2014 Authors

Andrea Beaty  is the author of three novels, Secrets of the Cicada Summer, Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies, and Dorko the Magnificent all of which have been SSYRA selections and a new novel called Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies 2 – The Schnoz of Doom! She is also the author of many picture books including Iggy Peck, Architect and NYT Bestseller Rosie Revere, Engineer. www.andreabeaty.com


Susan Beattie is a Florida native currently residing in Palm Beach County where she began as an elementary school teacher and taught for fifteen years before deciding to explore writing children's books. In 2013, she composed and published her first children's book, Luke's Story, a heartwarming, true story about Luke, an abandoned and sick puppy who survives and excels against all odds. She is presently working on the fictional, history-inspired sequel, Luke's Gold Rush Adventure, to be released in 2015. Susan has additionally co-produced "The Making of Luke's Story", a documentary created to share the book development process with students. Luke accompanies Susan on visits to PB County schools where she shares his extraordinary story and emphasizes the importance of animal rescue and adoption. www.lukesstory.com 


CANCELLED Caroline Carlson is the author of The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, a funny and fantastical series of novels for young readers. Her first book, Magic Marks the Spot, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, an American Booksellers Association Best Book for Children, and a Junior Library Guild selection. Caroline holds a BA from Swarthmore College and an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College of Fine Arts. A Massachusetts native, she now lives in Pittsburgh with her husband. www.carolinecarlsonbooks.com


Sharon Flake's break out novel The Skin I'm In sealed her reputation as one of the top children's authors in the nation. A multiple Coretta Scott King award winner, Flake has written nine books including Pinned, a novel about two disabled students, and  Unstoppable Octobia May, her first historical mystery.  Flake's work is used in elementary through high school, and taught in colleges.  Most recently The Skin I'm In was published in Korean. www.sharonflake.com


Chris Grabenstein is the author of the New York Times bestseller Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library.  He is alsothe co-author with James Patterson of the #1 Bestsellers I Funny, I Even Funnier, House of Robots, and Treasure Hunters.  Winner of two Anthony and four Agatha Awards, Chris wrote for Jim Henson's Muppets and co-wrote the CBS-TV movie The Christmas Gift starring John Denver.  His newest book is The Island Of Dr. Libris from Random House. http://www.chrisgrabenstien.com/kids


Paul Griffin wrote Ten Mile River, The Orange Houses, Stay With Me and Burning Blue, all novels for young adults. Adrift, an adventure novel, comes out in 2015. Travelers & Magicians, for middle grade readers, will come out in 2016. When not writing, Paul works with young men and women to help them tell their life stories as they reach out to counselors, judges, admissions officers and potential employers. www.paulgriffinstories.com


Jackie Mims Hopkins, CANCELLED is an award winning picture book author. Her newest fractured fairytale, Prairie Chicken Little, is a Florida Reading Association Book Award nominee. Her popular Shelf Elf book and her Goldie Socks And The Three Libarians book are used in libraries and classrooms nationwide. Jackie is a retired teacher, storyteller, and librarian, who enjoys sharing her love of stories at literacy conferences and during school visits.  http://www.jackiemimshopkins.com

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Michael Neale is a musical artist, motivational speaker, author and veteran worship leader. The River is a highly acclaimed national best-seller. The second book, Into The Canyon was released in September 2014.  http://www.michaelneale.com


Harvey Oyer is a fifth generation South Floridian, an archeologist and an attorney. He draws upon his wealth of knowledge to write books about his great-grand uncle, Charlie Pierce. The Pierce family was the first non-native family to live in Southeast Florida. The Adventures of Charlie Pierce, The Last Egret, was chosen by the School District of Palm Beach County as a district wide read for all fourth graders. His newest book is The Adventures of Charlie Pierce, The Last Calusa. Oyer is a popular local speaker. http://www.theadventuresofcharliepierce.com/ Readers: All who love the history of South Florida.


