Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of 25 books, including Rebound, the follow-up to his, Newbery-medal winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. Kwame writes for children of all ages. Some of his other works include Out of Wonder, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game of Life; the picture books, Surf's Up, Animal Ark and the novels, Solo and Booked. A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of several awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. He believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people around the world through his Writing Workshop. He's led cultural exchange delegations to Brazil, Italy, Singapore, and to Ghana, where he is training teachers and building a library and health clinic, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an International literacy program he co-founded. The 2018 NEA Read Across America Ambassador, Kwame is also the host and producer of the literary variety/talk show, Bookish, which airs on Facebook Watch, and the founding editor of Versify, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. He is a contributor 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.
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 Intent.com, 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 Time.com, Self Magazine, Women's Health, Prevention Magazine, OWN, Glamour, Oprah.com, 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 mallikachopra.com.
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 facebook.com/chelseaclinton.
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.
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 wadehudson-authorpublisher.com.
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 cherylwhudson.weebly.com.
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 angiethomas.com.
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), 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.
Zoey Abbott is a grown-up, but she still has more questions than answers. She also feels like she knew something important when she was a kid, something that she has forgotten. So Zoey time travels in her mind, digging and scraping and scooping up old sticks and bones. She sometimes puts these in her stories. Zoey is the illustrator of the upcoming picture book Finn's Feather, written by Rachel Noble, which will be published in June 2018 by Enchanted Lion Books.
Jonathan Auxier is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Night Gardener, Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard and Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, which the Wall Street Journal called "as delightful a magical story as readers will hope to find.” His newest novel, Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster, will be published in September 2018 by Amulet. Jonathan lives in Pittsburgh with his family.
Cindy Baldwin is a children’s book writer and poet. She grew up in North Carolina and still misses the humidity and warm accents on a daily basis. Currently, she lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter, where she is growing to love the misty winters and wild blackberries. Where the Watermelons Grow is her debut novel and will be published in July 2018 by HarperCollins. To learn more about Cindy, visit cindybaldwinbooks.com.
Megan Bannen is a librarian and the author of The Bird and the Blade which will be published in June 2018 by Balzer + Bray. In her spare time, she collects graduate degrees from Kansas colleges and universities. While most of her professional career has been spent in public libraries, she has also sold luggage, written grants, and taught English at home and abroad. She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, their two sons, and a few too many pets with literary names. She can be found online at meganbannen.com.
David Barclay Moore was born and raised in Missouri. After studying creative writing at Iowa State University, film at Howard University and language studies at l'Universite de Montpellier in France, David moved to New York City, where he has worked for both the Harlem Children's Zone and Quality Services for the Autism Community. The Stars Beneath Our Feet, which was published in November 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, was the recipient of six starred reviews, and David received the 2018 ALA Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent. The book is currently being adapted for film by Michael B. Jordan and Endeavour Content.
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 jenniferlynnbarnes.com or follow her on Twitter @jenlynnbarnes.
Mac Barnett is the author of several books for children, including Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, a New York Times bestseller; and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, a Caldecott Honor Book and winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award. He is the co-author, with Jory John, of the New York Times bestselling series The Terrible Two. His upcoming Mac Undercover will be published by Orchard Books in September 2018. Mac Barnett lives in California.
Melinda Beatty has had years of practice trying to explain to others why she was just having an imaginary conversation between two people that don't exist, so becoming a writer seemed like the best way to stop everyone looking at her funny. After years of narrowboat living on the English canals, she and her British husband are now back on dry land in Maryland where by day, she's a mild-mannered Indie bookseller, and by night, she wrangles words, craft projects, a Labrador and two fierce mini-women. Heartseeker which will be published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers in June 2018, is her debut novel.
Andrea Beaty is the author of Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect; and Ada Twist, Scientist; among other children’s titles. She lives just outside Chicago. Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters will be published by Abrams Books for Young Readers in October 2018.
