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A.M. Jenkins

A.M. (Amanda) Jenkins is the author of six YA novels, including the Printz Honor Book Repossessed and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Damage. Other honors include a PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, the Delacorte Press Prize for a …

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Abby Hanlon

Abby Hanlon

Abby Hanlon has a master’s degree in childhood education from the City College of New York and a bachelor’s from Barnard College. Abby has taught creative writing and first grade in the New York City public school system.  Her debut …

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Alison Green Myers

Alison Green Myers

Alison Green Myers is a National Writing Fellow and Literacy Specialist. She specializes in connecting curriculum-driven instruction to creative writing and language work.

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Ammi-Joan Paquette

Ammi-Joan Paquette

Ammi-Joan Paquette is the author of Princess Juniper of the Hourglass (Philomel, 2015), as well as the novels: Paradox (RH, 2014), Rules for Ghosting (Walker, 2013), and Nowhere Girl (Walker, 2011), and the picture books: Ghost in the House (Candlewick, 2013), Petey and Pru and the Hullabaloo (Clarion, 2013), The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids (Tanglewood, 2012), and The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies (Tanglewood, 2011).

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Anne Ursu

Anne Ursu

Anne Ursu is the author of several books for young readers and is the 2013 recipient of the McKnight Fellowship in Children’s Literature. Anne’s latest novel, The Real Boy, is an Indie Next pick and was on the 2013 longlist for the National Book Award, and was listed as a best book of the year by Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books and New York Public Library.

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Annie Beer

Annie Beer

Annie is the assistant editor at Highlights magazine. She began working here in 2011 as editorial intern and never left. She edits the “Crafts,” “Your Own Pages,” and “Fun This Month” features in the magazine, as well as special calls …

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Ashley Wolff

Ashley Wolff

Ashley Wolff has been a visual artist since she declared herself one at the age of five. She grew up in Middlebury, Vermont, and holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Ashley is the author and/or illustrator of over sixty children’s picture books, including Baby Bear Sees Blue, Stella and Roy Go Camping, Baby Beluga, and the beloved Miss Bindergarten series. She works in a variety of media and is eager to share what she has discovered from thirty years of playing with color and light.

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Barb Rosenstock

Barb Rosenstock

Barb Rosenstock loves true stories best. Her picture books include: The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero, illustrated by Terry Widener, The Noisy Paint Box, illustrated by Mary Grandpre, Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library, illustrated by John O’Brien, The …

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Barbara Grzeslo

Barbara Grzeslo

Barbara Grzeslo is an Art Director for Boyds Mills Press, Calkin’s Creek, and WordSong. She came to Highlights with a broad and varied background—a full career in the corporate sector—culminating as Principle Designer at Digital Equipment Corporation; Creative Director of …

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Barbara Kerley

Barbara Kerley

Barbara Kerley is the award-winning author of numerous nonfiction picture books, including The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy), a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books 2010 winner, Those Rebels, John and Tom, an NCTE Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book, and The World Is Waiting For You, a National Public Radio Great Reads 2013 winner.

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Betty Lawson

Betty Lawson

Betty Lawson has been the Children’s Librarian at the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, for the past thirteen years. After attending college at the State University of New York at Delhi, she moved to Florida where she became …

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Bobbie Combs of We Love Children's Books

Bobbie Combs

Bobbie has spent over 25 years exploring every corner of the children’s book publishing industry. Her career has taken her …

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Carol Hinz

Carol Hinz

Carol Hinz is Editorial Director of Millbrook Press, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc. She oversees and edits a range of informative picture books, illustrated nonfiction titles, and inspiring photo-driven titles for grades K–5.

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Carolyn P. Yoder

Carolyn is currently senior editor of Calkins Creek Books—the U.S. history imprint of Boyds Mills Press. Calkins Creek specializes in nonfiction and historical fiction picture books, chapter books, and novels. Carolyn is also the senior editor of history for Highlights for Children.

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Christine Heppermann

Christine Heppermann

A long-time reviewer for the Horn Book Magazine, Christine has a nonfiction book, City Chickens, Houghton Mifflin, 2012. She received an MA in children’s literature from Simmons College and is a recent graduate of Hamline University’s MFA program in writing for children and young adults.

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Clara Gillow Clark

Clara Gillow Clark

Clara Gillow Clark is a critically acclaimed author of six novels of historical fiction for middle grade readers.

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Darcy Pattison

Darcy Pattison

Darcy Pattison finds inspiration in writing about wildlife. Her science-nature picture books include Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma: The True Story of an Orphaned Cub (Mims House), an NSTA 2015 Outstanding Science Trade Book; Wisdom, the Midway Albatross: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and Other Disasters for Over 60 Years (Mims House), a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly; Desert Baths (Arbordale), an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book 2013; and, Prairie Storms (Arbordale).

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Deborah Heiligman

Deborah Heiligman

Deborah Heiligman’s work spans picture books to novels, fiction and nonfiction. Deborah began her career writing for children at Scholastic News. Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith, published in January, 2009, received five starred reviews, as well as a National Book Award finalist, Michael L. Printz Honor book, and won the first ever YALSA excellence in nonfiction award.

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Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of more than forty books for young readers including picture books, historical fiction, and nonfiction.

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Deborah Kovacs

Deborah Kovacs

Deborah Kovacs is editorial director of Walden Pond Press, a joint imprint of HarperCollins and Walden Media, specializing in middle-grade fiction. Notable recent and forthcoming books on the list include Breadcrumbs

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