Authors and Illustrators Born in or Associated with New Jersey

 (This list is continuously updated)


Children’s Authors/Illustrators


Lori Anzalone (Illustrator) – Alligator at Saw Grass Road,

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen- The Worst Twelve Days of Christmas; Hampire!; Chicks Run Wild; Tightrope Poppy the High-Wire Pig, and many others,,

Laura T Barnes – Twist and Ernest; Teeny Tiny Ernest; Ernest and the BIG Itch; Ernest and Elston; Ernest’s Special Christmas;

Jennifer Vogel Bass (Maplewood, NJ) – Edible Colors; Edible Numbers (publishing 2015).

Robert J Blake (Author and Illustrator) – Painter and Ugly; Little Devils; Swift; Carousel Cat; Santa Paws: The Picture Book; Togo, and others,

Judy Blume (Elizabeth, NJ) – Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing; and many others for children, teens and adults,

Linda Bozzo – Discover Dogs with the American Canine Association series; Funny Bone Joke series; Imagining the Future series; My First Pet series and Amazing Working Dog series from the American Humane Association,,

Dr. Vanita Braver – Teach Your Children Well series.

Pat Brisson – Sometimes We Were Brave; Melissa Parkington’s Beautiful, Beautiful Hair; I Remember Miss Perry; The Best and Hardest Thing; Don’t Cramp My Style: Stories About “That” Time of the Month (both YA), and many others,,

Jen Bryant (grew up in Flemington, NJ) – The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus; A Splash of Red: the Art and Life of Horace Pippin; A River of Words: the Story of William Carlos Williams; and others.

Robert Byrd (Illustrator) – Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village; Kubla Khan: the Emperor of Everything; Leonardo Beautiful Dreamer, and others,,

Rachelle Burk – Tree House in a Storm,

Eileen Cameron – G is For Garden State: A New Jersey Alphabet; and others.

Gina and Annette Cascone – Deadtime Stories for Kids series,

Daryl Cobb – Mr. Moon; Do Pirates Go to School?; and others,

Floyd Cooper (Illustrator) – (Easton, PA) – Grandpa’s Face; Coming Home; Brown Honey and Broomwheat Tea; I Have Heard of a Land; and many others,

Sharon Creech – The Unfinished Angel; Hate That Cat; Walk Two Moons; Love That Dog; Absolutely Normal Chaos; Ruby Holler; Chasing Redbird; Bloomability, and many others.

Margery Cuyler – The Little Dump Truck; Bullies Never Win; I Repeat, Don’t Cheat; The Battlefield Ghost; and many others,

Debbie Dadey- (Furlong, PA) – Mermaid Tales series; Keyholders series; Bailey School Kids series; and others,

Paula Danziger (1945 – 2004, grew up in Metuchen, NJ) – Amber Brown series; The Cat Ate My Gymsuit; Can You Sue Your Parents for Malpractice; P.S. Longer Letter Later, and many others.

Lorraine Dey (Illustrator) – A Sweater for Duncan; The Rain Forest Party,,

Michael Dooling (Author/Illustrator) (Audubon, NJ) – Young Thomas Edison; The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin; and others.

Ellen Dreyer – Amazing Bridges; Big Bend; Grow, Tree, Grow!; The Glow Stone (YA) and others,,

Richard Egielski (Author and Illustrator) – The Sleepless Little Vampire; Hey Al; Tub People series; Buz; Jazper; and many others,

Doris Ettingler (Illustrator) – A Book for Black-Eyed Susan; The Orange Shoes; G is for Garden State; Pilgrim Cat and others,,

Lisa Falkenstern (author/illustrator) (Califon, NJ) – Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABC; A Dragon Moves In; Busy Tree

Alison Ashley Formento – This Tree Counts!; These Bees Count!; This Tree, 1, 2, 3,,

Diane Goode (Author and Illustrator) – When I Was Young in the Moutains; My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life; President Pennybaker, and many others,,

Adam Gustavson (illustrator) – Rock & Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story; Jingle Bells: How the Holiday Classic Came to Be; Lost and Found; Mind Your Manners, Alice Roosevelt!; Better Than You; Snow Day! and many others

Dan Gutman – The Genius Files series; The Baseball Card Adventure series; My Weirder School series and many more,,

Shari Halpern (illustrator) – Dinosaur Parade; Construction Kitties; I Love Bugs!; I Love Trains!; I Love Trucks!; I Love Planes!; The Apple Pie Tree; and many others

Leeza Hernandez (Author/Illustrator) – Dog Gone!; Cat Napped; Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo; and others.