A Mexican-American author from deep South Texas, David Bowles is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Recipient of awards from the American Library Association, Texas Institute of Letters and Texas Associated Press, he has written several titles, including the Pura Belpré Honor Book The Smoking Mirror and Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico. His forthcoming book of middle-grade verse,
Max Brallier (maxbrallier.com) 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 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.
Ivan Brunetti is an art teacher as well as an artist and a cartoonist. His drawings have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and McSweeney's, among other publications. Ivan has published many acclaimed books for adults, including Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice. Wordplay, his first book for children, shows kids how to imagine compound words as the words that comprise them. His upcoming 3x4,which will be published by Toon Books (distributed by Consortium) in September 2018, also encourages them to visualize playfully--this time with numbers.
Jess Butterworth lives in New Orleans with her husband. She spent her childhood in both Great Britain and India, and grew up hearing stories about the Himalayas and the people there from her grandmother, who lived in India for many years. Her upcoming middle grade novel, Running on the Roof of the World will be published by Algonquin Young Readers in May 2018. You can find Jess Butterworth online at jessbutterworth.com and on Twitter: @j_t_butterworth.
J. C. Cervantes (jennifercervantes.com) 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).
Jared Chapman is the author and illustrator of many books for young readers, including Vegetables in Underwear and Fruits in Suits. His upcoming T. Rex Time Machine will be published by Chronicle Books in September 2018. He lives in Northeast Texas with his family.
Eva Chen grew up in New York City. Her parents, who are from Taipei and Shanghai, own a consulting textile import-export business, and Chen attributes her early love of fashion to her mother's influence. In college, she interned for Harper’s Bazaar and after graduation Anna Wintour brought Chen onboard as a consultant to Lucky Magazine. Within two months, Wintour hired her as editor-in-chief making her the youngest editor-in-chief in the magazine’s history. Since then she has been the beauty director at Teen Vogue, an editor at Elle, a contributing editor at Vogue China, a contributor at Good Morning America, and a fashion correspondent at Entertainment Tonight. She is currently the head of fashion partnerships at Instagram. She lives in New York. Eva's upcoming picture book, Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, will be published by Feiwel and Friends November 2018.
Lesa Cline-Ransome has written 18 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.
Ally Condie is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Matched Trilogy and of the middle-grade novel Summerlost, a 2016 Edgar Award Finalist for Best Juvenile Mystery. Her upcoming
Sarah Crossan is the author of Apple and Rain and The Weight of Water, both of which have been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal. She is also the author of the novels Breathe, Resist, and the 2016 Carnegie Medal winner One. Her upcoming Moonrise will be published by Bloomsbury YA in May 2018. She grew up in Ireland and England, has taught English in the United States, and now lives in Hertfordshire, England.
Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for fifteen years. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at diterlizzi.com.
Eric Fan is an artist and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. Born in Hawaii and raised in Toronto, he attended the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he studied illustration, sculpture, and film. He has a passion for vintage bikes, clockwork contraptions, and impossible dreams. His upcoming Ocean Meets Sky, created with his brother Terry, will be published in May 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. See more of his work at society6.com/opifan64 and on Facebook (Eric Fan Illustration).
Terry Fan received his formal art training at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada. His work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital. He spends his days (and nights) creating magical paintings, portraits, and prints. His upcoming Ocean Meets Sky, created with his brother Eric, will be published in May 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Born in Illinois, he now lives in Toronto. Visit him online at society6.com/igo2cairo and on Facebook (Terry Fan Illustration).
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.
Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont, where she sits in front of a woodstove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. She is the author of The Black Witch Chronicles, including The Black Witch, The Iron Flower and the prequel e-novella Wandfasted. Visit her online at laurieannforest.com or follow her @laurieannforest.
Stuart Gibbs is the author of the FunJungle series, as well as the New York Times bestselling Spy School and Moon Base Alpha series. He has written the screenplays for movies like See Spot Run and Repli-Kate, worked on a whole bunch of animated films, developed TV shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC, and Fox. The next book in the Spy School series, Spy School Goes South will be published in October 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Stuart lives with his wife and children in Los Angeles.
