Texas Children's & YA
Authors & Illustrators

 

Texas authors & illustrators, L-Z

Julie Lake: the author of GALVESTON'S SUMMER OF THE STORM. Julie lives in the Austin area. See also An Interview with Julie Lake.

Lindsey Lane: the author of SNUGGLE MOUNTAIN. Lindsey lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Lindsey Lane.

Jeanette Larson: the author of HUMMINGBIRDS: FACTS AND FOLKLORE FROM THE AMERICAS. Jeanette is a former public librarian and lives in the Austin area. See also An Interview with Jeanette Larson.

Kathryn Lay: the author of the SENSING THEIR PREY series, the WENDY'S WEATHER WARRIORS series, JOSH'S HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN, CROWN ME! and more. See also An Interview with Kathryn Lay.

The Jalapeno ManDebbie Leland: the author children's picture books such as AGGIE GOOSE RHYMES, THE LITTLE PRAIRIE HEN, DADDY'S LOVE, THE FIREGATOR and THE JALAPENO MAN, all illustrated by Ann Hollis Rife. Debbie lives in College Station. See also An Interview with Debbie Leland.

Cynthia Y. Levinson: the author of WE'VE GOT A JOB: THE 1963 BIRMINGHAM CHILDREN'S MARCH. Cynthia lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Cynthia Y. Levinson.

Deborah J. Lightfoot: the author the WATERSPELL trilogy and TRAIL FEVER: THE LIFE OF A TEXAS COWBOY and other books. Deborah is from West Texas.

Mary Lindsey: the author of SHATTERED SOULS and ASHES ON THE WAVES. Mary lives in Houston. 

Nikki Loftin: the author of THE SINISTER SWEETNESS OF SPLENDID ACADEMY. Nikki is from Austin. See also An Interview with Nikki Loftin.

Laura Logan: the illustrator of several picture books, including TWO TO CUDDLE, THE EASTER BUNNY'S WORKSHOP, ON THOSE RUNAWAY DAYS, I CAN PLAY IT SAFE, NONNA TELL ME A STORY and THAT'S MY MOMMY. She lives in Austin.

Diana Lopez: the author of CONFETTI GIRL, ASK MY MOOD RING HOW I FEEL and CHOKE. She lives in San Antonio. See also An Interview with Diana Lopez.

Michelle Lord: the debut author of LITTLE SAP AND MONSIEUR RODIN, A SONG FOR CAMBODIA, TIDE POOL TROUBLE and NATURE RECYCLES. Michelle lives in New Braunfels. See also An Interview with Michelle Lord.

D. (Dorothy) Anne Love: the author of numerous books for young readers, including THE PUPPETEER'S APPRENTICE, OF NUMBERS AND STARS: THE STORY OF HYPATIA, PICTURE PERFECT, SEMIPRECIOUS and DEFYING THE DIVA. She lives in San Antonio. See also An Interview with D. Anne Love.

Kari Luna: the author of THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING. Formerly of Garland, Kari now makes her home in Portland.

April Lurie: the author of THE LESS-DEAD, THE LATENT POWERS OF DYLAN FONTAINE, DANCING IN THE STREETS OF BROOKLYN and BOYFRIENDS, BROTHERS & OTHER CRIMINAL MINDS and other books for tween/YA readers. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and now lives in Round Rock. See also An Interview with April Lurie.

Mari Mancusi: the author of SCORCHED, the BLOOD COVEN series, GAMER GIRL and more. Mari lives in Dripping Springs. See also Mari Mancusi on Kids Don't Read Like They Used To (and That's a Good Thing) .

Christina Mandelski is the author of THE SWEETEST THING. See also An Interview with Christina Mandelski.

Emily McKay: the author of THE FARM and the co-author of THE INTERNATIONAL KISSING CLUB.

Mark G. Mitchell: the author-illustrator of SEEING STARS and RAISING LA BELLE. Mark lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Mark G. Mitchell.

Mary Beth Miller: the author of ON THE HEAD OF A PIN and AIMEE. Mary Beth lives in the Forth Worth area.

Susan K. Mitchell: the author of KERSPLATYPUS, STONE PIZZA and THE RAIN FOREST GREW ALL AROUND. Susan is based in north Houston.

Jenny Moss: the author of TAKING OFF, WINNIE’S WAR and SHADOW. Jenny lives in Houston. See also An Interview with Jenny Moss.

Pat Mora: the author (and poet) of numerous books, including the MY FAMILY/MI FAMILIA series, TOMAS AND THE LIBRARY LADY and DONA FLOR: A TALL TALE ABOUT A GIANT WOMAN WITH A GREAT BIG HEART. Pat is from El Paso and now makes her home in Santa Fe. See also An Interview with Pat Mora.

