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A.M. Wild
Special Guest A.M. Wild (they/she) is a writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Their debut picture book, Not He Or She, I’m Me, features a nonbinary…
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A.S. King
A.S. King has been called “One of the best Y.A. writers working today” by the New York Times Book Review. King is the author of…
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Aida Salazar
Aida Salazar is an award-winning author, arts activist, and translator whose writings for adults and children explore issues of identity and social justice. She is…
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Alexandra Villasante
Special Guest Alexandra Villasante has always loved telling stories–though not always with words. She has a BFA in Painting and an MA in Combined Media…
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Alisa Alering
Alisa Alering is a writer and editor living in southern Indiana. She writes fiction for children and adults and non-fiction exploring science, technology, and the…
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Alison Green Myers
Special Guest Alison Green Myers is the program director for the non-profit Highlights Foundation, which supports children’s book writers and illustrators. She’s served as a…
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Amber McBride
Special Guest Amber McBride is currently a professor at the University of Virginia. She received her MFA in Poetry from Emerson College in 2012. She also…
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An Na
Special Guest An Na was born in South Korea and grew up in San Diego, California. She is the author of three novels: A Step from…
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Angela Dominguez
Virtual Special Guest Angela Dominguez was born in Mexico City, grew up in the great state of Texas, and now resides on the east coast.…
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Anna Raff
Anna Raff is an award-winning illustrator of several books for children including The Day the Universe Exploded My Head, World Rat Day, A Big Surprise…
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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 Marie Pace
In spite of the adage to write what you know, Anne Marie Pace has never been a vampire, a ballerina, a groundhog, or a tow…
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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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Antwan Eady
Antwan Eady is a children’s author and a dreamer. Originally from Garnett, South Carolina, he’s now sharing those dreams with the world. Eady is a…
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Aram Kim
Special Guest Aram Kim is a writer and illustrator as well as a designer of picture books for children. She was born in Ohio, raised…
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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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Bill Konigsberg
Bill Konigsberg is the award-winning author of six young adult novels. THE PORCUPINE OF TRUTH won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Stonewall…
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Breanna J. McDaniel
Breanna J. McDaniel is the author of Hands Up!, a book reviewer, education consultant and a youth literature researcher. She holds an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons…
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Brittany J. Thurman
Special Guest Brittany J. Thurman has always listened in on the stories told by her grandmother. These same stories hold space in her writing today.…
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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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Carolivia Herron
Special Guest Carolivia Herron is an African American Jewish author, educator and publisher living in Washington, DC. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from…
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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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Catherine Laudone
Special Guest Catherine Laudone is an associate editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers with seven and a half years of experience editing…
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Catriella Freedman
Catriella is currently the Director of PJ Our Way, the next chapter of PJ Library for kids ages 9-12. With degrees from Princeton and Harvard,…
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Cheryl Willis Hudson
Cheryl Willis Hudson is editorial director of Just Us Books, Inc., an independent publishing company that focuses on Black interest books for children and young…
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Chris Tebbetts
Chris Tebbetts is the author and co-author of many books for young readers. Titles include the #1 New York Times bestselling MIDDLE SCHOOL series with…
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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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Claribel A. Ortega
Claribel A. Ortega is a former reporter who writes middle-grade and young adult fantasy inspired by her Dominican heritage. When she’s not busy turning her…
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Cordelia Jensen
Cordelia Jensen graduated with a MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2012. Cordelia has three verse…
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Courtney Pippin-Mathur
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) and Happy…
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Crystal Allen
Crystal Allen is the author of five middle-grade books, all published by Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins.  Her accolades include the 2018 SCBWI Sid Fleischman Humor Award…
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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
Special Guest Daria Peoples’ first job was at nine years old in the children’s section of her hometown library in Paso Robles, California. She worked…
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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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David Levithan
Special Guest David Levithan is a young adult author and Scholastic editorial director. He is also the founding editor of PUSH, a young-adult imprint of…
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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 Ridpath Ohi
Debbie is the author and illustrator of Where Are My Books? and Sam & Eva (Simon & Schuster), and her illustrations have appeared in books…
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Deborah Heiligman
Deborah Heiligman is the author of 32 books, most of them nonfiction. Her latest, Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of…
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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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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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Dr. Kathleen Trainor
