Samira Ahmed is the New York Times-bestselling and critically acclaimed author of numerous works for children and teens including Love, Hate & Other Filters, Internment, the Amira & Hamza middle grade series, and
the forthcoming Hollow Fires, as well as the comic book series, Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit.
Sara K. Ahmed
Sara is a national and international speaker as well as a consultant in schools around the world. She is also the author of Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension and co-author with Harvey “Smokey” Daniels of Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry.
S. K. Ali
S. K. Ali is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of several critically acclaimed books including Saints and Misfits, Love from A to Z,The Proudest Blue, and Once Upon an Eid. Her titles can be found on best-of-the-year lists from various media including Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Amazon, Oprah, The New York Times, and NPR.
Derek Anderson is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Lauren Thompson’s Little Quack picture books, the award-winning illustrator of Cynthia Lord’s Hot Rod Hamster picture books, and the author and illustrator of the Croc and Ally early reader series.
Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson, author of the transcendent novel Speak, is one of the most important voices in the world of children’s literature, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a New York Times bestseller, and a Printz Honor winner.
Elana K. Arnold
Elana K. Arnold is the author of many books for and about children and teens. Her novel, Damsel was a 2018 Michael L. Printz Honor award winner. Her novel What Girls Are Made Of was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature.
Tracey Baptiste is a New York Times bestseller, best known for her acclaimed middle grade fantasy series The Jumbies, Rise of the Jumbies, and The Jumbie God's Revenge and the standalone Minecraft: The Crash. She is also the author of the multiply-starred middle grade history African Icons and the picture book biography Because Claudette.
Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Susan Campbell Bartoletti is one of the most celebrated writers of nonfiction for children and young adults today. In addition to her Newbery Honor award-winning Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow and its acclaimed companion book, The Boy Who Dared, she has tackled tough subjects such as child labor, the Great Irish Famine, the Ku Klux Klan, Typhoid Mary, and most recently, woman suffrage.
Samantha Berger is the author of numerous highly acclaimed and award-winning picture books including the E.B. White Read-Aloud Finalist Crankenstein. Her latest picture books include What If…, Snail Mail, and Rock What Ya Got.
Phil Bildner is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books for kids including the 2021 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honor-winning middle grade novel, A High Five for Glenn Burke, the Margaret Wise Brown Prize-winning Marvelous Cornelius, and the Texas Bluebonnet Award-winning Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy.
Max Brallier is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. His books and series include The Last Kids on Earth, Eerie Elementary, Mister Shivers, and Galactic Hot Dogs. He is a writer and producer for Netflix’s Emmy-award-winning adaptation of The Last Kids on Earth.
David Bowles is the award-winning author of many books for kids and teens, including the critically acclaimed They Call Me Güero, the 13th Street chapter book series, and the picture book My Two Border Towns.
Vera Brosgol is the author of the 2017 Caldecott Honor picture book Leave Me Alone!, as well as the Eisner, Cybils, and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel Anya’s Ghost. Her latest book is the acclaimed graphic novel memoir, Be Prepared.
Cozbi A. Cabrera
Cozbi A. Cabrera is an award-winning writer/illustrator of children’s books who quilts, makes handmade cloth dolls and designs clothing.
Pablo Cartaya is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade novels The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora (a 2018 Pura Belpre Honor Book), Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish, and Each Tiny Spark.
Lauren Castillo is the author and illustrator of the 2015 Caldecott Honor winning book, Nana in the City, as well as the new illustrated chapter book series, Our Friend Hedgehog.
Nidhi Chanani is the author/illustrator of What Will My Story Be? and the illustrator of I Will Be Fierce, Binny’s Diwali and Kong & Me. She is the author/illustrator of the middle grade graphic novels Pashmina and Jukebox.
Sona Charaipotra is an entertainment journalist and the author of Symptoms of a Heartbreak and the Tiny Pretty Things series, as well as co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book packager focused on high concept, deliciously diverse titles.
Jason Chin received the Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in Watercress by Andrea Wang, and is the author and illustrator of many acclaimed non-fiction picture books, including Your Place in the Universe, Grand Canyon and Redwoods.
Dhonielle Clayton is former librarian and teacher, a New York Times Bestselling author of multiple books for teens and middle grade, COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books, and CEO of the diversity-focused lit packaging company Cake Literary.
Brandy Colbert is the award-winning author of several critically acclaimed novels and nonfiction books for children and teens, including The Only Black Girls in Town, The Voting Booth, Little & Lion, and Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
Matthew Cordell is the Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of Wolf and the Snow as well as many other celebrated picture books including Wish and Hello Neighbor: The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers.
Mike Curato is the author-illustrator of the wildly popular Little Elliot picture books. Mike’s debut title in the series, Little Elliot, Big City has won numerous awards and has been translated into over ten languages.