Anna Myers: the author of numerous books, including THE GRAVE ROBBER'S SECRET, TIME OF THE WITCHES, TULSA BURNING, STOLEN BY THE SEA, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS and FIRE IN THE HILLS. Myers lives in Oklahoma but was born in Texas. See also An Interview with Anna Myers.

Cory Putnam Oakes: the author of THE VEIL. Cory lives in Austin.

Lisa Papademetriou: the author of CONFECTIONATELY YOURS, and SIXTH-GRADE GLOMMERS, NORKS, AND ME (among other titles) as well as the co-author of M OR F? Lisa was born in Houston and now makes her home in Massachusetts.

Phyllis Hornung Peacock: the illustrator of such books as THE NEW HOUSE, the PRINCESS MADISON books, A PLACE FOR ZERO, SIMON CAN'T SAY HIPPOPOTAMUS and WHAT’S YOUR ANGLE, PYTHAGORAS? Phyllis lives in Austin.

Jan Peck: the author of numerous books, including THE GREEN MOTHER GOOSE: SAVING THE WORLD ONE RHYME AT A TIME, WAY OUT WEST ON MY LITTLE PONY, PIRATE TREASURE HUNT, WAY DOWN DEEP IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA, THE GIANT CARROT, THE BALLERINA PRINCESS, THE FIRST CHRISTMAS and THE TIME TRAVELERS. See also An Interview with Jan Peck.

Jane Peddicord: the author of NIGHT WONDERS and THAT SPECIAL LITTLE BABY. Jane lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Jane Peddicord.

Thomas Pendleton (AKA Dallas Reed AKA Lee Thomas): the author of MASON. Thomas lives in the Austin area. See also An Interview with Thomas Pendleton.

Ruth Pennebaker: the author of DON’T THINK TWICE, CONDITIONS OF LOVE and BOTH SIDES NOW. Ruth lives in Austin.

Sara Pennypacker: the author of the CLEMENTINE series, SPARROW GIRL, SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS and more. Sara is a sometimes resident of Austin. See also An Interview with Sara Pennypacker.

Ashley Hope Perez: the author of WHAT CAN’T WAIT and THE KNIFE AND THE BUTTERFLY. Ashley has taught in Texas. See also An Interview with Ashley Hope Perez.

Rickey E. Pittman: the author of IRISH ALPHABET, JIM LIMBER DAVIS: A BLACK ORPHAN IN THE CONFEDERATE WHITE HOUSE and STORIES OF THE CONFEDERATE SOUTH. Jim is originally from Dallas and now makes his home in Louisiana.

Joy Preble: the author of the ANASTASIA trilogy and THE SWEET DEAD LIFE. Joy lives in Houston. See also An Interview with Joy Preble.

Margo Rabb: the author of CURES FOR HEARTBREAK. Margo lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Margo Rabb.

Lisa Railsback: the author of NOONIE'S MASTERPIECE and BETTI ON THE HIGH WIRE. Lisa lives in Austin. See also: An Interview with Lisa Railsback.

H.J. Ralles: the author of several books for young readers, including THE GHOSTS OF MALHADO. H.J. makes her home in Houston.

Dia Reeves: the author of BLEEDING VIOLET and SLICE OF CHERRY. Dia lives in a suburb of Dallas. See also An Interview with Dia Reeves.

Dian Curtis Regan: the author of numerous books for young people, including PRINCESS NEVERMORE, CAM'S QUEST, the MONSTER OF THE MONTH CLUB books, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO KALEY, THE SNOW BLEW IN, MONSTER BABY and BARNYARD SLAM. Dian now lives in Colorado. See also An Interview with Dian Curtis Regan.

Bettina Restrepo is the author of MOOSE AND MAGPIE and ILLEGAL. See also An Interview with Bettina Restrepo.

Rick Riordan: the author of the PERCY JACKSON series and THE KANE CHRONICLES series. Rick lives in San Antonio. See also An Interview with Rick Riordan.

Marsha Riti: the illustrator of THE PICKY LITTLE WITCH. She lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Marsha Riti.

Shellee Roberts: the co-author of THE INTERNATIONAL KISSING CLUB. Shellee lives in Austin.

April Robins: the author of several books, including KEEPER OF HAPPY FACES, A MESSAGE OF LOVE and LOVEY LITTLE LAMB. April's family owns its own press, Robin Falls Children's Stories, in Dallas.

Lupe Ruiz-Flores: the author LUPITA'S PAPALOTE/EL PAPALOTE DE LUPITA, ALICIA'S FRUITY DRINKS/LAS AGUAS FRESCAS DE ALICIA, THE BATTLE OF THE SNOW CONES/LA GUERRA DE LAS RASPAS, LUPITA'S FIRST DANCE, EL PRIMER BAILE DE LUPITA and LET'S SALSA/BAILEMOS SALSA. Lupe lives in San Antonio. See also An Interview with Lupe Ruiz-Flores.

