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Aden Polydoros
Aden Polydoros is an author of YA dark fantasy and gothic horror novels. In addition to receiving starred reviews from SLJ, Publishers Weekly, Bookpage, and…
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Alaina Kozma
Special Guest Alaina Kozma has worked in public libraries since 2003. Much of her work has focused on teen programs and services, including stints running…
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Alexandra Villasante
Alexandra 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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Alicia D. Williams
Alicia D. Williams is the author of Genesis Begins Again, which received the Newbery and Kirkus Prize honors, was a William C. Morris prize finalist,…
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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 is an avid reader, poet, and writer. She has served as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, curriculum writer, and school director. She…
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Amber McBride
Special Guest Amber McBride is an Assistant Professor in the English department at UVA. She received a BA in English from JMU and an MFA…
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Aminah Mae Safi
Aminah Mae Safi is the author of four novels, including Tell Me How You Really Feel and Travelers Along the Way: a Robin Hood Remix.…
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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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Andrea J. Loney
Andrea J. Loney’s picture books include the biography TAKE A PICTURE OF ME, JAMES VANDERZEE (Lee & Low Books New Voices Award and a NAACP…
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Andrea Mosqueda
Special Guest Andrea Mosqueda is a Chicana writer. She was born and raised in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her…
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Andrea Page
Andrea Page (Lakota, Standing Rock Nation) is a children’s author, retired teacher, and Co-President of Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators (RACWI). Her debut book,…
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Andrew Karre
Virtual Special Guest Andrew Karre is executive editor at Dutton Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, focusing on YA and MG,…
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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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Anika Aldamuy Denise
Anika Aldamuy Denise’s award-winning picture books center the lives and contributions of groundbreaking Latinas and reflect vibrant multicultural characters, families, and communities. Her 2019 title…
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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 (they/them) writes magical realism and fairy tales that are as queer, Latine, and trans as they are. They are the author of Morris…
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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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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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Barbara McClintock
Barbara McClintock has written and/or illustrated 47 picture books for children. Her books have received five NY Times Ten Best Illustrated Books awards, three ALA…
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Brittany J. Thurman
Brittany J. Thurman has always listened in on the stories told by her grandmother. These same stories hold space in her writing today. Brittany holds…
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C. Rowen MacCarald
Special Guest C. Rowen MacCarald is the author of over forty nonfiction books for the educational market, including Cows Don’t Live in Trees! (Rourke Educational…
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Carmen Oliver
Carmen Oliver is the author of many award-winning picture books for children including A Voice for the Spirit Bears: How One Boy Inspired Millions to…
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Carol Hinz
Special Guest Carol Hinz is Associate Publisher 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 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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Catriella Freedman
Special Guest Catriella Freedman is currently the Director of PJ Our Way, the next chapter of PJ Library for kids ages 9-12. With degrees from…
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Cece Bell
Cece Bell lives in an old church in Virginia and works in a new-ish barn right next door. She met her husband, writer Tom Angleberger,…
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Charles Waters
Charles Waters grew up in the nearby Philadelphia suburb of Yeadon, PA and attended Fairleigh Dickinson University. After graduation he joined several theater touring companies,…
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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 Barash
Chris Barash is chair of the Book Selection Committee at PJ Library, a signature program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Prior to her work at…
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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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Christina Scheuer
Christina Scheuer is a Seattle-based editor, writer, and teacher who is passionate about helping writers at every stage of their process. She taught composition, literature,…
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Clare Landrigan
Clare Landrigan is a staff developer who is still a teacher at heart. After years serving as an educator and administrator in elementary public schools,…
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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, cookbooks, and nonfiction on scientific,…
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Dante Medema
Dante Medema is an author of books for young readers. Her debut novel, The Truth Project (HarperTeen / Quill Tree Books) was an Indies Introduce…
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Darcy Pattison
Children’s book author and indie publisher Darcy Pattison writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction books for children. Five books have received starred PW, Kirkus, or BCCB…
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Daria Peoples
Daria Peoples’ first job was at nine years old in the children’s section of her hometown library in Paso Robles, California. She worked a little,…
