The Author Village is a community of forward-thinking and award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators available for school visits, library visits, festivals, conferences, panels, workshops, and special events.

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The Author Village understands the immeasurable value of in-person author visits and believes that all children should have access to these powerful and inspirational experiences. The Author Village is committed to creating meaningful and fun educational events that will open young hearts and minds and help foster a lifelong love for reading, writing, and the arts.

The Author Village understands the immeasurable value of in-person author visits and believes that all children should have access to these powerful and inspirational experiences. The Author Village is committed to creating meaningful and fun educational events that will open young hearts and minds and help foster a lifelong love for reading, writing, and the arts.

Explore The Village – Meet Our Authors and Illustrators

Laurie Halse Anderson

“Working with students and educators is one of my favorite parts of being a writer!”

Derek Anderson

“It’s important to give kids a glimpse into creating stories and pictures. Ideas never come fully formed.  I want every student to walk away from my presentations knowing that if they’re willing to put in the time, work hard, and believe, they can do absolutely anything in this world.”

Elizabeth Acevedo

“As a young person, reading opened up the world for me and gave me refuge and wonder when I needed it most. I hope my work does the same for young people of this generation.”

Kevin Lewis

“I want kids to see words as something they can play with just like they play with their toys. Words are like sand on the beach – effortless and eternal and there for anyone. Build a castle out of it, dig a hole in it, or just scrunch it with your toes. But you can’t hurt sand, and sand can’t really hurt you. Same goes for words. So have fun!”

LeUyen Pham

“Why do I make books? That’s easy. A book sits with you in your secret corner or in your favorite chair on a rainy day, and whispers in your ear, “You’re okay, I’m here. Let me tell you a story…” It’s like a hug made solid. That’s what I do. I make hugs for a living.”

Loren Long

“I love telling kids I’m from a little city in the Midwest and that the folks in the big cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles need us. Growing up, my parents didn’t know anyone. I didn’t have any connections. Just because you’re from a big city doesn’t mean you’re more talented and gifted. We all have talents and gifts.”

Matthew Cordell

“One of the great pleasures of my career is being able to meet the many children and adults all over who might have encountered my books. It means so much to be invited into a school, a book festival, or a conference to share my love of reading, writing, and drawing with children, educators, and parents who in turn provide endless inspiration to me.”

Meg Medina

“We worry that children can’t see futures for themselves, that they can’t imagine a change in their circumstances. But I say that aspiration is born the moment a child can imagine something to be true for him or herself. Having the chance to meet authors in the flesh helps kids see how the power of words and story – including their own – works in this world. It opens the imagination. What if? What if that could be me?”

Phil Bildner

“When I get up in front of a library or auditorium full of kids, I’m of the mind this could be the first and only time they ever get to meet and interact with a real life author. I feel it’s my duty – my moral responsibility – to rock their world. It’s my duty to motivate and inspire.”

Lauren Castillo

“When I was young, it was the art in picture books that inspired me to read and to create my own stories. I love to share with children how I went from being a little girl who struggled with reading, to an adult who now writes and illustrates her own books. I’m so thankful I get to wake up every day and make books for kids, and my hope is these books inspire them to create, just as picture books did for me.”

Mike Curato

“I love drawing and writing more than cake and cookies (and that’s a lot). I love sharing the joy of reading and my dessert. You have to try it!!”

Alexander London

“I believe there is a book out of there for every child, and that every child deserves a book that feels like it was written just for them. In speaking to students, whatever their age, I try to ignite their imaginations, expand their sense of what is possible, and connect them to the amazing community of readers in which each and every one of them has a place if they choose to find it.”

Laurel Snyder

“Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone has a book only they can write. It’s critical to me that kids value their thoughts, feelings and experiences–the fun ones and the tough ones too–and learn to tell their own stories. I want them to know how powerful they can be.”

Ibi Zoboi

“I am most interested in documenting the specificity of our children’s lives and helping them dig deep into their memories, observations, and imaginations to tell their own stories. Books are a way of shouting to the world that we are here and we have a voice.”

Brendan Kiely

“There’s nothing I love more than sharing my passion and enthusiasm for social justice and literature with young people and educators. In all my stories, both as a writer and as a presenter, I try to offer road maps to help us become better listeners, to cultivate empathy, and to find the courage it takes to stand up when we need to. Young folks inspire me to do this work, and I try to give all my energy right back to them in return..”

Jeff Zentner

“I became a writer of youth literature after working with young adults at Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp, and coming to know how incredible they are, combining the curiosity and wonder of childhood with the intellect of adulthood. I consider it the greatest honor to write stories for and about these amazing people and to talk to them and hear their stories.”

Aisha Saeed

“I never saw myself in the stories I read as a child so I wrote them myself. I enjoy sharing points of view that don’t often get considered and underscoring the common threads of humanity that bind us together. I hope to help all students realize just how important their stories are and how much their voice matters.”

Susan Campbell Bartoletti

“I’m often asked if I write the books I do to teach readers or to show them how good they have it today. I don’t. I hope that my work gives readers courage — courage to question, courage to think critically, courage to stand up, and most of all, courage to make a difference.”

Tracey Baptiste

“Books are a unique magic that casts a different spell on every reader each time they read it. In every story I write, and in every presentation I give, I’m thinking about all the many ways words can come back again and again, creating new meaning in readers as they grow.”

John Parra

“I have loved creating art all my life, but I did not always know I would grow up to be a professional illustrator. Everything changed the day a famous artist visited my art class. After that, I knew what I wanted to be. Today when I visit schools, it is this inspiration I want to share with students. I want students to find a voice and to see a path and a passion for what is possible.”

The Latest

Five More Authors Join The Author Village

The Author Village is thrilled to welcome five new artists to our growing community. Tracey Baptiste, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, John Parra, Aisha Saeed, and Jeff Zentner are now part of The Author Village.

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