Kazoo Books in Kalamazoo welcomes Ruth McNally Barshaw.  Matt Faulkner, Leslie Helakoski, Heather Smith Meloche, Deb Pilutti, Kristen Remenar, and Buffy Silverman.


Ruth McNally Barshaw-Saturday, December 10, 11am-2pm

Ruth McNally Barshaw writes and illustrates children’s books, travels teaching story workshops, and plays harmonica. See her work at http://www.ruthexpress.com



Leslie Helakoski-Saturday, December 10, 11am-2pm

Leslie Helakoski is the author and sometimes illustrator of ten picture books including Woolbur, Big Chickens, and Big Pigs. Her books, known for their word play and humor, have won acclaim with Junior Library Guild, starred reviews in Kirkus, Book Sense Picks and were nominated for awards in over 20 states across the country. She has illustrated her three most recent books, including Doggone Feet! Two new books are in the works and will be released in 2017.

Heather Smith Meloche-Saturday, December 10, 11am-2pm

Heather Smith Meloche has had the honor heather-author1of winning the Katherine Paterson Prize and the Writer’s Digest National Competition for her children’s/young adult writing. She lives with her family in Michigan and spends her days sampling a wide variety of chocolate, letting her dogs in and out constantly, and writing and reading as much as she can.  Her book, Ripple, is a contemporary young adult novel.

debbwDeb Pilutti-Saturday, December 10, 11am-2pm

Deb Pilutti feels lucky to have a job where reading, playing with toys and watching cartoons is considered “research.” Deb has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator, most recently for Oliebollen.com, and now spends her time writing and illustrating for children. Deb is the author of Bear and Squirrel are Friends…Yes, Really, and Ten Rules of Being a Superhero. She’s the illustrator of Twelve Days of Christmas in Michigan, written by Susan Collins Thoms.

Buffy Silverman-Saturday, December 10, 11am-2pmbuff_photo_2014

Buffy Silverman is the author of more than 80 nonfiction books for children, winning awards from Science Books and Films, the Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College, and the Society of School Librarians International. She’s also written poems and stories for popular children’s magazines, poetry anthologies, and educational resources. You can visit Buffy here.

 For more information, visit Kazoo’s website.