Our Authors

Jeri Cipriano is the author of more than 100 books for children. She has also served as an editorial director of classroom magazines at Scholastic. When Jeri is not writing she enjoys taking photos of people and places.

Jessica Cohn is the author of the On the Job career series and many other helpful nonfiction books for students. She has made a career of writing and editing materials for young people, covering varied topics, from science to poetry. If you ask her, Cohn will tell you that she feels lucky to be on the job in educational publishing. Each day, she discovers something new to learn and someone with an interesting story—and then gets to share the information. Jessica and her family reside in California. When not working, she enjoys hiking, helping her local library, and exploring the country.

Aaron Derr is a writer based just outside of Dallas, Texas. He has more than 15 years of experience writing and editing magazines and books for kids of all ages. When he’s not reading or writing, Aaron enjoys watching and playing sports, and being a good sport with his wife and two kids.  

Always looking to make kids smile, Jeff’s books are filled with humor and silliness that captures a child’s imagination. When not writing, Jeff runs a successful design firm specializing in textbooks for use in classrooms from K-8. Committed to literacy, Jeff’s design firm also contributes to charitable organizations who promote the importance of reading and writing to young children.

Deborah Wood and Marko Galjasevic brought over a
decade of experience teaching yoga and wellness to
students of all ages. Originally from New York City,
they previously owned yoga studios in the Berkshires and in upstate New York.

Jack Guinan is a distinguished author and cartoonist. His published works include the popular children’s bedtime storybook SomeDay, SomeNight and the critically acclaimed personal investing books, The Online Trading Survival Guide and The Investopedia Guide to Wall Speak. His cartoons have appeared worldwide with King Features Syndicate.  

Gail Hennessey taught social studies for most of her 33 ½-years of teaching. She was named Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year by both the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the New York State Council for the Social Studies. She has authored eight books for teachers and more than 35 books for children. When not writing about history, Gail and her husband Radcliffe read about history at home in Harpursville, NY. Look for the first of Gail's new nonfiction picture books to come in Spring 2020.

Gwendolyn Hooks writes fiction, nonfiction and magazine articles. When she is not writing, Gwendolyn visits schools to share her passion for books with students.  She is a frequent speaker at teacher and librarian conferences talking up books and the excitement of writing them. Working from her home in Oklahoma City, Gwendolyn keeps busy planning new projects to help kids explore their world through reading.

Suzanne Kamata was born and raised in the United States, but she has lived in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan, for over half of her life. She earned an M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia. In addition to writing many stories, essays, and books, she has taught English as a Foreign Language to learners of all ages. Having raised two kids, she now lives with her husband and two cats in Aizumi. Look for her new middle grade novel Pop Flies, Robo Pets, and Other Disasters to come in Spring 2020 from One Elm.

Benjamin Klas lives in Minnesota with his partner and their son. He spends his days block printing, playing the ukulele, parenting, and writing, although not necessarily in that order. After graduating with a degree in writing from North Central University, Benjamin went on to earn a Master of Library and Information Science from St. Catherine University. His work has appeared in several small literary magazines and a collection by queer authors.