Ci9 Speakers and Authors

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Hanif
Abdurraqib
A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, Random House

Hanif Abdurraqib is a New York Times bestselling poet, essayist, and cultural critic whose poetry has been published in PEN American, Muzzle, Vinyl, and other journals. He is the host of the new SONOS podcast Object of Sound.

Appearing: Wednesday Keynote

Tami
Charles
All Because You Matter; Muted, Scholastic

Tami Charles is the critically acclaimed author of numerous books for young readers, including instant New York Times bestselling All Because You Matter. In her teens and early 20s, Tami enjoyed a taste of fame as a member of an all-girl R&B trio. They performed for Boyz II Men, BET, Showtime at the Apollo, and had a one-hit wonder on the radio. For more information on Tami and her books, visit tamiwrites.com.

Appearing: Wednesday Keynote

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Tiffany D.
Jackson
White Smoke, Katherine Tegen Books

Tiffany D. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Grown, Allegedly, Monday’s Not Coming, and Let Me Hear a Rhyme. A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book and Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe New Talent Award winner, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University, her master of arts in media studies from the New School, and has over a decade in TV and film experience. The Brooklyn native still resides in the borough she loves. You can visit her at www.writeinbk.com.

Appearing: Wednesday Keynote

Jason
Reynolds
Stuntboy, In the Meantime, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a Kirkus Award winner, a Carnegie Medal winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. He’s also the 2020–2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His many books include When I Was the Greatest, The Boy in the Black Suit, Stamped, As Brave as You, For Every One, and the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), among others. He lives in Washington, D.C. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.

Appearing: Wednesday Keynote

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Nicola
Yoon
Joy Revolution Imprint, Joy Revolution

Nicola Yoon is a National Book Award finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book recipient, and a Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. She is a hopeless romantic who firmly believes that you can fall in love in an instant and that it can last forever. Joy Revolution is an imprint focused on romance novels by people of color about people of color, inspired by Nicola and David Yoon’s love of romance novels and romantic comedies, and the desire from an early age to see themselves — people of color — at the center of these stories. Visit Nicola online at nicolayoon.com and follow @NicolaYoon on Twitter and Instagram.

Appearing: Tuesday Opening Keynote

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
David
Yoon
Joy Revolution Imprint, Joy Revolution

David Yoon is the author of the New York Times bestseller Frankly in Love, a William C. Morris Award finalist and Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature Honor book, as well as the YA novel Super Fake Love Song and the adult thriller Version Zero. Joy Revolution is an imprint focused on romance novels by people of color about people of color, inspired by Nicola and David Yoon’s love of romance novels and romantic comedies, and a desire from an early age to see themselves — people of color — at the center of these stories. Visit David online at davidyoon.com and follow @DavidYoon on Twitter and @Davidoftheyoon on Instagram.

Appearing: Tuesday Opening Keynote

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Judy
Blume
Beloved Author and Owner, Books & Books @ the Studios

Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, New Jersey, making up stories inside her head. She spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Her numerous books have won many awards, including the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters E.B. White Award for Lifetime Achievement in children's literature. She lives with her husband in Key West, where they are the founders of a bookshop, Books and Books @ the Studios. You can find Judy working there on most days.

Appearing: Storytime

Kate
DiCamillo
The Beatryce Prophecy, Candlewick Press

Kate DiCamillo now has almost 37 million books in print worldwide. Her books have been awarded the Newbery Medal, the Newbery Honor, the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, and the Theodor Geisel Medal and honor. She is a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Emerita, appointed by the Library of Congress. Her most recent trilogy of novels, starring three best friends in the world of Raymie Nightingale, all achieved national bestseller list status. Born in Philadelphia but raised in the South, Kate now lives in Minneapolis.

Appearing: Storytime

Max
Greenfield
I Don't Want to Read This Book, G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Max Greenfield is a New York–born actor who is best known for being interrupted by his two beautiful children, Lilly and Ozzie, as he writes this bio. Max tries to tell them that this is important and to please leave him alone, but neither child believes this, as Mommy is the one with the career and Daddy just acts silly on TV sometimes.

Appearing: Storytime

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
David
Levithan
VP, Editorial Director, Scholastic Press, Scholastic

David Levithan is the author of such queer YA novels as Boy Meets Boy, Two Boys Kissing, 19 Love Songs, You Know Me Well (with Nina LaCour), and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green). His latest book is the middle-grade novel The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (As Told to His Brother). He is also a publisher and editorial director at Scholastic.

