Gordon Berman ’68 Memorial Lower School Resident Author

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 James Yang

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.


Author/illustrator Jason Chin

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. 


Past Resident Authors

2018-19

Carmen Agra Deedy

2017-18

George O'Connor

2016-17

Adam Gidwitz '00

2015-16

Kevin O’Malley

2013-14

Grace Lin

2012-13

Laura Amy Schlitz
Newbery Award Winner

2011-12

Jacqueline Ogburn

2010-11

Lynne Jonell

2009-10

Jerry Pinkney
Caldecott Award Winner

2008-09

Mo Willems

2007-08

Jean Craighead George
Newbery Award Winner

2006-07

Patrick O'Brien

2005-06

Robert Byrd

2004-05

Wendy Pfeffer

2003-04

Mordicai Gerstein
Caldecott Award Winner

2002-03

Alice McGill

2001-02

Hudson Talbott

2000-01

Nancy Patz

1999-00

Twig George

1998-99

Nancy Willard
Newbery Award Winner

1997-98

Demi

1996-97

Molly Bang
Caldecott Award Winner

1995-96

Mary Lyons

1994-95

Susan Roth

1993-94

Emily Arnold McCully
Caldecott Award Winner

1992-93

Bianca Lavies

1991-92

Johanna Hurwitz

1990-91

Ashley Bryan

1989-90

David Wisniewski
Caldecott Award Winner

1988-89

Vera Williams
Caldecott Award Winner

1987-88

Jean Craighead George
Newbery Award Winner

1986-87

Nancy Patz

1985-86

Ashley Bryan

1984-85

Molly Bang
Caldecott Award Winner