Authors Appearing at Children's Institute 2018

    An Indies Introduce Author

    Keynote Speakers

    Mallika Chopra
    Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement, and More, Running Press Books

    Mallika Chopra is a mom, media entrepreneur, public speaker, and published author. Her most recent book, Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy, was published in April 2015. Mallika is the founder of, a platform focused on personal, social, and global wellness. Mallika has taught meditations to thousands of people. She enjoys speaking to audiences around the world, including TedX and the Women's Conferences. She has shared ideas on balance and purpose at many companies, including Coca Cola, Disney, LinkedIn and Google. Mallika's writing and work have been featured in many publications including, Self Magazine, Women's Health, Prevention Magazine, OWN, Glamour,, Mind Body Green, the LA Times, and Huffington Post. She currently is featured in Time Magazine's Special Issue on Mindfulness. Her upcoming book, Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement, and More will be published by Running Press Kids in August 2018. Find out more about Mallika online at

    Chelsea Clinton
    She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women who Changed History, Philomel Books

    Chelsea Clinton is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, which was praised in a starred review by Publishers Weekly as a “lovely, moving work of children's literature [and a] polished introduction to a diverse and accomplished group of women." She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! and, with Devi Sridhar, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? Chelsea Clinton is the Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives including those that help to empower the next generation of leaders. She lives in New York City with her husband, Marc, their daughter, Charlotte, their son, Aidan, and their dog, Soren. You can follow her on Twitter at @ChelseaClinton or on Facebook at

    Temple Grandin
    Calling All Minds: How To Think and Create Like an Inventor, Philomel Books

    Temple Grandin is one of the world's most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. She has a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois and is a professor at Colorado State University. She is the author of twelve books on autism and animal behavior, including the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. Dr. Grandin was inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2018 she will be made a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism, and her work has been covered in the New York Times, People, National Public Radio, and 20/20. Most recently she was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of the year. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards. Her newest book, Calling All Minds: How To Think and Create Like an Inventor will be published by Penguin Young Readers in May 2018.

    Angie Thomas
    On the Come Up, Balzer + Bray

    Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was having an article about her in Right On! magazine. She holds a BFA in creative writing and can still rap if needed. She is also the author of The Hate U Give. Her newest book, On the Come Up will be published in February 2019 by Balzer + Bray. You can find her at

    Featured Presenters

    Wade Hudson
    We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices: Words and Images of Hope, Crown Books for Young Readers

    Wade Hudson is president and CEO of Just Us Books, an independent publisher of books for children and young adults. For his work, Wade has received a New Jersey Stephen Crane Literary Award; the Ida B. Wells Institutional Leadership Award, presented by the Center for Black Literature; and the Madame C. J. Walker Legacy Award, given by the Zora Neale Hurston--Richard Wright Foundation. He has also been inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. He is a co-editor with Cheryl Willis Hudson of the upcoming We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices: Words and Images of Hope, which will be published by Crown Books for Young Readers in September 2018. Discover more about Wade online at

    Cheryl Willis Hudson
    We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices: Words and Images of Hope, Crown Books for Young Readers

    Cheryl Willis Hudson is an author, editor, and cofounder and editorial director of Just Us Books, an independent company that focuses on Black-interest books for children and young adults. Cheryl has written over two dozen books for young children, is a member of the children's book committee of PEN America, and has served as a diversity consultant to a number of educational publishers. She is a co-editor with Wade Hudson of the upcoming We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices: Words and Images of Hope, which will be published by Crown Books for Young Readers in September 2018. Learn more about Cheryl at her website

    Phoebe Yeh
    We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices: Words and Images of Hope, Crown Books for Young Readers

    Phoebe Yeh is a VP/co-publisher at Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House. She worked with Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen on The Magic School Bus series and with Walter Dean Myers for twenty years. She edited Monster, the first Printz winner and the New York Times bestselling series Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce and The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. For Crown, she has edited The Catawampus Cat by Jason Carter Eaton, illustrated by Gus Gordon; Lucy & Andy Neanderthal by Jeffrey Brown; Flying Lessons and Other Short Stories in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, edited by Ellen Oh; The Last Gargoyle by Paul Durham and the New York Times bestseller, Dear Martin by debut author Nic Stone. Upcoming titles include My So-Called Bollywood Life by debut author Nisha Sharma and the own voices anthology We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson.

