Texas Children's & YA
Authors & Illustrators

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Texas authors & illustrators, A-k

Jill S. Alexander: the debut author of THE SWEETHEART FROM PROSPER COUNTY. Jill is from Tyler. See also An Interview with Jill S. Alexander.

Salima Alikham: the illustrator of ROCKY MOUNTAIN NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS and PIECES OF ANOTHER WORLD. Salima makes her home in Austin. See also An Interview with Salima Alikhan.

Crystal Allen: the author of THE LAURA LINE and HOW LAMAR'S BAD PRANK WON A BUBBA-SIZED TROPHY. Crystal lives in the Houston area. See also An Interview with Crystal.

Brian Anderson: the author of the ZACK PROTON books. Brian is from Austin. See also An Interview with Brian Anderson.

E. "Emily" Kristin Anderson: the co-anthologist of DEAR TEEN ME: AUTHORS WRITE LETTERS TO THEIR TEEN SELVES. Emily lives in Austin. See also An Interview with E. Kristin Anderson.

Jessica Lee Anderson: the author of CALLI, BORDER CROSSING and TRUDY as well as books for younger kids. Jessica lives north of Austin.See also An Interview with Jessica Lee Anderson.

Cowboy Dreams thumbnailKathi Appelt: the author of THE UNDERNEATH, KEEPER, and numerous picture books, including the BUBBA AND BEAU series and MISS LADY BIRD'S WILDFLOWERS: HOW A FIRST LADY CHANGED AMERICA. She lives in College Station. See also An Interview with Kathi Appelt.

Dianna Hutts Aston: the author of numerous picture books including, AN EGG IS QUIET, DREAM SOMETHING BIG, THE MOON OVER STAR and WHEN YOU WERE BORN. She lives in Mexico and (sometimes) Buda. See also An Interview with Dianna Hutts Aston.

Varsha Bajaj: the debut author of HOW MANY KISSES DO YOU WANT TONIGHT? and T IS FOR TAJ MAHAL. Varsha lives in the Houston area. See also An Interview with Varsha Bajaj.

Chris Barton: the author of THE DAY-GLO BROTHERS, SHARK VS. TRAIN and CAN I SEE YOUR ID?. Chris lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Chris Barton.

Jane Scoggins Bauld: the author of numerous books, including JOURNEY OF THE THIRD SEED, FIREFLY'S LIGHT and the HECTOR series. She is very involved with the Christian Writers' Guild and lives in Austin.

Holly Bea: the author of several books, including GOD BELIEVES IN YOU, BLESS YOUR HEART, WHERE GOD LIVES and LUCY GOOSE GOES TO TEXAS. Holly has lived in Lubbock and now makes her home in Dallas.

Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt: the author of YOU THINK IT'S EASY BEING THE TOOTH FAIRY? and several non-fiction activity books. She was raised a military brat, graduated from The University of Texas, Austin, and now makes her home in Buffalo, New York.

Kelly Bennett: the author of numerous books, including NOT NORMAN: A GOLDFISH STORY, DAD AND POP, YOUR DADDY WAS JUST LIKE YOU, YOUR MOMMY WAS JUST LIKE YOU, ONE DAY I WENT RAMBLING and SPIDER SPINS A STORY: FOURTEEN LEGENDS FROM NATIVE AMERICA. See also An Interview with Kelly Bennett.

Marcia Bennett: the author several books, including UMBRELLA TOWN, MYSTERY AT JACOB'S WELL and SOMEBODY LEFT THE DOOR OPEN. Marcia lives in Wimberly.

Mike Benny: the illustrator of AMERICAS WHITE TABLE, THE LISTENERS, JUST AS GOOD: HOW LARRY DOBY CHANGED AMERICA'S GAME, OH, BROTHER! and more. Mike makes his home in Austin.See also An Interview with Mike Benny.

Family FamiliaDiane Gonzales Bertrand: the author of several novels, including ALICIA'S TREASURE (1995), TRINO'S CHOICE (1999), and TRINO'S TIME (2001) as well as bilingual picture books, SIP,SLURP, SOUP, SOUP/CALDO, CALDO, CALDO (1997), FAMILY, FAMILIA (1999), THE LAST DOLL (2001), and UNCLE CHENTE'S PICNIC (2001). Her books are published by Arte Publico Press in Houston. She is Writer-In-Residence at St. Mary's University in San Antonio.