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 www.andygriffiths.com.au.
Rebecca Hanover received a BA from Stanford University in English and drama and was awarded an Emmy for Best Writing in 2008 as a staff writer on the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America and lives in San Francisco. Her debut, The Similars, will be published by Sourcebooks Fire in January 2019.
Tracey Hecht has written, directed, and produced for film. The ABA chose her first book in her critically acclaimed middle grade series, The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions, as a Kids’ Indie Next List pick. Last year, she expanded the series to include early reader books, The Moonlight Meeting and The Slithery Shakedown, for younger children so that families could share the reading experience together. In partnership with the New York Public Library, Tracey created a Read Aloud Writing Program around New York City for her first book's launch. Since that time, she has conducted this program in over sixty schools, libraries, and bookstores across the country. In February, the Wyndham Grand Hotels used Tracey Hecht and The Mysterious Abductions to launch a nationwide family program called Reconnected, a Family Experience, reminding families to slow down and enjoy their time together. The fourth book in the Nocturnals series, The Hidden Kingdom was published by Fabled Films in January 2018.
Sarah Henning is a journalist who has worked for the Palm Beach Post, Kansas City Star and Associated Press, among others. When not writing, she runs ultramarathons, hits the playground with her two kids and hangs out with her husband Justin, who doubles as her long-suffering IT department. Sarah now lives in Lawrence, Kansas. Her debut, Sea Witch, comes out in July 2018 from Katherine Tegen Books.
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 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 book The Dollar Kids will be published in August 2018 by Candlewick Press. Visit her online at jenniferjacobson.com
E. Eero Johnson is a designer, illustrator and comic book artist from the Northern Midwest. His illustrations (as Erik T. Johnson) have appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Wired. His short comics have been featured in Los Angeles Magazine, The New York Times, and Nozone. He collaborated on the hybrid novel/graphic novel Original Fake with author Kirstin Cronn-Mills for Penguin Books, and he co-published the experimental Kozmo-Knot the Never-Ending Comic Book with Uncivilized Books. Tsu and the Outliers is his first full-length graphic novel, and will be published by Uncivilized Books (distributed by Consortium) in June 2018.
Daniel José Older is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, workshop facilitator, and composer. His first published YA novel, Shadowshaper, received four starred reviews, won the International Latino Book Award, and was also recognized as a New York Times Notable Book and an NPR Best Book of the Year. It went on to become a New York Times bestseller. Dactyl Hill Squad is his middle grade debut and will be published by Arthur A. Levine in September 2018. His band Ghost Star gigs regularly around New York, and you can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music at danieljoseolder.net, on youtube, and @djolder on twitter.
Julie Kagawa is the internationally bestselling author of The Iron Fey, Blood of Eden and The Talon Saga series. Her upcoming Shadow of the Fox will be published in October 2018 by Harlequin Teen. Born in Sacramento, Julie has been a bookseller and an animal trainer and enjoys reading, painting, playing in her garden and training in martial arts. She lives near Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and a plethora of pets.
Elliott Kalan has written for television shows like Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and comic books like Spider-Man & The X-Men. Horse Meets Dog is his first picture book, and will be published by Balzer + Bray in November 2018. Elliott lives with his wife and young son in Southern California, where he runs the Foundation for Animal Recognition, Mutual (FARM), dedicated to finally solving the serious public problem of horse/dog meeting confusion.
Kody Keplinger was born and raised in rural western Kentucky. She always enjoyed writing and began working on “novels” when she was eleven. She wrote her first published young adult work, The Duff, during her senior year of high school. Since then, she has written Shut Out, A Midsummer’s Nightmare, and The Swift Boys & Me. Her latest, That's Not What Happened, which will be published by Scholastic Press in August 2018, is an astonishing and thought provoking exploration of the aftermath of a school shooting. Kody Keplinger currently lives in New York City and writes full-time. She can be found at kodykeplinger.com.
David Kirk grew up in the wild and boundless suburbs of central Ohio, where he learned about small creatures, robots, and art. In 1993 he created Miss Spider, who appears in many well-loved children's books and in her own television series. His newest books are Oh So Brave Dragon and Truckeroo School. An inventor as well as an author, David started several toy companies, including Ovicular Toyworks, Hoobert Toys, David Kirk's Fun House and the Sunny Patch brand. His newest toy, Art Face by David Kirk, is available in the Apple App store and on Google Play. He lives in a forest with his family and their woodland friends. Miss Spider's Tea Party will be published by Callaway Arts (distributed by IPS) in April 2018.
Jacob Kramer grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and studied film-making and writing at Harvard. Like Noodlephant, he loves hunting for mushrooms, eating noodles, and organizing with friends in pursuit of justice. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, where he is an arts council Fellow. Noodlephant will be published in January 2019 by Enchanted Lion.
Lucy co-created the Geeky Fab Five STEM girls series with her mom based on her own real-life experiences in elementary school, where students learn to make a difference. Now in middle school, Lucy lives in Illinois with her parents, brothers, and sister, along with three cats, including Tom, who has inspired Hubble. Geeky F@b 5 Vol. 1: It's Not Rocket Science will be published in July 2018 by Papercutz.
Laura Lippman is the award-winning writer of more than twenty crime fiction novels. She lives in Baltimore and New Orleans with her husband, David Simon, and her very smart daughter, Georgia Rae. Liza Jane & the Dragon will be published by Akashic in October 2018.
Rafael López uses his hands and imagination to create award-winning children’s books and murals around the world. He has been awarded the Pura Belpré medal from the American Library Association two times, for Drum Dream Girl and Book Fiesta. His upcoming We've Got The Whole World in Our Hands will be published by Scholastic Press in October 2018. Born and raised in Mexico City to architect parents, Rafael grew up immersed in the rich visual heritage, vivid color, music, and surrealism of his native culture. He enjoys working hand in hand with children, librarians, and teachers to paint community-based murals in neighborhoods. Rafael divides his time and collects ideas in his studios in colonial San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and downtown San Diego, California, where he lives with his wife and son. Visit Rafael López at rafaellopez.com.
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 corinnaluyken.com.
Tahereh Mafi is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series, Whichwood, and Furthermore. Her newest book, A Very Large Expanse of Sea will be published by HarperTEEN in October 2018. Tahereh was born in a small city somewhere in Connecticut and currently resides in Santa Monica, California, with her husband Ransom Riggs. She can usually be found over-caffeinated and stuck in a book. You can find her online just about anywhere at @TaherehMafi or on her website, taherehbooks.com.
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 melinamangal.com
Lizzy Mason is originally from Northern Virginia where she worked at the local Borders before moving to New York City for college. Over the last thirteen years she has built a career among the publicity departments of several publishing houses, including Simon & Schuster (adult), Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Bloomsbury Children's. Lizzy has managed publicity campaigns for New York Times bestselling authors Leigh Bardugo, Alexandra Bracken, Ally Carter, Sarah J. Maas, Danielle Paige, and Elizabeth Wein, among others. The Art of Losing, which will be published by Soho Teen in January 2019, is her first novel. You can find her on Twitter at @LizzyMason21.
Liz Lareau, M.A. co-authors the GEEKY FAB FIVE series with her daughter, Lucy, to inspire all girls to realize their potential and work together for a better world. Liz has been telling stories as a mom, public relations executive, and former TV news reporter and anchor for more than 30 years. Geeky F@b 5 Vol. 1: It's Not Rocket Science will be published in July 2018 by Papercutz.
Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she learned—among other things—that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She’s studied art, screenwriting, and film production, but she realized her real passion was writing stories for children. She’s the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the award-winning middle grade series, Keeper of the Lost Cities, as well as the Sky Fall series for young adults. Her books have been featured on multiple state reading lists, published in numerous countries, and translated into many different languages. The newest in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Flashback, will be published in November 2018 by Aladdin. Shannon lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at shannonmessenger.com.
