DIRECTOR AND OFFICER POSITIONS
Chairperson: Karenann Knotoff
Co-Chairperson: Barbara Senenman
Treasurer: Debbie Vilardi
Secretary: JoAnn Krapp
Parliamentarian: Kyle Horne
New Member Liaison: Donna McNaughton
Website Coordinator: Jason Edwards
Board Members : Brian Heinz/Sandy Lanton
Head of Hospitality: Sue Henn
Author/Illustrator Nights: Linda Maria Frank/JoAnn Krapp
Ms. Janis Abrams received her M.A. in Education from Adelphi University. Her work as a primary grade teacher for thirty years has given her insight into the relationship between loving oneself and the ability to learn and function as a successful person. When she shared her writing with classes and saw how it stimulated discussion about loving yourself, Janis knew she had to pursue publication. She continues creating experiences for children by writing and teaching workshops for Mindful Meditation and Tapping for Children. She belongs to the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Laurie Angus is an illustrator and author of children's nature books. Combining her love of art and nature, she endeavors to spark children's innate curiosity and fascination about our world and become avid nature lovers and explorers. Laurie is a graduate of Parson's School of Design and the New School in NYC.
Paddle Perch Climb
Octopus Escapes Again!
Anthony Baldasare, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, has spent the last thirty-five years working on feature films and television shows as a member of the I.A.T.S.E. Local 52's Prop Department. Writing in his spare time, he's had one screenplay optioned and two others reach quarterfinals in the Nicholl's Fellowship of Screenwriting. My career has been unusual and fulfilling but I've discovered that writing stories for children provides a brand-new level of satisfaction.
Grayson and the Great Crayon Secret
A Hidden Connection: Darkness ~Spring 2021
Jennifer Ball-Cordero is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and painter working and living outside of New York City in Port Jefferson, Long Island. She's a graduate of the Hartford Art School in Connecticut where she majored in Visual Communication Design and minored in both illustration and painting. Jen is an active member of LICWI, SCBWI and CBIG. Her medium is digital illustration. Represented by the T2 Agency contact Nicole (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lillian (email@example.com) for all inquiries.
Cleo's Big Ideas: One Thing Leads to Another
Cleo's Big Ideas: Onward and Upward
What's the Buzz?
A Hidden Connection: A Children's Mystery
A Hidden Connection: Darkness ~Spring 2021
Maria LaPlaca Bohrer
I am a retired reading specialist and Literacy Acquisition and Children's Lit. adjunct professor for teachers. My husband and I have three grown children and five grandsons. I am a member of SCBWI, Julie Hedlund’s 12x12, and Inked Voices, Vice President of the Lindenhurst Rotary Club and an advisor for our Interact Club (Rotary for teenagers). My 2015 Teachers’ Choice picture book, Sofia's Stoop Story: 18th Street, Brooklyn was illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. Now that I'm retired, I have more time to devote to writing and visiting schools, both in person and virtually.
Sofia's Stoop Story: 18th Street, Brooklyn
Karen Bonnet began her career as an editor/reporter in the early 1990s. Today, she works in public relations and marketing through her business, KLB Services. Karen is a co-host of a television show, The Writer's Dream, which features local authors. She enjoys providing book discussions and workshops for schools, libraries, and book stores, based on
Whale Island and the Mysterious Bones
Ann Carpentiere-Haimeck worked many years as a social worker on Long Island. Now retired, she is a grandmother who has always loved to draw. She was particularly inspired to write and illustrate books to explain important life lessons to her young grandchildren. Her book, “Peyton’s Mommy Works,” is her first published work.
Peyton's Mommy Works
Debra Carter has entered phase II of her life by leaving the corporate world behind to write and breathe life into the characters that live in her heart. Although a resident of Bohemia, New York, she also lives in the magical world of her character, Dreama, the wishing star fairy, while working on her book titled "Dreama and the Magic of Belief." Debra has a completed picture book "If Jenna Did a Cartwheel" ready for query.
Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning, acclaimed author of five books on the American Revolution for young readers, including The Founding Mothers of the United States (Scholastic) and Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette (Calkins Creek Books). Her upcoming books include The Civil Rights Movement: 1960 (Scholastic, 2021), Seeking Freedom: The Untold Story of Fortress Monroe and the End of Slavery in America, illustrated by E. B. Lewis (Calkins Creek Books, 2022) and Boy Meets Groove: Savion Glover Finds His Funk, illustrated by Laura Freeman (Holiday House, 2022). Selene has been a meticulous researcher of American history since 2003. A frequent speaker about our nation's evolution, she is equally comfortable with audiences of children and adults.
The Girl Next Door
Saved By The Music
By the Sword
Edwards is an award-winning author, illustrator, and producer of educational enrichment programs who has over 30 years of experience developing innovative ways to entertain, instruct, and inspire children. Jason shares his stories and interACTIVE adventures at venues from coast to coast, where his books and his whimsical shows have earned accolades at over 100 schools, libraries, and reading festivals. His work has received the Mom’s Choice Award for Family Friendly Media, the LitPick Top Choice Award, an endorsement from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and been showcased in the Children’s Book Council recommended reading list. Jason’s talents have been featured in all forms of media including the NY Daily News, WCBS TV, Talk of Connecticut Radio, Knowledge Quest Magazine, and Sirius Satellite Book Channel.
Will Allen and the Great Monster Detective
Will Allen and the Ring of Terror
Will Allen and the Hideous Shroud
Will Allen and the Terrible Truth
Chronicles of the Monster Detective Agency - INITIATIONS
Linda Maria Frank
Linda Maria Frank created the Annie Tillery Mystery series from her experiences teaching forensic science and her love of Nancy Drew. She likes to think of the series as Nancy Drew meets CSI. She is working on a third book and producing her local access TV show, The Writer's Dream.
The Madonna Ghost
Girl With Pencil, Drawing
I have rhymed 17 children's books teaching different subjects. As a speech therapist and someone who loves to rhyme, I was motivated to put these messages together regarding self-esteem, staying safe, vocabulary and staying healthy. They are available on Amazon.
What Do I Want To Do?
Vocabulary: Early History
Peace In Our World
Bonnie Grubman is grateful to have fallen in love with picture books, to have worked in early childhood education and to have had the dream of getting published come true. (And Moonstruck ever since.) When she is not writing, she is creating pretty things with artful "junque" like wood, nuts, bolts, lots of paint and vintage mismatched china.
You Can't Scare Me!
Willy and Walter Go to the City
Walter and Willy in Outer Space
Bubbe and Bart's Matzo Ball Mayhem
Joe Guida is well known on Long Island, NY as "The Singing School Bus Driver." He performs his original music and stories at many schools and libraries. One of his hobbies is gardening and he grows a variety of vegetables and flowers. His moonflower plants inspired him to write his first book entitled The Legend of the Moonflower. Joe currently has three children CD's and a School Bus Safety DVD.
The Legend of the Moonflower
Brian Heinz is a critically acclaimed author of children's books and an award-winning educator. He is also the founder of the Author/Illustrator events, an event that brings Long Island's finest authors and illustrators to their youngest fans. He also offers writing programs to school children and teachers. When Brian has a few relaxing moments, he builds historial model boats, and enjoys vacationing with his wife Judy.
Nathan Of Yester Year and Michael Of Today
Cheyenne Medicine Hat
Red Fox At McCloskey's Farm
Sue Henn is an elementary teacher who shares her love of reading and writing with her third grade students. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Adelphi University and a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Stony Brook University. As a child she enjoyed writing creative stories. Her love of the craft was ignited while writing at Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Sue's favorite pastimes are boating on the sound, spending time in the Adirondacks and playing with her silly dog Winston.