Appearing: Storytime

Ziggy
Marley
Little John Crow, Akashic Books

Ziggy Marley is an eight-time GRAMMY Award winner, Emmy Award winner, author, philanthropist, and reggae icon. He has released thirteen albums to much critical acclaim, and is the author of the children’s books I Love You Too, My Dog Romeo, Music Is in Everything, and Little John Crow (with his wife, Orly Marley); as well as the Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook.

Appearing: Storytime

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Orly
Marley
Little John Crow, Akashic Books

Orly Marley is an Israeli-born entrepreneur and music manager. Starting her professional career as an assistant at the William Morris Agency, she quickly ascended to director of talent sponsorships. After thirteen years at William Morris, she took over the management of her husband Ziggy Marley and his record label, Tuff Gong Worldwide, and established his publishing company, Ishti Music. Together with her husband, Orly heads Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment (U.R.G.E.), a nonprofit organization that seeks to make enduring contributions to the lives of children in Jamaica, Africa, and throughout the world.

Appearing: Storytime

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Kristen
McLean
Executive Director and Industry Analyst, U.S. Books, The NPD Group

Kristen McLean is the Executive Director of Business Development at NPD Books. Kristen is a 25-year veteran of the publishing industry with a career spanning many roles, including retailing, buying, field sales, marketing, and business development, which gives her an unusually deep perspective as a market analyst. A widely-recognized expert in the children’s book market, she works broadly with NPD Books’ key clients, and she is deeply interested in the confluence of emerging consumer behavior, technology, literacy, and generational shift in the digital age.

Appearing: Current Market Trends in Children's Books

Dr. Stephanie
Pinder-Amaker
Did That Just Happen?!: Beyond “Diversity”—Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations, Beacon Press

Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker is a clinical psychologist and Harvard Medical School professor who is committed to achieving multicultural excellence in organizations. As Founding Director of McLean Hospital's College Mental Health Program, she has consulted to numerous institutions on diversity and inclusion. She is also the co-founder of Twin Stars Diversity Trainers, a consultation company offering diversity and identity related trainings to organizations. Dr. Pinder-Amaker currently serves as the McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer.

Appearing: Empowered Listening: How to Hear, Accept, and Respond During Difficult Conversations

Dr. Lauren
Wadsworth
Did That Just Happen?!: Beyond “Diversity”—Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations, Beacon Press

Dr. Lauren Wadsworth is a clinical psychologist passionate about furthering diversity and inclusion efforts. She is the founder and director of the Genesee Valley Institute of Psychology (GVIP), a clinic providing individual and group therapy to the Rochester, New York, area. She is also the co-founder of Twin Stars Diversity Trainers, a consultation company offering diversity and identity related trainings to organizations. Wadsworth is a Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital affiliate, working as an education and training consultant for the College Mental Health Program.

Appearing: Empowered Listening: How to Hear, Accept, and Respond During Difficult Conversations

Amal
.
My Key, Clavis Publishing

Amal's My Key is the winner of the first U.S. edition of Clavis' Key Colors competition. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Amal grew up in a household short on paints, but long on dyes made from boiled onion peel and parsley leaves. She owes her choice of becoming an artist to the city’s main library — a massive imaginary playground with texts she was certain would benefit from a little girl’s drawings. Her MFA is from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She lives in the peculiar village of Port Jefferson with her husband, her daughter’s dog, and a thousand giant mushrooms.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Dan
Abdo
Barb the Last Berzerker, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Storytelling duo Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson have been creating comics together since they were kids. Together they have developed numerous animated campaigns and TV and web series for companies such as 20th Century Fox, Disney, and Nickelodeon. Barb the Last Berzerker is their debut graphic novel series. Book 1 is available in September.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Samira
Ahmed
Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Samira Ahmed is the New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate, & Other Filters and Internment. She was born in Bombay, India, and has lived in New York, Chicago, and Kauai, where she spent a year searching for the perfect mango. She currently resides in the Midwest. Find her online at samiraahmed.com and on Twitter and Instagram @sam_aye_ahm.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Melissa
Albert
Our Crooked Hearts, Flatiron Books

Melissa Albert is the author of the Hazel Wood series and a former bookseller and YA lit blogger. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages. She's from Illinois and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Jacqueline
Alcántara
Climb On!, NorthSouth Books

