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A.C. Gaughen
A. C. Gaughen is the author of the Scarlet Trilogy (Scarlet, Lady Thief and Lion Heart) and the Elementae series, including Reign the Earth and…
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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.…
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Adam Gidwitz
Adam Gidwitz is the author of the Newbery Honor winning The Inquisitor’s Tale, the best-seller A Tale Dark AND Grimm and its companions, and the…
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Alexandra Villasante
Alex Villasante has always loved telling stories–though not always with words. She has a BFA in Painting and an MA in Combined Media (that’s art…
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Alisa Alering
Special Guest Alisa Alering is an award-winning writer of speculative short fiction. Her stories have appeared in Flash Fiction Online, the anthologies Missing Links and Secret…
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Alison Green Myers
Special Guest Alison Green Myers wanted to join the circus. She wanted to train tigers. She wanted to jump through fire. She wanted to stand…
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Alison Morris
Alison Morris is a nationally recognized children’s book buyer with an infectious enthusiasm for reading and 20 years’ experience matching books to readers. As the…
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Allison Hunter Hill
Allison Hunter Hill is an Associate Editor at Page Street Kids, where she currently acquires children’s picture books. She was previously an Assistant Editor at…
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Alysa Wishingrad
Teaching Assistant Alysa was 7 years old when she wrote her first story: The Adventures of Kinney and Korney, an instant classic in her family.…
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Amy Rose Capetta
Amy Rose Capetta [she/they] is a bestselling author of YA genre fiction. Amy Rose’s first novels, Entangled and Unmade, comprise a space duet. Echo After Echo, a queer love story…
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An Na
An Na was born in South Korea and grew up in San Diego, California. She is the author of three novels: A Step from Heaven, Wait for…
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Andi Diehn
Special SKYPE Guest Andi Diehn is a writer and editor with an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. She is the author of 12…
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Andrea Cascardi
Special Guest Andrea Cascardi has held senior editorial positions at Random House and Disney Publishing, and was an agent with Transatlantic for ten years before…
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Andrea J. Loney
Andrea J. Loney’s picture book Bunnybear (Albert Whitman & Company) is about a bear who believes in his heart that he’s really a bunny. Her…
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Andrew Karre
Andrew is executive editor at Dutton Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, focusing on YA and MG, fiction and nonfiction. In…
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Angela Cervantes
Angela Cervantes is the author of several beloved contemporary middle-grade novels including Gaby, Lost and Found; Allie, First at Last; Me, Frida and the Secret…
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Angela Dominguez
Special Guest Angela Dominguez was born in Mexico City, grew up in the great state of Texas, and now resides on the east coast. She…
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Anna Raff
Anna Raff is an award-winning illustrator of books for children including World Rat Day, A Big Surprise for Little Card, You Are Not a Cat!…
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Anna-Marie McLemore
Anna-Marie McLemore (she/they) was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by their family to hear la llorona in the Santa…
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Anne Ursu
Anne Ursu is the author of several books for young readers, including The Lost Girl, The Real Boy, and Breadcrumbs. Her books have been on…
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Aram Kim
Aram Kim is a children’s book author/illustrator and a picture book designer. She was born in Ohio, raised in South Korea, and now lives in…
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Ashley Hope Pérez
Ashley Hope Pérez is the author of three novels: Out of Darkness (2015), The Knife and the Butterfly (2012), and What Can’t Wait (2011). Out of Darkness was described by The New York Times…
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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…
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Baptiste Paul
Special Guest Baptiste Paul is a Caribbean-born author of two books for children. His debut picture book, The Field, received starred reviews from Kirkus, The…
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Beth Terrill
Special Guest Beth Terrill is the US picture book editor for NorthSouth Books. Beth works on fiction and non-fiction picture books. She recently edited Frida…
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Bethany Hegedus
Bethany Hegedus’ books include the award-winningGrandfather Gandhi and the newly released Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story, both co-written with Arun Gandhi, grandson to…
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Carmen Oliver
Carmen Oliver is the author of picture books A Voice for the Spirit Bears: How One Boy Inspired Millions to Save a Rare Animal, a…
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Carol Hinz
Special Guest Carol Hinz is Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books, imprints of Lerner Publishing Group. She oversees and edits a range of…
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Carole Boston Weatherford
Carole Boston Weatherford is an award-winning author of children’s books, including Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America (NAACP Image Award), Voice…
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Carolyn Dee Flores
Special Guest Carolyn Dee Flores is the author and illustrator of The Amazing Watercolor Fish which broke new ground in picture book design and format…
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Carolyn P. Yoder
Carolyn P. Yoder is the founding editor and currently the senior editor of Calkins Creek Books, the fifteen-year-old U.S. history imprint of Boyds Mills &…
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Carrie Pearson
Special Guest Carrie Pearson feels that being a children’s book author represents the best merger of her education, occupations, and passion. She holds a BA…
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Charles Waters
Charles Waters grew up in the nearby Philadelphia suburb of Yeadon, PA and attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he joined several theater touring companies, including…
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Chris Tebbetts