Marilyn Perlyn, author of the award-winning book, The Biggest and Brightest Light: The Magic of Helping Others, is a dynamic and inspirational speaker whose expertise is instilling empathy in children and helping them to develop a compassionate and caring spirit. She has raised three children who have all received local, state, and national awards for their service efforts. Her family has been written about in eleven books and has been featured on numerous radio and television shows, including the Oprah Winfrey Show. Her children's book has received the prestigious Mom's Choice award, Dr. Toy Best Picks award, and the Tillywig Brain Child Award.  http://www.biggestandbrightestlight.com


Dan Poblocki is the author of The Stone Child, The Nightmarys, and The Mysterious Four series. His recent books, The Ghost of Graylock and The Haunting of Gabriel were Junior Library Guild selections and made the American Library Association's  Best Fiction for Young Adults list in 2013 and 2014. Dan lives in Brooklyn with two scaredy cats and a growing collection of very creepy toys. His latest novel is The Book of Bad Things coming soon. www.danpoblocki.com


Eliot Schrefer, Eliot Schrefer is the author of Endangered, a 2012 National Book Award finalist in Young People's Literature. He is also the author of The Deadly Sister, The School for Dangerous Girls, Glamorous Disasters, and The New Kid. Schrefer is a contributor to The Huffington Post and has been profiled in Newsweek and New York magazine among other publications. He lives in New York City. Visit him online at eliotschrefer.com and on Twitter @EliotSchrefer coming soon.


Vivian Vande Vilde, Vivian Vande Velde is the author of more than thirty books, mostly science fiction and fantasy, for readers ranging in age from picture book readers to adult, but primarily for middle grade students and teens. Her books have won national recognition, including the Edgar for best young adult mystery for the year 2000 (Never Trust a Dead Man), the 2001/2002 Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize in Children's Literature (Heir Apparent), and several state reading awards, as well as being named on recommended lists by the New York Public Library, the American Library Association, and the International Reading Association. Though her books have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, Japanese, Thai, and Indonesian, she has lived most of her life in Rochester, New York. www.vivianvandevelde.com 


Marianne Berkes, national award-winning picture book author, promotes literacy achievement by combining science, math, language, music and art in her 20 (and counting) informational picture books. Having spent much of her life as a teacher, children's theater director and children's librarian, she knows how much kids enjoy "interactive" stories that make learning fun. An energetic presenter at schools and conferences, her books are "so much more than a picture book!" Her newest book The Swamp Where Gator Hides was also made into an App for kids. www.marianneberkes.com


Tom Cleare is the author of Treasure in Paradise, an exciting adventure through the Florida Keys. Thomas, who is from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida enjoys writing about Florida and the many unique and exciting characteristics about the Sunshine State. Thomas has also written two non-fiction books as the author of An Analysis of Accountability in Public - Private Health Care Programs Serving Vulnerable Populations, and co-author of Establishing a Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition.



Sharon Draper is a professional educator, as well as an accomplished writer of over thirty award-winning books for adolescents and teachers, including Copper Sun, winner the Coretta Scott King Award, the highly acclaimed Jericho and Hazelwood trilogies, and Out of my Mind, which remains on the New York Times bestseller list.  She served as the National Teacher of the Year, has been honored at the White House six times, and was selected by the US State Department to be a literary ambassador to the children of Africa as well as China.  Her newest novel is Stella by Starlight. www.sharondraper.com


Donna Gephart's new novel, Death by Toilet Paper, combines humor, heartbreak and more toilet paper facts than you can shake a plunger at.  Her other titles include:  Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen, How to Survive Middle School and As If Being 12-3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President!, which won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award.  She lives in Palm Beach County with her family and speaks at schools, book festivals and libraries across the country.  For free reading/activity guides, writing resources and more, visit www.donnagephart.com .


Rhonda Gowler Greene is an award-winning author of over 20 picture books.  A former teacher, with a master's in education, Rhonda enjoys speaking to all ages about her books, writing, publishing, and what it's like to be a children's book author.  One of her latest releases, No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou, was named a Bank Street College Best Book, an International Reading Assoc. Children's Choice Book, and a Storytelling World Resource Honor Book.  Rhonda lives in southeast Michigan. http://www.rhondagowlergreene.com


Lisa Harkrader, When Lisa Harkrader was in third grade, she wanted to be a writer, an artist, and a spy. Today she's a writer and artist who lives with her family in Kansas. She still wants to be a spy. Cool Beans: The Further Adventures of BeanBoy is on the 2014-2015 SSYRA list. www.ldharkrader.com.


