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A sampling of the talented people writing and illustrating books for

young people in Rhode Island.


Alley, R.W.  of Barrington has illustrated many books for young children.


School Isn’t Fair (author: Baehr)

The Know-Nothings  (author: Spirn)

Old Winter  (author: Richardson)


Avi is a popular and award winning children’s author who  lived in Providence for several years before moving to Colorado in 1997.


The Bird, the Frog and the Light: A Fable

The Man Who Was Poe (set in Providence)

Nothing but the Truth

Romeo and Juliet- Together (and Alive!) at Last

Something Upstairs: A Tale of Ghosts (set in Providence.)

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle


Natalie Babbittof Providence is the author of several thoughtful books for children.


Eyes of the Amaryllis

Search for Delicious

Tuck Everlasting 

Bub, or The Very Best Thing  (picture book)


Mary Jane Begin is a talented picture book illustrator who lives in Providence. 

 Little Mouse’s Painting (author: Wolkstein)

Jeremy’s First Haircut (author: Girard) 

 Porcupine Mouse (author: Pryor)

Before I Go to Sleep (author: Hood)


Scott Corbett  has written several mystery stories for children.  


Here Lies The Body

The Disappearing Dog Trick

Grave Doubts 

The Baseball Trick

Red Room Riddle

Linda Crotta-Brennan writes for children’s magazines and  lives in Coventry.


Flannel Kisses (1997) her first book.

Marshmallow Kisses

The Black Regiment of the American Revolution


Christopher Denise is an illustrator who attended  Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Providence.


Fool of the World and the Flying Ship

The Great Redwall Feast


Emily Liskeris a Rhode Island School of Design graduate and lives in northern Rhode Island.


Strudel, Strudel, Strudel (author: Stanfield)

Just Rewards or Who is That Man in the Moon & What's He Doing Up There, Anyway? (author: Stanfield)


Lucinda Landon of North Scituate writes and illustrates a series of  children’s mysteries featuring young detective.


Meg Mackintosh (detective series)


David Macaulay  an award winning author and illustrator, has a studio in Warren and teaches at RISD.


Black and White


Motel of the Mysteries


The New Way Things Work

Rome Antics


Why the Chicken Crossed the Road



Faith McNulty  lives in South County, close to the animals and nature featured in books about her favorite creatures.


How Whales Walked into the Sea


Lady and the Spider

With Love From Koko


Virginia Scribner is a school librarian  in South Kingstown.


Gopher Takes Heart

Gopher Draws Conclusions


Alison Smith, the author of middle grade fiction, lives in Harmony (Gloucester).


Billy Boone

Come Away Home


Janet Taylor Lisle lives in the Tiverton area and is the author of middle grade fiction including:

Investigators of the Unknown series


Afternoon of the Elves (Newbery Honor book 1990) 

Lost Flower Children

A Message from the Match Girl

The Art of Keeping Cool


Chris Van Allsburg  of Providence has won the distinguished Caldecott Award twice.



Two Bad Ants

The Polar Express

Widow’s Broom

Sweetest Fig

The Stranger

Garden of Abdul Gasazi

Ben’s Dream

Created by: Anne McLaughlin, Children’s Department Head


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