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PAL: Published and Listed

Our PAL members are regional writers and illustrators who have been published by a traditional publishing house. Many create fun and educational programs for schools and libraries.

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Before the Seed

Susannah Buhrman-Deever’s new picture book is Before the Seed: How Pollen Moves (illustrated by Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius). We live in a world of plants: trees, grasses, flowers. And all of those plants grow from seeds. But before the seeds form, pollen has to move from one flower to another. Sometimes it’s the wind that carries pollen, sometimes it’s a bird or a bee, a midge or a moth. Released March 12 from MIT Kids Press.

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Tell Me Why the Jack Pine Grows

DJ Brandon’s newest book, “Tell Me Why the Jack Pine Grows,” is a middle grade novel in verse. The story centers around Meadow, who is enjoying a carefree country summer tending chickens and exploring the outdoors. She’s content at home with her father, brother, and Nanna and wishes she could stay a kid forever. But one day a creepy man in a green car stops her on the road and alarms her with an uncomfortable request. That brief encounter fills her with a new anxiety that she can’t share with anyone. But when a friend is also approached by the same creepy man, Meadow realizes she must use her voice to protect others. Released February 1 from West 44 Books

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Two New Books from Peggy Thomas

Peggy Thomas has two books releasing this spring! From worms to roots to melons to compost, The Soil in Jackie’s Garden (illustrated by Neely Daggett) shows how and why healthy soil is vital for gardens. It releases May 29 from ‎Feeding Minds Press. A Family of Trees (illustrated by Cookie Moon) is a board book that introduces young children to forests. Peggy shows how trees care for each other, share food, and create a home together. It releases May 22 from Phaidon Press.

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All Of Those Babies

Mylisa Larsen’s newest picture book is “All Of Those Babies” (illustrated by Stephanie Laberis). Using bouncy rhyme, Mylisa introduces babies from across the animal kingdom. From pufflings (baby puffins) to puggles (baby echidnas), she shows how all these babies start out little and then, just like humans, they grow and grow and grow. Her newest picture book celebrates how – no matter what species – everyone grows! Releases February 6 from Beach Lane Books.

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How Mom Met Mama

Rowen MacCarald’s picture book, How Mom Met Mama (illustrated by Georgia Stylou) is part modern fairy tale, part adventure story, and all about a family formed through love and acceptance. There are mermaids, pirates, wizards, and dragons! Releases May 7 from Reycraft Books.

We are a diverse group of published authors and illustrators with a passion for creating books that engage and inspire readers. We hold PAL talks 2-3 times a year to discuss various aspects of publishing and our careers. Our PAL members have been invited to speak at ShopTalks, regional and national conferences, and many of us work with schools and libraries to create quality programs for students. Got questions? Need help? Contact PAL Coordinator, Sue Heavenrich.

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Our PAL Members

Mary Ashwood
Author, Translator
Sandra Athans
Author, Educator
Rene Aube
Megan Elizabeth Baratta
Angela Baron
Author, Illustrator
Rashmi Bismark
Kathleen Blasi
Bill Blenk
Suzanne Bloom
Deborah Blowers (Pen name: D.J. Brandon)
Judy Bradbury
Ilona Bray
Cathleen Burnham
Author, Other
Susannah Buhrman-Deever
Author, Illustrator
Bill Capossere
Marla Coppolino
Debra Chartoff
Elizabeth Coburn
Cynthia Cotten
Bruce Coville
Stephen Cravak
Elizabeth Crispina Johnson
Rachel DiNunzio
Lauri Fortino
Lynda Graham-Barber
Heather Harris
Author, Illustrator
Sue Heavenrich
William Hubbell
Keely Hutton
Yolandi Hughes
Joanne Insull
Gail Jarrow
Mary Ann Jefferies
Yuko Jones
Joy Keller
Cynthia Kieber-King
Nancy Kraus
London Ladd
Mylisa Larsen
Cory Leonardo
C. Rowen MacCarald
Jodie Mangor
Timothy McGlen
Author, Educator
Marcia Mogelonsky
Jody Mott
Aline Newman
Nancy Nevinskas
Author, Illustrator
Lydia Nichols
Erin Nowak
Charlotte Hunter
Andrea Page
Linda Park
Tamora Pierce
Dee Romito
Marie Sanderson
Jonathan Schnapp
Author, Illustrator
Kaitlin Scirri
Janice Scully
Brette Sember
Tina Shepardson
Jan Siebold
Author, Librarian
Melquea Smith
Author, Illustrator
Jacob Souva
Author, Illustrator
Peggy Thomas
Vivian Vande Velde
Brian Yanish
Author, Illustrator
Tracey West
Kate Woodle
Author, Illustrator
Jackie Yeager
Annie Zygarowicz
Author, Illustrator

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