Kyle Horne is a freelance artist base in Long Island. He graduated with his bachelors degree in Visual Communications from SUNY college at Old Westbury and is continuing to pursue his goals with his first children's book. Art has been a big part of his life, ever since a very young age. He continues to incorporate that passion into his everyday life.
Mrs. Smith Topic Class: Bullying (Volume 1)
Lois Kipnis is a creative arts consultant with forty years of experience as a drama teacher and arts administrator.
Without a Script: A Caregiver's Journey
Together We Can Improvise, Volume 1 (Grades K-3) and Volume 2 (Grades 4-6)
Things Can Always Be Worse! (a one act play)
Jennifer has been teaching ancient history to middle schoolers on Long Island for 23 years. An Ancient Truth is her first novel. In it, she has combined her love of Mesopotamia, clever mysteries and middle grade story-telling. Jennifer has also been published in Instructor Magazine and Writer's Digest.
An Ancient Truth
Jacqueline Klouda is a wife and mother from Long Island who aspires to write stories that children can relate to and laugh about. She has written a funny story about a boy who imagines his mom having all sorts of fun while he is stuck at school. The book is also about open communication between parent and child. It is a great back-to-school book that has gotten rave reviews.
William's Wondering Week
Karenann E. Knotoff
Karenann E. Knotoff began writing at the age of eight. By the time she was fifteen she had won several writing and poetry contests along with the honor of writing a play for her high school drama club. The play performed to two sold out nights. In 2007, her first children's book was published. Karenann is married with two children. She is an accomplished flutest, loves to read, swim, ride her bike, crochet, needlepoint and spend time with her family.
The Island of Rouge
My name is Arthur R. Koch. I am a retired English teacher and administrator and currently a member of SCBWI and LICWI. I have recently written two children’s picture books, Bears and Boulders (verse) and A Few New Friends, which is the story of a koala bear who has a very big problem to solve in a very short period of time. I have also written a middle grade Halloween story entitled “Panorama Activity in New York” and am currently writing a children’s biography about Dennis Joseph Roberts, the 63rd Governor of Rhode Island.
JoAnn Vergona Krapp is a School Library Media Specialist. Her articles on children's literature have appeared in numerous periodicals, including School Library Journal and School Library Media Activities Monthly. In addition to writing, Ms. Krapp is a watercolor artist. She resides in Farmingdale, New York, where she teaches writing and painting workshops for children. She is a member of the national Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Amity Artists Circle.
Have a Happy and Holiday Time
My Dinosaur Loves Circuses
Missing Treasure Means Trouble
Trouble Times Three (a sequel to Missing Treasure Means Trouble)
Totally Trouble (sequel to Trouble Times Three: a Fire Island adventure series)
Melissa Kuch first realized her passion for writing when she read her first short story before her third-grade class. She is the author of the Amazon best-selling YA fantasy series, The Hypothesis of Giants. Nominated as one of the Best Authors of Long Island, Melissa was also the keynote speaker for 2019’s Genre Con and a panelist for the Ozark Book Con. Melissa is an advocate for literacy and continues to inspire the next generation of authors through her writing workshop and mentoring programs. Melissa currently resides in Massapequa Park with her husband Michael and their daughter Lily.
The Hypothesis of Giants: Book One: The Assumption
The Hypothesis of Giants: Book Two: The Change Agent
The Hypothesis of Giants: Book Three: The Control
The Hypothesis of Giants: Book Four: The Integration
Sandy Lanton, a former teacher, earned a BA in Psychology and an MS in Early Childhood Education from Queens College. When she isn't writing or visiting schools, she likes to crochet, play bridge, and read, read, read.
Lots of Latkes
Still A Family, A Young Child's Book About Divorce 2011
Liz Macchio is an illustrator/writer. Her illustration credits include Saddle Sisters: The Trail Ride, Paul's First Day of Preschool, and The Long Winter in Preschool. Saddle Sisters is her first attempt at authorship thus far. She used two of her four daughters as inspiration for the book and hopes to author/illustrate another one soon. Presently she works as an aide for handicapped children and young adults here on Long Island.
