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GREAT AUTHORS TO ADD TO YOUR PK-8 LIBRARY: There's so much talent in the KidLit Community, but here are a few must haves. Great readalouds. Great studies for author's craft. A short list of must haves for bringing in books your patrons will crave.

Kathleen Doherty

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kathleen enjoys bringing kids and quality literature together. She's a Reading Specialist and an Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction. Her love of learning has led her to graduate from four different universities.

Nothing scares her. Kathleen has taught elementary school for over 30 years. A student once told her she'd make a great vampire because she's tall and her teeth are sharp!

Her first picture book, Don't Feed the Bear, is featured on Kirkus Reviews' recommended list and is in its seventh printing. Her second picture book, The Thingity-Jig, received STARRED REVIEWS from Kirkus Reviews, is a CCBC Choice, and has been published in nine languages. Her third book, The Twist-a-Roo, was released in November 2023. (Amazon)

Maria Gianferrari

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maria Gianferrari is a community scientist, self-taught naturalist and bird nerd who holds an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English. She is the author of narrative nonfiction picture books which celebrate urban ecosystems, the natural world and our wild neighbors including Bobcat Prowling, Whoo-Ku Haiku, Hawk Rising and Coyote Moon. She also writes engaging expository nonfiction such as Be a Tree!, Terrific Tongues and Play Like an Animal to inspire young readers with fascinating STEM stuff. Maria’s forthcoming nature titles include You and the Bowerbird, Thank a Farmer and Fungi Grow as well as her first book of poetry, Ice Cycle: Poems About the Life of Ice.

As a lover of dogs, Maria’s fiction picture books star dogs as main characters and explore the human-canine bond. Titles include Being a Dog: A Tail of Mindfulness, Hello Goodbye Dog, Operation Rescue Dog, Officer Katz and Houndini, the Penny & Jelly books and the forthcoming, To Dogs With Love. (Amazon)

Kari Lavelle

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kari Lavelle is the author of We Move the World (HarperCollins), the Butt of Face? series (Sourcebooks 2023) as well as the upcoming Ode to Grapefruit: How James Earl Jones Discovered His Voice (Knopf, 2024). She has always had a love of words: as a kid reading books, as a speech pathologist helping children communicate, and now as a writer creating stories. She lives in Austin, Texas with her human family and their dog, Dobby. (Amazon)

Stacy McAnulty

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stacy McAnulty is a children’s book author, who used to be a mechanical engineer, who’s also qualified to be a dog therapist (is that a thing???), a correspondent for The Daily Show (why not), and a Green Bay Packer coach (totally!).

She's written thirty books including her debut middle-grade novel, The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor book Excellent Ed, illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach. Her other picture books include Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years, illustrated by David Litchfield; Max Explains Everything: Grocery Store Expert, illustrated by Deborah Hocking, Brave and Beautiful, both illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff; Mr. Fuzzbuster Knows He's the Favorite, illustrated by Edward Hemingway; and 101 Reasons I Am Not Taking A Bath, illustrated by Joy Ang. She’s also authored the chapter book series The Dino Files.

When not writing, Stacy likes to listen to NPR, bake triple-chocolate cupcakes, and eat triple-chocolate cupcakes. (Amazon)

Ame Dykeman

Truly not afraid to be a jokester, Ame's books never disappoint and are always a top pick for library read aloud. These titles get ten-thousand thumbs up (and sure to draw a crowd of gigglers).

These brilliant authors begin our list of the extreme talent out there, but these are definitely top picks for engaging reads and readalouds. Watch for our next-in-list... More to come as we continue our library talent adventure.

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