CLiF is honored to partner with more than 65 accomplished children’s book authors, illustrators, poets, and storytellers who give inspiring presentations on our behalf to thousands of children across New Hampshire and Vermont.
Rick is the author of Pumpkin Shivaree, a picture book for children, and a collection of poems called Crow Milk.
Michael’s life-long love of science fiction informs his writing for children, including the books Space Station Rat and Shanghaied to the Moon.Website
Kathleen W. Deady
Kathleen is the author of more than 40 books for children, including All Year Long and It’s Time! Her work has appeared in Highlights and Boys’ Life.Website
Rajnii is adept in engaging authentic youth voice from elementary to high school by utilizing creative expression and call and response to inspire young people to create their own pieces as well further their love for wordplay and literacy.Website
Randee has presented as a master storyteller and poet to youth, college students, and adults at theatres, arts festivals, coffee shops, art galleries and schools.
Matt Forrest Esenwine
Matt’s children’s poetry can be found in anthologies, journals, and magazines ands his debut children’s book was published in 2017.Website
Terry is an author and magazine writer whose books for children include Luis Paints the Worldand The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup.Website
Jon presents songwriting workshops, curriculum-based or open-ended, in schools nationwide.Website
Newport Center, VT
Lynda is the author of 15 books, including Cookie’s Fortune, KokoCat Inside and Out and The Animals’ Winter Sleep.Website
Karen Gross has served as a scholar, teacher, administrator and community leader dedicated to improving the lives of those less privileged and now focuses on writing books on overcoming adversity.Website
John Steven Gurney
John is the illustrator of more than 140 books for children, including The A to Z Mysteries series and The Bailey School Kids.
Amy is a children’s book illustrator and author. Her most recent book is Grandma Drove the Lobster Boat.
Donald is the author and illustrator of the beloved Henry series, including Henry Hikes to Fitchburg and others.Website
New Ipswich, NH
Author of the picture book Trouper and three MG/YA verse novels, Meg Kearney loves to excite people of all ages about poetry and its storytelling magic.Website
New Boston, NH
Marty is a recovering second grade teacher who writes and illustrates books for kids. His books include Almost Everyone Farts and Molly Mac series.Website
West Glover, VT
Natalie is the author of 20 books, including the picture books The Bear that Heard Crying, Nora’s Ark, and From Dawn till Dusk.Website
Marv is a performer, writer, and educator. He is also the author and illustrator of Jump, Children, Jump and the co-author of Please Talk With Me.Website
Jo Knowles is the award-winning author of young adult novels Living with Jackie Chan, See You At Harry’s, Pearl, Jumping Off Swings, and Lessons from a Dead Girl.Website
Peter is the author of many adventure books for children, including Amazon, Lost Treasure of the Inca, and Hidden World of the Aztec.Website
David is the author of several children’s books, including Shh! Bears Sleeping, We’ve All Got Bellybuttons, Lucy and Bob, and Let’s Have a Tree Party!Website
Waterbury Center, VT
Duncan founded CLiF in 1998. He has given hundreds of literacy presentations to children and parents throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. His vision and leadership have helped CLiF mature into an organization that has inspired thousands of low-income, at-risk, and rural children and given millions worth of brand-new books to children and struggling communities.
Erin E. Moulton is the author of FLUTTER (Penguin, 2011), TRACING STARS (Penguin, 2012), CHASING THE MILKY WAY (Penguin, 2014), and KEEPERS OF THE LABYRINTH(Penguin, 2015). She is also editor of the forthcoming anthology THINGS WE HAVEN’T SAID (Zest, 2017).Website
Denise has sculpted paper illustrations for dozens of publications and children’s books, including Good Morning Garden and Carrot in My Pocket.Website
Katherine is an award-winning author of dozens of books for children and young adults, including Bridge to Terabithiaand Come Sing.Website
Tracey Campbell Pearson
Tracy is the award-winning children’s book author and illustrator of more than 35 books, including Bob and Where Does Joe Go?Website
North Hampton, NH
Gina Perry brings her background in animation and product design to her work as an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s books.
Eric Pinder is the author of If All the Animals Came Inside and other books for children. He teaches creative writing at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
Verandah is a poet and performer. She is the author of the poetry collections The Body’s Symmetry and Glancing Off.Website
Jan is a writer and photographer. She is the author of the Vanishing Culture Series, which includes Mongolia, Far North, and Down Under.Website
Rebecca Rupp, a scientist turned writer, is the award-winning author of many fiction and non-fiction books for children, among them The Dragon of Lonely Island, Octavia Boone’s Big Questions, and After Eli.Website
Ted is a former elementary school teacher and the author of I Froze My Mother and Other Seriously Funny Family Poems.Website
Carolyn is a children’s book author and journalist. Her first book for children, HOLD THIS!, was recognized with a silver medal Moonbeam award.Website
John is the author/illustrator of over 25 books for children, including Hooray for Snail! and Animal Cafe.Website
Born and raised in Vermont, Lindsey Stoddard taught middle school English in New York City for ten years before receiving her MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and writing two middle grade novels.Website
Phoebe Stone is the author of seven novels for middle readers, including The Boy on Cinnamon Street, and the author and illustrator of three picture books.
Tanya Lee Stone
South Burlington, VT
Tanya Lee Stone is passionate about telling the unsung stories of women and people of color. She has written more than 100 books for children and teens.Website
South Londonderry, VT
Steve Swinburne is an author and photographer who has published more than thirty nonfiction books for young readers.Website
S. S. Taylor
S. S. Taylor lives for books of all kinds, expeditions, old libraries, mysterious situations, long-hidden secrets, missing explorers, and traveling to known and unknown places.Website
Chris Tebbetts is author and co-author of many books for young readers, including #1 New York Times bestselling MIDDLE SCHOOL series, PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO, STRANDED series, and THE VIKING series.Website
Linda Urban is the author of the children’s book, Mouse was Mad, and two young adult novels: Hound Dog True and A Crooked Kind of Perfect.Website
Dianalee is a poet, teacher, and the author of four books of poetry, a short story collection, and a play.Website
J & P Voelkel
Jon and Pamela (J&P) Voelkel are the author-illustrators of the Jaguar Stones books, a series of Maya-themed adventures set in present-day Central America.Website
Sandra Neil Wallace
New Hampshire’s SANDRA NEIL WALLACE writes books for young readers about people who break barriers and change the world. Her non fiction books have won national awards.Website
Thetford Center, VT
Dean is the author of novels for young adults and short stories for their parents. His books include Sky Carver and Raven.Website
Doug is the author of 14 books for middle-grade readers, including The Revealers and nine books in the Choose Your Own Adventure series.Website
Ashley Wolff is the illustrator, and often the author of over 65 picture books.Website
Liza Woodruff has illustrated more than 20 children’s books. She lives in Charlotte, VT.Website
Bruce and Hobbes
New Haven, VT
Bruce & Hobbes talk to kids about anti-bullying efforts, anti-domestic violence efforts, empathy, compassion, inclusion, tolerance, respect, determination, empowerment, team-building & perseverance.