Pitt-Greensburg Children's Literature Conference Authors
A former history textbook writer, Steve Sheinkin now writes nonfiction books that kids and teens will actually want to read. His 2012 book Bomb was a Newbery Honor book, National Book Award Finalist, and winner of both the Sibert Medal and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. Other recent titles include The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which won the YALSA Award in 2011, and Lincoln's Grave Robbers. His upcoming title, due in January 2014, is The Port Chicago Fifty. Steve lives with his wife and two children in Saratoga Springs, NY.
John Rocco studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is the author of five acclaimed books for children: Wolf! Wolf!, winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for best picture book; Moonpowder, part of the Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators; Fu Finds the Way, and Blackout, a 2012 Caldecott Honor Book which has also won many other awards, including New York Times Best Book of the Year and School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Rocco also illustrated Whoopi Goldberg's Alice and the covers for Rick Riordan's multi-million copy internationally bestselling series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus. Most recently, Rocco illustrated the fantasy fairy tale, The Flint Heart, written by Katherine Paterson and her husband, John.
For many years Rocco has been an art director in the entertainment industry, both in the US and abroad. He spent 18 months working as animation director at ImagineAsia in Manila, Philippines, where he oversaw production of cg animation, motion capture and story development for several projects. At Dreamworks, Rocco was the pre-production art director on the top-grossing animated film Shrek. For Walt Disney Imagineering, he designed attractions at Disney's Epcot and served as art director for DisneyQuest, a virtual reality theme park in Downtown Disney. Rocco has worked with computer graphics pioneer Robert Abel, the creator of some of the first CGI commercials and special effects, and contributed to several museum projects including Newseum in Washington D.C. and Paul Allen's Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.
Rocco lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Aileen and their daughter, Alaya.