Saddle Sisters: The Trail Ride
Saddle Sisters: The Horses Story
Laura is an award winning, published author originally from St. James, NY and graduated from Smithtown High School. She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Buffalo. Laura currently resides in Hampton Bays where you can find her on one of its many beautiful beaches with her family. The water, and her two daughters are her inspiration behind her books. Since her first book was published, she has loved presenting it to young readers all over, from schools, libraries, stores and community events. Laura is available for a presentation for your next event.
The Fin-Tastic Cleanup 2021
The Fin-Tastic Rescue (Coming Spring 2022)
Antoinette Truglio Martin
Antoinette Truglio Martin, writer, memoirist, and blogger, wrote the popular children’s picture book, Famous Seaweed Soup (Albert Whitman & Co 1993) and memoir, Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer (She Writes Press 2017). Her latest publications include the Becoming America’s Stories series (Red Penguin Books 2020-21) that include the multiple award-winning book, The Heart of Bakers and Artists, The Dreams of Singers and Sluggers, and Becoming America’s Food Stories. Antoinette proudly holds a MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Southampton/Stony Brook University, had several essays published in journals, and wrote regular columns in local periodicals. As a retired educator, she now conducts author visits in the schools and professional development seminars for teachers. Check out her blog, Stories Served Around The Table, where you will find a treasure trove of family stories and life’s musings. Antoinette lives on Long Island with her husband and is surrounded by the sea and the people she loves.
Dreams of Singers and Sluggers
The Heart of Bakers and Artists
Amy brings disability awareness to light in her children's novels. A former teacher for 15 years, Amy is now a visiting author and disability educator. Amy gives presentations
at elementary schools all over the country, both virtually and in person Her goal is to help elementary aged students better understand disabilities, specifically autism. Follow Amy's book series on FaceBook and Instagram @ Little Big Sister Book
Little Big Sister (published 2016)
Little Big Sister on the Move (Published 2019)
Donna McNaughton is a former legal secretary living on Long Island, New York, with her husband Ken. They have two married daughters, with wonderful husbands, and two terrific grandsons. For many years, she volunteered at church and school and has worked with preschoolers through a music and movement program called "Play Hooray" (formerly Musical Moppets) offered at public libraries throughout Long Island. Learn Along With Lily is her first picture book.
Learn Along with Lily
Jerry’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Herald, The Gotham Center History Blog, and the 2010 Encyclopedia of New York City. His biography America's First Freedom Rider: Elizabeth Jennings, Chester A. Arthur, and the Early Fight for Civil Rights was published in 2020. His short stories have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, BULL, Cowboy Jamboree, and Gravel Magazine as well as other journals. His MG/YA historical novel, The Whaler's Daughter was published by Regal House in 2021.
America's First Freedom Rider: Elizabeth Jennings, Chester A. Arthur, and the Early Fight for Civil Rights
The Whaler's Daughter
Frances Marie Alvarado-Ng, BS MSW, she is a graduate of New York University’s Silver School of Social Work with specialized training in clinical practice with adolescents and child and family therapy. She was inspired to write her first children’s book series to spread a message of hope to kids with celiac disease and food allergies. Each book in the series features a character facing food allergies and the challenges it brings. Coming soon!!! Her mission is to help children and their families raise awareness about the disease and other food allergies.
Orel Protopopescu is an award-winning children's author and poet. Her first two picture books, Since Lulu Learned the Cancan and The Perilous Pit, are now available as apps from Auryn, Inc. Two Sticks was chosen as a Bank St. Best, 2008, and Thelonious Mouse is the 2012 Crystal Kite winner of the SCBWI New York metro region. Since 1990, she has conducted fiction writing and poetry workshops in schools and libraries all over Long Island and (in 2009 and 2013) in Paris, France. Orel lives in Miller Place, New York, with her husband, Serban.
