then actually being trained as a literary critic, Rafe—with the help of his children—discovered children’s literature, and has been happy ever after.
Betty Miles has written more than thirty books for children, including easy readers, picture books, non-fiction books and nine novels for pre-adolescent readers. Betty's particular passion is to engage the emergent reader.
Linda Sue Park has written many picture books and novels for young people, including the 2002 Newbery award-winning A Single Shard, the Jane Addams Peace Prize honor book When My Name Was Keoko, and the Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literature Award winner Project Mulberry. The daughter of immigrant parents, she draws on her Korean ancestry for much of her work.
Katherine Paterson is among the most celebrated of our writers, author of more than 30 books including 14 novels for young people.
Writing a Breakfast Serials story was a wonderful challenge, like trying to speak in rhyming couplets for a day or never letting yourself say "you know" in conversation.
Disk jockey, sportscaster, race car driver, pilot—John Tomerlin writes from a wide range of experience. As a core member of "The Southern California School of Writers" commonly called "The Group", John collaborated with a brilliant group of writers who, in it’s time, came to dominate SF (science fiction) and fantasy, as well as movies and TV (The Twilight Zone).