Chris Tebbetts is the author and co-author of many books for young readers. Titles include the young adult novels ME, MYSELF, AND HIM and M…
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Christine Heppermann
Christine Heppermann is the author of the YA poetry collection Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty and the novel-in-verse Ask Me How I Got…
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Cindy Kane
Special Guest Cindy Kane began her career editing children’s books, rising to the position of Editorial Director at Dial Books for Young Readers. The last…
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Clara Gillow Clark
Clara Gillow Clark is a critically acclaimed author of six novels of historical fiction for middle grade readers. In addition to many of her books…
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Colleen AF Venable
Special Guest Colleen AF Venable is an author, designer, and maker. Her books include the YA graphic novel Kiss Number 8 (illustrated by Ellen T.…
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Connie Hsu
Special Guest Connie Hsu is an executive editor at Roaring Brook Press at Macmillan Publishing and a member of the Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Planning…
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Cori McCarthy
Cori McCarthy [they/them] is the acclaimed, bestselling author of five released children’s books and just as many forthcoming titles. Their books have been translated into many…
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Courtney Pippin-Mathur
Special Guest Author/Illustrator Courtney Pippin-Mathur creates humorous and heartfelt books for kids, including Maya was Grumpy (Flashlight, 2013), Dragons Rule, Princesses Drool (Little Simon, 2017)…
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Cristina Rhodes
Cristina Rhodes is an assistant professor of English at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses on academic writing, culturally diverse literatures of the…
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Crystal Allen
Crystal Allen is the author of several middle grade novels: How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy (Balzer and Bray 2011), The Laura Line…
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Cynthia Levinson
Cynthia Levinson is an author and presenter who writes nonfiction books and articles for and about young people, conducts writing workshops and playshops with children…
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Dana Meachen Rau
Dana Meachen Rau has written more than 350 books for children in a variety of genres—early readers, picture-books, historical fiction, biographies, cookbooks, and nonfiction on…
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Darcy Pattison
Published in ten languages, children’s book author and writing teacher Darcy Pattison has been published with Harcourt, Philomel/Penguin, Harpercollins, Arbordale, and Mims House. Her books…
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Daria Peoples-Riley
Daria’s first job was at nine years old in the children’s section of her hometown library in Paso Robles, California. She worked a little, but…
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Darlene Tenes
Darlene Tenes was the founder and Chief Executive Maniac of Marketing Maniacs, Inc., a Silicon Valley event marketing and management firm. Founded in 1998, the…
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David Bowles
David Bowles is a Mexican-American author from south Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley. He has written several titles,…
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Debbi Michiko Florence
Debbi Michiko Florence is the author of the Jasmine Toguchi chapter book series (JLG selections, the Amelia Bloomer and CCBC Choices lists, and a Cybils Award…
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Debbie Gonzales
Debbie Gonzales is a career educator, curriculum consultant, former school administrator and adjunct professor, a podcaster (The Debcast), and past SCBWI RA for the Austin…
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Debbie Reese
Special SKYPE Guest Dr. Debbie Reese, PhD (@debreese) is an educator and author of the popular blog, American Indians in Children’s Literature. She is a…
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Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Debbie Ridpath Ohi gave a Getting To Know Your Picture Book workshop at Highlights Foundation in 2018 and had so much fun she had to…
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Deborah Kovacs
Special Guest Deborah Kovacs is co-founder and core contributor to Walden Pond Press, the joint imprint of HarperCollins and Walden Media specializing in middle-grade fiction.…
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Denise Fleming
Denise Fleming is the author/illustrator of many award-winning picture books. Fleming’s books are created in her signature style of pulp painting—a paper making technique. Often…
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Diana Murray
Diana Murray is the author of over a dozen rhyming picture books, including City Shapes (Little, Brown), which was a Jr. Library Guild Selection, and…
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Don Tate
Don Tate is an award-winning author, and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children, including Carter Reads The Newspaper (Peachtree Publishers); No Small Potatoes: Junius…
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DongWon Song
Special Guest DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers…
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Donna Janell Bowman
Donna Janell Bowman is the author of the picture book biography Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness, which…
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Douglas Rodriguez
Chef Douglas Rodriguez, the globally acclaimed Godfather of Nuevo Latino Cuisine, blazed the trail and has inspired Chefs around the world with his culinary creativity…
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Edith Campbell
Edith Campbell is an assistant Education Librarian in the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University. Edith currently serves as the Indiana State Ambassador for…
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Eileen Robinson
Eileen Robinson has worked with children’s writers all over the world for over twenty years. Former Executive Editor at Scholastic and Editorial Director at Harcourt,…
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Elise Broach
Elise Broach is the author of more than twenty books for young readers, ranging from board books and picture books to young adult novels. Her…
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Elise Howard
Special Guest Elise Howard is the founding publisher of Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books.  The Algonquin Young Readers list publishes between twelve and…
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Elise McMullen-Ciotti
