Judge Bios for the contest!

Meet the judges from my past Be-a-Famous writer contests! Mrs. P has garnered the support of some of the best writers in the country to judge her annual writing contest, past judges include #1 best-selling author Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries); Jim Davis, creator of Garfield, the most popular cartoon strip in the world; Danny Kallis, creator of Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and The Suite Life on Deck, television’s top-rated shows for kids; Dave Barry, Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and author of dozens of bestselling books; and Craig Ferguson, host of the CBS Late Late Show and author of Between the Bridge and the River; Bonny Becker, author of the beloved Bear and Mouse picture books for kids; David L. Ulin book critic of the Los Angeles Times; Julia Roberts, Academy Award Winner & Mom; Melina Gerosa Bellows, Ex V.P. & Chief Creative Officer, Books, Kids, and Family at National Geographic; poet Robert L. Forbes, actress Marion Ross, rock star librarian John Schumacher (aka Mr. Schu), Peter H. Reynolds children's book author, illustrator, bookshop owner and founder of FableVision, NY Times best selling author Chris Grabenstein, and Shannon McClintock Miller rock star librarian. Meet the 2017 9th annual contest judges.

Josh Funk writes silly stories and somehow tricks people into publishing them as picture books, such as Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast and its sequel The Case of the Stinky Stench along with Pirasaurs!, Dear Dragon, It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk and more! Josh is a board member of The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA and has a 12 Step Guide to Writing Picture Books in the ‘Resources for Writers’ section of his website. Josh grew up in New England and studied Computer Science in school. Today, he still lives in New England and when not writing Java code or Python scripts, he drinks Java coffee and writes picture book manuscripts. His books, especially Dear Dragon make him a perfect judge for my Dragon themed contest this year.

Matthew Winner is an elementary library media specialist in Elkridge, Maryland. He is the co-founder and content director of All The Wonders, a children’s literature website and more, and host of the All The Wonders podcast, a weekly podcast where Matthew talks to authors, illustrators, award winners, up-and-comers, and everyone in between. He is the author of ASHA WENT WALKING, a webcomic for young readers illustrated by Lorian Tu-Dean about a girl, her arctic fox companion, and her magic bag. His book and podcast make him a perfect judge for my contest this year, as he really knows stories.

Mrs. P is the co-creator and star of MrsP.com, one of the most popular entertainment and educational sites for kids on the Internet. She has received recognition for her work from the American Library Association, the National Parenting Center and TeachersFirst.com, among others. Mrs. P lives in a big house with a Magic Library. She enjoys maintaining and driving her vintage, red Ferrari sports car, traveling around the world and, most of all, reading to kids. Occasionally, she dresses up as the actress Kathy Kinney, who starred in The Drew Carey Show for nine years, and appeared on The Secret Life of the American Teenager and who co-wrote the popular book, Queen of Your Own Life, which was featured on Oprah.com.

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