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 Agran

Rick Agran

Rick is the author of Pumpkin Shivaree, a picture book for children, and a collection of poems called Crow Milk.

Jim Arnosky

Jim Arnosky

Jim is an award-winning author and illustrator of 86 books about nature. He has also illustrated 46 books by other authors.
Marek Bennett

Marek Bennett

Marek is a comic artist who leads arts residencies across New England.
Elizabeth Bluemle

Elizabeth Bluemle

Elizabeth is the author of several children’s books and co-owner of the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne, VT.
Ann Braden

Ann Braden

Ann Braden writes middle level books that draw from her work as a community organizer to discuss issues of equity.
Kathy Brodsky

Kathy Brodsky

Kathy is a psychotherapist, poet, and award-winning author of picture books. Her books include A CatFish Tale, StoverThe Winner Is, and Purrsnikitty.
Simon Brooks

Simon Brooks

Simon is a storyteller who combines his passion for children’s literature and folklore to create fun programs for children and adults.
Deborah Bruss

Deborah Bruss

Deborah writes for all ages and never goes anywhere without her backpack full of farm animal puppets who join the audience during her readings of Book! Book! Book!
Michael J. Caduto

Michael J. Caduto

Michael is a performer and award-winning author of children’s books including the Keepers of the Earth® series.
Layne Case

Layne Case

Layne wrote her first children’s book, Charlie, over 40 years ago. She has since published four more in the Charlie series.

Jason Chin

Jason Chin

Jason Chin is an award-winning author and illustrator who combines imaginative storytelling with scientific information to create books that both enchant and educate.

John and Jennifer Churchman

John and Jennifer Churchman

John and Jennifer Churchman are the author/illustrators of the New York Times Bestselling picture book series, Sweet Pea & Friends.
Glenn Currie

Glenn Currie

Glenn is a poet, humorist, and essayist. His works include children’s book of poems, A Boy’s First Diary (2007) and a young adult book Surviving Seventh Grade (2012).

Michael J. Daley

Michael J. Daley

Michael’s life-long love of science fiction informs his writing for children, including the books Space Station Rat and Shanghaied to the Moon.
Kathleen W. Deady

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.
Rajnii Eddins

Rajnii Eddins

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.
Randee Eddins

Randee Eddins

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 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.
Terry Farish

Terry Farish

Terry is an author and magazine writer whose books for children include Luis Paints the Worldand The Cat Who Liked Potato Soup.
Jon Gailmor

Jon Gailmor

Jon presents songwriting workshops, curriculum-based or open-ended, in schools nationwide.
Lynda Graham-Barber

Lynda Graham-Barber

Lynda is the author of 15 books, including Cookie’s FortuneKokoCat Inside and Out and The Animals’ Winter Sleep.  
Karen Gross

Karen Gross

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.
John Steven Gurney

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.

Jessie Haas

Jessie Haas

Jessie is the award-winning author of more than 30 books for children, including UnbrokenShaper, and Chase.

Karen Hesse

Karen Hesse

Karen is the author of many books for young people, including Out of the Dust, winner of the Newbery Medal.
Geof Hewitt

Geof Hewitt

Geof is the author of three books of poetry and three books for teachers. His most recent book is Hewitt’s Guide to Slam Poetry and Poetry Slam.

Henry Homeyer

Henry Homeyer

Henry’s first children’s book, Wobar and the Quest for the Magic Calumet, is a story he first told on a summer playground when he was in college

Amy Huntington

Amy Huntington

Amy is a children’s book illustrator and author. Her most recent book is Grandma Drove the Lobster Boat.

Donald Johnson

Donald Johnson

Donald is the author and illustrator of the beloved Henry series, including Henry Hikes to Fitchburg and others.
Meg Kearney

Meg Kearney

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.
Marty Kelley

Marty Kelley

Marty is a recovering second grade teacher who writes and illustrates books for kids. His books include Almost Everyone Farts and Molly Mac series.
Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

Natalie is the author of 20 books, including the picture books The Bear that Heard CryingNora’s Ark, and From Dawn till Dusk.
Marv Klassen-Landis

Marv Klassen-Landis

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.
Jo Knowles

Jo Knowles

Jo Knowles is the award-winning author of young adult novels Living with Jackie ChanSee You At Harry’sPearlJumping Off Swings, and Lessons from a Dead Girl.
Peter Lourie

Peter Lourie

Peter is the author of many adventure books for children, including AmazonLost Treasure of the Inca, and Hidden World of the Aztec.
David Martin

David Martin

David is the author of several children’s books, including Shh! Bears SleepingWe’ve All Got BellybuttonsLucy and Bob, and Let’s Have a Tree Party!
Duncan McDougall

Duncan McDougall

Executive Director

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.

Marilyn Taylor McDowell

Marilyn Taylor McDowell

Marilyn has brought children and books together for more than 25 years, as a volunteer school librarian, a cultural arts chairperson, and a storyteller.
Christy Mihaly

Christy Mihaly

Christy Mihaly writes for young readers because she believes that our best hope for the future is raising kids who love to learn.
Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery

Sy is a naturalist and the author of 28 books, including How to Be A Good Creature: A Memoir in 13 Animals and Inky’s Amazing Escape. 

Erin E. Moulton

Erin E. Moulton

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).
Denise Ortakales

Denise Ortakales

Denise has sculpted paper illustrations for dozens of publications and children’s books, including Good Morning Garden and Carrot in My Pocket.
Katherine Paterson

Katherine Paterson

Katherine is an award-winning author of dozens of books for children and young adults, including Bridge to Terabithiaand Come Sing.
Tracey Campbell Pearson

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?
Gina Perry

Gina Perry

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

Eric Pinder

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 Porche

Verandah Porche

Verandah is a poet and performer. She is the author of the poetry collections The Body’s Symmetry and Glancing Off.
Jan Reynolds

Jan Reynolds

Jan is a writer and photographer. She is the author of the Vanishing Culture Series, which includes MongoliaFar North, and Down Under.
Rebecca Rupp

Rebecca Rupp

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 IslandOctavia Boone’s Big Questions, and After Eli.
Ted Scheu

Ted Scheu

Ted is a former elementary school teacher and the author of I Froze My Mother and Other Seriously Funny Family Poems.
Carolyn Scoppettone

Carolyn Scoppettone

Carolyn is a children’s book author and journalist. Her first book for children, HOLD THIS!, was recognized with a silver medal Moonbeam award.
John Stadler

John Stadler

John is the author/illustrator of over 25 books for children, including Hooray for Snail! and Animal Cafe.
Lindsey Stoddard

Lindsey Stoddard

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.
Phoebe Stone

Phoebe Stone

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

Tanya Lee Stone

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.
Steve Swinburne

Steve Swinburne

Steve Swinburne is an author and photographer who has published more than thirty nonfiction books for young readers.
S. S. Taylor

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.
Chris Tebbetts

Chris Tebbetts

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.
Linda Urban

Linda Urban

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.
Dianalee Velie

Dianalee Velie

Dianalee is a poet, teacher, and the author of four books of poetry, a short story collection, and a play.
J & P Voelkel

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.
Sandra Neil Wallace

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.
Dean Whitlock

Dean Whitlock

Dean is the author of novels for young adults and short stories for their parents. His books include Sky Carver and Raven.
Doug Wilhelm

Doug Wilhelm

Doug is the author of 14 books for middle-grade readers, including The Revealers and nine books in the Choose Your Own Adventure series.
Ashley Wolff

Ashley Wolff

Ashley Wolff is the illustrator, and often the author of over 65 picture books.
Liza Woodruff

Liza Woodruff

Liza Woodruff has illustrated more than 20 children’s books. She lives in Charlotte, VT.
Bruce and Hobbes

Bruce and Hobbes

Bruce & Hobbes talk to kids about anti-bullying efforts, anti-domestic violence efforts, empathy, compassion, inclusion, tolerance, respect, determination, empowerment, team-building & perseverance.