ONLINE EVENT: Storytime with Vanessa Roeder, Cate Berry, Emma J. Virján

Event date: 
05/30/2020 - 11:00am

We've got a wonderful lineup of picturebook authors! Vanessa Roeder (author of "The Box Turtle"), Cate Berry (author of "Chicken Break!"), and Emma J. Virján (author of the "Pig in a Wig" series) will all be here, so come join the fun!

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Vanessa Roeder—known to friends and family as Nessa Dee—is an illustrator, a painter, and a crafty mess-maker. A former muralist, she now spends her time making art for magazines, children's books, and homes around the world. Her work is created with layers of paper, acrylic paint, colored pencils, thread, and trinkets.

In addition to making art, she loves teaching art to imaginative children, writing stories, acting in plays, and hanging out with the awesome ladies from her critique group, The Girllustrators. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband, three kids, and two hairy dogs who continually feed her ideas for her next story. 


Cate Berry is the author of Penguin and Tiny Shrimp Don't Do Bedtime! (Balzer & Bray/Harper Collins) illustrated by Charles Santoso. It was pinned a Junior Library Guild selection and Publisher’s Weekly called it, "A buoyantly subversive anti-bedtime book.” Her second book, Chicken Break! A Counting Book (Feiwel & Friends/MacMillan) illustrated by Charlotte Adler was praised by School Library Journal as, “Full of wordplay and an extra dose of cuteness, this is a definite first purchase for all children’s collections.” Cate holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches private students as well as classes at the Writing Barn in Austin, Texas. She was a featured author at the Texas Book Festival, West Texas Book Fest, Austin SCBWI Conference (faculty) and writes the monthly humor column for Austin Family Magazine. She speaks at schools, libraries, book stores and conferences year-round. Visit her at to learn more.


Before becoming a picturebook author, Emma worked in numerous ad agencies as a graphic designer and art director. She enjoyed working with shapes, color and typography the most.

In the meantime, stories were written, illustrated and rejected. Emma cried a little but didn’t let it bring her down too much. She continued enrolling in creative writing and illustration classes, joined critique groups – where there may have been some more crying – and persisted with her dream.

Emma is the author-illustrator of Nacho the Party Puppy and of the award-winning PIG IN A WIG series – What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig, What This Story Needs is a Hush and a Shush, What This Story Needs is a Munch and a Crunch, What This Story Needs is a Bang and a Clang, and What This Story Needs is a Vroom and a Zoom.

Emma lives in Austin, Texas and can often be seen walking her Golden Retriever, Bella, working in the yard and hanging out at taco trucks. She likes to travel and hopes to make it back to Rome because the first time she visited, the Sistine Chapel was closed.


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The Box Turtle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735230507
Availability: On our shelves now (please call to confirm)
Published: Dial Books - February 11th, 2020

Chicken Break!: A Counting Book Cover Image
By Cate Berry, Charlotte Alder (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250306791
Availability: Book ships to store in 3-5 days (may take longer if sourced from further away)
Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 29th, 2019

What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig (A Pig in a Wig Book) Cover Image
By Emma J. Virjan, Emma J. Virjan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062327246
Availability: Book ships to store in 3-5 days (may take longer if sourced from further away)
Published: HarperCollins - May 12th, 2015

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