Special Guest Dr. Kathleen Trainor is a senior psychologist currently in private practice. She is the author of the book Calming Your Anxious Child: Words…
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Ebony Elizabeth Thomas
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas taught in public schools for several years after graduating from Florida A&M, a historically Black…
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Edith Campbell
Edith Campbell is an Associate Education Librarian in the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University. She is a founding member of the We Are…
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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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Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan
Special Guest Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan is an author and teacher from Pittsburgh, PA. She loves exploring history and science and has been a science educator on…
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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 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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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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Erin Entrada Kelly
Erin Entrada Kelly received the 2018 Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe, a 2021 Newbery Honor for We Dream of Space, and the 2017 APALA Award…
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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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G. Brian Karas
Special Guest G. Brian Karas is the illustrator of over 100 picture books for children, and has written and illustrated several of those. Some of…
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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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Georgia Heard
Georgia Heard received her M.F.A. in poetry writing from Columbia University and 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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Gloria Day
Special Guest Gloria Day is a writer, illustrator, and educator. Her experiences in the classroom are often her source of inspiration when it comes to…
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Grace Lin
Before Grace Lin was an award-winning and NY Times bestselling author/illustrator of picturebooks, early readers and middle grade novels, she was the only Asian girl…
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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 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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I.W. Gregorio
IW Gregorio is a practicing urologist by day, masked avenging YA writer by night. She is author of the Schneider Award-winning THIS IS MY BRAIN…
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Jalissa Corrie
Jalissa Corrie is a Marketing and Publicity Manager at Lee & Low Books, the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States, and a…
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James Ransome
James E. Ransome is the award-winning illustrator of over 75 picture books. He has been illustrating books, book jackets, greeting cards and magazines for over…
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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
Jane Yolen, often called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America,” celebrated the publication of her 365th book in 2018. Her works, which range from very young…
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Janet Wong
Virtual Special Guest Janet Wong is a graduate of Yale Law School and a former lawyer who switched careers to become a children’s author. Her…
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Jasmine Warga
Special Guest Jasmine Warga is a writer from Cincinnati, Ohio who currently resides in the Chicago area. She is the New York Times-bestselling and John…
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Jean-Marc Superville Sovak
Special Guest: Jean-Marc Superville Sovak is a multidisciplinary artist and teaching professional whose work is deeply rooted in the community around him. A graduate of…
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Jen Keenan
Special Guest Jen Keenan is the Art Director of HMH Books for Young Readers. Previously she was Art Director of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and…
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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 Baker
Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional of almost 20 years, contributing editor to Electric Literature, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and faculty member…
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Jennifer Gennari
Jennifer Gennari is the author of Muffled (Simon & Schuster, 2020), a Junior Library Guild selection, and My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,…
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Jennifer Jacobson
Jennifer, a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education, is the author of over a dozen award-winning children’s books including Small as an Elephant (IRA…
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Jennifer Swanson
Jennifer Swanson is the award-winning author of over 40+ nonfiction books for children, mostly about science and technology. Jennifer’s love of STEM began when she…
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Jim Hill
Jim Hill holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts where he learned to write books…
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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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Joshua Silverstein
Joshua Reuben Silverstein is an award-winning actor, comic, writer, beatboxer, and educator. His various performances and productions throughout the country have received admiration from creative…
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Joy McCullough
Joy McCullough’s debut young adult novel Blood Water Paint earned honors including the National Book Award longlist and 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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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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Kashmira Sheth
Kashmira Sheth writes picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, and young adult fiction. Her books have received many awards and honors, including the Asian/Pacific…
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Kat Brzozowski
Special Guest Kat Brzozowski is a senior editor at Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends. She has edited a wide range of young adult fiction, including Anna-Marie…
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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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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 an acclaimed author/illustrator and speaker best known for her character-building book series, Zero, One, and Two. She goes to schools across the…
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Kathryn Williams
Virtual Special Guest Kathryn Williams is an Associate Editor at National Geographic Kids Books.