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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
A third-generation Japanese American, Debbi Michiko Florence is the author of middle grade novels, chapter book series, and a picture book biography, starring Japanese American…
Deborah Stein
Deborah Stein art/illustration www.deborahjstein.com www.instagram.com/deborah.j.stein Storycamp Disco Visual Storytelling Workshops + Creative Residencies www.instagram.com/storycamp_disco
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Diana Ma
Diana Ma is a Chinese American author who writes Middle Grade and Young Adult books that feature Asian American heroes. Her debut novel Heiress Apparently…
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Don Tate
Don Tate is an award-winning author, and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. Books he’s illustrated include Roto and Roy: Helicopter Heroes…
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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 nearly thirty books for children, ranging from picture books to young adult novels. Her picture book When Dinosaurs Came…
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Ellice Lee
Ellice Lee (she/her) is VP, Senior Art Director of Philomel/Viking/Flamingo Books and has been at Penguin Young Readers for 5 years and in publishing for…
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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’ picture books include A Greyhound, A Groundhog, Toys Meet Snow, Lemonade in Winter, and most recently, All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah, winner of the Sydney Taylor Award.  That New…
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Emily Rosenthal
Special Guest Emily Rosenthal (she/her) is an illustrator and writer. Originally from New York, she currently calls Baltimore her home. Emily brings eye catching world-building…
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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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Eric Bell
Eric Bell is the author of ALAN COLE IS NOT A COWARD (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, 2017) and ALAN COLE DOESN’T DANCE (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, 2018),…
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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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Ernesto Cisneros
Ernesto Cisneros is the award-winning author of EFRÉN DIVIDED. He was born and raised in Santa Ana, California, where he still teaches. As an author,…
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Eve Becker
Leaf and Pen is directed by Eve Becker. Eve taught secondary school English in New York City for two decades. Prior to that, she was…
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Felicia Rose Chavez
Felicia Rose Chavez is an award-winning educator with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She is author of The Anti-Racist Writing…
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Franki Sibberson
Franki Sibberson is a literacy consultant with 33 years of classroom experience in Dublin, Ohio. She is past-president of the National Council of Teachers 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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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 executive editor at Kane Press. He is also the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Children’s Book Publishing, a comprehensive guide…
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Harold Underdown
Special Guest Harold is an executive editor at Kane Press. He is also the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Children’s Book Publishing, a…
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Heather Demetrios
Heather Demetrios is a critically acclaimed author, writing coach, and certified meditation teacher based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her publishers include Simon & Schuster, Macmillan,…
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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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Heidi Rabinowitz
Special Guest Heidi Rabinowitz is the Library Director at Feldman Children’s Library of Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton, Florida and Past President of the…
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Hilda Eunice Burgos
Hilda Eunice Burgos is the author of the middle-grade novel Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle, which was recognized as an ALA…
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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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Intisar Khanani
Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. She has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of…
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Irene Latham
Irene Latham is a grateful creator of many novels, poetry collections, and picture books, including Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and…
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Isaac Fitzsimons
Isaac Fitzsimons (Fitz-EYE-mons) writes so that every reader can see themselves reflected in literature. His debut novel, The Passing Playbook, received numerous accolades including being…
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Isabel Roxas
Isabel Roxas is the author and illustrator of The Adventures of Team Pom: Squid Happens. The first book in a series, it features three questing…
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Jacqueline Alcántara
Special Guest Jacqueline Alcántara is a freelance illustrator and educator spending her days drawing, rehabbing houses and adventuring with her dogs. She is fueled by…
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Jaime Adoff
Special Guest Jaime Adoff is an award-winning author of children’s poetry and young adult novels. The original poetry collection, “The Song Shoots Out of My…
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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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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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Janae Marks
Special Guest Janae Marks is the middle-grade author of the critically acclaimed novel From the Desk of Zoe Washington and the forthcoming novel A Soft…
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Jane Houng
Special Guest Jane Houng is a long-term resident of Hong Kong and China. She received an MFA in WYCA at Vermont College of Fine Arts…