Jacqueline Alcántara is a children’s picture book illustrator. Her debut picture book, The Field, written by Baptiste Paul, won the Sonia Lynn Sadler Award, was a Junior Library Guild selection, and also appeared on the Horn Book Fanfare Best of 2018, the School Library Journal Best of 2018, and the CCBC 2018 Choices lists. Jacqueline’s favorite days are spent drawing, painting, writing, and walking her dog. She lives in Detroit.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Kelly
Barnhill
The Ogress and the Orphans, Algonquin Young Readers

Kelly Barnhill lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children. She is the author of four novels, most recently The Girl Who Drank the Moon, winner of the 2017 John Newbery Medal. She is also the winner of the World Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, a Nebula Award, and the PEN/USA literary prize. Visit her online at kellybarnhill.com or on Twitter at @kellybarnhill.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Natasha
Bowen
Skin of the Sea, Random House Children's Books

Natasha Bowen is a writer, a teacher, and a mother of three children. She is of Nigerian and Welsh descent and lives in Cambridge, England, where she grew up. Natasha studied English and creative writing at Bath Spa University before moving to East London, where she taught for nearly 10 years. Her debut book was inspired by her passion for mermaids and African history. She is obsessed with Japanese and German stationery and spends silly amounts on notebooks, which she then features on her secret Instagram. When she's not writing, she's reading, watched over carefully by Milk and Honey, her cat and dog. Follow her on Twitter at @skinofthesea.

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Larry Dane
Brimner
Without Separation : Prejudice, Segregation, and the Case of Roberto Alvarez, Calkins Creek/Boyds Mills & Kane

Larry Dane Brimner is the recipient of the 2018 Robert F. Sibert Award for the most distinguished informational book for children for his title Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961. He is known for his well-researched, innovative, and award-winning nonfiction for young readers, and is the author of multiple acclaimed civil rights titles, including Black & White: The Confrontation Between Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth and Eugene "Bull" Connor and Without Separation: Prejudice, Segregation, and the Case of Roberto Alvarez. Visit brimner.com.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Elise
Bryant
One True Loves, Balzer + Bray

Elise Bryant is also the author of Happily Ever Afters. She was born and raised in Southern California. For many years, Elise had the joy of working as a special education teacher, and now she spends her days writing swoony love stories and eating dessert. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Long Beach. You can visit her online at elisebryant.com.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Candace
Buford
Kneel, Inkyard Press

Candace Buford has been an avid reader since childhood, always looking for stories with strong and complex POCs. She graduated from Duke University with a degree in German literature, holds a law degree from Penn State Law School, and a business degree from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Raised in Houston, Buford currently lives in the heart of Seattle, where you can find her huddled in café corners, scribbling away in her notebook. She shares her life with a rocket scientist and a Plott Hound, who both ensure there is never a dull day. Kneel is her debut novel. Follow Candace on Twitter and Instagram at @candacebuford.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Lucy
Campagnolo
Cardboardia 1: The Other Side of the Box, Pixel+Ink

Originally from New Zealand and now based in London, Lucy Campagnolo has a background in film, working on every aspect from production through to the art department. Lucy’s keen understanding of visual narratives brings a depth to the world building in Cardboardia, her first comic title. Lucy loves to explore the world, meet new people, gain new experiences, and play with new dogs. Her current goal is to obtain her own crumbling castle, be it through luck, sorcery, or by simply overthrowing a king.

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Francesca
Cavallo
Fastest Woman on Earth, Undercats

Francesca Cavallo is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur, and activist. She co-created the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls book series and podcast and was the recipient of the Publishers Weekly StarWatch Award in 2018. In 2019, she parted ways with Rebel Girls, which she had co-founded, to start Undercats, Inc. Francesca's work has been translated into more than 50 languages, and her books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Little
Coleman
ABC That Could Be Me, La Reunion Publishing

Little Coleman is a debut writer and an advocate for People of Color. Little lives in Texas with her husband, Amedeus, whom she woke up at two o’clock am with this idea. He has been her motivator ever since that early morning shake up. They have three biological children (who want to be a judge, architect, and owner of an acting school respectively) and a very sweet foster kiddo! ABC That Could Be Me is her first book. Her goal in life is to make children see how great they are and attach their faces to amazing careers that can change the world!