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Katie Heit
Special Guest Katie Heit is an editor at Scholastic, where she edits nonfiction picture books and chapter books, as well as select fiction picture book…
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Katura J. Hudson
Katura J. Hudson is a children’s book author, editor, and a communication strategist. A native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, she got…
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Kayla Cichello
Special Guest Kayla Cichello is an agent at Upstart Crow Literary. Before joining Upstart Crow, she was the Conference Coordinator for the International Summer and…
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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 Dyksterhouse
Special Guest Kelly Dyksterhouse is a literary agent with Raven Quill Literary Agency. She specializes in fiction and non-fiction from PB to YA. Kelly has…
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Kelly Light
Special Guest Kelly Light lives in New York but grew up down the shore in New Jersey surrounded by giant pink dinosaurs, cotton candy colors,…
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Kelly Starling Lyons
Kelly Starling Lyons is a founding member of The Brown Bookshelf, teaching artist and award-winning children’s book author. Her mission is to center Black heroes,…
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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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Kiara Valdez
Special Guest Kiara Valdez is an assistant editor at First Second Books. She was born and raised in New York City (shout out to Washington…
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Kimberly Parker
Dr. Kimberly N. Parker currently prepares preservice teachers as the Assistant Director of the Teacher Training Center at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA.…
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Krystal Song
Special Guest K. X. Song is a Highlights Foundation Diversity fellow and a HG Wells Turnill Prize honoree. Her picture book, My Elastical Fantastical Bubble,…
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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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Kyle Lukoff
Special Guest Kyle Lukoff writes books for kids and other people. Right now you can pre-order his debut middle grade novel TOO BRIGHT TO SEE,…
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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 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 Pegram
Laura Pegram is the founding editor and publisher of the award winning literary magazine, Kweli Journal, and the director of the Kweli Color of 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 Shovan
Laura Shovan is a children’s author, educator, editor, and Pushcart Prize-nominated poet. Laura’s debut novel-in-verse, THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY, won multiple awards,…
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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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Laurie Calkhoven
Laurie Calkhoven is the author of more than 50 books for young readers ranging from award-winning nonfiction early readers to YA adaptations of adult books.…
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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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Leeza Hernandez
Leeza Hernandez illustrates children’s books in between working full time as an art director and freelance surface pattern designer. Her latest books include Did You…
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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 75 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’s award-winning books are known for their humor and word play. Woolbur (HarperCollins) was nominated for book awards in 13 states, winning honors in Florida…
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Linda Camacho
Special Guest Linda Camacho is an agent with Gallt & Zacker Literary. After graduating from Cornell University, Linda interned at Simon & Schuster and Writers…
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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 Oatman High
Linda Oatman High is an author of more than 30 books for children and teens, with many of her books winning awards and honors. She…
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Liz Kossnar
Liz Kossnar enthusiastically joined the Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers editorial team in November 2013. She primarily acquires middle grade but occasionally works…
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Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Special Guest Maggie Tokuda-Hall has an MFA in creative writing from USF, and a strong cake-decorating game. She is the author of the 2017 Parent’s…
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Maika Moulite
Maika Moulite is a Miami native and the daughter of Haitian immigrants. She earned a bachelor’s in marketing from Florida State University and an MBA…
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Marilisa Jiménez Garcia
Marilisa Jiménez García is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in Latino/a literature and culture. Particularly interested in the intersections of race, gender, nationalism, and youth culture…
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Maritza Moulite
Maritza Moulite graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s in women’s studies and the University of Southern California with a master’s in journalism.…
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Mark Oshiro
Mark Oshiro is the award-winning author of ANGER IS A GIFT (2019 Schneider Family Book Award) and EACH OF US A DESERT, both with Tor…
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Mary Cash
Mary Cash is the Vice President and Editor in Chief at Holiday House, a children’s-only publisher. She edits books in many genres, but has a…
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Meera Trehan
Workshop Reader 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 Eden
Special Guest Meg Eden is a 2020 Pitch Wars mentee, and her work is published or forthcoming in magazines including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Crab…
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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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Meghan McCullough
Special Guest Meghan McCullough is an Assistant Editor at Levine Querido. Previously, she was an Editorial Assistant at Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of…
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Melanie Hall
Special Guest Melanie is a children’s book illustrator, fine artist, and college professor. She has called the Hudson Valley home for more than thirty years.…
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Melanie J. Fishbane
Special Guest 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 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
Special Guest Merrill Rainey is an award-winning illustrator, designer, author, and paper engineer. His most recent books include Color, Cut, Create • Dinosaur World, and…
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Mia García
Mia 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 loves drawing and writing almost as much as he loves cupcakes and ice cream (and that’s a LOT!). He is the author and illustrator…
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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
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 books for…
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Nancy D. Tolson
A proud product of the Detroit Public Schools, Dr. Nancy D. Tolson received her Masters and PhD from the University of Iowa, researching the history…
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Nancy Mercado
Special Guest Nancy Mercado is Associate Publisher & Editorial Director, Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin. She began her career in the Scholastic Book Clubs…
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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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Natasha Díaz
Natasha Díaz is a born and raised New Yorker, award winning author and screenwriter, and currently residing in Brooklyn, NY with her tall husband and…
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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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Nikki Grimes
New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2020 ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to young adult literature, the 2017 Children’s Literature Legacy…
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NoNieqa Ramos
