Gordon Berman ’68 Memorial Lower School Resident Author

Our resident author program brings noteworthy authors and illustrators of children’s books to the Park School each year for presentations and hands-on workshops with Lower School students. Dr. and Mrs. Barnett Berman established the fund in 1984 to honor their son Gordon, Class of 1968, who loved to read and spent many hours in the library.

The 2020-2021 Resident Authors

Author/illustrator Jason Chin

An adept gem of a picture book

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

Jason Chin is the author and illustrator of numerous award winning picture books. His newest book/ is Watercress by Andrea Wang, which has garnered six starred reviews with the Publishers Weekly calling it “An adept gem of a picture book.” His latest authored title, Your Place in the Universe, was a 2020 Horn Book Fanfare title.

His book Grand Canyon received both a Caldecott Honor and a Sibert Honor, and won the 2018 Orbis Pictus Award. He is the author of the award-winning books Redwoods; Island: A Story of the Galápagos (winner of the 2013 Gryphon Award), and Gravity (a Gryphon Honor book). Water is Water, written by Miranda Paul, was a 2016 ALA Notable Book and Coral Reefs was nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award.

Jason lives in Vermont with his wife, Deirdre Gill, and their two children. 

Author/illustrator James Yang

A marvel of prose, illustration and design

KIRKUS REVIEW

James Yang was born in Oklahoma and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Arts and Design. Within a few years of entering illustration, his work appeared in prestigious trade publications such as Communication Arts, 3×3 Magazine, Graphis, Print, and The Art Directors Club of New York. James has won over 250 awards for design and illustration including best of show from 3×3 Magazine.

He has taught and lectured at a variety of institutions. His book, Bus! Stop! was selected as an outstanding picture book by The New York Times and the follow up Stop! Bot! is the 2020 Geisel award winner for the most distinguished American book for beginning readers. His newest book, A Boy Named Isamu as been called by Kirkus review “A marvel of prose, illustration and design.” His subway wallpaper can be seen on trains in the Metropolitan Transit system.

James currently lives in Brooklyn where he happily works for a variety of clients and books.


Past Resident Authors

2018-2019

Carmen Agra Deedy

2017-2018

George O’Connor

2016-2017

Adam Gidwitz ’00

Kevin O’Malley

2015-2016

Grace Lin

2012-2013

Laura Amy Schlitz
Newbery Award Winner

2011-2012

Jacqueline Ogburn

2010-2011

Lynne Jonell

2009-2010

Jerry Pinkney
Caldecott Award Winner

2008-2009

Mo Willems

2007-2008

Jean Craighead George
Newbery Award Winner

2006-2007

Patrick O’Brien

2005-2006

Robert Byrd

2004-2005

Wendy Pfeffer

2003-2004

Mordicai Gerstein
Caldecott Award Winner

2002-2003

Alice McGill

2001-2002

Hudson Talbott

2000-2001

Nancy Patz

1999-2000

Twig George

1998-1999

Nancy Willard
Newbery Award Winner

1997-1998

Demi

1996-1997

Molly Bang
Caldecott Award Winner

1995-1996

Mary Lyons

1994-1995

Susan Roth

1993-1994

Emily Arnold McCully
Caldecott Award Winner

1992-1993

Bianca Lavies

1991-1992

Johanna Hurwitz

1990-1991

Ashley Bryan

1989-1990

David Wisniewski
Caldecott Award Winner

1988-1989

Vera Williams
Caldecott Award Winner

1987-1988

Jean Craighead George
Newbery Award Winner

1986-1987

Nancy Patz

1985-1986

Ashley Bryan

1984-1985

Molly Bang
Caldecott Award Winner