As a former fourth and fifth, now seventh grade English teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin, Pernille Ripp (@pernilleripp) helps students discover their superpower.
She opens her educational practices to the world on her blog and is also the creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, a global literacy initiative that has connected millions of students.
An internationally-known educational speaker and the author of several education books, her latest release is titled Passionate Readers: The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child. Look for Pernille surrounded by her four amazing kids and her husband and with a book in her hand.
Thursday Evening Author Banquet
Dan Gemeinhart was an elementary teacher-librarian for 13 years before becoming an author.
He's published five middle grade novels: The Honest Truth (2015), Some Kind of Courage (2016), Scar Island (2017), Good Dog (2018), and The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise (2019).
He lives in a small town in central Washington state with his English teacher wife and three young daughters.
Thursday Author Session
Theodore Taylor III is an artist living in Richmond, Virginia with his wife Sarah and son Theo. He studied Communication Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University where he honed his skills in drawing, design, and photography. During the day he works as a front-end web developer but also maintains a career as a children’s book illustrator in his free time. His work is inspired by his love of music, comics, animation, video games, street art, and more. He is also a self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur.
In 2014 he received the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Talent Award for his work in When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop. In 2015 the book also won the Texas Bluebonnet Award.
Thursday Author Session
Linda Budzinski is the author of four young adult novels, including Em & Em, which has been optioned for development as a TV series and was named a “Must Read for Teens” by Your Teen Magazine, as well as The Boyfriend Whisperer, winner of the Romance Writers of America YA Chapter's Rosemary Award.
When she's not writing, she works in nonprofit communications and outreach and is active with her church youth group. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and a rescue pup that is believed to be part chihuahua and part Tasmanian devil.
M.K. England is an author and librarian who grew up on the Space Coast of Florida and now calls rural Virginia home. When she’s not writing or librarianing, M.K .can be found drowning in fandom, rolling dice at the gaming table, digging in the garden, or feeding her video game addiction. She loves Star Wars with a desperate, heedless passion. It’s best if you never speak of Sherlock Holmes in her presence. You’ll regret it. M.K. is the author of The Disasters (2018) and Spellhacker (2020), both from Harper Teen.