Since Lulu Learned the Cancan
If you played some old-school Hip-Hop beats over a collaboration between Stan Lee (Marvel Comics), Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies), and Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss), the delightfully funny, funky- fresh, and captivating result would be Rodro Books. Paul Rodriguez ‘Rodro’ is the creative mind and author/illustrator of Rodro Books and Education. His award-winning children’s books provide the foundation for his arts-infused SEL programs and community outreach. These projects range from Sumatra to San Juan, and Rodro’s work has been featured in shows from New York to New Orleans. His art and stories are a celebration of life that crosses over and connects kids from all corners of the globe.
Rodro the Weirdo
The Sandwich Boy Rescue
Pick Me Last!
A Good Day at School
Star Spangled Sprinkles, Please!
Darren Sardelli is a humorous poet who knows how to get kids excited about poetry. He’s been invited to speak at over 800 schools and libraries, nationwide, where he’s transformed reluctant readers and writers into poetry fanatics. His poems have been featured on Radio Disney, in bestselling books on the Scholastic Book List, and appear in 25 children’s books in the U.S. and UK. Darren’s school visits make poetry fun, entertaining, and engaging for students of all ages.
One Minute 'Till Bedtime
Is This A Poem?
I Hope I Don't Strike Out
Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie
Marianne Savage, a self-taught artist, authored and illustrated two award-winning children's books in 2019. Other previous illustrations and covers include five books in the Annie Tillery mystery series for teens written by Linda Maria Frank. Working by day as a designer of needlework arts, her designs can be found in shops all over the globe. When not writing or drawing, she enjoys singing in an a cappella women's chorus and is the founding member of a sandwich making group for homeless shelters for over 20 years. She is looking forward to sharing more of her stories and art in the future.
Songbird's Friendship Scale
Joseph E. Scalia
Joseph E. Scalia was born in Brooklyn, New York and taught English and Creative Writing on Long Island to reluctant junior/high school students for 33 years. He has written and published two novels for young adults (FREAKS and Pearl) and he completed several books of short stories (Scalia vs The Universe, Brooklyn Family Scenes and No Strings Attached). In addition to Pee Father and the Ear Wax Elf, a picture book illustrated by Jennifer Ball, he recently published Fish Story: A Modern Fable for Big Kids and Grown Ups and The Year That the Buds Didn't Come: A Tale for Pandemic Times, both of which he illustrated. UFSD 71: A School Novel is his longest, funniest book, his magnum opus that took over 40 year to complete! In addition to writing, he fills his days painting watercolors.
Pee Father and the Ear Wax Elf
Pearl Fish Story: A Modern Fable for Big Kids and Grown Ups
Brooklyn Family Scenes The Year That the Buds Didn't Come: A Tale for Pandemic Times
Annette is passionate about writing for children, hip-hop dance, and environmental issues, believing all have the power to change lives. An expert baker, Annette created the secret recipe for the decadent Uglie Muffin. Shhh, the recipe is a secret! A registered dietitian, she has written about food, nutrition and fitness. You can find Annette online at https://twitter.com/nettschott?lang=en and http://facebook.com/AnnetteSchottenfeldAuthor.
Not So Fast, Max: A Rosh Hashanah Visit with Grandma
Obi's Mud Bath
Barbara Senenman is a writer for children. Formerly, she was a K-5, NYC elementary teacher with specialties in science,writing and reading. She loves to show children how to experiment whether in science or with words. Currently, she is an active volunteer as note-taker for SCBWI - Long Island events. When not writing or reading, Barbara is researching genealogy and collecting postcards of New York and baseball stadiums around the US.
