Chairperson:                                        Karenann Knotoff              
Co-Chairperson:                                  Barbara Senenman
Treasurer:                                            Debbie Vilardi

Secretary:                                            JoAnn Krapp
Parliamentarian:                                  Kyle Horne
Website Coordinator/New
​     Member Liaison:                            Donna McNaughton               Board Members :                               Brian Heinz/Sandy Lanton


Head of Hospitality:                        ​Sue Henn
Author/Illustrator Nights:             Linda Maria Frank/JoAnn Krapp

Susan Abrahams


Susan Abrahams taught gifted children for 22 years and had numerous articles and lessons published in trade magazines and national newspapers. She lives on Long Island three blocks from her grandsons who are her constant inspirations for stories. Contact her at"

Hal the Hamptons Hound

Janis Abrams

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.

Loretta Adrian

Laurie Angus


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

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


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.

Cleo's Big Ideas: One Thing Leads to Another

Cleo's Big Ideas: Onward and Upward

Hello Hands!

Hello Mouth!

Hello Feet!

What's the Buzz?

A Hidden Connection: A Children's Mystery

A Hidden Connection: Darkness ~Spring 2021

Caroline Berliner

Jack Bilello

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


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

Alexander Booth


Ann Carpentiere-Haimeck


Debra Carter

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.

Michael Cascio


Selene Castrovilla


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

Upon Secrecy

Teri Daniels


Teri Daniels writes books for children, guidance on craft at, and other work. Her adult articles, essays, and poems have appeared in House Beautiful, Woman’s Day, Newsday, Family Circle, P.S. I Love You, The Writing Cooperative, and Parenting Magazine. Her children’s books have been recognized on best-of-the-year lists by the Children’s Book Council, Riverbank Review, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, and others. In addition to LICWI, Daniels is a member of the PEN America Children’s and YA Book Committee, the SCBWI, 12 x 12, and the Authors Guild.

Just Enough

G -Rex

Math Man

The Feet in the Gym

Nicolle DiPardo

Michael Dotsikas


Michael Dotsikas is the creator of Benjamin Birdie - the little bird with a BIG dream! Michael was born in Greece and emigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was four. He now lives in Manorville, NY with his wife, Dina, their blended family of five amazing children, and two precious pups. In addition to his passion for creating stories for children, he is a technology consultant and is founder and owner of Business Systems Consulting, a leading NY technology firm that provides premium computer consulting services to small and mid-sized companies. Traveling and spending time with family and friends are favorite pastimes.

Benjamin Birdie's First Flight

All Aboard the Circus Train (coming Mar. 2017)

Jason Edwards


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

Robert L. Fouch


Robert L. Fouch is an author and journalist who grew up in the hills of West Virginia and now makes his home in Valley Stream, NY. He's worked at Newsday as a copy editor, page designer and occasional feature writer for about 30 years. He has a bachelor's degree in editorial journalism from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia and fell in love with writing children's books when his son was 8 years old. He's represented by Jennifer Unter of The Unter Agency.

Christmas Carol & the Defenders of Claus

Christmas Carol & the Shimmering Elf

Little & Big

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

Julie Gambra


Julie Gambra, an educator, mother, wife and author, has completed her new book When My Daddy Comes Home. It is a fun and captivating story that explores the bond between father and son. With its vivid illustrations, the reader is taken on an adventurous ride through the daily life of a young boy. Published by Page Publishing and available on Barnes and and Amazon.

When My Daddy Comes Home

Steve Gerli


Glenn Gordon

Paula Groothuis


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

Children's Rules

I'm OK

Bonnie Grubman

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!

Extraordinary Albert

Willy and Walter Go to the City

Walter and Willy in Outer Space

Bubbe and Bart's Matzo Ball Mayhem

Joe Guida


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

Michael Hall

Brian Heinz


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

Peabody Pond

Sue Henn

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.

Tim Hoppey


For 27 years Tim Hoppey worked as a New York City firefighter

The Good Fire Helmet

Tito, the Firefighter

Pedro, the Pirate

Kyle Horne


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)

Joanne Kelleher

Lois Kipnis


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 Klein


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


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


Arthur Koch

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 Krapp


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


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


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.

Daddy's Chair

Lots of Latkes

Still A Family, A Young Child's Book About Divorce 2011

Michael Lee


Not Gonna Write Poems

Liz Macchio


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 Mancuso


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 presented 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)

Barbara Mason Rast


Barbara Mason Rast is an artist whose interest in illustration began in early childhood. The works of Maxfield Parrish, Arthur Szyk, and Arthur Rackham were some of the Golden Age Illustrators who inspired her to experiment with her own inner vision of realism combined with magical elements. She is a published Author/Illustrator, Commercial and Fine Artist, working primarily in oils and digital media. The main objective in her visual art and writing is to convey a sense of beauty and harmony, humor and phantasmagoria- magical and dreamlike worlds.

The Chocolate Train

A Frog Went A-Wandering

Rosanne Matty

Amy McCoy


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


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 Mikorenda


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

Janice Milusich


Jan Milusich is a teacher for the visually impaired and a children's book author. She is represented by Erica Christenson of Metamorphosis Literary. You can contact her at [] , on Twitter @ #jmilusich, and on Instagram @janmilusich. Her blog can be found @

Off Go Their Engines, Off Go Their Lights (2008)

Cleo's Big Ideas: One Thing Leads to Another (2016)

Cleo's Big Ideas: Onward & Upward (2020)

Cleo's Big Ideas:
Flattening the Curve (2020)

I Hear the Snow, I Feel the Sea (Coming Fall 2023)

Tuere Morton


Tuere Morton writes young adult fiction by night and she is a healthcare provider by day.

Icon: An Elite series

Lisa Navarra


Lisa Navarra M.S. Ed. is currently a Special Education Teacher, Author, Behavior Specialist and parent. As the founder of Child Behavior Consulting, LLC. She has applied years of research and implementation to design Tools Inspiring Action!(TM) which teach children and adults the skills in how to learn so academic and behavioral challenges can be overcome through visual/verbal prompts, through music, and through children's books. The books "Henry's Thoughts" and "Henry Learns To Launch" serve as a platform for adults to teach students/children how to self-regulate and to assist in the development of executive functioning skills so students/children can learn to focus and reach their potential and be the best they can be!

Henry Learns to Launch!

Henry's Thoughts

Frances Ng

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.

Vincentia Onyejose

Elliot Perry

Orel Protopopescu


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

Two Sticks

Thelonious Mouse

Nancy Robison


I am a retired teacher of at-risk children. My life passions are animals, children, and writing. I taught for 35 years. When I retired I decided to indulge my other passions: writing and animals. I volunteer with 2 groups for dogs and cats and spend my spare time writing. I live with my husband and rescue dog.

Stubby:A Cat's Story

Stubby: Her Continuing Adventures

Paul Rodriguez


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


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.

What If?

One Minute 'Till Bedtime

Is This A Poem?

I Hope I Don't Strike Out

Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie

Marianne Savage


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.

Bubble Trouble

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 Schottenfeld


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 and

Not So Fast, Max: A Rosh Hashanah Visit with Grandma

Obi's Mud Bath

Barbara Senenman

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.

Monster Bash

The Nose Pickers

Cindy Sommer


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

Stephanie Sorkin


Letty Sustrin


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

Cheryl Taborsky


Linda Taylor


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


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:

Pick Me: Maurice's First Adventure - Picture book ages 4-8

Rescue Me: Maurice's Lucky Day - Picture book ages 4-8

Debbie Vilardi


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?

Warren Wagner

Sandy Wasserman


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

Celeste Williams


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