William “Count” Basie (born Red Bank, New Jersey, 1904; died Hollywood, Florida, April 26, 1984) was a composer, pianist, and bandleader who loved jazz.
X. J. Kennedy (born Dover, New Jersey, 1929) writes poetry and novels for both adults and children. His children’s books include Elefantina’s Dream and Uncle Switch: Loony Limericks.
Arthur Yorinks (born Roslyn, New York, August 27, 1953) writes and directs plays and operas. He has also written at least 35 books for children. he wrote Hey, Al, which earned illustrator Richard Egielski the 1987 Caldecott Medal.