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Mona
Damluji
Together, Triangle Square

Mona Damluji writes, studies, and teaches about oil cultures, cinema history, and the Middle East as an assistant professor at UC Santa Barbara. She is a co-producer of the Peabody and Emmy-nominated web series The Secret Life of Muslims, and has curated exhibits and events around the globe that feature path-breaking art, film, photography, and comics. Mona and her partner live in California with their two hilarious children.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Angélica
Dass
The Colors We Share, Aperture

Angélica Dass is a Brazilian artist of African, European, and Native American descent who lives in Spain. She is creator of the internationally acclaimed Humanae Project, a collection of over 4,500 portraits from around the world that reveal the diverse beauty of human colors. The initiative has traveled to more than 30 countries across six continents — from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to the pages of National Geographic — to promote dialogue that challenges how we think about skin color and racial identity. Angélica's 2016 TED Talk exceeds two million views online.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Juno
Dawson
This Book is Gay, Sourcebooks Fire

Juno Dawson is the international bestselling author of fiction and nonfiction for young adults. She is a columnist at Glamour UK and Attitude Magazine, a key LGBTQ activist with Stonewall, and had a role in HBO's I May Destroy You. A former teacher specializing in behavior studies, Juno now writes full time and lives in England.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Benjamin
Dickson
Queen's Favorite Witch, Papercutz Graphic Novels

Benjamin Dickson is a writer, artist, and lecturer who most recently produced the critically acclaimed A New Jerusalem for New Internationalist/Myriad Editions (also published in France as Le Retour, by Actes Sud). He also wrote Santa Claus vs the Nazis for Aces Weekly/Markosia, and co-wrote Fight the Power! for New Internationalist. He has also co-produced several graphic novels on the subject of climate change and written short stories for several publishers, including Self Made Hero, Accent UK, and Heavy Metal Magazine. He lives in Bristol, U.K., and can be found online at bendickson.co.uk.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Cherie
Dimaline
Hunting by Stars (A Marrow Thieves Novel), Amulet

Cherie Dimaline is an author from the Georgian Bay Metis Community in Canada. Her 2017 book, The Marrow Thieves, won the Governor General’s Award and the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers, among others. The Marrow Thieves was named a Book of Year on numerous lists, including National Public Radio, the School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, The Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, and the CBC; has been translated into several languages; and continues to be a Canadian national bestseller years later. Cherie lives in Canada, where she is adapting work for stage and film and working on her new novels.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Alda
Dobbs
Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna, Sourcebooks Young Readers

Alda P. Dobbs is as passionate about connecting children to their past, their communities, and nature as she is about writing. Alda lives with her husband and two children outside of Houston, Texas.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

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Richard
Fairgray
Cardboardia 1: The Other Side of the Box, Pixel+Ink

Richard Fairgray is the author of many graphic novels, including Black Sand Beach, Blastosaurus, and Ghost Ghost; picture books like Gorillas in Our Midst, My Grandpa Is a Dinosaur, and That’s Not the Monster We Ordered; and thousands of unappreciated but perfectly crafted tweets. His work on all fronts is endless, but in his spare time he is the lone hero trying to bring jorts back into fashion. Originally from New Zealand, Richard now splits his time between his homes in Canada and America, working impossible hours and surviving on popcorn and coffee.

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Rosena
Fung
Living With Viola, Annick Press

Rosena Fung is an illustrator and comic artist from Toronto, Canada. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, giant murals, and on TV. Her favorite things are reading, cats, and eating snacks. Living With Viola is her debut graphic novel.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Laura
Gao
Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese-American, Balzer + Bray

Laura Gao is a comic artist and bread lover currently living in San Francisco. Laura’s art career began by doodling on Pokémon cards and has since blossomed to be featured on NPR, HuffPost, and, most notably, her parents’ fridge. She is a proud queer Asian-American immigrant and strives to inspire others to live unapologetically loud. Say hello and send her bakery recommendations at lauragao.com.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Michael
Genhart
May Your Life Be Deliciosa, Cameron Kids

Michael Genhart is a clinical psychologist and an award-winning author of several children’s books. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is his first book with Cameron Kids.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Ayana
Gray
BEASTS OF PREY , G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers

Ayana Gray is an author of speculative works and lover of all things monsters, mythos, and #MelaninMagic. Originally from Atlanta, she now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she reads avidly, follows Formula One racing, and worries over her adopted baby black rhino, Apollo. Beasts of Prey is her debut novel.  