Lenny Hort (Fort Lee, NJ) – The Boy Who Held Back the Sea; Did Dinosaurs Eat Pizza?: Mysteries Science Hasn’t Solved; DK Biography: George Washingon; DK Biography: Nelson Mandela and others.

Dar Hosta (Author and Illustrator) – If I Were A Tree; Mavis & Her Marvelous Mooncakes; I Love the Alphabet; I Love The Night,,

Patricia Intriago – Dot,,

Daniel Kirk – Library Mouse series, Elf Realm series; Honk Honk! Beep Beep!; Dogs Rule and many others,,

Tara Lazar (Somerset County, NJ) – 7 ate 9; The Monstore;

E.B. Lewis (Illustrator) – Each Kindness; Coming on Home Soon; Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman; and many others,,

Ai-Ling Louie – Astronaut Kalpana Chawla, Reaching for the Stars;Yo-Yo and Yeou-Cheng Ma, Finding Their Own Way; Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story From China; and Vera Wang, Queen of Fashion,,

Ann Malaspina – Finding Lincoln; Yasmin’s Hammer; Phillis Sings Out Freedom: The Story of George Washington and Phillis Wheatley,

Pooja Makhijani (NYC) – Mamas Saris;,

Peter Maloney (Hackensack, NJ) – One Foot, Two Feet; Redbird at Rockefeller Center, and others with illustrator Felicia Zekauskas.

Wil Mara (Pompton Lakes, NJ) – National Geographic Readers: Trucks, and many books for adults and teens.

Nan Marino – Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace; Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me,,

Patricia Ann Marshall – Tilly’s Tree,,

Jennifer J. Merz – That Dancing’ Dolly; Playground Day,

Charles Micucci (Author and Illustrator) – The Life and Times of the Ant; The Life and Times of the Peanut; and others,

Denise Mortensen – Bug Patrol; Good Night Engines/Wake Up Engines (flip/board book version); Wake Up Engines; Ohio Thunder; Good Night Engines,,

Jim Murphy – An American Plague; The Great Fire; Blizzard; The Crossing
How George Washington Saved America; and many others,

Matt Myklusch – Seaborne #1: The Lost Prince (2015) and The Jack Blank trilogy (The Accidental Hero; The Secret War; The End of Infinity),

Trina Hakes Noble (Author and Illustrator)- The People of Twelve Thousand Winters; The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash and others in the series; The Legend of the Cape May Diamond and others, ,

Diane Ochiltree (lives in PA, outside Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area) – Lull-a-Bye, Little One; Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins; Don’t Cramp My Style: Stories About “That” Time of the Month (YA) and others, , contact info on website

Margie Palatini – Hogg, Hogg and Hog; Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes; The Perfect Pet; Goldie and the Three Hares; Bad Boys; and many others,,    contact info on website

Herman Parish – Amelia Bedelia, Cub Reporter; Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote; Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend; and others,,

Barbara Park (1947-2013, born in Mount Holly, NJ) – Junie B. Jones series

Wendy Pfeffer – A Log’s Life; What’s it Like to Be a Fish?; From Tadpole to Frog; The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice; Wiggling Worms at Work; and others,,

Lena Shiffman – (Illustrator) – Keeping a Christmas Secret; My First Book of Words; Dancing with Manatees; and others,,

Ian Schoenherr (Author and Illustrator) – Cat & Mouse; Pip & Squeak; Sleepyhead Bear; and others,,

John Schoenherr (Illustrator and Author) (1935 – 2010) – Owl Moon; Julie of the Wolves; Dune & Children of Dune (both Adult); Beaver Moon, Rebel Bear and others.

