Author Visits


November 15th-Andrea Beatty: Visit pictures will be posted soon!


May 18th-Jacob Grant
May 4th-Jack Wong
February 15th-Michol Whitney
October 7th-Renee Watson


The Books of Elsewhere: The Shadows by Jacqueline West

The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey

Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf by Curtis Jobling

Liar & Spy Book Cover

Rebecca Stead won the Newberry Award for her novel, When You Reach Me, and she has a new book out, Liar and Spy.

Bad Apple Book Cover

Edward Hemingway, grandson of Ernest Hemingwary, is the author of Bad Apple and Bump in the Night.


Secret Agent Splat Book Cover

Rob Scotton

Rob Scotton, author of the Splat the Cat series and Russell the Sheep series, visited Lincoln. He read his new story, Secret Agent Splat, shared how he became inspired to write about Splat, and showed the students how he draws Splat.

Fancy Nancy book cover

Jane O'Connor

Jane O'Connor is the author of the popular Fancy Nancy series. She talked to the students about her career and how she came up with the idea of Fancy Nancy.

Dear America: The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson book cover

Andrea Davis Pinkney

Coretta Scott King winner Andrea Davis Pinkney brings her talents to a brand-new Dear America diary about the Civil Rights Movement. Dawnie Rae Johnson is a young African-American girl integrating into her all-white school after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Brown vs. the Topeka Board of Education.

Dawnie must endure the harsh realities of racism firsthand, while continuing to work hard to get a good education and prove she deserves the opportunity. In time, she learns that the true meaning of justice comes from remaining faithful to the integrity within oneself.

Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson

Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson are the authors of the book series The Familiars.

One day, Adam asked Andrew, “Are you familiar with what a familiar is?” And from that simple question, Vastia was born, a fantastical world filled with the authors’ shared love of animals and magic. They wrote every word, sentence, and page together, sitting opposite each other.

The first book in the series was one of School Library Journal's Best Books of the Year 2010. The second book, The Familiars: The Secret of the Crown, will be released on September 6, 2011.

Checkout the book trailer for The Familiars!

Past Author Visits


Samantha Vamos

Samantha Vamos is the author of two bilingual books Before You Where Here, Mi Amor and The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred. She is currently working on an all English book entitled, Alphabet Trucks.

Before You Where Here, Mi Amor book cover
The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred book cover

Susan O'Halloran

Susan O'Halloran is a renowned storyteller. She came to Lincoln and shared stories about love, friendship, and being true to oneself. She then went to some fifth and fourth grades classes to discuss the process of creating their own stories.

Children Make Terrible Pets book cover

Peter Brown

Peter Brown is an award winning illustrator and author of The Curious Garden, Chowder, and other books. He came to Lincoln to share his new book, Children Make Terrible Pets!

The Sixty-Eight Rooms book cover

Marianne Malone

Ever wonder what it would be like to actually go into the Miniature Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago? Well, Marianne Malone did! In her first novel, The Sixty-Eight Rooms, she has written an action-packed adventure filled with mystery, intrigue, and friendship. You won't want to put this book down!

2009-2010 School Year

Aaron Reynolds

Aaron Reynolds is the author of several children's books, such as Chicks and Salsa (2010 nominated Monarch Award book), Buffalo WingsJoey FlySuperhero SchoolBack of the Bus, and the Tiger Moth graphic novel series. Mr. Reynolds' visit to Lincoln included reading Chicks and Salsa and then making salsa with the primary students. With the older students, Mr. Reynolds discussed the process of writing, creating, and publishing a graphic novel. He then had students break out into groups and create their very own grahic novel. It definitely was a fun-filled day at Lincoln!

2007-2008 School Year

Michael Wexler and John Hulme

Michael Wexler and John Hulme are the authors of The Seems series. They came to Lincoln and discussed how they created this alternate world and the creative process involved in creating a book series.