In the Tent - Children

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Artie Bennett is an executive copyeditor by day and writer by night. He’s the author of The True Story of Zippy Chippy: The Little Horse That Couldn’t. He’s also the author of several hilarious rhyming picture books: The Butt Book, Poopendous!, Peter Panda Melts Down!, Belches, Burps, and Farts—Oh My!, and What’s Afoot! Your Complete, Offbeat Guide to Feet. There’s also The Universe’s Greatest Dinosaur Jokes and Pre-Hysteric Puns and The Universe’s Greatest School Jokes and Rip-Roaring Riddles. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Born and raised in State College, PA and a graduate of Penn State University and Carnegie Mellon University, Pamela is the illustrator of the multiple Award winning children's picture book "The Survivor Tree" and "The Magician", both published by the Road Runner Press. Pamela keeps her art studio in Wexford, PA, north of Pittsburgh.

Andrea Denish has recently published her debut picture book, Everyone Loves a Parade! She enjoys the creative process of writing stories for young children and can be found with her fingertips perched on the keyboard almost every day of the week. In addition to writing, Andrea teaches science to preschool children as her alter ego, Jungle Annie and works as a librarian's assistant in the children's department of her township library. She has college-aged children and lives with her husband in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania.

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.

Jennifer Voigt Kaplan is an award-winning author of children’s books. Her debut novel, CRUSHING THE RED FLOWERS, was endorsed by James Patterson and won a 2020 Christopher Award in the Books for Young People category. It was also recognized in six literary contests before its publication, including winning the middle-grade category of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Booklife Prize for Fiction. Jennifer was born in Germany, raised in Philadelphia, and now resides in the New York City area.

Sherri Maret is a veteran teacher and library media specialist who makes her home in Pennsylvania. The Cloud Artist (told in English/Choctaw) celebrates her Choctaw heritage. Her books reflect her interest in magic (The Magician), butterfly conservation (Lela and the Butterflies), and writing (The Book of Untold Stories). She creates educational activities for her books to share with teachers/librarians everywhere. They can be found on her website.