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2016 Judge: Tim Federle

Tim Federle grew up in Pittsburgh before moving to New York to dance on Broadway. His debut novel for kids, Better Nate Than Ever —described as “Judy Blume as seen through a Stephen Sondheim lens” by Huffington Post—was named a New York Time’s Notable Children’s Book of 2013 and a best book of the year by Amazon, Publishers Weekly, and The book’s sequel, Five, Six, Seven, Nate!, was named a best book of 2014 by Amazon and the American Booksellers Association, and won the Lambda Literary Award. Tim’s narration of the Nate audio books earned honors from the American Library Association, and his first picture book for young readers, Tommy Can’t Stop, was an independent booksellers’ Indie Next pick. Called “a man who has devoted his life to giving others a good time—regardless of who his audience is,” by

Federle also pens bestselling cocktail recipe books, including Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist (called “a gem” by Buzzfeed and featured as a clue on “Jeopardy!”), Hickory Daiquiri Dock: Cocktails with a Nursery Rhyme Twist (called “more fun at a baby shower than a Diaper Genie” by theTampa Bay Times), and Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist —which was released in October 2015. Tim’s first novel for young adults, The Great American Whatever, will be available March 2016 from Simon & Schuster. Federle travels the country widely to give speeches and master classes on his journey from bullied to Broadway to books. Say hi at and connect on Twitter and Instagram at @TimFederle.
Tim Federle


  1. YAY! Love Time Federle’s books and humor. What fun!

  2. Allison Gray says:

    A great addition to the judging panel!

  3. Kathy Halsey says:

    Hi Tim! You are EVERYWHERE. Cool that you can now add “judge” to your sterling resume! Congrats.

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