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Vern Kousky

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Vern Kousky is the author and illustrator of Otto the Owl Who Loved Poetry, which received the Frostburg State University Children's Literature Centre Book Award as well as a Parents' Choice Recommended Award, and The Blue Songbird, which was one of's Seven Loveliest Children's Books of 2017. Visit him on the web at

Susan McElroy Montanari

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Susan McElroy Montanari spent the majority of her life on the beach and tidal creeks surrounding Savannah, Georgia. While living in Connecticut, Susan was a finalist in two categories for the 2010 Tassy Walden Award for New Voices in Children's Literature: one for her picture book, My Dog's A Chicken, and the other for her middle grade novel, The Day Sasquatch Ate My Journal. My Dog's A Chicken, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf and published by Schwartz & Wade at Penguin Random House, will be available Spring 2016. Schwartz & Wade is also publishing Susan's following titles, Who's The Grossest of Them...