    Appearing Authors

    Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    Little White Lies, Freeform

    Jennifer Lynn Barnes has written more than a dozen acclaimed young adult novels, including The Naturals series: The Naturals, Killer Instinct, All In, Bad Blood and the e-novella, Twelve. A former debutante herself, Jen is also a Fulbright Scholar with advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science. Jen received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2012 and is currently a professor of psychology and professional writing at the University of Oklahoma. Her newest book, Little White Lies, will be published by Freeform/Disney Publishing Worldwide in November 2018. You can find her online at or follow her on Twitter @jenlynnbarnes.

    Max Brallier
    The Last Kids on Earth, Viking Books for Young Readers

    Max Brallier ( is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books and games, including the Last Kids on Earth series. He writes both children’s books and adult books, including the pick-your-own-path adventure series Can YOU Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? He has written books for properties including Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, Uncle Grandpa, and Poptropica. Previously, he worked in the marketing department at St. Martin’s Press. Max lives in New York with his wife, Alyse, who is way too good for him. His daughter, Lila, is simply the best. Follow Max on Twitter @MaxBrallier.

    Vera Brosgol
    Be Prepared, First Second

    Vera Brosgol was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1984 and moved to the United States when she was five. Her first graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost, was published in 2011 by First Second and won Eisner, Cybils, and Harvey awards. Her picture book, Leave Me Alone!, was a 2017 Caldecott Honor book. She was a storyboard artist at Laika for ten years, working on animated films including Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings. Her upcoming Be Prepared will be published by First Second in April 2018. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and actually really likes camping now.

    J.C. Cervantes
    The Storm Runner, Rick Riordan Presents

    J. C. Cervantes ( is the author of Tortilla Sun, which was called "a beautiful and engaging debut" by Kirkus, an "imaginative, yet grounded novel" by Publishers Weekly, and "lean and lightly spiced with evocative metaphor" by School Library Journal. Tortilla Sun was a 2010 New Voices pick by the American Booksellers Association and it was named to Bank Street's 2011 Best Book List. Her upcoming Storm Runner will be published by Rick Riordan Presents in September 2018. When Jennifer isn't reading or writing, she helping her husband with his gubernatorial campaign. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter (@jencerv), and Instagram (#authorjcervantes).

    Lesa Cline-Ransome
    Finding Langston, Holiday House

    Lesa Cline-Ransome has written ten picture books for children, including two ALA Notable Books and several books that have been nominated for NAACP Image Awards. Her most recent book Before She Was Harriet is a Coretta Scott King Honor winner. Her debut novel Finding Langston, which will be published in August 2018 by Holiday House, is set during the Great Migration of the1940s and is about a boy discovering Chicago’s postwar South Side, and his introduction to the public library and the poetry of Langston Hughes.

    Chris Ferrie
    8 Little Planets, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

    Chris Ferrie is an award-winning physicist and is the senior lecturer for Quantum Software and Information at the University of Technology Sydney. He has a Masters in Applied Mathematics, BMath in Mathematical Physics and a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He believes it is never too early to introduce small children to big ideas. His new book, 8 Little Planets, is an exciting introduction to the solar system and will be published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky in October 2018. Chris lives in Australia with his wife and children.

    Andy Griffiths
    The 91-Story Treehouse, Feiwel & Friends

    New York Times bestselling author Andy Griffiths, who wrote the Treehouse series, Killer Koalas From Outer Space, The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow, The Cat on the Mat Is Flat, and The Day My Butt Went Psycho! is at his best in these wild storytelling adventures, perfect for readers of all ages. His newest book in the Treehouse series, The 91-Story Treehouse, will be published in the U.S. by Feiwel & Friends in July 2018. Visit him online at

    Monica Hesse
    The War Outside, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Monica Hesse is the bestselling author of Girl in the Blue Coat and American Fire, as well as a journalist with The Washington Post. Her upcoming book, The War Outside will be published in September 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She lives outside Washington, D.C. with her husband and their dog.