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.
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.
Jaclyn Moriarty grew up in Sydney, Australia, with four sisters (including author Liane Moriarty), one brother, two dogs, and twelve chickens. She studied law at the University of Sydney, Yale, and Cambridge, and worked as an entertainment lawyer before she wrote the Ashbury High novels, including The Year of Secret Assignments, The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie, and The Ghosts of Ashbury High. Her first middle-grade novel, The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone is a buoyantly high-spirited fantasy adventure and will be publushed by Arthur A. Levine in October 2018. She still lives in Sydney, with her little boy, Charlie.
Naomi M. Moyer is a self-taught, multidisciplinary artist and writer. As a Black woman, Naomi is forever interested in African diasporic histories and how they connect to Black identity. Naomi is a new mama and lives with her family in Toronto. Black Women Who Dared will be published by Second Story Press in September 2018.
Mike Mullin’s first job was scraping the gum off the undersides of desks at his high school. From there, things went steadily downhill. He almost got fired by the owner of a bookstore due to his poor taste in earrings. He worked at a place that showed slides of poopy diapers during lunch (it did cut down on the cafeteria budget). The hazing process at the next company included eating live termites raised by the resident entomologist, so that didn’t last long either. For a while Mike juggled bottles at a wine shop, sometimes to disastrous effect. Oh, and then there was the job where swarms of wasps occasionally tried to chase him off ladders. So he’s really glad this writing thing seems to be working out. Mike lives in Danville, Indiana with his wife and her three cats. Surface Tension, which will be published by Tanglewood Press in May 2018, is his fourth novel. His debut, Ashfall, was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a 2016 YALSA Popular Paperback.
Vita Murrow is a writer, artist, and mom. Born in central India, she grew up in Minneapolis, MN. An adoptee and the daughter of a gay single parent, her family constellation made her acutely aware of the need for diverse and inclusive media for kids. Her background as an educator cemented the idea that all children have the right to see their lives mirrored and to feel connected to the media they enjoy. This belief has fueled her career as a champion of children and children's literature, and as a storyteller in a variety of mediums. Vita previously directed a literacy centered school partnership program in Boston, served as an elementary educator in Seattle and New York City and has been an American Sign Language interpreter. She earned an M.S. Ed in Education and Teaching Literacy from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City, as well as a BFA in Photography and Video from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. A career highlight for Vita was meeting her hero, Cookie Monster, while interning at the Sesame Workshop. As an artist, Vita is the co-creator, together with her husband, artist Ethan Murrow, of the short film "Dust," an official selection in the 46th annual New York Film Festival. Their children’s book debut, The Whale, was nominated for a CILIP Greenway Medal. They have two children and live in Boston. Vita's upcoming Power to the Princess will be published by Lincoln Children's Books/The Quarto Group in September 2018.
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.
Rachel Noble loves to write for children. She was inspired to write Finn's Feather after the loss of her son, Hamish, in 2012. Shortly after the story took shape, Rachel found a feather on her doorstep. Rachel loves rainbows, the beach, and feathers. She is lucky to get all of these in Queensland, Australia where she lives with her family. Finn's Feather will be published by Enchanted Lion Books in June 2018.
Cherie Priest is the author of fourteen adult science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels, including Boneshaker, which won the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and I Am Princess X. Her upcoming The Agony House will be published by Arthur A. Levine in September 2018. She lives near Chattanooga, Tennessee, and can be found online at cheriepriest.com and @cmpriest.
Betty Quan is a writer for children’s television programs, including the Discovery Kids production Doki. She wrote Mother Tongue, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. She also adapted Paul Yee’s book Ghost Train for the stage. Grandmother's Visit is her first picture book and will be published by Groundwood Books in September 2018. Betty lives in Toronto.