Special Guest Elise McMullen-Ciotti is a freelance editor, writer, and educator who has worked in children’s book publishing since 2012. Her clients have included Scholastic,…
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Elizabeth Rose Stanton
Originally trained as an architect, Elizabeth Rose Stanton segued over to fine art and design while raising her family. Now she builds picture books! Her…
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Ellice Lee
Special Guest Ellice Lee is the Associate Art Director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, where she art directs and designs…
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Emily Feinberg
Special Guest After earning her master’s degrees in Children’s Literature and English Literature from Simmons College in Boston, Emily joined the editorial team at Roaring…
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Emily Jenkins
Emily Jenkins writes YA, middle grade and books for the very young.  Her twenty picture books include A Greyhound, A Groundhog, Toys Meet Snow, Lemonade in Winter, and most…
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Emily X.R. Pan
Special Guest Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times bestselling author of THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, which won the APALA Honor Award and…
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Emma D. Dryden
Emma D. Dryden founded drydenbks LLC (www.drydenbks.com), a premiere children’s editorial & publishing consultancy firm, after 25 years experience as editor and publisher of Margaret…
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Emma Otheguy
Emma Otheguy is the author of the bilingual picture book Martí’s Song for Freedom (Lee & Low, 2017) about Cuban poet and national hero José…
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Erica S. Perl
Erica S. Perl is the author of popular and critically acclaimed books for young readers. Her most recent middle grade novel, ALL THREE STOOGES, won…
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Erin Dionne
Erin Dionne’s latest book for tweens is Secrets of a Fangirl (2019). She’s the author of 6 other books for young readers, including the 2014…
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Floyd Cooper
Floyd Cooper is the Coretta Scott King award-winning illustrator of more than 60 books for children. Floyd started his career in illustration at Hallmark, after…
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Fran Wilde
Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been finalists for four Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, and two Hugo Awards, and include her Nebula-…
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Gail Carson Levine
Gail Carson Levine is well-known for her children’s books such as the Newbury-Honor winning Ella Enchanted and Forgive Me, I Meant To Do It, Gail’s…
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Gareth Hinds
Special Guest Gareth Hinds is the creator of critically-acclaimed graphic novels based on literary classics, including Beowulf (which Publisher’s Weekly called a “mixed-media gem”), King…
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Georgia Heard
Georgia Heard received her M.F.A. in poetry writing from Columbia University. She is a founding member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in…
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Gina Maccoby
Gina Maccoby is a New York literary agent representing authors of literary and commercial fiction and nonfiction for adults and children, including New York Times…
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Gwendolyn Hooks
Special SKYPE Guest Gwendolyn Hooks is the author of 17 books for children. She writes both fiction and nonfiction to encourage children to explore their…
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Harold Underdown
Harold is an independent children’s book editor and consultant who works with authors and publishers on manuscripts, books, and strategy. He is also the author…
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Heather Demetrios
When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband and rescue mutt in New York…
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Heather L. Montgomery
Heather L. Montgomery writes for kids who are wild about animals. An award-winning author and educator, Heather uses yuck appeal to engage young minds. She…
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Heidi E. Y. Stemple
Heidi didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up. In fact, after she graduated from college, she became a probation officer in Florida.…
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Higgins Bond
Special Guest Higgins Bond has been a freelance illustrator and fine artist for over forty years.  She earned a BFA Degree in Advertising Design from…
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Irene Latham
Irene Latham is the author of many books, including two novels for children, Leaving Gee’s Bend and Don’t Feed the Boy. Winner of the 2016…
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James Ransome
James E. Ransome is the award-winning illustrator of over 60 picture books. He has been illustrating books, book jackets, greeting cards and magazines for over…
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Jan Cheripko
Jan Cheripko is the author of seven books for children and young adults. He has been a featured author at NCTE, ILA, and numerous regional,…
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Jan Fields
Jan Fields had her first brush with educational publishing when an editor happened upon her webpage and asked if she’d write a book for their…
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Jane Yolen
Special SKYPE Guest Jane Yolen, often called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America,” celebrated the publication of her 365th book in 2018. Her works, which…
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Janvieve Williams Comrie
Janvieve Williams Comrie, Founder and Principal of Aligned Strategy , is a human rights strategist, trainer and organizer with a deep commitment to assist in…
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Jen Keenan
Special Guest Jen Keenan is the Art Director of Roaring Brook Press and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, imprints of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Previously she…
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Jennie Dunham
Jennie Dunham has been a literary agent in New York, New York for 8 years before she founded Dunham Literary, Inc. in 2000. She represents…
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Jennifer Herrera
Special Guest Jennifer Herrera joined the David Black Agency in 2015 after working at Fletcher & Company and Europa Editions, where she was an early…
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Jennifer Jacobson
Jennifer is the author of many award-winning children’s books including Small as an Elephant (IRA Young Adult’s Choice, Parents’ Choice Gold Award), Paper Things (ILA…
