In the Lot - Children

Cathy is an elementary school librarian and STEM teacher in the Hollidaysburg Area School District. She has a Master’s Degree in Library Science and a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education. She is the author of three picture books. Cathy lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband. Together, they enjoy hiking, kayaking, and traveling.

I am a Penn State Alum, retired Reading Specialist and third grade teacher. I wrote to help my students with difficult words. I continued my story writing with Nittany Lion starring in my books. It was my hope to entice young and reluctant readers to improve their reading skills.

An SCBWI PAL member, I’ve taught Children’s Literature at SCBWI conferences, The Milford Readers and Writers Festival, and Virtual Writing Magic Retreat. I served on Clear Fork’s YA Advisory Board and The Rhyme Revolution Committee, where I helped select the best American rhyming picture books. My PB, Rock Star Santa, has an international following. My YA novel, RATGIRL: Song of the Viper, was nominated for the International Reading Award and the Horn Book/Boston Globe Award.

Jacqueline Materia Nardone attended Penn State University and enjoyed spending all four of her years there as a member of the Blue Band. There she met friends and formed relationships that would stand the test of both distance and time. As a piccolo player, Jacqueline became a squad leader, and eventually served as the Blue Band Historian. She lives with her husband, Thomas, daughter, Penelope, and dog, Daisy. They frequently make time to find the Blue Band, during practices, regular season games, the Blue White game, and more!

Eva J. Pell is a former Professor of Plant Pathology, Penn State University (1973-1999), internationally known for research on air pollution effects on vegetation. Dr. Pell was Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian Institution (2010-2014). Dr. Pell is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and Board Chair of Discovery Space in State College, Pennsylvania. She is an author of children’s books, focused on the rescue of endangered species

Kristin Taylor is a lifelong horse lover, dabbling artist, and children's literature enthusiast. She lives with her husband and horses in Centre County, Pennsylvania. She competes in endurance rides and competitive trail rides with her Arabian horse, Denzel, the inspiration for writing and illustrating her first children's book, Sweet Marcel.


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