Children/YA authors

Paul O. Zelinsky singalong:

“The Wheels on the Bus”

10/20 at 11am


Paul O. Zelinsky’s illustrations have won wide acclaim and many awards, including the Caldecott Medal for his retelling of Rapunzel and three Caldecott Honors, for Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Swamp Angel. Trained as a painter, Paul turned to illustration when he realized that his greatest satisfaction comes from telling stories through pictures. He is known for the unusual variety of styles and genres in his books, which range from classically painted fairy tales to the silly and popular Z is for Moose, and illustrations for such esteemed writers as Beverly Cleary. Paul conceived and created the much-loved mechanical book The Wheels on the Bus. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, New York.

Ama Yawson Easton Book Festival the talk author presentation reading free online event Oct. 2020

Ama Yawson 

10/17 at 11 AM

Ama Karikari-Yawson earned a BA from Harvard University, an MBA from the Wharton School, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her unique understanding of social issues, business, and the law has enabled her to become a relevant voice on issues as varied as diversity, sexual violence, and personal empowerment. She is a frequent contributor to publications such as The Huffington Post and The Atlantic. In 2013, a painful experience with bullying inspired her to write her best-selling fable about difference, Sunne’s Gift. Ms. Yawson became so personally invested in spreading the book’s message of healing and harmony, that she quit her six-figure job as a securities lawyer to become a full-time, author, storyteller, speaker, and edutainer. Her life-changing workshops and training sessions incorporate storytelling, drama, dance, history, cutting edge psychological research and legal analysis in order to truly propel participants towards healthier and more successful lives. She is also the creator of the folkloric character for Kwanzaa, Kwanzaa Nana. Through the Kwanzaa Nana series, students learn practical tools for community activism and social justice. Ms. Karikari-Yawson lives in the New York area with her husband and two kids and she continues to write books, perform stories, and conduct training programs


Susan Robeson

10/21 at 11 AM

Grandpa Stops A War

SUSAN ROBESON grew up in West Harlem and spent many of her early years with her grandparents at their book-filled brownstone home in upper Harlem. She is a longtime documentary film and television producer. Her award-winning work has appeared on PBS, NBC and ABC affiliates, and Channel 4 in the UK, and has shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Museum, and numerous film festivals. Her first book, The Whole World In His Hands: A Pictorial Biography of Paul Robeson, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She resides in the New York City area where she is an adjunct professor in film and communications and executive director of the Paul Robeson Foundation. This is her first picture book for young readers.

 Darlene P. Campos

10/24 at 11 AM

Reading/author speak

 Darlene P. Campos is an award-winning author for young adult and middle grade readers. She earned her BA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. When she’s not writing, she loves reading, exercising, and going to museums. Previously published by the indie house Vital Narrative Press, she is now represented by Allison Hellegers of Stimola Literary Studio thanks to the work of #DVPit. Additionally, she is one of the founders of #LatinxPitch, a pitch party dedicated to Latinx creators of children’s literature. She is Ecuadorian-American and lives in Houston, TX with her husband.
Buy links to all my books are available on my website:
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Blair Thornburgh

Oct 31 at 11 AM

Special Halloween reading of “Skulls” and “Second Banana”

Blair Thornburgh is the author of several books for kids and teens. A graduate of the Hamline MFA Program in writing for children and young adults, she lives outside of Philadelphia. Visit her online at

Kate Gilman

11/4 at 11 AM

Reading: Let’s Go On Safari 

Austinite Kate Gilman Williams has a busy schedule. In addition to keeping up with social media, playing volleyball and fostering a baby elephant in Kenya, she is the co-author of Let’s Go on Safari!

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Daniel Chacon

11/6 at 11 AM

Reading, “The Cholo Tree”

Daniel Chacón is a Latino short story writer, novelist, essayist, editor, professor and radio host.


Doris Ettlinger

11/7 at 11 AM


Doris Ettlinger has been an illustrator since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design. She later received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her work features fine draftsmanship and a masterful use of watercolor.

Over the course of her career Doris has illustrated 40 children’s books, including the award-winning titles A Book for Black-Eyed Susan and The Orange Shoes. She collaborated on the Little House program for HarperCollins, producing picture books and chapter books based on the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Other clients include Sleeping Bear Press, American Girl, Albert Whitman & Co, Houghton Mifflin and Simon & Schuster. She is represented by Cornell & Company.

Doris and her husband Michael McFadden – artist, teacher and craftsman – live in an old grist mill on the banks of the Musconetcong River in Warren County NJ, where they raised their two children, Ivy and Benjamin.
On the third floor of the mill Doris coaches the Musconetcong Watercolor Group and teaches monthly watercolor workshops. She also teaches workshops at the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster.
Doris is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Hunterdon Watercolor Society, and a signature member of the Garden State Watercolor Society.

Floyd Cooper

11/11 at 11 AM


Floyd Cooper is an American illustrator of children’s books. He is based in Easton, Pennsylvania and has worked with Jane Yolen, Nikki Grimes, Eloise Greenfield, Howard Bryant, Joyce Carol Thomas and many more. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma.


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Victoria Jamieson

11/14 at 11 AM


Victoria Jamieson is an American author and illustrator of children’s books, known for Roller Girl, a graphic novel about roller derby.