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Jennifer Swanson
Jennifer Swanson is a self-professed science geek and the author of over twenty-five nonfiction and fiction books. She is the author of Brain Games (NGKids, 2015) and…
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Jerry Pinkney
Special Guest Jerry Pinkney is an award-winning author/illustrator. He won the 2010 Caldecott Medal for The Lion & the Mouse. He has also received five…
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Jessica Rinker
Jess Rinker is the author of Gloria Takes a Stand, a picture book biography of Gloria Steinem, and the forthcoming, Send a Girl: The Brenda…
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Jessixa Bagley
Jessixa Bagley is a children’s book author/illustrator as well as a practicing fine artist, and comics creator. She has been making books, drawing pictures, and…
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Jill Davis
Special Guest Jill Davis is an executive editor at HarperCollins. She has been working in children’s editorial since 1992. She began her career at Random…
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Jim Hill
Teaching Assistant Jim Hill holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts where he learned to…
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Joanna Volpe
Special Guest Joanna Volpe is a literary agent and the president of New Leaf Literary & Media, where she represents a broad reach of fiction…
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Jocelyn Davies
Jocelyn Davies is a children’s book editor and young adult author. Over the course of her career, she has acquired, edited, and developed books for…
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Joe Cepeda
Preferring grace over style, message over technique, and story over extravagance, Joe seeks to create work with integrity and authenticity at its core. Born and…
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John Kascht
Special Guest John Kascht was lauded by the the National Portrait Gallery as “a keen and insightful observer of human nature.” Two dozen of his…
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John Parra
Special Guest John Parra is an award winning illustrator of books for young readers, including Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown, named a…
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Joni Sussman
Special Guest Joni Sussman is the Publisher at Kar-Ben Publishing, a division of Lerner Publishing Group headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With over 300 titles in…
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Joseph Bruchac
Joseph Bruchac is a writer and traditional storyteller who lives in the Adirondack Mountains Region of northern New York in the house he was raised…
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Josh Funk
Josh Funk writes silly stories such as the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, the How to Code with Pearl and Pascal series, the…
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Joy McCullough
Joy McCullough’s debut young adult novel Blood Water Paint earned honors such as the National Book Award longlist, winner of the Washington State Book Award…
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Julia Garstecki
Teaching Assistant Julia Garstecki has published more than fifty books for the education market. Series include American Fighting Forces, The Disgusting Crafter, and Military Tech.…
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Julie C. Dao
Julie C. Dao is a proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York. She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and…
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K.L. Going
K.L. Going is the award winning author of numerous books for children and teens. Her first novel, Fat Kid Rules the World, was named a Michael Printz…
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Kandace Coston
Special Guest Kandace Coston is the editorial assistant at Lee & Low Books, an independent children’s book publisher focusing on diversity. She grew up in…
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Karen Boss
Karen Boss is an editor at Charlesbridge. She holds an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College and is now a mentor in their MFA…
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Karl Jones
Special Guest Karl Jones is an Associate Editor at Penguin Young Readers Group. He works on a variety of licensed and original middle grade and…
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Kat Brzozowski
Kat Brzozowski is a senior editor at Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends. She has edited a wide range of young adult fiction, including Anna-Marie McLemore’s When…
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Kat Yeh
Special Guest Kat Yeh is the award-winning author of middle grade novels, The Way to Bea (Sept, 2017) and The Truth About Twinkie Pie (an…
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Katherine Locke
Special Guest Katherine Locke lives and writes in Philadelphia where they’re ruled by their feline overlords and their addiction to chai lattes. They secretly believe…
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Kathi Appelt
Kathi Appelt’s books have won numerous national and state awards, including the Irma and Simon Black Award, Children’s Choice Award, Teacher’s Choice Award, the Oppenheimer…
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Kathleen Merz
Special Guest Kathleen Merz is the Acquisitions & Managing Editor at Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. She has worked on a number of award-winning titles,…
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Kathryn Erskine
Special Guest Kathy spent fifteen years as a lawyer before turning to her first love: writing. She was lucky to work with Patricia Gauch and…
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Kathryn Otoshi
Kathryn Otoshi is a multi-award winning author, illustrator and national/international speaker living in Los Angeles. She travels to schools across the country to encourage children…
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Katie Carella
Special Guest Katie Carella, Executive Editor, oversees Scholastic’s Acorn early reader line and Branches early chapter book line. Her career began on the adult side…
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Kekla Magoon
Special Guest Kekla Magoon is the award-winning author of eight young adult novels, including The Rock and the River, How It Went Down, X: A Novel, and the…
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Kelly Bennett
Kelly Bennett is the author of many award-winning books for children—mostly picture books. Her stories, such as Not Norman, A Goldfish Story, a Jumpstart Read…
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Kelly Light
Kelly Light lives in New York but grew up down the shore in New Jersey surrounded by giant pink dinosaurs, cotton candy colors, and Skee-Ball…