    Jennifer Richard Jacobson
    The Dollar Kids, Candlewick Press

    Jennifer Richard Jacobson is the author of several books for children and young adults, including the middle-grade novels Small as an Elephant and Paper Things, and the Andy Shane early chapter books, illustrated by Abby Carter. She lives in Maine. Her upcoming books The Dollar Kids will be published in August 2018 by Candlewick Press. Visit her online at

    Corinna Luyken
    Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse, Dial Books for Young Readers

    Corinna Luyken grew up in different cities along the West Coast, and after studying at Middlebury College, she settled in Washington State, where she draws inspiration from nature, her family, and the human form. Her debut picture book, The Book of Mistakes, recieved four starred reviews and has been praised by Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Nerdy Book Club, and more. Her upcoming picture book, Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse will be published by Dial Books for Young Readers in August 2018. Visit her online at

    Mélina Mangal
    The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just, Millbrook Press

    Mélina Mangal is an author as well as a school library teacher. She enjoys being in nature and traveling with her family, and she incorporates ideas and images from her voyages, her own childhood, and her students' lives into her stories. Mélina first learned of Ernest Everett Just from a coloring sheet given out during a Black History Month event at her daughter's school, and she wondered why so little information was available about this fascinating scientist. Her upcoming The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just will be published by Millbrook Press in November 2018. She lives with her family in Minnesota and can be found online at

    Charlotte Milner
    The Bee Book, DK

    Charlotte Milner is a London-based author and illustrator who has a strong interest in bees and a natural flair for illustrated storytelling. Charlotte studied illustration at Kingston University, where she discovered picture books as a tool to bring important topics to life. Her newest, The Bee Book was published by DK on February 6, 2018.

    Yuyi Morales
    Dreamers, Neal Porter Books

    Caldecott Honor book and five time Pura Belpré Award winner Yuyi Morales tells her own immigration story in Dreamers, a picture book tribute to the transformative power of hope. . . and reading. Dreamers will be published by Neal Porter Books in September 2018.

    Natasha Ngan
    Girls of Paper and Fire, Jimmy Patterson

    Natasha Ngan is part young-adult author, part yoga-teacher, part habitual nap-taker. She grew up between Malaysia and the UK, speaking Chinese with her mother mainly as a way to talk about people without them understanding. She studied Geography at the University of Cambridge and later worked as a fashion blogger, social media consultant, and freelance writer. Natasha recently moved to Paris, where she likes to imagine she drifts stylishly from brasserie to brasserie, notepad in one hand and wineglass in the other, but in reality she mostly spends her time lost on the metro and offending locals with her French. Her upcoming Girls of Paper and Fire will be published by Jimmy Patterson in October 2018.

    Dan Richards
    Stu Truly, Yellow Jacket

    Dan Richards grew up in a small town eating meat, avoiding vegetables, and cheering at the annual Irrigation Festival parade. He's a graduate of the University of Washington's Writing For Children Program, where he wrote his first picture book, The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Monsters. Stu Truly, which will be published by Yellow Jacket/Bonnier in July 2018, is Dan's debut novel. He lives with his family in Bothell, Washington. You can learn more about him at

    David Ezra Stein
    Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise, Candlewick Press

    David Ezra Stein is the author-illustrator of many picture books, including Interrupting Chicken, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor, I’m My Own Dog, Ice Boy, and Dinosaur Kisses. His upcoming Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise will be published by Candlewick Press in September 2018. He lives with his family in Kew Gardens, New York. Visit him online at

    Leslie C. Youngblood
    Love Like Sky, Disney Hyperion

    Leslie C. Youngblood received an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She's been awarded a host of writing honors including a 2014 Yaddo's Elizabeth Ames Residency, the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Prize, a Hurston Wright Fellowship, and the Room of Her Own Foundation's 2009 Orlando Short Story Prize. In 2010 she won the Go On Girl! Book Club Aspiring Writer Award. She is currently teaching creative writing at Writers and Books, the literary center of Rochester, New York. Born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and raised in Rochester, she's fortunate to have a family of natural storytellers and a circle of supportive family and friends. Love Like Sky is her debut novel and will be published in November 2018 by Disney Hyperion.