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Joan
Haig
Tiger Skin Rug, Europa Editions

I am a writer of children's fiction and nonfiction. I live with my family in the Scottish Borders, but I'm not really from any one place. My bones grew out of the ground in Zambia, where I was weaned on avocados and stories. I have also lived in India, Vanuatu, and Nigeria. My writing dream is that my books are enjoyed by children far and wide, and touch some grown-up hearts along the way.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Bill
Harley
Now You Say Yes, Peachtree

Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy Award-winning storyteller, musician, and author who has been writing and performing for kids and families for more than 40 years. He has published several picture books and novels for middle readers — among them Night of the Spadefoot Toads and the popular Charlie Bumpers series. His books have received many honors, including Parents’ Choice and ALA awards. He lives in Massachusetts. Visit his website at billharley.com.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Agnes
Hsu
Recycle and Play: Awesome DIY Zero-Waste Projects to Make for Kids, Quarry Books

Agnes Hsu is a California mom of three young ones. She is the founder of the colorful, creative website for kids hellowonderful.co, and is co-host of the popular Instagram @RecycleandPlay account, where the best playful recycled learning ideas are shared. Like her kids, she loves anything rainbow and is a believer in being kind. You can often find her creating with her kids, helping her daughter with her kindness Rainbow Rock Project to raise money for charity, and in the kitchen working on her kids’ food site helloyummy.co.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Lizz
Huerta
The Lost Dreamer, Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers

Lizz Huerta is a widely-admired short story writer and essayist published in Lightspeed, The Cut, The Portland Review, The Rumpus, and more. Her short story “The Wall” is included in the anthology A People’s Future of the United States. Lizz has also been a 2018 Bread Loaf Fellow, a five-time VONA Fellow, and the winner of the LUMINA fiction contest, selected by Roxane Gay. She has appeared on CSPAN’s BookTV to discuss the erasure of Mexican American Studies in Arizona, and has taught creative writing to homeless youth through San Diego nonprofit So Say We All.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Jay
Hulme
My Own Way: Celebrating Gender Freedom for Kids, Wide Eyed Editions

Jay Hulme is an award-winning transgender performance poet, speaker, writer, and educator. Alongside his writing and regular performances, he teaches in schools and consults and speaks at events and conferences on the importance of diversity in the media, and more specifically transgender inclusion and rights. He has been focusing most recently on poetry for children and young adults, and the five-poet collection Rising Stars, of which he was a part, was Highly Commended in the 2018 CLiPPA awards — the U.K.’s biggest award for children’s poetry collections.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Rashin
Kheiriyeh
The Shape of Home, Levine Querido

Rashin Kheiriyeh was born in Khorramshahr, Iran. She received a PhD in illustration and an MFA in graphic design from Alzahra University in Tehran. She has published over 80 books in countries around the world and created illustrations for The New York Times. Rashin was named a 2017 Maurice Sendak Fellow and was the winner of the New Horizon Award at the Bologna Book Fair. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and lives in Washington, DC. Visit her online at rashinart.com or on Instagram @rashin.kheiriyeh.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Amitha Jagannath
Knight
Usha and the Big Digger, Charlesbridge

Amitha Jagannath Knight has lots of experience with sister squabbles, as she grew up with an identical twin. (They are still best friends.) Amitha lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, and two cats. Usha and the Big Digger is her debut book.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Jonny
Lambert
Jonny Lambert's Bear and Bird: Learn to Share, DK

With more than 30 years' experience in publishing and at least 300 titles to his name, renowned artist Jonny Lambert is an expert in his field. His bright, quirky illustrations are distinctive in their collage-textured painted style, and usually have a creative three-dimensional element. Jonny creates his beautiful illustrations from a wooden shed studio at the bottom of his garden.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Hope
Larson
Salt Magic, Holiday House / Margaret Ferguson Books

Hope Larson is the author and illustrator of many graphic novels for children, including the Eisner Award-nominated All Summer Long, and the illustrator of the Eisner Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Follow her on Twitter @hopelarson and on Instagram @despairlarson.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Ralph
Lazar
Total Mayhem series, Scholastic

Ralph Lazar was born in South Africa, and studied law and economics at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Economics. After several years of working in finance, Ralph moved with his wife-to-be, Lisa, to a tiny tropical island in the Seychelles (population of 52), where they (very remotely) started their illustration licensing business. Ralph and Lisa's creations include the illustrated project Happiness Is..., which has been translated into over 20 languages and has over 3 million followers online, and the New York Times bestseller Me Without You. Learn more about Ralph’s new chapter book series at total-mayhem.com.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Lori M.
Lee
Pahua and the Soul Stealer, Rick Riordan Presents

