Young at Heart

The western suburbs seem to nurture authors with a knack for connecting to kids and young adults. Here are 14 you should know.

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Last spring at Bryn Mawr College, 70 of the school’s best and brightest entered into a lottery for 15 spots in the experimental course “Writing for Children” taught by six visiting professors. The group teaching concept was the brainchild of author Catherine Murdock, a 1988 Bryn Mawr graduate. Given its popularity, it will be offered again next spring, though with just one author at the helm.

Among the adjuncts who participated, Glenmoore’s Jen Bryant has 25-plus books to her credit. The list includes The Trial, which chronicles the Lindbergh kidnapping case, and Ringside, 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial, which made Oprah Winfrey’s Kids’ Reading List.

Another adjunct, Wyndmoor’s David Wiesner is a three-time winner of the acclaimed Caldecott Medal for illustration for his picture books Tuesday, The Three Pigs and Flotsam. He sums up the area’s untold riches when it comes to homegrown literature for children and young adults: “This is a hub of some pretty incredible people.”

Here’s more about Wiesner, Bryant, Murdock and other local authors with national clout.
• Wayne's Elizabeth Mosier, page 2
• Devon’s Beth Kephart, page 2
• Wayne’s Eileen & Jerry Spinelli, page 3
• Wyndmoor’s David Wiesner, page 3
• Wayne’s Catherine Murdock, page 3
• Glenmoore’s Jen Bryant, page 4
• Quakertown’s Paul Acampora, page 4
• Downingtown’s Sara Shepard, page 4
• The Swarthmore Connection: Perky Edgerton, Brian Meunier, Donna Jo Napoli, Judy Schachner and Kathye Fetsko Petrie, page 5
• The Future of the Youth Market, page 6
• Events and More, page 7