Brian Selznick (Author and Illustrator) – (grew up in East Brunswick, NJ) – Wonderstruck; The Invention of Hugo Cabret; The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins; and many others,

Gennady Spirin (Illustrator) – The Greatest Dinosaur Ever; Frog Song; Life in the Boreal Forest.

Nancy Springer (born in Montclair, lives in PA) – Enola Holmes series; My Sister’s Stalker (YA); Possessing Jessie (YA); I Am Mordred; and many others,

Pam Curtis Swallow – Groundhog Gets a Say; Melvil and Dewey Gone Fishin’; It Only Looks Easy; and others,,

Sue Truesdell (Illustrator) – A Moose That Says Moo; Chicken Said, “Cluck!”; Betsy Byars’s I Can Read series featuring the Golly sisters.

Audrey Vernick – Teach Your Buffalo to Play Drums; Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?; She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story; Brothers at Bat,

Susan Verrico – Privateer’s Apprentice,

Nancy Viau – Samantha Hansen Has Rocks In Her Head, and others

Cynthia Chapman Willis – Dog Gone; and Buck Fever,,

Kay Winters – Pete and Gabby: The Bears Go to Town; This School Year Will Be THE BEST!; The Teeny Tiny Ghost; and others.,

Sung J. Woo – Everything Asian,

Thomas F. Yezerski – Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story; Pinch and Dash Make Soup; Mrs. Muddle’s Holidays and others,

Donna M. Zappala – What Kind of Turtle Am I?; Gabby and the Tooth Fairy; Albert’s Perfect Pet

Felicia Zekauskas (Hackensack, NJ), (Illustrator) – One Foot, Two Feet; Redbird at Rockefeller Center, and others with author Peter Maloney.

Harriet Ziefert – Robin, Where are You?; Mighty Max; A New Coat for Anna; Sleepy Dog; Pete’s Chicken; and many others.


For additional authors see: The NJ Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

The KidLit Authors Club – Authors from NJ, PA, MD and VA,


Teen Authors


Maria E. Andreu – The Secret Side of Empty (2014),

Beth Ann Bauman – Jersey Angel; Rosie and Skate; and Beautiful Girls;

Charlotte Bennardo – Sirenz;

Edward Bloor (born in Trenton) – Tangerine; Crusader; Story Time; London Calling; Taken and others;,

Kristine Bowe – Seers: a Novel,

Eireann Corrigan – Splintering; Ordinary Ghosts; Accomplice; You Remind Me of You: a Poetry Memoir

Robin Friedman – Nothing; The Girlfriend Project; The Importance of Wings; and others,

Margie Gelbwasser – Inconvenient; Pieces of Us,

Alissa Grosso – Popular; Ferocity Summer,

Sandy Hall – Been Here All Along; Signs Point to Yes; A Little Something Different,

Kate Kaynak – Ganzfield Books series: Minder, Adversary, Legacy, Accused, Operative, Soulmate

Bob Krech – Rebound; Love Puppies and Corner Kicks,,

David Levithan – Boy Meets Boy; Will Grayson, Will Grayson; Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist; Wide Awake; and many others,

David Lubar (born in NJ, now lives in PA) – Dunk; Sleeping Freshman Never Lie; Hidden Talents and others for children and teens,

Megan McCafferty – Bumped; Thumped; Sloppy Firsts; Second Helpings; Charmed Thirds; Fourth Comings; Perfect Fifths, and others,

Joyce McDonald – Swallowing Stones; Shades of Simon Gray; Devil on My Heels; Don’t Cramp My Style: Stories About That “Time” of the Month, and others,

Katlin MacHugh – Tormented; Ugly: The Story of a Bullied Girl (middle grade),

Alfred C. Martino – Pinned; Over the End Line; Perfected by Girls,,

Wendy Mass – A Mango Shaped Space; Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life; 11 Birthdays; and many others,,

Walter Dean Myers (1937 – 2014) – All the Right Stuff; Dopesick; Monster; and many others,

Carol Plum-Ucci – Following Christopher Creed; The Body of Christopher Creed; What Happened to Lani Garver; The She; and others,   contact info on website

Michael Quick (born in Philly, raised in NJ) – Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock; Boy21; Sorta Like a Rock Star; The Silver Linings Playbook (Adult) and others