Lori M. Lee has been writing stories since the third grade and earned a bachelor's degree in creative writing. She specializes in science fiction and fantasy and has two YA series to her name: Gates of Thread and Stone and Shamanborn. She's also a contributor to several anthologies, including A Thousand Beginnings and Endings and Color Outside the Lines. Lori was born in a village in the mountains of Laos, which her family was forced to escape when she was just an infant. They relocated to a refugee camp in Thailand for a few years and moved permanently to the U.S. when she was three. Now she lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and excitable shih-tzu. Her Twitter handle is @LoriMLee.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Darcie
Little Badger
A Snake Falls to Earth, Levine Querido

Darcie Little Badger is an Earth scientist, writer, and fan of the weird, beautiful, and haunting. She is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas. Her first novel, Elatsoe, was a National Indie Bestseller, named to over a dozen best-of-year lists, and called one of the Best 100 Fantasy Novels of All Time by TIME.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Kaitlin
McGaw
You Are Not Alone, Sourcebooks Explore

Alphabet Rockers make music that makes change, creating brave spaces for children and families to stand up to hate and be their courageous, beautiful selves. Led by Kaitlin McGaw (she/her) and Tommy Shepherd (he/him/they), Alphabet Rockers gets young people to talk about self-love and justice while living it. Their Grammy-nominated albums, multimedia, and curricula empower youth to embody change, advocate for others, and imagine a world they can both be seen in and thrive in. Alphabet Rockers are based in Oakland, California, on the unceded land of the Chochenyo Ohlone people.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Shanna
Miles
For All Time, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Shanna Miles attended the University of South Carolina, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. With a passion for reading, she continued on to Georgia State University, where she earned a master’s degree in library media. Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, she considers herself a dyed-in-the-wool Southern girl. As such, she moved to Atlanta, where she met and married her husband, a fellow educator. When she’s not writing about Southern girls in love, in trouble, or in space, she’s sharing books with teens as a high school librarian or reading stories to her two young daughters. To find out more about Shanna, connect with her at ShannaMiles.net or on Twitter at @SRMilesAuthor.  

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Yuyi
Morales
Bright Star, Holiday House / Neal Porter Books

Born in Xalapa, Mexico, where she currently resides, Yuyi Morales has won the prestigious Pura Belpré Award for Illustration six times, for Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book; Los Gatos Black on Halloween; Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book; Niño Wrestles the World; Viva Frida, also a Caldecott Honor Book; and Dreamers, also a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a New York Times bestseller. Her new children’s book, Bright Star, is a beautiful story about growth, empowerment, and finding one’s own voice. 

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Fabio
Napoleoni
Dragonboy, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Fine artist Fabio Napoleoni is best known for creating Marcenivo, a character he began drawing during the many months his infant daughter was battling a life-threatening heart condition, as well as his long-adored Dragonboy, a character based on his son. Fabio also used his art in his seven years working with troubled and abused children before becoming a full-time artist. He has long been inspired by the multicultural street graffiti of New York City, as well as the colorful landscapes of Maine. Visit him online at fabionapoleoni.com and on Instagram @fabionapoleoni. Born in Puerto Rico, he now lives in Florida.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Rex
Ogle
Punching Bag, Norton Young Readers

Rex Ogle was born and raised mostly in Texas. He is the author of the memoir Free Lunch, which won the 2020 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, and the forthcoming Punching Bag. A former children’s book editor in New York City, Rex, and his partner now enjoy much nicer weather in the Los Angeles area.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Mark
Oshiro
The Insiders, HarperCollins

Mark Oshiro is the Schneider Award-winning author of the YA books Anger Is a Gift and Each of Us a Desert. When they are not writing, they are busy trying to fulfill their lifelong goal: to pet every dog in the world. The Insiders is their middle grade debut. Visit them online at markoshiro.com.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Kathryn
Otoshi
Lunch Every Day , KO Kids

Kathryn Otoshi is an acclaimed author, illustrator, and speaker best known for her character-building book series, Zero, One, and Two. She encourages kids to develop strong character assets, and helps teachers find customized, creative methods to engage students through art, reading, and the power of literature. Her book Beautiful Hands and her upcoming book, Lunch Every Day (fall 2021), make important statements about connecting, reaching out, and building community.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Kat
Patrick
The Spectacular Suit, Scribble