Louis Sachar: the author of HOLES, THE CARDTURNER and the MARVIN REDPOST series. Louis lives in Austin.

Alex Sanchez: the YA author of THE GOD BOX, BAIT, BOYFRIENDS WITH GIRLFRIENDS, RAINBOW BOYS, RAINBOW HIGH, RAINBOW ROAD and SO HARD TO SAY. Alex lived in Austin as a child. See also An Interview with Alex Sanchez.

Tony Sansevero: the illustrator of  I WAS A SIXTH GRADE ALIEN, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ROCK, FOCUS ON MINERALS, POPPERS TO THE RESCUE, A HAT FOR A PROMISE, MY ANGEL HERMAN, THE SECRET ADMIRER and more. He lives in Austin.

Liz Garton Scanlon: the author of several books, including THINK BIG, A SOCK IS A POCKET FOR YOUR TOES, ALL THE WORLD, NOODLE AND LOU and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUNNY. She lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Liz Garton Scanlon.

Lindsey Schiebe is the author of RIPTIDE. She lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Lindsey Schiebe.

Denise Schmandt-Besserat: the author of THE HISTORY OF COUNTING. Denise lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Denise Schmandt-Besserat.

Elaine Scott: the author of numerous books, including BURIED ALIVE!, MARS AND THE SEARCH FOR LIFE, ALL ABOUT SLEEP FROM A TO ZZZS, SECRETS OF THE CIRQUE MEDRANO, POLES APART: WHY PENGUINS AND POLAR BEARS WILL NEVER BE NEIGHBORS, TWINS! and ADVENTURE IN SPACE: THE FLIGHT TO FIX THE HUBBLE. Elaine lives in Houston. See also An Interview with Elaine Scott.

Victoria Scott: the author of THE COLLECTOR trilogy and the FIRE & FLOOD trilogy. Victoria lives in Dallas.

Janice and Tom Shefelman: the writing-illustration team behind numerous books for children, including ANNA MARIA'S GIFT, A PARADISE CALLED TEXAS, A PEDDLER'S DREAM, VICTORIA HOUSE and I, VIVALDI. The Shefelmans live in Austin. See also Janice Shefelman on Researching Anna Maria's Gift.

Toni Simmons: the author of books and audio including THE CHEESE CHASE. Emphasis on multicultural oral traditions. Toni lives in Dallas.

Cynthia Leitich Smith: the author the FERAL series, the TANTALIZE series and books for younger children, including JINGLE DANCER, INDIAN SHOES and RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME. See About Cynthia for full information. Cynthia lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith.

Greg Leitich Smith: the author of CHRONAL ENGINE, LITTLE GREEN MEN AT THE MERCURY INN, TOFU AND T. REX and NINJAS, PIRANHAS AND GALILEO. Greg lives in Austin. See An Interview with Greg Leitich Smith.

J. Jaye Smith: the author of BATTY ABOUT TEXAS. She makes her home in the Austin area.

Mrs. BiddleboxLinda Smith (no relation): the author of WHEN MOON FELL DOWN, MRS. BIDDLEBOX: HER VERY BAD DAY…AND WHAT SHE DID ABOUT IT!, THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A BOOT and THE INSIDE TREE. Texas author Linda Smith died of breast cancer in June 2000. See An Interview with Marla Frazee, the illustrator of MRS. BIDDLEBOX.

Jordan Sonnenblick: the author of several books, including DRUMS, GIRLS & DANGEROUS PIE as well as NOTES FROM THE MIDNIGHT DRIVER, ZEN AND THE ART OF FAKING IT and the DODGER series. Jordan now lives in Pennsylvania, but he previously worked as a teacher in Texas. See also An Interview with Jordan Sonnenblick.

Hazel Spire: the author of SECRET OF THE SEVENTH GATE, a children's mystery based on Hazel’s life in Iran before moving to Texas.

Divya Srinivasan: the author-illustrator of LITTLE OWL'S NIGHT and OCTOPUS ALONE. Divya lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Divya Srinivasan.

Christy Stallop: the illustrator of THERE’S A YAK IN MY BED. Christy lives in the Austin area.

Diane Stanley: the author-illustrator of MOZART: THE WONDER CHILD, SALADIN: NOBLE PRINCE OF ISLAM, MICHELANGELO, THE CUP AND THE CROWN, THE SILVER BOWL and SAVING SKY. She was born in Abilene.

B.J. Stone: the author of GIRL ON THE BLUFF and OLA'S WAKE. She lives in Fort Worth. See also An Interview with B.J. Stone.

