New Jersey may be a small place, but it is home to several award-winning authors and illustrators of books for children and teens.
Ann M. Martin
Ann Matthews Martin, born in Princeton in 1955, is best known as the author of "The BabySitters Club" series. She has written several other series, including "The Kids in Miss Colman's Class" and "The California Diaries." She has also written several standalone novels for children.
Carol Plum-Ucci, above, born in Atlantic City in 1957, is the author of "The Body of Christopher Creed," a teen mystery set in southern New Jersey, which was the winner of a Printz Honor Books Award for Excellence in Literature for Young Adults. Plum-Ucci has written several other books, her most recent being "Streams of Babel," released in 2008 and also set in southern New Jersey.
Born and raised in Bridgewater Township, Somerset County, David Wiesner is an illustrator known for books that tell stories without using words. His 2007 book, "Flotsam," which is set on Long Beach Island, received the American Library Association's Randolph Caldecott Medal for best picture book that year.
Robert Byrd was born in Atlantic City and graduated from Atlantic City High School. He has won several top awards for his illustrations, the latest being a Newberry Award in 2008 for "Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village."
Illustrator E.B. Lewis, above, lives in Folsom. In 2003 he received the American Library Association's Coretta Scott King Award for illustration for "Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman."