Rockwell Library - Upcoming Events

2024 Author Visits 

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Susan Tan
Children's Fiction Author
March 29th, 2024

Susan Tan is the author of the Asian Pacific American Librarian Association Literature Award–winning Cilla Lee-Jenkins series and the Pets Rule! early reader series. She currently lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, and is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Susan's first book in the Pets Rule series has been nominated for a Washington Library Association Otter Award this year! Susan will be visiting virtually with our 2nd and 3rd graders.

Pets Rule Books 1-4 



Books 5 and 6- Coming in 2024! 


  Cilla Jenkins Series


                              Check out her website for more info:





Naseem Hrab
 Children's Picture Book Author

March 14th, 2024

Naseem Hrab is the award-winning author of many stories for children including Otis & Peanut, How to Party Like a Snail, Weekend Dad, a Governor General’s Literary Award finalist, and The Sour Cherry Tree, a Governor General’s Literary Award winner. Her work has been translated into several languages including Turkish, Swedish, Italian, Spanish and Catalan, and praised by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the CBC, NPR, Bank Street College, and more. She worked as a librarian for a time and currently works in children's publishing. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. Naseem will be visiting virtually with our First graders. 



   Learn more about Naseem on her website:


Bob Shea


Bob Shea- Children's Picture Book
Author and Illustrator
Thursday, February 8th, 2024

Bob Shea is an award-winning author and illustrator of your favorite children’s books. His titles include the popular Ballet Cat series, The Dinosaur VS. … series and runaway smash hit, Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great. The rest escape me at the moment. Oh, he wrote Who Wet My Pants illustrated by his friend Zach Ohora. 

Bob has worked with Comedy Central, was the designer of the PBS Kids logo, developed an on-air character for Playhouse Disney, worked with Nick Jr., has appeared on Noggin and The Sunny Side Up Show and has also worked on a super-secret project with some really smart people at Google. DreamWorks is developing one of his books into a television show. Bob Shea is largely, if not entirely, responsible for the success of all the organizations mentioned.

Bob will visit our kinder and 1st grade classes virtually to share his writing process and do a drawing lesson!

Check out his website for more info:

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Monica Silvie- Children's Picture Book Author
February 21st, 2024 for World Read Aloud Day!

Monica Silvie is a writer and illustrator of children's books. She lives in Vancouver, Canada, on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Monica’s debut picture book is Chickadee: Criminal Mastermind (Kids Can Press, June 2022), illustrated by Elina Ellis.

Monica will be virtually visiting Mr. McElrea's class for World Read Aloud Day 2024.


                 Check out her website for more info:


2023 Author Visits



Brian Young-Young Adult Fiction Writer

Monday, December 11th, 2023


Author and filmmaker Brian Young is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He grew up on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Brian earned his BA in Film Studies at Yale University and his MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University. Brian currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

Yá’át’ééh, Brian Young yinishyé. T’áchiinii nishłį́. Ta’neeszahnii báshíshchíín. T’ódích’íinii da shicheii. T’ódik’ǫzhi da shinálí. Tséhootsooí dę́ę́’ naashá. Brooklyn, New York, da shighan.

Hello, my name is Brian Young. I am Red-Running-Into-Red Clan and born for the Tangle People Clan. My maternal grandfather’s clan is Bitter Water. My paternal grandfather’s clan is Bitter Water. I am enrolled with the Navajo Nation and grew up in Fort Defiance, Arizona. I currently live in Brooklyn, New York. 

               Checkout his website for more information:







John Gallagher- Young Adult Fiction Writer

Monday, February 6th, 2023



John Gallagher is the art director of the NWF’s “Ranger Rick” magazine, cofounder of “Kids Love Comics” (an organization that uses graphic novels to promote literacy), and leads workshops teaching kids how to create their own comics. John lives in Virginia with his wife and their three kids. John is the author and illustrator of the Max Meow: Cat Crusader graphic novel series.


Check out his website for more info:


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Dusti Bowling- Young Adult Fiction Author

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 for
World Read Aloud Day

DUSTI BOWLING grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, where, as her family will tell you, she always had her nose in a book. She released her first middle grade novel in 2017 and hasn't stopped writing since. 

Dusti's books have won the Reading the West Award, the Sakura Medal, a Golden Kite Honor, the William Allen White Children's Book Award, and have been nominated for over thirty state awards. Her books are Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selections and have been named best books of the year by the Chicago Public Library, Kirkus, Bank Street College of Education, A Mighty Girl, Shelf Awareness, and many more. Dusti currently lives in Eagar, Arizona with her husband, three daughters, and a bunch of farm animals.

Dusti joined us for World Read Aloud Day and read from her newest book
Dust- which is scheduled to be released in August 2023.



     Learn more about Dusti and her books





Deborah Underwood- Children's
Picture Book Author

March 17th, 2023

Deborah Underwood grew up in Walla Walla, Washington. Her father was a math professor and her mother taught English. After colege, she became a street musician, then she worked in an office typing memos for accountants. During her breaks she would write screenplays. She finally decided to write for kids. Deborah also started writing nonfiction at the suggestion of her publisher. Her children's titles include: The Quiet Book, The Christmas Quiet Book, A Balloon for Isabel, Sugar Plum Ballerinas, and The Loud Book. Her nonfiction titles include: Mexico or Bust, Animal Secrets, 101 Ways to Save the Planet and Ballroom Dancing. In 2014 her title, Here Comes The Easter Cat, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

Deborah Underwood Book Covers


Learn more about Deborah and her books:


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Jennifer Torres- Young Adult Fiction Author
April 7th, 2023

Jennifer Torres is the award-winning author of Stef Soto, Taco QueenThe Fresh New Face of Griselda, and other books for young readers. She writes stories about home, friendship, and unexpected courage inspired by her Mexican-American heritage. Jennifer started her career as a newspaper reporter, and even though she writes fiction now, she hopes her stories still have some truth in them. She lives with her family in Southern California.