Deborah Blumenthal: the author of numerous books, including THE LIFEGUARD, FAT CAMP, THE BLUE HOUSE DOG, CHARLIE HITS IT BIG, ICE PALACE, AUNT CLAIRE'S YELLOW BEEHIVE HAIR, THE CHOCOLATE-COVERED-COOKIE TANTRUM and DON'T LET THE PEAS TOUCH AND OTHER STORIES. Deborah Blumenthal used to live in Houston, but now makes her home in New York City.

Libba Bray: the author of A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY trilogy, GOING BOVINE, THE DIVINERS and BEAUTY QUEENS. Libba was raised in Texas and now makes her home in New York. See also An Interview with Libba Bray.

Shana Burg: the author of A THOUSAND NEVER EVERS and LAUGH AT THE MOON.See also An Interview with Shana Burg.

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (book jacket)Anne Bustard: the author of BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY and T IS FOR TEXAS. Anne lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Anne Bustard.

Rachel Caine: the author of numerous books, including the Morganville Vampire series. Rachel lives in Fort Worth. See also An Interview with Rachel Caine.

Pam Calvert: the author of several books, including PRINCESS PEEPERS, MULTIPLYING MENACE; THE MAT MAKER and FLYING SAUCER. She lives in Del Rio, Texas.

Amy Rose Capetta: the author of ENTANGLED. Amy Rose used to live in Austin.

Peggy Caravantes: the author of biographies, including SELF RELIANCE: THE STORY OF RALPH WALDO EMERSON, A GREAT AND SUBLIME FOOL: THE STORY OF MARK TWAIN, WRITING IS MY BUSINESS: THE STORY OF O. HENRY, WAGING PEACE: THE STORY OF JANE ADDAMS, AN AMERICAN HERO: THE AUDIE MURPHY STORY, and PETTICOAT SPIES.

Katherine Catmull: the author of SUMMER AND BIRD and co-author of THE CABINET OF CURIOSITIES. Katherine lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Katherine Catmull.

Randy Cecil:  the author-illustrator of DUCK, GATOR, HORSEFLY AND HONEYBEE, BRONTORINA, LOVEABY DRAGON and HOW DO YOU WOKKA-WOKKA? Randy lives in the Houston area.

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo: the author of FEELS LIKE HOME, PRIZEFIGHTER EN MI CASA and FAT ANGIE. e.E. grew up in south Texas.

J. B. Cheaney: the author of MY FRIEND THE ENEMY and THE MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE. J. B. is originally from Dallas and now makes her home in Missouri. See also An Interview with J. B. Cheaney.

Tera Lynn Childs: the author of SWEET SHADOWS, SWEET VENOM, FORGIVE MY FINS, FINS ARE FOREVER, GODDESS BOOT CAMP and OH. MY. GODS. Tera used to live in Texas.

Melanie Chrismer: the author of CHACHALACA CHIQUITA, the PHOEBE CLAPPSADDLE picture books and HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE HUBBLE TELESCOPE: POSTCARDS FROM SPACE. Melanie is a fifth-generation Texan, living just outside of Atlanta. See also An Interview with Melanie Chrismer.

bookjacketPeggy Clement is the author of QUEEN OF THE CASTLE and SHIFTING SAND. She lives in Lumberton, Texas.

Rosemary Clement-Moore: the author of the MAGGIE QUINN series, TEXAS GOTHIC and THE SPLENDOR FALLS.

Bill Cochran: the author of THE FOREVER DOG and MY PARENTS ARE DIVORCED and MY ELBOWS HAVE NICKNAMES AND OTHER FACTS ABOUT ME. Bill lives in Dallas. See also An Interview with Bill Cochran.

Donna Cooner: the author of SKINNY. Donna is from Texas but now makes her home in Colorado. See also An Interview with Donna.

Jeff Crosby: the author-illustrator of WIENER WOLF, ROCKABILLY GOATS GRUFF and other picture books. He makes his home in the Austin area and frequently speaks with his co-creator, Shelley Anne Jackson.

James Crowley: the author of STARFISH. James lives in Austin. 

