March into Reading 2016 Authors and Illustrators

Visiting Aquidneck Island schools on Friday, March 4 and signing at the festivities at Salve Regina University on March 5 (9:30 – 1:00 p.m.):

Jeff Mack has written and illustrated several books including picture books, chapter books, and early readers. One book he illustrated for, Rub-a-Dub Sub was nominated for the Bill Martin Jr. Award. His book, Good New Bad News, which has only four words in it, has been published in twelve different languages and his paintings and drawings have been shown around New York and Western Massachusetts. He currently lives in Western Massachusetts where he continues to write and illustrate books.

Shennen Bersani a fellow New Englander, has illustrated more than two dozen children’s books and both wrote and illustrated the book Achoo! Why Pollen Counts. Shennen researches, investigates, and learns about the many fascinating elements of nature before she begins any of her work. Her award-winning books, with two million copies published, are found all around the globe.

Sean Faye Wolf, a recent high school graduate who is attending the University of Rhode Island, has written a three book series entitled the Elementia Chronicles. . His work was inspired by computer games, his favorite animated cartoon series, and his favorite young-adult literature. He has also a self-taught web game designer and makes the games he created available on his company’s website.

Jean Taft a Rhode Island local, has been a New Englander her entire life. With New England comes some unique weather patterns, which are her inspiration. She recently, this past October to be exact, had her first book, Worm Weather, published. She is a member of SCBWI and the Middletown Authors Circle. Her work is designed for children from preschool to middle school.

Gregory Mone is an award-winning author known for his quirky, creative, whimsical, and scientific children and young-adult literature. He began writing stories at a very young age and carried out his passion into adulthood. Now, a father and husband, Greg has written a couple Scholastic Book Clubs bestsellers, received several awards and nominations, and got shout-outs from USA Today as well as The School Library Journal.

Michaela MacColl, a resident of Connecticut, studied history at Yale University and now is the author of several young-adult books. Her novels are historical fiction and often feature a heroine as the main character. After years of travel she settled back in America with her husband, and now two teenaged daughters and three very large cats.


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