Kat Patrick recently realized they never actually grew up, so they've been trying to make a living as a writer ever since. Originally from the U.K., they have written their way around the world, and after stints in New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, Paris, and Patagonia are now based in Glasgow.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Jason
Patterson
Barb the Last Berzerker, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Storytelling duo Dan Abdo & Jason Patterson have been creating comics together since they were kids. Together they have developed numerous animated campaigns and TV and web series for companies such as 20th Century Fox, Disney, and Nickelodeon. Barb the Last Berzerker is their debut graphic novel series. Book 1 is available in September.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Robb
Pearlman
Dolls and Trucks Are for Everyone, Running Press Kids

Robb Pearlman is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including Pink Is for Boys. He grew up in New York City and now lives in a white and green house in New Jersey with his husband and Oscar, the butterscotch-colored best puppy in the world.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Jamar J.
Perry
Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms, Bloomsbury Children's Books

Dr. Jamar J. Perry is a debut author who received his PhD in literacy education, language, culture, and social inquiry from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before, he taught middle school language arts for four years, where the majority of the students were Black boys. Now, his work centers Black boy vulnerable and progressive masculinity and focuses on training English instructors to teach these students in the middle school and high school classroom. Like Cameron, he hopes that one day all Black boys can understand how magical and joyful they really are, no matter how different they may feel.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Andrea
Pinkney
Bright Brown Baby, Scholastic

Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney have made an outstanding contribution to the field of children's literature both as individuals and as a team. Between them, they have published more than 70 children's books that have received the highest awards and accolades, including Caldecott Honors, Coretta Scott King Honors, NAACP Image Award nominations, and the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award, to name a few. To learn more, visit andreadavispinkney.com and brianpinkney.net. 

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Brian
Pinkney
Bright Brown Baby , Scholastic

Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney have made an outstanding contribution to the field of children's literature both as individuals and as a team. Between them, they have published more than 70 children's books that have received the highest awards and accolades, including Caldecott Honors, Coretta Scott King Honors, NAACP Image Award nominations, and the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award, to name a few. To learn more, visit andreadavispinkney.com and brianpinkney.net. 

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Julian
Randall
PILAR RAMIREZ AND THE ESCAPE FROM ZAFA, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Julian Randall is a Living Queer Black poet from Chicago. His poetry and essays are published in the New York Times Magazine, POETRY, the Atlantic, and Vibe. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Julian holds an MFA in Poetry from Ole Miss. His first book, Refuse, won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. Julian has previously worked as a youth mentor, teaching writing workshops to children under house arrest. Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa is his debut children's novel.

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Margaret
Rogerson
Vespertine, Margaret K. McElderry Books

Margaret Rogerson is the author of the New York Times bestsellers An Enchantment of Ravens and Sorcery of Thorns. She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Miami University. When not reading or writing she enjoys sketching, gaming, making pudding, and watching more documentaries than is socially acceptable (according to some). She lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, beside a garden full of hummingbirds and roses. Visit her at MargaretRogerson.com.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Molly
Ruttan
Violet and the Crumbs, NorthSouth Books

Molly Ruttan is from Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where she and her twin sister grew up drawing and creating plush toys, board games, and, of course, books! Molly attended Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. She graduated with a BFA in graphic design. Her first picture book for NorthSouth, I Am a Thief (2019), was called “hilarious and sweet” by Kirkus (starred review). She is married to Gabriel Moffat, her childhood sweetheart and a fellow musician. They have three daughters, three dogs, one cat, one rabbit, a garden, and some fish!

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Laurenne
Sala
Mi Casa Is My Home, Candlewick Press

Laurenne Sala is a children’s book author, storyteller, and poet. Her picture books include You Made Me a Mother, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, and You Made Me a Dad, illustrated by Mike Malbrough. Laurenne lives with her husband and daughter in Los Angeles.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Tommy
Shepherd
You Are Not Alone, Sourcebooks Explore

Alphabet Rockers make music that makes change, creating brave spaces for children and families to stand up to hate and be their courageous, beautiful selves. Led by Kaitlin McGaw (she/her) and Tommy Shepherd (he/him/they), Alphabet Rockers gets young people to talk about self-love and justice while living it. Their Grammy-nominated albums, multimedia, and curricula empower youth to embody change, advocate for others, and imagine a world they can both be seen in and thrive in. Alphabet Rockers are based in Oakland, California, on the unceded land of the Chochenyo Ohlone people.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Maleeha
Siddiqui
Barakah Beats, Scholastic

Maleeha Siddiqui is an American writer of Pakistani descent who loves to tell unapologetically Muslim stories for all ages. By day, Maleeha works as a regulatory affairs professional in the biotech industry. She grew up and continues to reside with her family in Virginia. Barakah Beats is her debut novel and an Indies Introduce pick.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