Ann Rinaldi – The Second Bend in the River; A Break With Charity; Hang A Thousand Trees With Ribbons; and many more.,

Kieran Scott (aka Kate Brian, Emma Harrison) – Shadowlands & sequel Hereafter; Private & Privilege series; Geek Magnet; She’s So Dead to Us, and its sequels; and others,

Natalie Zaman – Sirenz,,


Adult Authors


Mitch Albom – Tuesdays With Morrie and others,

Joel Allegretti – The Plague Psalms; Father Silicon,

Paul Auster (born in Newark, lives in Brooklyn) – Book of Illusions, and others

Amiri Baraka (1934 – 2014) –

Christian Bauman (born Easton, grew up in NJ) –

Cathy Bao Bean – The Chopsticks-Fork Principle: A Memoir and Manual,,

Thomas Belton – Protecting New Jersey’s Environment: From Cancer Alley to the New Garden State

 Peter Benchley (1940 – 2006) – Jaws, and many others

Joseph G. Bilby – New Jersey Goes to War and others

Gordon Bond (Union Township) – North Jersey Legacies: Hidden History from the Gateway to the Skylands (New Jersey); James Parker: A Printer on the Eve of Revolution

Lester R Brown (born in Bridgeton) – World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse, and many others

Edna Buchanan (born in Paterson, lives in Miami) – A Dark and Lonely Place; The Corpse Had a Familiar Face, and many others,

Margaret Thomas Buchholz – New Jersey Shipwrecks: 350 Years in the Graveyard of the Atlantic (2004), and others,,;

Carol Higgins Clark – Regan Reilly series,

Mary Higgins Clark –

 Mary Jane Clark – To Have and To Kill; Dying for Mercy, and many others

Harlan Coben – Stay Close; Live Wire; Caught; Long Lost; Shelter (YA), and many others,

Stephen Colbert (born Washington DC, lives in NJ) – I Am America (And So Can You!) and others

James Fenimore Cooper (1789–1851)

Norman Cousins (1912–90)

Stephen Crane (1871–1900) – The Red Badge of Courage

John T. Cunningham

Virginia DeBerry with Donna Grant – What Doesn’t Kill You; Gotta Keep on Trying’; Trying’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made and others,,

Junot Diaz (emigrated to Parlin as a child) – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and other works,,

Mark Di Ionno – The Last Newspaperman (A Novel),

Janet Evanovich (born in South River) – Stephanie Plum series and others,

Frank J. Ferry (Ventnor, NJ) – Nucky: The Real Story of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Boss

Thomas James Fleming – The Perils of Peace; The New Dealers War; Everybody’s Revolution: A New Look at the People Who Won America’s Freedom; Liberty Tavern and others,

Dorothea Benton Frank – Porch Lights; Lowcountry Summer; Folly Beach, and others

Jon Gertner – The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation,,

Elizabeth Gilbert (born in CT, now lives in NJ) – Eat Pray Love; Committed; The Last American Man, and others,

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

David A. Hart and John P. Calu – Trenton: a Novel;

John W. Hartmann (Lawrenceville, NJ) – Jacket: The Trials of a New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney

Christine Hughes – Three Days of Rain; Operation One Night Stand; and two YA novels (Torn; Darkness Betrayed)

Christina Baker Kline – Bird in Hand; The Way Life Should Be and others

Fran Lebowitz – The Fran Lebowitz Reader; Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas, and others

Arthur S. Lefkowitz – The Long Retreat: The Calamitous Defense of New Jersey, 1776; George Washington’s Indispensable Men; Bushnell’s Submarine; Benedict Arnold’s Army and many others

Donna Leon (born in NJ, lives in Venice) – Commissario Brunetti novels, and others,

Sam Lipsyte (born NYC, raised in NJ) – The Ask; Venus Drive; Home Land; Subject Steve, and others

Maxine N. Lurie, Ph.D – Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape (edited with Peter Wacker and Michael Siegel), The Encyclopedia of New Jersey (edited with Marc Mappen), and A New Jersey Anthology.

John McPhee – The Pine Lands; Silk Parachute, and many others

Norman Mailer (1923–2007)

Marc Mappen, Ph.D. – Prohibition Gangsters: The Rise and Fall of a Bad Generation; There’s More to New Jersey Than the Sopranos; Edited with Maxine Lurie, The Encyclopedia of New Jersey; Jerseyana: The Underside of New Jersey History, and more,,

Wil Mara (Manasquan, NJ) – Fallout; Frame 232; The Gemini Virus; Wave; and many others, including many  for young readers;

George R. R. Martin (Bayonne, NJ) – A Song of Fire and Ice series (Game of Thrones; A Clash of Kings; A Storm of Swords; A Feast for Crows; A Dance with Dragons; The Winds of Winter (forthcoming); A Dream of Spring (forthcoming)), and many others,

Patricia A. Martinelli – True Crime: New Jersey;

Holly Metz (Hoboken, NJ) – Killing the Poormaster: A Sage of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression,

Joyce Carol Oates (born in NY, lived in Princeton) – Mudwoman; A Fair Maiden; A Widow’s Story: A Memoir; Sexy (YA), and many others

Dorothy Parker (1893–1967)

Brad Parks – Faces of the Gone; Eyes of the Innocent,

Sharon Kay Penman (born NYC, grew up and lives in NJ) – Welsh Princes trilogy (Here Be Dragons; Falls the Shadow; The Reckoning); The Plantagenet series (When Christ and His Saints Slept; Time and Chance; Devil’s Brood; Lionheart; A King’s Ransom); The Sunne in Splendour; The Queen’s Man; and others;

Tom Perrotta (born in NJ) – Election; Little Children and many others,

Paul Evans Pedersen Jr. – The Legendary Pine Barrens: New Tales from Old Haunts,

Denine W. Phillips – Don’t Give Up on That Dog!: Raising a Germain Shepherd Dog: The Many Lessons Learned

Karen F. Riley (New Egypt, NJ) (died April 21, 2013) – Images of America: The Pine Barrens of New Jersey; Voices in the Pines: True Stories from the New Jersey Pine Barrens; Whispers in the Pines: The Secrets of Colliers Mills

Patricia Robinson – Wonderwalks, the Trails of the New Jersey Audubon and the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail.

Michael Aaron Rockland – Looking for American on the NJ Turnpike; What’s Your Exit? A Literary Tour Through NJ, and others.

Phillip Roth (Newark, NJ) – American Pastoral; Goodbye Columbus and many others

Karen L. Schnitzspahn – Jersey Shore Food History: Victorian Feasts to Boardwalk Treats and others

Patti Sheehy (grew up in Yardley, PA, lives in NJ) – The Boy Who Said No: An Escape to Freedom; Stalked, the Boy Who Said No.

Herb Segars (author/photographer) – Beneath the Garden State: Exploring Aquatic New Jersey,,

Ntozke Shange (born in NJ) – Some Sing, Some Cry; Betsey Brown, and other works

Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin – The Jersey Sting: A True Story of Crooked Pols, Money-Laundering Rabbis, Black Market Kidneys, and the Informant Who Brought It All Down,

Megan Smolenyak (Haddonfield, NJ) – Who Do You Think You Are? The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History; Hey, America Your Roots are Showing, and others

Jon Stewart – Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race, and others

Jayanti Tamm – Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult,

Dr. William Truran – Sussex and Wantage (Images of America series) and others

Richard Veit – Stranger Stop and Cast an Eye: New Jersey’s Historic Cemeteries and Graveyards Through Four Centuries (with Mark Nonestied),

Mary Walton (Ocean Grove, NJ) – A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot; Car: A Drama of the American Workplace,

Gordon T. Ward – Ghosts of Central Jersey: Historic Haunts of the Somerset Hills,

William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)

Edmund Wilson (1895–1972)

Alexander Woollcott (1887–1943)

Kevin Woyce (Lyndhurst) – Jersey Shore History and Facts,,,


For a list of authors in Hunterdon County, see the listing of local authors on the Clinton Book Shop’s website

Wikipedia article on Writers from New Jersey


Compiled by Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Specialist, NJ State Library,