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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Happy Book Birthday!

Sue Heavenrich’s newest picture book is "The Pie that Molly Grew" (illustrated by Chamisa Kellogg). Using "The House That Jack Built" rhyme scheme, the story begins with planting a seed and ends with a fat, round pumpkin that gets turned into a pie. “I get my best ideas in the garden,” says Sue. “A few years ago I was planting pumpkin seeds and a line came into mind: this is the pie that Molly made. It niggled and jiggled around in my brain and would not leave me alone until I wrote it down. Over time, and many pies, that line grew and ripened into a book.” Released August 15 from Sleeping Bear Press.

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Happy Book Birthday!

Dee Romito has a new picture book coming out this month, "Love Is in the Air: The Story of Aviation Pioneer Nancy Harkness Love" (illustrated by Vivian Mineker). Not only was Nancy Love the first female pilot to serve in the Army Air Forces, she was also the director of the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) during World War II. “As soon as I learned about Nancy Love, I had to know more,” says Dee. “It turns out there's a whole history of these incredible female pilots, who were the first to fly for the US military, that most people don't know about. I felt so strongly that Nancy's story needed to be told and I hope it will inspire others to follow their own dreams.” This book soars into the world September 26 from Aladdin.

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Good News!

Sue’s book, Funky Fungi: 30 Activities for Exploring Molds, Mushrooms, Lichens, and More, co-authored with Alisha Gabriel (Chicago Review Press, 2022) won the 2023 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books for activity books. Dee’s picture book, The Last Plastic Straw: A Plastic Problem and Finding a Solution (illustrated by Ziyue Chen) was chosen as a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. It also received a starred review from Horn Book. (Holiday House, 2023)

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Good News!

David Neuner, who many of us know as the co-facilitator of the Syracuse Shop Talk group, is thrilled to announce that he is now represented by Heather Cashman of Storm Literary Agency. “A HUGE thank you to all of you in the #WritingCommunity who have supported me along the way!” David says. “I couldn't have done it without you!”

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
Jennifer Burrows
Bill Capossere
Marla Coppolino
Debra Chartoff
Elizabeth Coburn
Cynthia Cotten
Bruce Coville
Stephen Cravak
Elizabeth Crispina Johnson
Rachel DiNunzio
Lauri Fortino
Julia Garstecki
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
Clara 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
Marsha Schieber
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