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.

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.”

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