Brendan Reichs is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller Nemesis and its sequel Genesis, and co-author of the six-volume Virals series. His upcoming
KaeLyn Rich is a staff writer for the popular queer women's website Autostraddle.com. A queer feminist, direct action organizer, nonprofit lifer, and sexuality educator, she is the Assistant Advocacy Director of the ACLU of New York, the former community affairs coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York. She lives with her spouse, their new baby, and a house full of furkids. Her new book, Girls Resist will be published in August 2018 by Quirk Books.
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 danrichardsbooks.com.
Bill Richardson, winner of Canada’s Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour and former radio host, has written several highly acclaimed books for children. They include The Aunts Come Marching, illustrated by Cynthia Nugent, winner of the Time to Read Award, the children’s novel After Hamelin, winner of the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award, and The Alphabet Thief, illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff. The Bunny Band will be published in August 2018 by Groundwood Books.
Nancy Richardson FIischer is a graduate of Cornell University, a former traveling writer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and a published author with children’s, teen and adult titles to her credit, including Star Wars titles for Lucasfilm and numerous autobiographies of athletes, such as Julie Krone, Béla Károlyi and Monica Seles. Her upcoming When Elephants Fly will be published by Harlequin Teen in September 2018. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Jennifer Sattler is the award-winning author and illustrator of numerous children’s books, including the new board books Dirty Birdies and Jungle Gym, as well as the picture book Sylvie, and the Pig Kahuna and the Chick ’n’ Pug series. Her upcoming Bully will be published by Sleeping Bear Press in July 2018. She lives in upstate New York, where she delights in embarrassing her children and having meaningful conversations with her dog, Henry. Learn more about her at jennifersattlerbooks.com.
Victoria Schwab is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the YA novel, This Savage Song, and the adult Shades of Magic series. She has written several acclaimed middle grade novels, including Everyday Angel and the second book in the Spirit Animals series. her latest is City of Ghosts, out by Scholastic Press in August 2018. Victoria lives in Nashville, TN, but she can often be found haunting Paris streets and trudging up English hillsides. Usually, she's tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up stories. Visit her online at veschwab.com.
David Shannon is the internationally acclaimed creator of more than thirty picture books, including No, David!--which was a Caldecott Honor Book, his second New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and now celebrating its 20th year--and three more David picture books. Shannon’s bestsellers include A Bad Case of Stripes, Duck on a Bike, and his recent Bugs in My Hair! Grow Up, David! will be published in August 2018 by Blue Sky Press. He lives in California with his family.
Kevin Charles Smith is an award winning author and oldest of seven children. Chicago born, he never outgrew his fascination with Peter Pan and exploring the timeless subject matter of pirates and the high seas in books, magazines, and websites over his span of years. While his professional life took him to the peak of success with the nation’s top companies, beginning with Carnation (now Nestle) and ending with Kellogg, his inner-child matured. Kevin was quite taken by Hollywood’s swashbucklers who graced the silver screen with daring, resourceful and exciting exploits. After a 35-year accomplished professional career, culminating as Kellogg Company’s Senior Vice-President of Marketing Services, Kevin set sail on his second passion, finally placing the book he developed subconsciously onto paper. Kevin’s creative career served him well. He totally understands the entertainment industry. Response to this debut work was astounding as Hollywood Reporter identified his book a “Top Five Deal” within six weeks of the first reader copies becoming available. With a keen sense of what young adults and mature readers would enjoy, he ventured to fill in the major gaps he found woefully missing in his research of life on the high seas. Kevin is married to his high school sweetheart, Patricia. Together, they are the proud parents of Kari and Shannon, and even prouder grandparents of Rowan, Lia and Van. Kevin and Pat now reside in Florida, where Kevin can be closer to the sea. The third book in his Bilge Rat - Pirate Adventurer series, Demon Pirate will be published in September 2018 by Journey Publications, LLC.
