Author and Illustrator Information

Meet and Greet Local Authors and Illustrators at the Authors Tent!
Author Sandy Asher has written more than 25 books for young readers.  Her latest picture books are all about Froggie and Rabbit,  Too Many Frogs!, What A Party!, and Here Comes Gosling!
She also edited five anthologies, including DUDE! Stories and Stuff for Boys.

Her writing career began with the publication of stories, poems, and articles in children's magazines, including Highlights for Children, Humpty Dumpty magazine, and Weekly Reader. Her first book for young readers, SUMMER BEGINS, was published in 1980. 

Sandy Asher grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and now lives in Lancaster, PA, with husband Harvey, dog Rudy, and cat Friday.


Author Kerry Royer and Illustrator Matt Royer

Kerry McGuinness Royer and her husband Matt write and illustrate children's books from their home in Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania where they live with their two sons, Luke and Finn. 

Their first story, Nightbear & Lambie, brings to life two gentle toys for fun and frolic while their young owners sleep.  Nightbear & Lambie : A Christmas Ride follows the charming characters as they experience a thrilling Christmas ride!





Author Toni Albert and Illustrator Margaret Brandt
Award-winning author/illustrator team Albert and Brandt's book Busy with Bugs : 160 Extremely Interesting Things to Do with Bugs  is a recent award winner of the Best Books 2010 awards.  
Illustrator Margaret Brandt, M.F.A., has produced award-winning illustrations for the past 30 years.  Her other works include: I Heard the Willow Weep and the nature activity series, A Kid's Spring EcoJournal, A Kid's Summer EcoJournal, A Kid's Fall EcoJournal and A Kid's Winter EcoJournal.
Toni Albert, M.Ed. is an award-winning author of forty-one books, which are used by teachers and children throughout the nation. Many of her books are about endangered wildlife and endangered wild lands. Her book, The Incredible Coral Reef, won a Teacher’s Choice Award and a Parent’s Choice Award. As an author, publisher, and teacher, she is committed to teaching kids to care for the Earth. Her books reflect her deep love of nature and motivate children to explore, appreciate, and protect our natural environment.
A refreshing alternative to computers and video, Busy with Bugs encourages children to go outside and personally explore the natural world around them. The amount of insect information is impressive! --Alison Mallin, Entomology Curator and Collections Registrar, North Museum of Natural History and Science in Lancaster, Pennsylvania  
Author and Illustrator Dana Mansell-Smith
describes herself as "eclectic spirit" who writes and illustrates a varety of subjects. 
She has penned several books for children, notably Stop Bullying Bobby!: Helping Children Cope with Teasing and Bullying and The Smith Family’s New Puppy: Helping Children Cope with a New Family Member
boomer the missing pomeranian
Author Susan F. Corey

Corey’s first book, Boomer, the Missing Pomeranian, illuminates the conversation between a Pomeranian dog that was displaced during a Florida natural disaster and the family that helps him return home. Corey is a nursing instructor at Harrisburg Area Community College.







Author Michelle White and Illustrator Dorothy Perez

New Opportunities is a true account of Miss White's real-life confrontation with disability.  Spiney is a porcupine that experiences an accident resulting in a spinal cord injury.

Through Spiney, Miss White teaches the reader three important lessons: that having a disability does not have to hold you back, that when you get "stuck" you must keep looking for ways to overcome, and that it is OK to do things differently from others.
Michelle White is a teacher at Ebenezer Elementary School and Dorothy Perez serves on the board of the Lebanon Valley Council for the Arts.


Photographer  Kathy Miller  is a teacher, professional cellist, and nature photographer. She spent two years photographing and observing Chippy in her garden. That series of photographs inspired the book Chippy Chipmunk : Parties in the Garden.


She encourages readers to share their stories of chipmunk encounters.
"I hope my book inspires children to spend time outdoors exploring nature.  Photography can be a fun way for kids to discover interesting things in their own backyard.  Their own pictures can be used to create stories."