NoNieqa Ramos wrote THE DISTURBED GIRL’S DICTIONARY, a 2019 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection and a 2019 In the Margins Top Ten pick.…
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Nora Shalaway Carpenter
Special Guest Nora Shalaway Carpenter’s YA debut The Edge of Anything was a 2020 Best Book of the Year (Kirkus Reviews and A Mighty Girl),…
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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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Oge Mora
Special Guest Oge Mora is a storyteller residing in Providence, RI. Her picture book, Thank You, Omu!, was a Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New…
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Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich is the author of 8th Grade Superzero, a Notable Book for a Global Society and Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People.…
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Padma Venkatraman
Padma Venkatraman is the author of THE BRIDGE HOME which has garnered 8 stars, and has been honored as one of the best books of…
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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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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
Virtual Special Guest Paula Yoo is an author, screenwriter, and musician. Her latest YA non-fiction book, From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of…
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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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Phoebe Yeh
Phoebe knows a thing or two about finishing a manuscript. She and her team of editors are responsible for the estate programs of C.S. Lewis, Maurice…
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Rajani LaRocca
Special Guest Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area, where she practices medicine and writes books…
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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 the author of a diverse range of picture books and poetry collections for children, including Lemonade Sun, One Day, The End, The Knowing…
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Rebecca Kuss
Special Guest Rebecca Kuss (she/her) is an editor at Inkyard Press, a children’s imprint within HarperCollins. She was raised by a hardworking immigrant mom in…
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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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Regina Brooks
Regina Brooks is the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency LLC, based in Brooklyn, New York. Her agency has represented and established a diverse…
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Rena Barron
Rena Barron is the author of the Young Adult fantasy novel Kingdom Of Souls, the first in a trilogy from HarperTeen and a 2019 Junior…
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Rena Rossner
Special Guest Rena Rossner is the author of The Sisters of the Winter Wood and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars Program, where she majored…
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Renee Kelly
Special Guest Renee Kelly is an editor at Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She acquires leveled readers, picture books, chapter books, middle…
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Renée Watson
Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017) received a Coretta Scott…
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Rob Costello
Special Guest Rob Costello (he/him) writes fiction for and about queer youth. He holds an MFA from the Writing for Children and Young Adults Program…
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Rob Sanders
Rob Sanders is a teacher who writes and a writer who teaches. He is known for his funny and fierce fiction and nonfiction picture books…
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Rona Shirdan
Special Guest Rona Shirdan is living her best life as a writer, freelance copy editor, and proofreader. She is the mother of two adult sons…
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Ruth Chan
Special Guest Ruth Chan is an illustrator and author of books including Where’s the Party?, Georgie’s Best Bad Day, The Alpactory: Ready, Pack, Go!, Thank…
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Ruth Horowitz
Special Guest Ruth Horowitz’s most recent picture book Saving Eli’s Library, was released in October 2020. Her other six books for young children include Are…
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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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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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Saraciea J. Fennell
Saraciea J. Fennell is the founder of The Bronx is Reading—Bronx Book Festival. She is also a book publicist who has worked with many award-winning…
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Sarah Aronson
Sarah Aronson began writing for kids and teens when someone in an exercise class dared her to try. Since then, she has earned an MFA…
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Sarah Suk
Special Guest Sarah Suk (pronounced like soup with a K) lives in Vancouver, Canada where she writes stories and admires mountains. When she’s not writing,…
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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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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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Shannon Gibney
Special Guest Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), and Dream Country (Dutton, 2018) young…
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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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Sofiya Pasternack
Special Guest Sofiya Pasternack When Sofiya was six years old, she wrote and illustrated her first story. She has since given up on illustrating, but…
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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…
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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 an award-winning children’s book author whose books include Chicks Rule, The United States vs. Jackie Robinson (2019 ALSC Notable Children’s Books List),…
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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
Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s picture books, novels, and nonfiction have received dozens of awards, including the Newbery Honor, the Sibert Award and honor, the Orbis Pictus…
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Susan Kusel
Susan Kusel is the librarian at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia, the children’s book buyer and selector for [words] bookstore in Maplewood, New…
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Tara Lazar
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 books (and…
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Tarlan Rabizadeh
Rabbi Tarlan Rabizadeh was born and raised in Los Angeles’ Jewish Persian community, affectionately known as “Irangeles.” She earned a B.A. from Boston University, where…
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Teresa Robeson
Teresa Robeson (teresarobeson.com) draws upon her Chinese heritage, immigrant sensibilities, as well as her background in science and love of nature when she writes. Her…
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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 Baptiste
Tracey Baptiste is the New York Times bestselling author of Minecraft: The Crash, as well as the creepy Caribbean series The Jumbies which includes The…
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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 Editor at Farrar, Straus, Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan. She has the privilege of…
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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
Special Guest 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…
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Wade Hudson
Wade Hudson’s career as a writer spans more than three decades. A native of Mansfield, Louisiana, he majored in political science at Southern University. After…
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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
Yuyi Morales was born in Xalapa, Mexico, the city of flowers and springs. After migrating to the US in 1994, she struggled with English and…
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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…