Amy Ariel

Amy Ariel

Growing up on a horse farm west of Saint Louis, Amy Ariel wandered through her after-school and weekend hours climbing trees, walking creek beds, and making up stories. After moving to St. Louis she graduated from Parkway North Senior High School in 1993, and Grinnell College in 1997 with a BA in History. Working at […] Read More

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz was born and raised in Southern California. She received both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in education from the University of Arizona. Barbara is the immediate past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She conducts writer’s workshops for adults and children and her work has appeared in numerous magazines, […] Read more about Barbara

Sylvia Rouss

Sylvia Rouss

Sylvia Rouss is the award-winning author and early childhood educator who created the popular Sammy Spider and The Littlest books. Even with her success as an author, Sylvia has not given up what she loves most, teaching. She is currently a preschool teacher in Los Angeles, and says that she is “inspired by the children […] Read More

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