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Kelly Starling Lyons
Kelly Starling Lyons is a children’s book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories and history into stories of discovery. Her books include chapter…
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Kendra Levin
Kendra Levin is the Editorial Director of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Before joining the S&S team in 2019, she spent fourteen years…
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Kevin Lewis
Special Guest Kevin Lewis is an agent at the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. A twenty year veteran of children’s publishing; Kevin Lewis started his career…
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Kim Rogers
Teaching Assistant Kim Rogers is a writer and speaker. Her work has been published in Highlights for Children, Guideposts Sweet 16, the Chicken Soup for…
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Kristy Dempsey
Kristy Dempsey grew up in South Carolina and now works as a teacher-librarian in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, a bustling city of 5 million people. She…
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Kwame Mbalia
Kwame is a husband, father, writer, and pharmaceutical metrologist in that order. His debut middle-grade novel, Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (October…
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Lamar Giles
Special Guest Lamar Giles writes novels and short stories for teens and adults. He is the author of the 2015 Edgar® Award Nominee Fake ID, the 2016 Edgar® Award NomineeEndangered, a third,…
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Laura Beltchenko
Laura Beltchenko is a thirty-four year veteran educator. Her career in public education includes classroom teacher, reading specialist, as well as district level administration. She…
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Laura M. Jiménez
Laura M. Jiménez is the Department Chair for Language & Literacy Education at Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. She teaches children’s…
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Laura Ruby
Laura Ruby is the author of the YA novel Bone Gap, a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, and the…
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Laura Sibson
After a career in undergraduate counseling, Laura Sibson pursued an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing in a local coffee…
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Lauren Castillo
Special Guest Lauren Castillo studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New…
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Laurie Calkhoven
Special Guest Laurie Calkhoven is the author of more than 50 books for young readers ranging from award-winning nonfiction early readers to YA adaptations of…
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Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her…
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Leah Henderson
Leah Henderson has always loved getting lost in stories. When she is not scribbling down her characters’ adventures, she is off on her own, exploring…
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Lee Bennett Hopkins
Please Note: Lee will be visiting the workshop via SKYPE. Lee is a distinguished poet, writer, and anthologist whose poetry collections include the highly acclaimed…
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Lesa Cline-Ransome
Lesa Cline-Ransome’s first book was the biography Satchel Paige, an ALA Notable Book and a Bank Street College “Best Children’s Book of the Year.  She…
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Lesléa Newman
Lesléa Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of all ages including the children’s classic, Heather Has Two Mommies, the middle-grade novel Hachiko…
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Leslie Helakoski
Leslie Helakoski is the author and sometimes illustrator of 11 picture books. Her newest additions are Ready or Not, Woolbur Goes to School (HarperCollins) 2018 and…
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Lila Quintero Weaver
Lila Quintero Weaver is the author of a children’s novel, My Year in the Middle (Candlewick Press, 2018). Previously, she wrote and illustrated a graphic…
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Lilliam Rivera
Special Guest Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of the young adult novels Dealing in Dreams, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster on March…
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Linda Epstein
Linda Epstein is a senior agent at Emerald City Literary Agency, in their east coast office. She represents picture books, middle grade and young adult…
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Linda Sue Park
Linda Sue Park has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. She was nine years old when she saw her words published…
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Lindsay Barrett George
Special Guest Lindsay Barrett George was born in the West Indies and grew up in New Jersey. She received a BFA degree from Manhattanville College…
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Lindsey Lane
Special Guest Lindsey Lane is an award-winning author, playwright and journalist. She is the author of young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen, (Farrar,…
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Lisa Cinelli
Special Guest Lisa Cinelli is an award-winning painter, childrenʼs book author/illustrator and a Teaching Artist. She is happiest exploring story ideas, experimenting with materials and…
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Lisa Rao
Special SKYPE Guest Lisa Rao has worked in children’s publishing for over 20 years. She is currently a senior editor at Simon Spotlight, where she…
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Liz Kossnar
Special Guest Liz Kossnar enthusiastically joined the Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers editorial team in November 2013. She primarily acquires middle grade but…
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Lori Nichols
Lori Nichols is the author and illustrator of the award-winning picture book, Maple. She grew up in Western Pennsylvania marveling at everything from acorns to…
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Lucy Ruth Cummins
Special Guest Lucy Ruth Cummins is an author, an illustrator, and an art director of children’s books. Her debut picture book, A Hungry Lion, or…
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Luz Marina Rodriguez
Luz Marina Rodriguez, Founding Principal of Visionary Allies, is a sought-after coach and mentor to many social change agents for her expertise in fundraising, capacity-building…
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Lynne Polvino
Special Guest Lynne Polvino has been with Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company, for twenty years. Some of the notable titles on…
