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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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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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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 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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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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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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Chris Rettstatt

Chris Rettstatt

Chris Rettstatt is Digital Editor at Highlights for Children. He is a published children’s book author (The Sky Village, Candlewick Press) and has 15+ years creating and managing digital media for children with partners ranging from Simon & Schuster to Nickelodeon to BBC Worldwide.

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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. Her nonfiction picture book The Boy Who Loved Math won the Cook prize for best STEM picture book and was an Orbis Pictus honor book and Caterpillar to Butterfly has been in print for 20 years! 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 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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Debra Hess

Debra Hess

Debra joined Highlights for Children as a Senior Editor in June 2009. She is the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books for children…

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Denise Fleming

Denise Fleming

Denise Fleming has published numerous picture books, including Time to Sleep and the Caldecott Honor Book In the Small Pond. Ms. Fleming creates the illustrations for her books by pouring colored cotton pulp through hand-cut stencils.

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Eileen Robinson

Eileen Robinson

Eileen has helped many writers become first-time authors during her years at Scholastic. For almost ten years, she acquired, developed, and edited children’s books for both Scholastic, as executive editor, and Harcourt Publishers, as editorial manager. She has also worked on projects for National Geographic, Santillana USA, Marshall Cavendish, Weekly Reader, and others.

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Greg Pizzoli

Greg Pizzoli

Greg Pizzoli is an author, illustrator, and screen printer from Philadelphia. His first picture book, The Watermelon Seed, was published by Disney*Hyperion Books and was the 2014 recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Greg’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Communication Arts, and 3×3 Magazine.

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Hannah Barnaby

Hannah Barnaby

Hannah Barnaby is a former children’s book editor whose first novel, Wonder Show, was a 2013 Morris Award Finalist. Her second novel, Some of the Parts, will be published by Knopf in 2016. She holds an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College…

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Harold Underdown

Harold Underdown

Harold is an independent editor who works with authors and publishers. He has worked at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge, and has experience in trade and educational publishing.

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Jan Cheripko

Jan Cheripko

Jan Cheripko is author of seven books for children and young adults, including the award-winning YA novel, Imitate the Tiger. He has been a featured author at NCTE, IRA, and numerous regional, state and local educational conferences.

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