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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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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 was named the 2019 Publishers Weekly Star Watch “SuperStar” because her “varied work championing diversity in publishing has made her an indispensable fixture…
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Jennifer Gennari
Jennifer Gennari is the author of Muffled (Simon & Schuster, 2020), a Junior Library Guild selection, and a Georgia Children’s Book Award finalist, and My…
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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 Robin Barr
Special Guest Jennifer Robin Barr is a Philadelphia-area writer focusing little-known nuggets of history. Her debut novel, Goodbye, Mr. Spalding (Calkins Creek; Astra Publishing House,…
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Jennifer Rofé
Special Guest Jennifer Rofé works primarily in the middle grade and picture book spaces, and she especially loves working with author-illustrators and illustrators. Overall, she…
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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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Joe Cepeda
Preferring grace over style, insight and message over technique, and story over extravagance, Joe seeks to create work with integrity and authenticity at its core.…
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John Hazard
John Hazard co-creates the popular diary comic, BACKGROUND NOISE, with his partner in life and love, Lisa Burdige. John spent over a decade creating art…
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K.X. Song
K. X. Song is a Highlights Foundation Diversity fellow and a HG Wells Turnill Prize honoree. Her picture book, My Elastical Fantastical Bubble, was chosen as…
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Karen Boss
Karen Boss is a senior editor at Charlesbridge where she works on fiction and nonfiction picture books, middle-grade and young adult works. She holds a MA…
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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
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 the…
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Kate Samworth
Kate Samworth grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC and was part of a politically active community of artists and musicians. Her work has…
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Kathryn Williams
Special Guest Kathryn Williams is an Associate Editor at National Geographic Kids Books.
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Katie Heit
Special Guest Katie Heit is a senior editor Scholastic working on picture books and chapter books. She primarily edits nonfiction, with select fiction titles. She…
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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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Kekla Magoon
Special Guest Kekla Magoon is the author of many award-winning novels and nonfiction books for young readers, including The Season of Styx Malone, The Rock…
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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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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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Kyle Lukoff
Kyle Lukoff writes books for kids and other people. Right now you can pre-order his debut middle grade novel TOO BRIGHT TO SEE, due out…
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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 Shovan
Laura Shovan is a children’s author, educator, and poet. Her chapbook, Mountain, Log, Salt and Stone, won the Harriss Poetry Prize. Her work appears in journals…
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Laurel Snyder
Laurel Snyder is the author of many books for young readers, including the Geisel-award winning series, Charlie and Mouse, seven middle grade novels, including Orphan…
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Lauren MacLeod
Special Guest Lauren MacLeod is a literary agent at The Strothman Agency. She works on both adult nonfiction and young adult and middle-grade books. She…
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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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Leah Henderson
Leah Henderson is the author of several critically acclaimed books for young readers including Daddy Speaks Love, A Day for Rememberin’, and Together We March.…
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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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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
Virtual Special Guest Linda Camacho is an agent with Gallt & Zacker Literary. After graduating from Cornell University, Linda interned at Simon & Schuster and…
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Linda Epstein
Linda Epstein is the author of the middle grade novel Repairing the World (Simon & Schuster, 2022) and an agent at Emerald City Literary Agency. She…
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Lisa Burdige
Lisa Burdige co-creates the popular diary comic, BACKGROUND NOISE, with her partner in life and love, John Hazard. In the advertising world, she’s an award-winning…
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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 Yee
Special Guest Lisa Yee’s groundbreaking Millicent Min, Girl Genius debuted 20 years ago. Since then, she’s penned more than 20 novels including award-winners like Stanford…
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Lorian Tu
Lorian is an author and Illustrator of children’s Books, living in New England with her Family. She loves creating art for children, because she knows…
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Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Lyn Miller-Lachmann is the former editor in chief of Multicultural Review. Her young adult novel Gringolandia was a 2010 ALA Best Book for Young Adults…
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Lynsey Burkins
Lynsey Burkins is a proud educator who has worked for children for the past 18 years. She works towards creating anti-racist spaces where children feel…
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M.O. Yuksel
Special Guest M.O. Yuksel is the award-winning author of IN MY MOSQUE (illus. Hatem Aly), and ONE WISH: Fatima al-Fihri and the World’s Oldest University,…
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Mae Respicio