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Mallory Grigg
Special Guest Mallory Grigg is an award-winning Art Director and designer. She has worked for Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Alloy Entertainment, Cider Mill…
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Marcie Colleen
Marcie Colleen is an award-winning picture book and chapter book author. Some of her titles include, Love, Triangle (HarperCollins), a Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s…
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Marie Lamba
Special Guest Marie Lamba (marielamba.com) is the author of the picture books Green Green (Farrar Straus Giroux, ’17) and A Day So Gray (Clarion, Fall…
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Marie O’Neill
Special Guest Marie O’Neill is Creative Director for editorial at Highlights for Children, where she leads the overall design sensibility for all children’s products published…
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Marilisa Jiménez Garcia
Special SKYPE Guest Marilisa Jiménez García is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in Latino/a literature and culture. Particularly interested in the intersections of race, gender, nationalism,…
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Matthew Winner
Special Guest Matthew Winner is an elementary school librarian living in Howard County, Maryland. He is the host of The Children’s Book Podcast (formerly All The…
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Medina
medina (they/them) is a nonbinary queer transracial Honduran adoptee with Cerebral Palsy who lives in NYC. Their work has appeared in: Into, The Establishment, Them,…
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Meera Trehan
Teaching Assistant Meera Trehan read as much as she could as a child, memorized poems, and ate enough cookies to earn the nickname “Monster” after…
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Meg Medina
Meg Medina is a Newbery and Pura Belpré award-winning author of picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She is the author of Merci Suárez Changes…
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Megan Atwood
Special Guest Megan Atwood is the author of more than fifty books for children and young adults. She founded the young adult imprint, Flux Books,…
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Mela Bolinao
Special Guest Mela Bolinao has a B.A. degree in Art History with a concentration in Visual Arts from Barnard College. After graduation in 1995, she…
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Melanie Crowder
Melanie Crowder is the acclaimed author of several books for young readers, including Audacity, Three Pennies, An Uninterrupted View of the Sky, A Nearer Moon and Parched,…
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Melanie Hall
Melanie is a children’s book illustrator, fine artist, and college professor. She has called the Hudson Valley home for more than thirty years. She studied…
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Melanie J. Fishbane
Teaching Assistant Melanie J. Fishbane holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and an M.A.…
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Melissa Frain
Special Guest Melissa Frain is a Senior Editor at Tor Books, a division of Macmillan, where she acquires and edits for the Tor Teen line.…
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Melissa Iwai
Melissa Iwai is the author and illustrator of many books for young children. Some of her books include Soup Day and Pizza Day, which she…
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Melissa Marr
Melissa writes fiction for adults, teens, and children. Her books have been translated into 28 languages to date and been bestsellers in the US (NY Times, LA Times,…
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Melissa Wyatt
Special Guest Melissa Wyatt is the author of two young adult novels, Funny How Things Change, named to the YALSA BBYA and Kirkus Best Young…
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Merrill Rainey
Teaching Assistant Merrill Rainey is the creator and owner of LittleRainey Illustration & Design, which is a children’s illustration and design studio based out of…
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Mia García
M. García was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She moved to New York where she studied creative writing at The New School,…
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Mike Curato
Mike Curato is the author and illustrator of everyone’s favorite polka-dotted elephant, Little Elliot. His debut title,Little Elliot, Big City (Henry Holt Books for Young…
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Miranda Paul
Miranda Paul is an award-winning children’s author of more than a dozen picture books including One Plastic Bag, Water is Water, I Am Farmer and Are We…
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Mitali Perkins
Special Guest Mitali Perkins has written many novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl (chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100…
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Nancy Werlin
Nancy Werlin is the author of nine young-adult novels that range from contemporary realism to mystery to fantasy. Her books include the New York Times…
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Neal Porter
Special Guest Neal Porter has been in and around children’s book publishing for over 40 years, holding marketing, administrative and editorial positions at houses such…
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Nicole Valentine
Nicole Valentine (www.nicolevalentinebooks.com) is an author of middle grade fiction. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College…
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Nidhi Chanani
Nidhi Chanani is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and writer. She is the owner of Everyday Love Art. Her debut graphic novel, Pashmina, was released by…
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Nikki Garcia
Special Guest Nikki Garcia is an editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers where she works on everything from picture books through YA. During…
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Nikki Grimes
Special SKYPE Guest Nikki Grimes, New York Times bestselling author, is the recipient of the 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary…
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NoNieqa Ramos
NoNieqa Ramos is an educator, literary activist, and writer of “intense” literature. She wrote the THE DISTURBED GIRL’S DICTIONARY, a 2018 New York Public Library…
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Nora Carpenter
A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Art’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program, Nora Shalaway Carpenter is the author of the…
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Nova Ren Suma
Nova Ren Suma (she/her) is a New York Times bestselling author of strange, magical young adult novels and a two-time Edgar Award finalist. Her latest…
