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Thank to everyone who responded!  I feel prepared with some great online
sources for this teacher and her classes.  Here are the responses:

We have links to over 400 authors/illustrator sites at:
These are sites that are hosted by the author/illustrator themselves 
-- as opposed to commercial sites.  The content is the responsibility 
of the subject or someone they "hire."

Check out the author site

and the state choice award sites at

Suggestions for additions to these two sites are always welcome.

Please share whatever you find.  For "classic" authors - Gale Student
Resource Center is excellent.  And of course the Gale literary
databases.  If you do not subscribe to any of the Gale databases, you
can contact them. I am sure that you can get a 30 day trail
subscription.  Schedule it to coincide with the class visits if
possible.  Trying it with real kids can give you an idea if you want to
subscribe yourself.  The literary databases are probably way more than
you need for your level student.  But the Student Resource Center
provides enough access to literary reference articles in Gale's
databases, that you might find it to be useful for 8th graders.

Do you have eLibrary available? Might be able to get a trial sub if 
not.  In Topic search under biographies there are sections for Authors 
and Poets and Children's Authors. Yolen is in Children's and K. Hesse is

in Authors and Poets for example. Links to mag and newspapers as well as

selected websites.

Although I haven't looked myself, the biography channel online may
provide author biographies.

Have a look at the list at
This is part of a larger library page at
Hope this helps

This is the page I use for my author study.  Maybe there will be
something  that will help you.

Davinna Artibey
Library Media Specialist
Horace Mann Middle School
Denver, CO

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