April Halprin Wayland has been a fiddle player, a walnut farmer, a teacher, a corporate marketing manager and an aqua farmer, but she has always been a writer and a poet. She's published many picture books (her newest is NEW YEAR AT THE PIER-a Rosh Hashanah Story) and a multi-award-winning novel in poems for teens (GIRL COMING IN FOR A LANDING); her poems are frequently published in CRICKET Magazine and in lots and lots of anthologies. Trust me-she's all over the galaxy. She's won the Myra Cohn Livingston Poetry Award, Penn State's Lee Bennett Hopkins Honor Award for Children's Poetry, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Magazine Merit Award for Poetry (six times). And did I tell you about the time she won the Mr. Bookmark contest in 2nd grade? She's written, performed and produced a rollicking this CD which won the National Parenting Publications (NAPPA)'s Gold Award for Storytelling, which you are going to love, cross my heart and hope to die. I take that back...don't die-it's just an expression.) Her high-energy lectures and poetry workshops have been popular across the US and in Germany, England, Italy, France, Poland and on the moon. (She has her very own rocketship.) A founding member of the Children's Authors Network, she's also been an instructor in UCLA Extension Writers' Program for over a decade. (Come take her classes-they're a kick!) April blogs with five other authors-who-teach on their Teaching Authors blog. Check it out for poetry and writing tips. April and her family love animals. They have the oldest dog in the world, two cats (Elsie and Snot), a tortoise named Sheldon, two box turtles (one is named Roadkill-you can probably guess why), three red-eared slider turtles, and 947,001 frogs. April invented oxygen. Visit her website for updates.