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Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Special Guest Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is the author of 8th Grade Superzero, a Notable Book for a Global Society and Notable Social Studies Trade Book for…
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Pablo Cartaya
Pablo Cartaya is an award-winning author whose books have been reviewed by The New York Times, featured in The Washington Post, received starred reviews from…
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Padma Venkatraman
Padma Venkatraman has lived in five countries, worked as chief scientist on oceanographic vessels, and even spent time scuba diving before becoming an American author. Her…
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Pat Cummings
Special Guest Pat Cummings is the author and/or illustrator of over 40 books for young readers. Along with teaching children’s book classes at Pratt and…
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Patrice Caldwell
Patrice Caldwell is a graduate of Wellesley College and the founder and fundraising chair of People of Color in Publishing, a grassroots organization dedicated to…
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Patricia Lee Gauch
Former vice president and editor at large of Philomel Books, Patti is now a fulltime writer and lecturer. She has authored more than 40 picture…
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Patti Ann Harris
Special Guest Patti Ann Harris is the Creative Director at Scholastic, including Cartwheel Books, Orchard Books, Readers, Branches and Little Shepherd. Previously she was the…
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Patty Courtright
Special Guest Patty Courtright is an assistant editor and the reader-mail specialist at Highlights magazine, where she has worked in a variety of roles for…
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Paula Chase-Hyman
Paula Chase-Hyman doesn’t mind being known as a Jane of all trades, Queen of none. But a single theme has followed throughout her career in…
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Paula Morrow
Paula Morrow has been a children’s literature specialist for over 40 years and still enjoys each new day in the world of children’s books and…
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Paula Yoo
Special Guest Paula Yoo is a children’s book author and TV writer/producer. Her latest YA non-fiction book about Vincent Chin, whose brutal beating death by…
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Phoebe North
Phoebe North, a graduate of the University of Florida’s MFA program in poetry, is the critically acclaimed author of Starglass and Starbreak. A new novel…
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Rachel Ekstrom
SKYPE Guest Rachel Ekstrom has channeled her passion for reading into a fifteen-year publishing career. She is an agent at Folio Junior Literary, and before…
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Rachel Werner
Special Guest Rachel Werner is the Content Marketing Specialist for Taliesin Preservation—a National Historic Landmark and the home, studio, school, and 800-acre estate of Frank…
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Rajani LaRocca
Teaching Assistant Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area with her wonderful family and impossibly cute…
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Rebecca Davis
Rebecca M. Davis is Senior Editor of Boyds Mills Press and Wordsong, imprints of Boyds Mills & Kane. Wordsong is the only imprint in the…
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Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Rebecca is an author and poet whose poetry appears in many award-winning collections, in dozens of anthologies and textbooks, and in major children’s magazines. Rebecca…
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Rebecca Kuss
Special Guest Rebecca Kuss first realized the power of words as a kid, when her friends would pay her to write Hanson fan fiction for…
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Rebecca Podos
Rebecca Podos is the Lambda Literary Award-winning author of young adult novels, including THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES, LIKE WATER, and THE WISE AND THE…
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Rena Rossner
Rena is the author of The Sisters of the Winter Wood and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars Program, where she majored in poetry and…
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Renée Watson
Special Guest Renée Watson is a New York Times Bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017) received a…
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Rob Costello
Rob Costello (he/him) writes fiction for and about queer youth. He holds an MFA from the Writing for Children and Young Adults Program at the…
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Rob Sanders
Rob Sanders is a writer who teaches, and a teacher who writes. A native of Springfield, Missouri, he has lived in Texas, Alabama, and Tennessee.…
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Rubin Pfeffer
Special Guest Rubin Pfeffer is a veteran of the children’s and adult trade industry. He has served as President and Publisher of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,…
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Ruth Horowitz
Special Guest Ruth Horowitz’s six books for young children include picture books Are We Still Friends?, which PJ Library reissued as a Rosh Hashanah selection,…
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Salina Yoon
Salina Yoon is the award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator of over 160 books for children, with over 3.5 million books sold worldwide. She was…
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Samantha Berger
Samantha Berger has written award-winning picture books including What If…, illustrated by Mike Curato; Snail Mail, llustrated by Julia Patton; Rock What Ya Got, illustrated…
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Samantha Gentry
Special SKYPE Guest Samantha Gentry is an Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Her primary focus is commercial nonfiction where she is particularly…
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Sandra K. Athans
Teaching Assistant Sandra K. Athans is a National Board Certified practicing literacy specialist with over fifteen years of experience teaching at the elementary level. She…
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Sarah Aronson
Sarah Aronson has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has published three novels: Head Case,…
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Sayantani DasGupta
Special Guest Sayantani DasGupta is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed, Bengali folktale and string theory-inspired Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond…
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Sean Qualls