Suzanne Crowley: the author of THE VERY ORDERED EXISTENCE OF MERILEE MARVELOUS and THE STOLEN ONE. Suzanne lives in Southlake. See also An Interview with Suzanne Crowley.

Krissi Dallas: the author of The Phantom Island series. Krissi is from San Antonio and lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. See also An Interview with Krissi Dallas.

David R. Davis: the author of several picture books, including SOUTHERN MOTHER GOOSE, FANDANGO SKEW and LIBRARIANS' NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. He grew up in San Antonio and lives in Fort Worth.

Carolee Dean: the author of the young adult novel, COMFORT, FORGET ME NOT and TAKE ME THERE. Carolee has lived in both Lubbock and Happy, Texas. She currently makes her home in Albuquerque. See also Famous Poets Who Overcame Reading Disabilities from Carolee Dean.

Tracy Deebs: the author of the PANDORA series and TEMPEST RISING series as well as the co-author of THE INTERNATIONAL KISSING CLUB. Tracy lives in Austin.

Tracy Dockray: the author-illustrator of THE LOST AND FOUND PONY and illustrator of numerous books for children, including MY BUNNY DIARY, THE JAMMY DANCE and several titles by Beverly Cleary. Originally from Lubbock, Tracy now makes her home in New York City.

Shirley Smith Duke: the author of NO BOWS, UNTHINKABLE and several science nonfiction titles like STEP BY STEP EXPERIMENTS WITH PLANTS. She lives in Dallas. See also An Interview with Shirley Smith Duke.

Clare B. Dunkle: the author of THE HOUSE OF DEAD MAIDS, THE WALLS HAVE EYES, THE SKY INSIDE and numerous other books for YA readers. Clare previously lived in San Antonio and is now living in Germany. See also Clare B. Dunkle on Of Humans and Other Monsters.

Kathy Duval: the author of TAKE ME TO YOUR BBQ, THE THREE BEARS' CHRISTMAS and THE THREE BEARS' HALLOWEEN. Kathy was born in Oklahoma. She grew up in Texas and makes her home in the Houston area. See also An Interview with Kathy Duval.

Marianne J. Dyson: a former NASA flight controller and the author of SPACE STATION SCIENCE, HOME ON THE MOON, SPACE AND ASTRONOMY: DECADE BY DECADE and STARS AND GALAXIES. Marianne lives in the Houston area. See also An Interview with Marianne J. Dyson.

Dotti Enderle: the author of THE FORTUNE TELLERS CLUB series as well as THE COTTON CANDY CATASTROPHE AT THE TEXAS STATE FAIR, THE LIBRARY GINGERBREAD MAN, THE FAT STOCK STAMPEDE AT THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO, CROSSWIRE, MAN IN THE MOON and more. Dotti is a native Texan and lives in Houston. See also An Interview with Dotti Enderle.

Chris Espinoza: the author of ROCKET MEGABYTE'S TEXAS ADVENTURE.

Beth Fehlbaum: the author of the PATIENCE trilogy and BIG FAT DISASTER. See also An Interview with Beth Fehlbaum.

Pamela Ellen Ferguson: the author of SUNSHINE PICKLELIME. Pamela lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Pamela Ellen Ferguson.

Janet S. Fox: the author of GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT, FAITHFUL, FORGIVEN and SIRENS. Janet previously lived in College Station and now makes her home in Montanna. See also An Interview with Janet Fox.

Sherry Garland: a fifth generation Texan, most of her books are set in Texas. Garland's titles include VOICES OF PEARL HARBOR, THE LOTUS SEED, SONG OF THE BUFFALO BOY, SHADOW OF THE DRAGON and MY FATHER'S BOAT. She lives in Bryan. See also Sherry Garland on Requiem for a Book.

Gail Giles: the acclaimed author of DARK SONG, SHATTERING GLASS, DEAD GIRLS DON’T WRITE LETTERS, PLAYING IN TRAFFIC, WHAT HAPPENED TO CASS MCBRIDE? and RIGHT BEHIND YOU. Gail lives in The Woodlands. See also An Interview with Gail Giles.

Debbie Gonzales: the author of GILT EDGE READERS SERIES. Debbie is a Texan, now living in Michigan. See also An Interview with Debbie Gonzales.