Anastasia Suen: the author of TODDLER TWO, AIR SHOW, WINDOW MUSIC and more then 100 other books for young readers. See also An Interview with Anastasia Suen.

Mary Sullivan: the author-illustrator of BALL and illustrator of OLIVER’S MUST-DO LIST. Mary lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Mary Sullivan.

Susan Swan: the illustrator of several books, including WHEN AUTUMN FALLS; JUNGLE DRUM; JUST US TWO. Susan lives in Ovilla, Texas.

Don Tate: the illustrator of SURE AS SUNRISE, RON'S BIG MISSION, SHE LOVED BASEBALL, HOPE'S GIFT, THE CART THAT CARRIED MARTIN and more. Don is also the author of IT JES' HAPPENED. He lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Don Tate.

Walking the Choctaw RoadTim Tingle: the author of WALKING THE CHOCTAW ROAD, CROSSING BOK CHITTO, SALTYPIE, HOW I BECAME A GHOST and more. Tim also is an oral storyteller. Tim lives in Canyon Lake.

Janee Trasler: the author-illustrator of CAVEMAN: A B.C. STORY, BENNY'S CHOCOLATE BUNNY, GHOST EATS IT ALL and A VISIT TO THE FARM. Janee lives in Grapevine.

Richard Trout: the author of the MACGREGOR FAMILY ADVENTURE series. Richard grew up in Lubbock and now makes his home in Oklahoma.

Smita Turakhia: the illustrator of FINDERS KEEPERS? Smita lives in Lake Jackson, Texas.

Kristi Valiant: the illustrator of more than 20 books for young readers. She used to live in Texas and now makes her home in Indiana.

Emma J. Virjan: the author-illustrator of NACHO THE PARTY PUPPY. Emma makes her home in Austin. See also An Interview with Emma J. Virjan.

Mary D. Wade: the author of numerous books for children, including: SAM HOUSTON: STANDING FIRM, I AM HOUSTON, AUSTIN, THE SON BECOMES A FATHER, OPA'S STORIES and more. Mary lives in Houston.

Jerry Wermund: the author of SOIL: MORE THAN DIRT, EARTHSCAPES: LANDFORMS SCULPTED BY WATER, AIR, AND ICE and THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ROCK. He lives in Buda. See also An Interview with Jerry Wermund.

Scott Westerfeld: the author of numerous books for teens, including the LEVIATHAN series, PEEPS, the UGLIES series, and the MIDNIGHTERS series. Scott was born in Texas and now splits his time between New York and Sydney, Australia. See also An Interview with Scott Westerfeld.

Kathy Whitehead: the author of LOOKING FOR UNCLE LOUIE ON THE FOURTH OF JULY and ART FROM THE HEART. Kathy lives in College Station. See also An Interview with Kathy Whitehead.

Jo Whittemore: the author of D IS FOR DRAMA, ODD GIRL IN, FRONT PAGE FACE-OFF and the ESCAPE FROM ARYLON (THE SILVERSKIN LEGACY) trilogy. She lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Jo Whittemore.

Lori Aurelia Williams: the author of WHEN KAMBIA ELAINE FLEW IN FROM NEPTUNE, SHAYLA’S DOUBLE BROWN BABY BLUES, MAXINE BANKS IS GETTING MARRIED and BROKEN CHINA. She lives in Austin.

Andrea White: author of SURVIVING ANTARTICA: REALITY TV 2083, WINDOWS ON THE WORLD and more. Andrea is from Houston. See also An Interview with Andrea White.

Brian Yansky: the author of MY ROAD TRIP TO THE PRETTY GIRL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, ALIEN INVASION AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES, WONDERS OF THE WORLD and HOMICIDAL ALIENS AND OTHER DISAPPOINTMENTS. Brian lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Brian Yansky.

Frances Yansky: the author of BUG CEMETERY. Frances lives in Austin.

Philip Yates: the author of TEN LITTLE MUMMIES and A PIRATE'S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. Formerly of Austin, Philip lives in Oklahoma. See also An Interview with Philip Yates.

Clint Young: the illustrator of RETURN TO THE WILLOWS. Clint lives in Austin.

How Not to be PopularJennifer Ziegler: the author of ALPHA DOG, SASS AND SERENDIPITY and HOW NOT TO BE POPULAR. See also An Interview with Jennifer Ziegler.


HAVE TALENT, WILL TRAVEL: DIRECTORY OF AUTHORS, ILLUSTRATORS AND STORYTELLERS WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI by Gwynne Spencer (Linworth, 2002). Listing alphabetically and by state of residence of potential speakers includes names, contact information, presentation sketches, grade levels, costs, and more. Features talent from the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.