Stephanie J. Shulman
Stephanie J. Shulman has a B.A. in Fine Arts and a M.S. in Elementary Education. Stephanie is a school teacher who has been writing children's stories and poetry as a creative outlet for many years. Her poetry was first published in "A Cascade of Memories- The National Library of Poetry". She looks forward to sharing her stories and inspiring her readers and listeners to laugh, smile, and connect through literature. Stephanie lives on Long Island with her husband and two children.
The Nose Pickers
Cindy Sommer is the award-winning picture book author of SAVING KATE’S FLOWERS, published by educational publisher, Arbordale Publishing, in 2016 and winner of the 2017 Crystal Kite Award for New York. Her love for writing and gardening shine through in her Author Visits to inspire children from Pre-K through 2nd grade. Cindy has a BA in English from SUNY Oneonta, has been a dedicated member of the SCBWI and LICWI for over 20 years and is currently seeking an agent. She lives on Long Island with her husband, two daughters, two dogs and a horse. When not attending school visits, museums, libraries, or craft and farm events, she can be found on Twitter at: #CindySommerPB and Facebook at: CindySommer123
Saving Kate's Flowers
I am a retired teacher, and in my "Life After Retirement" my twin sister and I became co-authors of "The Teacher Who Would Not Retire" series. When she passed away, I wrote the 6th (and final) book of the series. I then went on to write my latest book (2020) titled. "A Penny From My Sister." This new book is very timely as it shows children and their families that even though you lose someone you love, they will always be with you. "Memories are Forever." I continue to service the children of Long Island and am now a mentor through a New York State program. I will always dedicate my life to youngsters!
The Teacher Who Would Not Retire
The Teacher Who Would Not Retire Goes To Camp
The Teacher Who Would Not Retire Discovers A New Planet
A Penny From My Sister
Linda Taylor-Adebayo, is a 32-year veteran of the teaching profession. She was inspired by all of the “Amazing Annabelles” and “Daring Davids” she has had in her classroom over the years. Annabelle and David are a composite of those positive students that show a genuine love for school and excitement for learning. Linda wanted to capture the best of their positive character traits in both of her new series of chapter books to inspire and motivate students everywhere.
Alphabet Number & Color Poetry
Really Cool Animal Poems
Poems Throughout the Year and Beyond
Poetry Rhymes for the Heart Soul and Mind
Eleanor Turino began her career in education as a reading and social studies teacher and had worked as a children's librarian in a public library setting. Several years later, she was fortunate to have the best of both worlds as an elementary School Media Specialist until her retirement several years ago. Children's literature was an integral and beloved part of her work. Over the years, she thought about her stories, wrote drafts, filed them, revised, and refiled. Here she is today with her two picture books and other works in progress! She is a member of LICWI and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pick Me: Maurice's First Adventure - Picture book ages 4-8
Rescue Me: Maurice's Lucky Day - Picture book ages 4-8
Debbie Vilardi is seeking an agent for her independent work as well as freelance projects. She's the author of over twenty leveled readers, including all eight books in the Science Questions series by Pop!, an imprint of ABDO. Her other publication credits include works for teachers and poems. Debbie has also worked on materials geared toward social emotional learning and inclusivity. She copy edits for Front Vision, a teen sci-tech magazine produced in China, and is a global moderator of the SCBWI Blueboard.
How Do Airplanes Stay Up?
China's Tianzi Mountain
Why Do Spiders Make Webs?
Why Is the Sky Blue?
Sandy Wasserman is a retired teacher and taught for over 35 years, working for the most part with Gifted children, including her grandchildren, who inspire many of her stories. She loves to swim, read, travel, and explore unusual places. Sandy is a member of SCBWI, LICWI and the LI Association of Jewish Librarians.
The Sun's Special Blessing
My name is Celeste Williams. I am a first-time author who lives on Long Island, New York, with my husband John and daughter Jenna. My great-niece Leighton inspired me to put pen to paper to chronicle this big milestone in her little life, with many more to come!
The Adventures of Leighton: It's Potty Time