Special Guest Mae Respicio writes middle grade novels full of heart and hope including THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILT, which won an Asian/Pacific American Libraries…
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Maika Moulite
Special Guest Maika Moulite is a Miami native and the daughter of Haitian immigrants. She loves writing: books, think pieces, journal entries, neverending lists, you…
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Mallory Grigg
Mallory is the Senior Art Director at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group where she’s had the pleasure of working on Mike Curato’s graphic novel, Flamer, Katy Rose Pool’s…
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Marie Marquardt
Marie Marquardt is author of YA novels Does My Body Offend You? (with Mayra Cuevas), Dream Things True, The Radius of Us, and Flight Season.…
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Maritza Moulite
Special Guest 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…
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Mayra Cuevas
Mayra Cuevas is the author of the young adult novels Does My Body Offend You? (with Marie Marquardt) and the foodie romcom Salty, Bitter, Sweet.…
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Meera Trehan
Special Guest 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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Mekisha Telfer
Special Guest Mekisha Telfer is an editor at Roaring Brook Press (Macmillian), where she is building a list of picture books, middle-grade, and young adult…
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Mélina Mangal
Virtual Special Guest Mélina Mangal is the author of short stories and biographies for youth, including The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett…
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Melissa Manlove
Special Guest Melissa Manlove is an Executive Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She has been with Chronicle for 18 years. Her acquisitions encompass…
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Merrill Rainey
Growing up, Merrill Rainey spent most of his Saturday afternoons watching monster movies, drawing superheroes, and going on imaginary adventures with his brothers. Today, he…
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Mia García
M. García Peña / Mia García (she/her) was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She got her MFA at The New School and…
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Michelle Cusolito
Special Guest Michelle Cusolito is the award-winning author of Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin and Diving Deep: Using Machines to Explore the Ocean.…
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Michelle Hazen
Special Guest Michelle Hazen is an author, certified book coach, and editor who delights in helping people fall madly in lust with the writing process.…
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Mike Curato
Special Guest Mike Curato loves drawing and writing almost as much as he loves cupcakes and ice cream (and that’s a LOT!). He is the…
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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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Molly B. Burnham
Special Guest Molly B. Burnham, author of the Teddy Mars series, was awarded the 2016 Sid Fleishman Humor Award, and is found a numerous state…
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Monique Gray Smith
Monique Gray Smith (Cree/Lakota/Scottish) is a proud mom of teenage twins and an award-winning, best-selling author. Monique’s most recent novel, Tilly and the Crazy Eights…
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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 Werlin
Nancy Werlin is the author of eleven young-adult novels that range from contemporary realism to mystery to fantasy, but her twelfth and latest novel is Healer…
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Nicole Valentine
Special Guest 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…
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Nikki Grimes
New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2022 CSK Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2020 ALAN Award for significant…
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Nikki Shannon Smith
Nikki Shannon Smith is the author of seventeen published and forthcoming books, ranging from board books to young adult. Her work includes the AZALEAH LANE chapter book…
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Nina LaCour
Special Guest Nina LaCour is the bestselling and Michael L. Printz Award-winning author of five critically acclaimed young adult novels published by Dutton Books: We…
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Nisha Sharma
Nisha Sharma is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novel My So-Called Bollywood Life and the follow up, Radha and Jai’s Recipe for Romance.…
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NoNieqa Ramos
NoNieqa Ramos is an educator who wrote THE DISTURBED GIRL’S DICTIONARY, a 2018 New York Public Library Best Book for Teens and a 2019 YALSA…
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Nora Shalaway Carpenter
Nora Shalaway Carpenter (she/her) is the author of THE EDGE OF ANYTHING (a Bank Street Best Book of the Year; a Kirkus Reviews Best Book;…
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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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Pamela Bobowicz
Pamela Bobowicz has worked for numerous publishers on fiction, non-fiction and licensed projects for all ages. In her current role at Workman Publishing, she looks…
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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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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 has been writing for the educational market since 2012, and each new assignment is still an enjoyable surprise. She has also served as an…
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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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Rachel Orr
Rachel Orr is celebrating her fifteenth year at Prospect Agency, where she represents both authors and illustrators in projects ranging from picture books through YA.…
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Rebecca Davis
Rebecca M. Davis is Editorial Director of Astra Young Readers and Wordsong, imprints of Astra Books for Young Readers, a division of Astra Publishing House.…