Ruth Spiro is the author of the Baby Loves Science series. These adorably illustrated board books contain expert-reviewed science, yet are simple enough for the youngest readers (and non-readers!). Her debut picture book, Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist (Dutton), won awards from Writer's Digest and Willamette Writers and was a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year. Ruth is a frequent speaker at schools and conferences, and recent presentations include the Early Childhood STEM Conference at CalTech and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Baby Loves Coding will be published by Charlesbridge in June 2018. Visit Ruth online at ruthspiro.com
K-Fai Steele grew up in a house built in the 1700s with a printing press her father bought from a magician, and she’s been writing and drawing books ever since. She’s made drawings for Chibitronics, The Reykjavik Grapevine, MIT Media Lab, School Library Journal, Philly Weekly, the Creativity Labs at Indiana University, and more. K-Fai is the 2018 recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Collection Memorial Fellowship. Noodlephant, publishing in January 2019, is her first book with Enchanted Lion. Other forthcoming titles include A Normal Pig (Balzer+Bray) and Old MacDonald Had a Baby by Emily Snape with Feiwel & Friends (Fall 2019). Visit her online at k-faisteele.com.
Hamish Steele is a freelance animation director and illustrator who grew up in Somerset surrounded by legends, myths and folktales. Since graduating from Kingston University in 2013, Hamish has worked for the BBC, Cartoon Network, Disney, Nickelodeon, among others. He is the creator of Pantheon and his debut book for young adults, DeadEndia, comes out in August 2018 from Nobrow. Hamish currently lives in London.
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 davidezrastein.com
Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada. She is the author of What Goes Around, This is Not a Test, Fall for Anything, Some Girls Are, Cracked Up to Be, Please Remain Calm, and All the Rage. Her newest, Sadie, will be published in September 2018 by Wednesday Books.
Brenna Thummler has always known her life is haunted. Much like Marjorie Glatt, she grew up in a small Pennsylvania town, where piano practice and ghost stories were part of her daily routine. It wasn’t until she attended Ringling College of Art and Design, however, that she realized her passion for storytelling (as well as her hatred of laundry). She now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, and spends her days drawing, writing, and suspicious of her sheets. Her upcoming graphic novel, Sheets will be published by Lion Forge (dist. by Diamond Books) in August of 2018.
Katie and Kevin Tsang met while studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. They currently live in London and Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts is their first joint novel, which will be published by Sterling Children's Books in October 2018. Some of Sam Wu's experiences are based on Kevin's childhood. Katie writes YA as Katherine Webber.
Katie and Kevin Tsang met while studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. They currently live in London and Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of Ghosts is their first joint novel, which will be published by Sterling Children's Books in October 2018. Kevin works as a healthcare technology consultant and some of Sam Wu's experiences are based on his childhood.
Greg van Eekhout lives in San Diego, California with his astronomy/physics professor wife and two dogs. He’s worked as an educational software developer, ice cream scooper, part-time college instructor, and telemarketer. Being a writer is the only job he's ever actually liked. His upcoming Voyage of the Dogs will be published by HarperCollins in September 2018. You can find more about Greg at his website: writingandsnacks.com.
Scott Westerfeld is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Uglies series, which has been translated into 35 languages; the Leviathan series; Afterworlds; and many other books for young readers. Impostors is a return to his most famous realm, and will be published by Scholastic Press in September 2018. He was born in Texas and alternates summers between Sydney, Australia and New York City.
Laura Weymouth is a Canadian living in exile in America, and the sixth consecutive generation of her family to immigrate from one country to another. Born and raised in the Niagara region of Ontario, she now lives at the edge of the woods in western New York, along with her husband, two wild-hearted daughters, a spoiled cat, and an indeterminate number of chickens. Visit her at lauraeweymouth.com. Her debut, The Light Between Worlds, comes out in October 2018 from HarperTEEN.
Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of the And I Darken and Paranormalcy series, Slayer, and many more novels, including her upcoming The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, which will be published in September 2018 by Delacorte Press. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, which, in spite of its perfection, spurs her to dream of faraway places and even further-away times. Visit Kiersten online at kierstenwhite.com, and follow her at @kierstenwhite on Twitter and @authorkierstenwhite on Instagram.
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.