John Gosselink: the author of THE DEFENSE OF THADDEUS A. LEDBETTER. John lives in Austin.

Keith Graves: the author/illustrator of several books, including CHICKEN BIG, THE UNEXPECTEDLY BAD HAIR OF BARCELONA SMITH, THREE NASTY GNARLIES, PET BOY, THE ORPHAN OF AWKWARD FALLS and FRANK WAS A MONSTER WHO WANTED TO DANCE. Keith lives in Austin. See also An Interview with Keith Graves.

bookjacketPeni R. Griffin: a fantasy, historical and contemporary fiction author for children and young adults. Peni’s books include SULLIVAN THAT SUMMER, MARGO'S HOUSE, VIKKI VANISHES, THE MAZE, THE BRICKHOUSE BURGLARS, THE SWITCHING WELL and THE TREASURE BIRD. She lives in San Antonio. See also An Interview with Peni R. Griffin.

Lila Guzman: the author of the LORENZO series. Lila lives in Round Rock. See also An Interview with Lila Guzman.

Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz: a poet and the author of more than ninety books for children, including DON'T GO OUT IN YOUR UNDERWEAR, reference and easy reader books. Babs lives in the Houston area.

Daniel J. Hale: the co-author of the ZEKE ARMSTRONG mystery series. Daniel splits his year between Texas and southern California.

Marian Hale: the author of THE TRUTH ABOUT SPARROWS, THE GOODBYE SEASON and DARK WATER RISING. Marian lives in Rockport, Texas. See also An Interview with Marian Hale.

Kelly Milner Halls: the author of sever books, including GIRL MEETS BOY, SAVING THE BAGHDAD ZOO, ALIEN INVESTIGATION, IN SEARCH OF SASQUATCH, and DINOSAUR MUMMIES: BEYOND BARE-BONED FOSSILS. She was raised in Friendswood, Texas (and has an interest in returning to her home state for events). See also An Interview with Kelly Milner Halls.

Jo Harper: the author of several books, including MIER MEN: THE ADVENTURES AND SUFFERING OF COLORFUL MEN ON THE MIER EXPEDITION, BIRTH OF THE FIFTH SUN, FINDING DADDY: A STORY OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION, JALAPENO HAL, I COULD EAT YOU ALL UP! and more. She lives in Houston.

Suzanne Harper: the author of THE SECRET LIFE OF SPARROW DELANEY and THE JULIET CLUB. Suzanne graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and now makes her home in New York. See also An Interview with Suzanne Harper.

Betsy Haynes: the author of several books, including the BONE CHILLER series, the BOY TALK series and the FABULOUS FIVE super edition series. Betsy lives on Lake Lewisville, north of Dallas.

Bethany Hegedus: the author of GRANDFATHER GANDHI, BETWEEN US BAXTERS and TRUTH WITH A CAPITAL T. She lives in Austin. SEE ALSO An Interview with Bethany Hegedus.

Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers thumbnailJoy Fisher Hein: the illustrator of MISS LADY BIRD'S WILDFLOWERS, BLOOMIN' TALES: SEVEN FAVORITE WILDFLOWER LEGENDS, SAM HOUSTON: STANDING FIRM and more. Joy is from the Texas Hill country. See also An Interview with Joy Fisher Hein.

Helen Hemphill: the author of LONG GONE DADDY, THE ADVENTURES DEEDS OF DEADWOOD JONES and RUNAROUND. Helen is a native Texan who lives with her family in Nashville. See also An Interview with Helen Hemphill.

Jason Henderson: the author of the ALEX VAN HELSING series. 

Heather Hepler: author of THE CUPCAKE QUEEN, LOVE? MAYBE. and more. See also An Interview with Heather Hepler.

Kristi Holl: a writing teacher and the author of more than 20 books for young readers, including THE BOARDING SCHOOL mysteries, the FAITHGIRLZ series and MORE WRITER'S FIRST AID: GETTING THE WRITING DONE. She lives in San Antonio.

K.A. Holt: the author of MIKE STELLAR: NERVES OF STEEL and BRAINS FOR LUNCH. K.A. makes her home in Austin. See also An Interview with K.A. Holt.

Kimberly Willis Holt: the author of numerous books, including the PIPER REED series, THE ADVENTURES OF GRANNY CLEARWATER & LITTLE CRITTER, WAITING FOR GREGORY, THE WATER SEEKER, SKINNY BROWN DOG, PARK OF ME, DANCING IN CADILLAC LIGHT, WHEN ZACHARY BEAVER CAME TO TOWN, MY LOUISIANA SKY and MISTER AND ME. She lives in Amarillo. See also An Interview with Kimberly Willis Holt.

The Emerald TabletP. J. Hoover: the author of SOLSTICE and THE FORGOTTEN WORLDS books. P. J. lives in Austin. See also An Interview with P.J. Hoover.

C.C. Hunter: the author of the SHADOW FALLS series. C.C. lives in Houston.

Louise A. Jackson: the author of EXILED! and GONE TO TEXAS: FROM VIRGINIA TO ADVENTURE. Louise has Texas roots and specializes in historical fiction.

Shelley Ann Jackson: the co-author-illustrator of LITTLE LIONS, BULL BAITERS & HUNTING HOUNDS: A HISTORY OF DOG BREEDS as well as HARNESS HORSES, BUCKING BRONCOS AND PIT PONIES and other picture books. Shelley Ann makes her home in the Austin area.

Beating Heart by A. M. JenkinsA. M. Jenkins: the author of several young adult novels, including NIGHT ROAD, DAMAGE, BEATING HEART: A GHOST STORY and REPOSSESSED. She lives in Benbrook, Texas. See also An Interview with A.M. Jenkins.

C.S. Jennings: the author-illustrator of HELLO, TEXAS! and the illustrator for JACOB WONDERBAR books. Christopher makes his home in Austin.

Layne Johnson: the illustrator of numerous books for children, including VOICES OF PEARL HARBOR, THE POPPY LADY, RACE THE WILD WIND, A YOUNG MAN'S DANCE, CHRISTMAS FOR A KITTEN, WHERE HORSES RUN FREE and GRANDPARENT POEMS. Layne is a native Houstonian. See also An Interview with Layne Johnson.

Regan Johnson: the author/illustrator of LITTLE BUNNY KUNG FU. She lives in the Austin area.

Varian Johnson: the author of MY LIFE AS A RHOMBUS and SAVING MADDIE. Varian is based in Austin. See also An Interview with Varian Johnson.

Sophie Jordan: the author of the FIRELIGHT series. Sophie grew up in the Texas Hill Country and now makes her home in Houston.

Janet Kaderli: the author of PATCHWORK TRAIL and MOLASSES COOKIES.

Jacqueline Kelly: the author of THE EVOLUTION OF CALPURNIA TATE and RETURN TO THE WILLOWS. Jacqueline lives in Austin. See An Interview with Jacqueline Kelly.

Lynne Kelly: the author of CHAINED. Lynne lives in Houston. See also An Interview with Lynne Kelly.

Doug Kennedy: the illustrator of numerous books, including SIX FOOLISH FISHERMEN, THE UGLY DUCKLING DINOSAUR and the PIRATE PETE picture book series. Doug lives in Austin.

J. Aday Kennedy: the (Christian market) author of the KLUTZY KANTOR series, MARTA'S GARGANTUM WINGS, STELLA THE FIRE FARTING DRAGON series and more. See also J. Aday Kennedy: A Writing Playground.

Helen Ketteman: the author of THE THREE LITTLE GATORS, GOODNIGHT LITTLE MONSTER, SWAMP SONG, THE YEAR OF NO MORE CORN, THE CHRISTMAS BLIZZARD and LUCK WITH POTATOES. Formerly of Dallas, Helen now lives in southwest Florida.

Librarian on the RoofM.G. King: the author of LIBRARIAN ON THE ROOF! A TRUE STORY. See also A Guest Post by M.G. King.

Susan Holt Kralovansky: the author of THERE WAS A TALL TEXAN WHO SWALLOWED A FLEA. Susan lives in Austin.

Sara Kocek: the author of PROMISE ME SOMETHING. Sara lives in Austin.

Christine Kohler: the author of numerous books, including NO SURRENDER SOLDIER, the GLEE CLUB series, TURKEY IN THE NEWS: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE and FOR A BETTER LIFE. Christine is based in San Antonio.