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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 Podos
Special Guest Rebecca Podos’ debut novel, THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES (Balzer + Bray), was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a B&N Best YA…
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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 Rossner
Special Guest Rena Rossner is a literary agent at The Deborah Harris Agency, based in Jerusalem, Israel. She was born in Miami Beach, Florida, is…
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Rob Costello
Rob Costello (he/him) is a queer man who writes contemporary and dark speculative fiction with a queer bent for and about young people. An alumnus…
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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 freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. She is the mother of two adult sons and…
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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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Sandra K. Athans
Special Guest Sandra K. Athans is a National Board Certified practicing Literacy Specialist with 20 years of classroom teaching experience, a featured speaker, and a…
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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 Aroeste
Special Guest Sarah Aroeste, inspired by her family’s roots in N. Macedonia and Greece, Sarah Aroeste is determined to bring Sephardic culture to new generations.…
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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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Sera Rivers
Sera Rivers (she/her) is a Senior Literary Manager at Martin Literary & Media Management and is currently accepting queries for middle grade and young adult…
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Shadra Strickland
Shadra Strickland studied, design, writing, and illustration at Syracuse University and later went on to complete her M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts in…
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Shannon C.F. Rogers
Special Guest Shannon C.F. Rogers is a writer of young adult novels, short fiction, and plays. She is the author of I’D RATHER BURN THAN…
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Shannon Gibney
Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), and Dream Country (Dutton, 2018) young adult novels…
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Shelley Evans-Marshall
Special Guest Shelley Evans-Marshall, MA comes from a professional background of both classroom teaching and educational publishing. She began her career in the classroom, where…
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Shelly Romero
Special Guest Shelly Romero (she/her) is an associate editor at Scholastic. She graduated from Stephens College with a bachelor’s degree in English and attended the…
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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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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 an editor at Reycraft Books/Benchmark. She is the half-Indian, half-Hungarian child of immigrants. She has lived and traveled in Asia,…
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Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Special Guest Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s picture books, novels, and nonfiction have received dozens of awards, including the Newbery Honor, the Sibert Award and honor, the…
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Susan Kusel
Susan Kusel is an author, synagogue library director, an independent bookstore buyer, and children’s book consultant. She has served on multiple book award committees including…
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Tasha Flagg
Tasha Flagg supports PJ Library’s Book Selection Committee in North America and coordinates with global book selection teams to ensure that all PJ communities receive…
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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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Tonya Duncan Ellis
Special Guest Tonya Duncan Ellis has had her nose in a book since she learned to read, so it’s no surprise that she’d one day…
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Torrey Maldonado
Special Guest Torrey Maldonado: Praised by two NYC Chancellors for being a top culturally responsive educator who has taught for nearly 25 years, Torrey Maldonado…
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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 a best-selling and award-winning author of books for young people, including the instant New York Times best seller and Kirkus Prize Finalist The Reader and Printz Honor…
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Traci Sorell
Cherokee Nation citizen and award-winning author Traci Sorell writes fiction and nonfiction for young people. A former federal Indigenous law attorney and advocate, Traci lives…
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Trisha de Guzman
Trisha is an Editor at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. She is a proud Filipino immigrant…
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Trisha Tobias
Special Guest Trisha Tobias is an associate developmental editor at YA book packager Dovetail Fiction, a 2019-2021 Highlights Foundation Diversity Fellow, and a 2018 Walter…
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Valerie Bolling
Valerie Bolling is the author of LET’S DANCE! (March 2020) and has been an educator for 28 years. Since her book was released a week…
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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 award-winning author of several books for young people. Her most recent middle-grade novel, How to Find What You’re Not Looking For,…
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Vicky Fang
Special Guest Vicky Fang is a product designer who spent 5 years designing kids’ technology experiences for both Google and Intel, often to inspire and…
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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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Winsome Bingham
Special Guest Winsome Bingham is a soul food connoisseur, master cook, and a US Army war and disabled veteran. She received both bachelor’s and master’s…
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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…