Wendy Kupfer, author of Let's Hear It for Almigal, knows Almigal's story well. Doctors diagnosed her daughter Ali at the age of 10 months with a profound hearing loss and predicted she would never speak, but the doctors underestimated this unbeatable mother-daughter team. Wendy 's dedication and drive, paired with Ali's hard work and determination, produced one spunky, confident "chatterbox" and two passionate advocates for the deaf and hard of hearing. http://www.almigal.com


Michael Patrick O'Neill is an internationally award winning photographer. He has combined his love for the sea and all that lives in and near it with a lovefor preserving the environment and created masterful books for the young readers. And, you don't have to be young to appreciate the underwater photography! O'Neill is another Palm Beach County resident whose audience reaches far beyond his hometown. http://www.mpostock.com Readers: All ages


Erica Perl is excited to bring “OJ” (in the form of her novel, When Life Gives You O.J., which is on this year’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award list) to the Sunshine State! Erica is also the author of Aces Wild, the sequel toWhen Life Gives You O.J., as well aspopular picture books including Goatilocks and the Three Bears, Chicken Butt! and Dotty.  Her books have been featured on NPR, the Washington Post, Read Kiddo Read, Slate, and Amazon’s Best Books. Erica lives with her family in Washington, DC, where she once met the president of the United States at – you guessed it - a book store!  www.ericaperl.com


James Ponti  is the author of Dead City, which is on the 2014-2015 SSYRA Middle School List and the first in a three-book series published by Aladdin. The second book in the series, Blue Moon, is already out and the final book will be published in 2015. He is also the author of Aladdin's upcoming Florian Bates book series, described as a cross between Encyclopedia Brown and Wes Anderson. In addition to writing books, Ponti has spent years as a television writer/producer working for the likes of Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, PBS, and History Channel. He is a product of Florida public schools, a graduate of the University of Southern California and a resident of Maitland.  www.jamesponti.com


Liesl Shurtliff, is the author of Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, which won over kids and critics alike, earning the 2014 IRA Children's and Young Adult Award for Intermediate Fiction and a starred review from Kirkus proclaiming it "as good as gold." Before she became a writer, Liesl earned a BFA in music, dance, and theatre. She loves to incorporate plenty of drama (and maybe a song and dance) when speaking to kids across the country. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three kids, and a cat named Felix. Visit her at www.lieslshurtliff.com



Tyler Whitesides has always loved telling stories. Growing up, he was even willing to do extra housework if his mom would type his stories on the computer. He has worked as a music teacher, fireworks shooter, and a janitor. He lives in Logan, Utah, with his wife, Connie, who teaches 3rd grade. He is the author of the Janitors series. Visit his site at www.tylerwhitesides.com  Readers: Elementary School






Here’s the schedule to help you plan your day at April is for Authors!

Schedule and program for April is for Authors 2015 will be online April 1, 2015.

Special Events

The more you read, the more things you know.
The more you learn, the more places you will go - Dr. Seuss



Special Events for 2014-2015:

Consider a donation to April is for Authors 2015 through the Cultural Council of Palm Beach and the power2give market place, you can use a credit card!   Link for power2give "Authors...In Their Own Words" 




4th Annual Poetry Contest, hosted by the Palm Beach County Reading Council in conjunction with April is for Authors
Palm Beach County Reading Council. The contest is open to all students enrolled in grades K-12, in the Palm Beach County School District.  The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the April is for Authors event.
Sunday, April 12, 2:00-4:00pm, Mandel Public Library, West Palm Beach, 2nd Annual April is for Authors Day 2!  Day 2 is an Emerging Authors Information Workshop.  A panel discussion featuring experts in publishing, self-publishing, and e-publishing, with opportunities for emerging authors (Children and Young Adult literature) to interact with panelists and other event authors. Students and adults can take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions to experts in the field of publishing and genres.  
Check back for additional events!

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2014 Authors’ School Visits

Andrea Beaty

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11
     St Andrews Timber Trace  PBGHS


Caroline Carlson -CANCELLED

April 9 April 10 April 11 April 12 April 11


Chris Grabenstein

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11

AM Sunset Palm

PM Seminole Trails



Paul Griffin

April 13 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11


Jackie Hopkins - Cancelled

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11

MNeale Smiling Photo

Michael Neal

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11
      Christa McAuliffe MS   

Wendy Kupfer

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11


Harvey Oyer

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11


Erica Perl

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11

Tmber Trace

Roosevelt EL

Pleasant City EL



Dan Poblocki

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11

Woodlands MS

Duncan   MS



Eliot Schrefer

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11
       Lantana MS PBGHS


Vivian Vanda Velde

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11

 AM HL Johnson




Susan Beattie

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11


Marianne Berkes

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11
     Elbridge Gale  Palmetto PBGHS


Tom Cleare

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11


Sharon Draper

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11
   PM Franklin Acd


PM Mandel Library


 AM Independence PBGHS


Donna Gephart

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11
     South Olive PM  Liberty Park AM PBGHS


Rhonda Gowler Greene

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11
   Rosarian Starlight Cove 

AM Seminole Trails




Lisa Harkrader

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11

Liberty Park 

Discovery Key

 Palm City Sandpiper Shores  PBGHS


Michael Patrick O'Neill

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11


Marilyn Perlyn

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11


James Ponti

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11
       Polo Park MS  


Liesl Shurtliff

April 7 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 11
     pm SD Spady EL Panther Run PBGHS


Tyler Whitesides

April  6                April 7 April 8         April 9 April 10 April 11

AM Westgate

PM Plumosa


Conservatory Sch               

Binks Forest         

 Seminole Trails

 AM Franklin  


PM St. Marks   




Posters and Maps

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Detailed map for Public Parking
Access to public parking for Palm Beach Gardens Heigh School
Large Map
Large map detailing directions wiht I-95 exits.
Full Size Printable Poster
Here are some posters to give to friends, take to the office, put in the teachers' lounge, share at your book club, or leave at the gym!
Double Printable Poster
Here is a smaller poster to give to friends, take to the office, put in the teachers' lounge, share at your book club, or leave at the gym!

Steering Committee



Sue Slone, Retired Elementary School Principal
Helen Zientek, Retired Library Media Specialist

Volunteer Coordinator: Thais Villanueva, Retired Elementary School Principal

Sally Bailey, Retired Municipal Librarian, American Association of University Women 
Kristin Calder, Chief Executive Officer, Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County
Cilla Jacobsen, Youth Services Director, Palm Beach County Library System
Jennifer McQuown, Youth Services Manager, Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach
Lauren Pfretzschner, CRM, Barnes&Noble, Legacy Place
Leah Plocharczyk, Assistant Librarian, MacArthur Campus, FAU
Wendy Rosenfeld, Outreach Services Manager, Palm Beach County Library System
Hollyanne Ruffner, Library Media Services, School District of Palm Beach County
Jeanne Siccone, Director of Children's Literacy, Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County
Rebecca Smykla, Library Media Services, School District of Palm Beach County
Deb Svec, Library Media Specialist, Palm Beach Gardens High School
Terry Gearing, Director of University Relations, MacArthur Campus, FAU
Amy Gyau-Moyer, Children's Services Council, Palm Beach County
Gail Ladd, Librarian, St Marks School, Palm Beach Gardens
Stefanie Pectal, Reading Council, Palm Beach County
Alyssa Rudinsky, Franklin Academy
Rebekah Stewart, Palm Springs Public Library

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This map shows a detailed street view for Palm Beach Gardens High School, please NOTE that parking for Palm Beach Gardens High School is off of Lilac Street, not on Holly Drive. Detailed Map This map shows the I-95 exits, one north and one south, for Palm Beach Gardens High School.

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