           Learn more about Jennifer on her website:



2022 Author Visits


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Lyla Lee- Young Adult Fiction Author

Friday May 13th, 2022

Lyla Lee is the author of young adult novels like I’ll Be the One and the upcoming Flip the Script (May 2022). She also writes the Mindy Kim series for younger readers. Born in South Korea, she’s since then lived in various cities throughout the United States. Inspired by her English teacher, she started writing her own stories in fourth grade and finished her first novel at the age of fourteen. After working various jobs in Hollywood and studying Psychology and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, she now lives in Dallas, Texas. 

Published Mindy Kim titles:

Mindy Kim Titles


Coming in May 2022! 

Fairy Tale Wedding


       Check out her website for more info:


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Wendy Mass- Young Adult Fiction Author
Friday April 1st, 2022

Wendy Mass is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-nine novels for young people (which have been translated into 26 languages and nominated for 91 state book awards), her first was A Mango-Shaped Space (which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association), followed by Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Every Soul a StarThe Willow Falls series (that began with 11 Birthdays)Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life (which was made into a feature film)The Candymakers series and Pi in the Sky. Her latest books are Bob (co-written with Rebecca Stead) and two early reader series called Space Taxi (co-written with Michael Brawer), and Time Jumpers.

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                                 Learn more about Wendy Mass on her website:




Saadia Faruqi- Pakistani Young Adult Fiction
and Children's Book Author
March 4th, 2022

Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author, essayist and interfaith activist. She writes the children’s early reader series “Yasmin” and other books for children, including middle grade novels “A Place At The Table” co-written with Laura Shovan (a Sydney Taylor Notable 2021), and “A Thousand Questions” (a South Asia Book Award Honor 2021). Her new book “Yusuf Azeem Is Not A Hero” details the experiences of the Muslim American community twenty years after 9/11. Saadia is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose. Saadia will be visiting virtually with 2nd and 3rd grade on March 4th, 2022. 

Some of her books: 

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YA Titles

Coming in May 2022!

Must Love Pets


Learn more about Saadia on her website:


2021 Author Visits


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Traci Sorell- Native American Author

November 16th, 2021

Traci is a member of the Cherokee nation and the author of "We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga" and "We Are Still Here" among other children's books. These bilingual books she will be discussing are written in both English and Cherokee, are beautiful stories about being grateful and a reminder that these people are still here, living on their ancestral lands Since Time Immemorial. 

Some of Her books:

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Learn more about Traci on her website:


Kazu Kibuishi- Graphic Novel Author/Illustrator
Our first visit of the year will be a spectacular one! 

 Known for his Amulet Graphic Novel series will be attending a virtual visit on October 26th, 2021 for 4th and 5th grade students.


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Learn more about Kazu and his work at:





Ben Guterson- Young Adult Fiction Author
May 12th, 2021

Ben Guterson is a local Young Adult fiction author. His books include the Winterhouse mystery series and his newest book- Einstein's at Vista Point. Ben is visiting in-person with our 4th and 5th grade students.

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            Learn more about Ben's books on his website:



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Trudi Trueit- Young Adult Fiction Author

January 27th, 2021

Trudi is a local author of many fiction and non-fiction titles. She will be joining the Rockwell Intermediate grades to share her Explorer Academy series with a new release expected on January 5th, 2021.

Her Explorer Academy Series:

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                          Learn more about Trudi on her website:



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Andrea Loney- Children's Picture Book Author
February 3rd, 2021
World Read Aloud Day 2021

Andrea Loney is the award-winning author of Curve & Flow, VIP: Stacey Abrams, Bunnybear, Double Bass Blues, Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee!, and more. She visited our Kindergarten and 1st graders virtually for World Read Aloud day and read Bunnybear!


Some of her books: 



For more info on Andrea check out her website:


2020 Author Visits


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J. Anderson Coats- Young Adult fiction author

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 

Celebrating this local authors titles such as:  

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Jillian visited with our 3rd-5th graders in our first ever virtual author visit through Microsoft Teams. Students really enjoyed learning about her writing and publishing process. This author is especially pertinent as her title- The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming is one of our Battle of the Books titles and has earned these literary awards:

  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Intermediate Title
  • Bank Street Children's Book Award
  • Jefferson Cup Award Honor Title (VA)
  • Sasquatch Book Award Nominee (WA)
  • Washington State Book Award Finalist

               To learn more about Jillian, visit her website


Ellie Peterson- picture book
Illustrator and Author

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

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Ellie is a triple threat- Illustrator, Author and Science Teacher! Ellie visited with our Kinder-2nd graders and shared a book that she is the illustrator for- Bea's Bees. This book is a great story about how important Bees are to our environment and provide the foods we enjoy. Ellie shared lots of awesome info about bees and what we can do to help them thrive- even in our own yards!

Ellie is the Author of these books as well:

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              To learn more about Ellie, check out her webpage: