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Roanoke, VA 24020-1603
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Ruth Sanderson
Program Chair
Ruth Sanderson, author and illustrator, is a graduate of Paier College of Art. Among her many books for children are Goldilocks, The Enchanted Wood, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Papa Gatto, The Night Before Christmas, The Snow Princess, Cinderella, and Saints: Lives and Illuminations. Her books have received a number of awards, including the Texas Bluebonnet Award for The Golden Mare, The Firebird, and The Magic Ring. In 1997 she was writer-in-residence for the Children's Literature program. www.ruthsanderson.com
The Twelve Dancing Princesses


Elizabeth Dulemba Elizabeth O. Dulemba, B.F.A., University of Georgia. She is an award-winning author/illustrator of 15 books including: The 12 Days of Christmas in Georgia; the bilingual Jack Tale adaptations Paco and the Giant Chile Plant and Soap, soap, soap; and one of the first children’s book apps, Lula’s Brew. She is the illustrator coordinator for the southern region (Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi) of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a Board Member for the Georgia Center for the Book. She teaches "Creating Picture Books" at various venues and taught Beginning and Advanced Illustration at the University of Georgia. Her Coloring Page Tuesdays have garnered over a million visits to her website annually and over 3,000 subscribers to her weekly newsletter. She lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia, and her newest book is the forthcoming novel, A Bird on Water Street. www.dulemba.com. Soap, soap, soap

The 12 Days of Christmas in Georgia

Paco and the Green Giant Chile Plant
Lauren Mills Lauren Mills, M.A. in illustration, San Jose State University. She has illustrated the children’s classics, At the Back of the North Wind, Anne of Green Gables, and Thumbelina, and is also the author of several original tales including The Rag Coat, which has been performed as a ballet by the University of Utah and received the Charlotte Award, 13 state award nominations, and the Smithsonian’s "Season’s Choice" award. Fairy Wings, co-illustrated with Dennis Nolan, won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award. The New York Times described Mills' watercolors as "alluring... Whistlerian to the point of Pre-Raphaelitism." Her illustrations have been exhibited in galleries, libraries, and museums across the country and she has taught illustration at the Paier College of Art and the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. http://laurenmillsart.com/ Thumbelina

The Rag Coat

Fairy Wings
Eric Rohmann Eric Rohmann is an award-winning author and illustrator of books for young readers. He has also created book jackets for a number of novels, including His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman. He won a Caldecott Honor Book award for Time Flies, and a Caldecott Medal award for My Friend Rabbit. He has also written a number of his illustrated books: My Friend Rabbit, The Cinder-Eyed Cats, Clara and Asha, Pumpkinhead, A Kitten's Tale, and Bone Dog. His latest book is Oh, no! written by Candice Fleming. Rohmann holds degrees in fine arts from Arizona State University and Illinois State University. In addition to writing and illustrating children’s books, he has taught drawing and printmaking. His artwork has been featured in various exhibitions and permanent collections throughout the country. http://www.ericrohmann.com/

Oh, no!

My Friend Rabbit

Time Flies

Wendy Watson Wendy Watson, B.A., Bryn Mawr College. She has written and illustrated 21 children’s books and illustrated more than 60 children’s books for other authors. She has been nominated for the National Book Award and her works have been included in "Best Books of the Year" lists published by The New York Times, American Library Association, School Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly. Watson’s artwork has been exhibited widely in national and international shows. She was one of 106 artists represented in the exhibition and book, Myth, Magic, and Mystery: One Hundred Years of American Children’s Book Illustration. Her artwork is part of numerous private and institutional collections. Watson is a member of the Author’s Guild and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She divides her time between Phoenix, Arizona, and Truro, Massachusetts. www.wendy-watson.com

An interview with Wendy Watson, who taught in Hollins’ certificate in children’s book illustration program.

Bedtime Bunnies

Holly's Christmas Eve

The Cats in Krasinski Square
Ashley Wolff Ashley Wolff, B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design. She is the author and/or illustrator of over 50 children’s picture books including Baby Beluga, Stella and Roy Go Camping, Me Baby, You Baby, Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?, Mama’s Milk, and the beloved Miss Bindergarten series. Her artwork has been exhibited widely in national shows and her books have won numerous state and national awards. She lives and works in San Francisco. http://ashleywolff.com/ When Lucy Goes Out Walking


Amanda Cockrell
Program Director

Amanda Cockrell is a graduate of Hollins, where she also earned her M.A. in English and creative writing. In addition to directing the children’s literature program, she is the author of the young adult novel What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay, as well as The Legions of the Mist, The Moonshine Blade, The Deer Dancers trilogy, The Horse Catchers trilogy, and Pomegranate Seed, and received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in fiction. www.amandacockrell.com

What We Keep Is Not Always What Will Stay