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Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Ronald L
Smith
Black Panther Spellbound, Marvel Press

Ronald L. Smith is an award-winning writer of children's literature including the middle grade novels Black Panther: The Young Prince, The Mesmerist, The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away, and Gloom Town, a Junior Library Guild Selection. His first novel, Hoodoo, earned him the 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award and the International Literacy Association Award for Intermediate Fiction. Before he became a full-time writer, he worked in advertising and wrote TV commercials for big corporations. He is much happier writing books for young people. Follow him on Twitter at @RonSmithBooks or Instagram at @ronsmithwriter.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Kevin
Tsang
Dragon Legend, Sterling Children's Books

Katie Tsang and Kevin Tsang met while studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kevin works as a healthcare technology consultant, and Katie writes YA as Katherine Webber. Together, they have coauthored the Sam Wu Is Not Afraid chapter book series. They currently live in London with their young daughter and can be found on Twitter @kwebberwrites and @kevtsang.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Katie
Tsang
Dragon Legend, Sterling Children's Books

Katie Tsang and Kevin Tsang met while studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kevin works as a healthcare technology consultant, and Katie writes YA as Katherine Webber. Together, they coauthored the Sam Wu Is Not Afraid chapter book series. They currently live in London with their young daughter and can be found on Twitter @kwebberwrites and @kevtsang.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Padma
Venkatraman
BORN BEHIND BARS , Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers

Padma Venkatraman was born in India and became an American after living in five countries and working as an oceanographer. She also wrote The Bridge Home (Walter Award, Golden Kite Award, Global Read-Aloud), A Time to Dance (IBBY selection, ALA Notable), Island's End (CCBC Choice, South Asia Book Award), and Climbing the Stairs (ALA/Amelia Bloomer List, Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People). She lives in Rhode Island.

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Tricia Elam
Walker
Dream Street, Random House Children's Books/Anne Schwartz Books

Tricia Elam Walker is the author of one previous picture book, Nana Akua Goes to School, which received four starred reviews, and a novel for adults, Breathing Room, under the name Patricia Elam. She is also a cultural and fashion commentator and blogger who has written for National Public Radio, the Washington Post, Essence magazine, HuffPost, and more. She practiced law for 16 years prior to teaching writing in Washington, D.C., and Boston, and is an assistant professor of creative writing at Howard University.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Kali
Wallace
Hunters of the Lost City, Quirk Books

Kali Wallace is the author of books for children and adults, including City of Islands, Shallow Graves, and Salvation Day. She lives in Portland, Oregon. 

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Donna
Washington
Boo Stew, Peachtree

Donna L. Washington is a professional storyteller, multiple-award-winning recording artist, and children’s book author. She performs internationally at festivals, schools, and libraries and gives workshops for parents and educators. A graduate of Northwestern University with a BS in speech, she has won numerous awards for her storytelling recordings. She lives with her family in North Carolina, where they have a wonderful time coming up with stories together over meals. Visit her website at dlwstoryteller.com.

Appearing: Storytime; Wednesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1
Schele
Williams
Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History, Abrams Books for Young Readers

Schele Williams is a Broadway director committed to cultivating new musicals and devised work. She is directing the upcoming Broadway revivals of Aida (Disney Theatrical Group) and The Wiz  as well as the premieres of Mandela the Musical and Indigo. She has directed at regional theaters and festivals across the country and has a long history of work on Broadway in Rent, Aida, and Motown: The Musical. Schele is on the steering committee of We Stand United and is a founding member of Black Theatre United. She has been a member of Broadway Inspirational Voices for over two decades and serves as chairperson of the board.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Margot
Wood
Fresh, Amulet

Margot Wood is the founder of Epic Reads and has worked in marketing for more than a decade at publishing houses both big and small. She is a graduate of Emerson College and appeared as an extra in the Love, Simon movie. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Wood now lives in Portland, Oregon. You can find her online at margotwood.com.

Appearing: Wednesday Authors on Parade

Eugene
Yelchin
The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, Candlewick Press

Eugene Yelchin is the co-author and illustrator of the 2018 National Book Award Finalist The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, co-written with M. T. Anderson. A Tomie dePaola Illustrator Award Winner, he also received a Newbery Honor for his novel Breaking Stalin’s Nose. Born in Leningrad, Russian-American Eugene Yelchin now lives in Topanga, California, with his family.

Appearing: Tuesday Authors on Parade

Author will attend virtual closing reception on September 1

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