Special Guest Sean Qualls is an award -winning artist, author & illustrator of children’s books who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His titles include…
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Shadra Strickland
Shadra Strickland is an award-winning illustrator. She won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in 2009…
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Shelley Tanaka
Shelley Tanaka is the author of more than twenty nonfiction books for children and young adults, including seven titles in the award-winning I Was There…
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Shirley Idelson
Special Guest Rabbi Shirley Idelson serves as Senior Advisor at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation where she works closely with the whole content team at PJ…
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Siobhan Ciminera
Special SKYPE Guest Siobhan Ciminera has spent her career in children’s editorial and is currently the Editorial Director for Simon Spotlight, where she oversees Simon…
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Siobhan Vivian
Siobhan Vivian is the New York Times best-selling author of eleven young adult novels, including Stay Sweet, The Last Boy and Girl in the World,…
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Sona Charaipotra
The author of the YA doc dramedy Symptoms of a Heartbreak, Sona Charaipotra is not a doctor — much to her pediatrician parents’ chagrin. They were…
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Stacey Barney
Stacey Barney is an Executive Editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR. She has edited the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh as well as…
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Steve Light
Steve Light grew up in an enchanted place known as New Jersey. He went on to study Illustration at Pratt Institute, he also had the…
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Steve Sheinkin
Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of fast-paced, cinematic nonfiction histories for young readers. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil…
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Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is the author of over 40 books for children. Her books have been named to the Junior Library Guild, the California Reader’s Collection,…
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Sunita Apte
Special Guest Sunita Apte is the half-Indian, half-Hungarian child of immigrants. She has lived and traveled in Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Born and…
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Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Special Guest Susan Campbell Bartoletti is an award-winning author of picture books, novels, and nonfiction for children, including the Newbery Honor book Hitler Youth: Growing…
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Susan Kusel
Special Guest Susan Kusel is the librarian at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia, the children’s book buyer and selector for [words] bookstore in…
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Tamar Mays
Special SKYPE Guest Tamar Mays joined HarperCollins in 2005 to run Harper’s renowned I Can Read program. Previously she was a bookseller, a children’s book…
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Tara Lazar
Special Guest Street magic performer. Hog-calling champion. Award-winning ice sculptor. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been. Instead, she writes quirky, humorous picture…
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Tiff Liao
Special Guest Tiff Liao is an editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. She’s had the pleasure of editing authors such as Tomi Adeyemi,…
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Tiffany D. Jackson
Tiffany D. Jackson is the author of the critically acclaimed, NAACP Image Award-nominated Allegedly; Monday’s Not Coming; and Let Me Hear a Rhyme (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen…
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Tina Dubois
Special Guest Tina Dubois is a literary agent at ICM Partners, specializing in middle grade and young adult fiction. Noteworthy titles include the New York…
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Tod Olson
Tod Olson is author of the forthcoming Into the Clouds: The Race to Climb the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain (April 2020), the narrative nonfiction series…
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Tracey West
Special Guest Tracey West has written more than 300 books for children, including the bestselling Dragon Masters series for Scholastic Branches. Some readers also know…
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Traci Chee
Traci Chee is the New York Times bestselling author of The Reader Trilogy and We Are Not Free (HMH, June 2020). An all-around word geek,…
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Traci Sorell
Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction books as well as poems for children. Her debut nonfiction picture book, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, features the universal…
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Trisha de Guzman
Special Guest Trisha de Guzman is an Associate Editor at Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan. She is actively building…
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Vanessa Brantley Newton
Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter who studied fashion illustration at FIT and children’s book illustration at the School of Visual…
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Veera Hiranandani
Veera Hiranandani is the author of The Night Diary (Kokila), which has received many awards including the 2019 Newbery Honor Award, the 2019 Walter Dean Myers Honor Award,…
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Wiley Blevins
Wiley has worked in publishing for almost 30 years. He has written several early readers, such as Max Has a Fish and A New Friend,…
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Yesenia Flores Diaz
Special Guest Yesenia Flores Díaz credits her parents and elementary school librarian for cultivating a love of reading. She won the 2016 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize…
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Yuyi Morales
Special Guest Yuyi Morales was born in Xalapa, Mexico, the city of flowers and springs. After migrating to the US in 1994, she struggled with…
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Yvonne Wakim Dennis
Special Guest Yvonne Wakim Dennis is an award winning author of nonfiction books for children and adults including A Kid’s Guide to Native American History…
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Juana Martinez-Neal
Juana Martinez-Neal is the recipient of the 2019 Caldecott Honor for Alma and How She Got Her Name (Candlewick 2018), her author-illustrator debut, and the 2018 Pura Belpré Medal…