2005 Conference

Katherine Paterson

…author of two Newbery Award-winning novels, winner of the National Book Award, and one of the most notable and highly respected American authors of middle grade to young adult fiction. From Bridge to Terabithia to The Great Gilly Hopkins to Jacob Have I Loved to Lyddie to The Same Stuff as Stars, Paterson’s contributions to children’s literature are numerous and her awards well deserved. Paterson recently published Blueberries for the Queen, illustrated by Susan Jeffers.


…author of the 2003 Newbery Award for Crispin: The Cross of Lead , Avi has published more than 50 books and garnered numerous awards. Prolific in all genres, some of Avi’s most popular books include The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing But the Truth, Poppy, and The Fighting Ground. Avi’s recent books include Never Mind: A Twin Novel and The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant), and 2005 brought the publication of The Book Without Words : A Fable of Medieval Magic.

Janet Wong

…formerly a corporate lawyer who took a dramatic career change – choosing to write for young people. Her collections of poetry include A Suitcase of Seaweed, Behind the Wheel, Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams and her picture books include Buzz, The Trip Back Home, and You Have to Write. Janet has two newly published books: Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club and Hide and Seek.

Nina Laden

…author and illustrator of many humorous picture books including The Night I Followed My Dog, Private I Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon, and Roberto, the Insect Architect. Nina’s newest book, Romeow & Drooliet. was published in the spring of 2005.