Angela Dominguez is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children including Maria Had A Little Llama, Mango, Abuela, and Me, Just Help! by Sonia Sotomayor, and the Stella Díaz Series.
Elizabeth Eulberg is the internationally bestselling author of several young adult novels, including The Lonely Hearts Club and Better Off Friends, as well as the acclaimed middle grade series The Great Shelby Holmes.
Chad is currently an assistant principal at Horn Lake Middle School in Horn Lake, Mississippi. He’s worked with schools and districts nationwide, sharing his knowledge and passion for literacy and effective technology practices to support student learning.
Alex Gino loves glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of being alive. Their debut middle grade novel, Melissa (previously published as George) about a fourth-grade transgender girl, received four starred reviews, won Stonewall, Lambda, and Children’s Choice Debut Awards, and has been translated into fourteen languages.
Shannon Hale is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery-Honor winning author of 30+ books for readers of all ages, including The Princess in Black, Real Friends, The Goose Girl, and Princess Academy.
Leah Henderson is an award-winning author of books for young readers, including the critically acclaimed middle grade novel The Magic in Changing Your Stars. Her picture books include A Day for Rememberin’, Together We March, and Daddy Speaks Love.
Joanna Ho is the New York Times bestselling author of Eyes that Kiss in the Corners; some of her books include picture books Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma, Eyes that Speak to the Stars, and the forthcoming books One Day, The Wave Riders, Eyes that Weave the World’s Wonders and a debut YA novel, The Silence that Binds Us (2022).
Molly Idle is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Honor-winning picture book Flora and the Flamingo and all of the Flora books. She’s also the creator of the Rex series. Her newest picture books are the dazzling mermaid tales, Pearl and Coral.
Candice Iloh is a black queer non-binary Nigerian-American writer, dancer, and author of Every Body Looking, a 2020 National Book Award Finalist and 2021 Printz Honoree.
Tiffany D. Jackson
Tiffany D. Jackson is the author of critically acclaimed YA novels including the Coretta Scott King — John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning Monday’s Not Coming, the NAACP Image Award-nominated Allegedly, and her ode to 90's hip-hop Let Me Hear A Rhyme.
Alan Katz is the Silly Dilly award-winning author of 50+ books for children including Take Me Out of the Bathtub, OOPS! and Misty the Cloud.
Erin Entrada Kelly
Erin Entrada Kelly is the bestselling author of Hello, Universe, which received the 2018 Newbery Medal, and We Dream of Space, which received a 2021 Newbery Honor. Her other awards include the SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Award, APALA Award for Children’s Literature, and the Parents Choice Gold Award, among others. She is also the author and illustrator of the highly acclaimed Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey series.
Hena Khan is the award-winning author of groundbreaking books for kids, including the bestselling middle grade novel Amina’s Voice, Amina’s Song, More to the Story, and the Zayd Saleem Chasing the Dream series. She wrote several beloved picture books including Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Night of the Moon, and Under My Hijab.
Brendan Kiely is the co-author, with Jason Reynolds of the young adult novel, All American Boys, which won the Coretta Scott King Honor Award, and the author of the groundbreaking novel, Tradition.
Liz (she/her) is an award-winning elementary and middle school educator, antibias and antiracist consultant, and bestselling author of her debut book, Start Here Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work In Your School Community. An adopted Asian American, Jewish, queer woman, Liz strives to center intersectionality in her work, including her four upcoming kids’ books with HarperCollins.
Nina LaCour is the bestselling and Michael L. Printz Award-winning author of four critically acclaimed young adult novels published by Dutton Books: We Are Okay, Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You.
Minh Lê is the award-winning picture book author of Drawn Together, Lift, Let Me Finish, and The Perfect Seat as well as the middle grade graphic novel, Green Lantern: Legacy.
Kevin Lewis is the author of many children’s picture books for toddler and early elementary grades including the classics Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo, My Truck is Stuck, and The Runaway Pumpkin.
Malinda Lo is the bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of Last Night at the Telegraph Club, A Line in the Dark, Ash, and more. She is a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.
Alexander London (Alex) has written numerous books for kids and teens. His newest young adult novels, Black Wings Beating and Red Skies Falling are part of the epic fantasy Skybound Saga trilogy. He’s also the author of the Proxy series, several middle grade series including The Wild Ones, Dog Tags, and Tides of War.
Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Otis picture books, and the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of President Barack Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing, and the re-illustrated edition of The Little Engine That Could.
Rafael López is the two time #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You written by Sonia Sotomayor and The Day You Begin written by Jacqueline Woodson.
Kyle Lukoff is author of the middle grade novel Too Bright to See, which was a 2021 National Book Award finalist; the 2020 Stonewall-award winning picture book When Aidan Became A Brother; and an assortment of other books exploring language and identity.
Torrey Maldonado, the author of the critically acclaimed Tight, Secret Saturdays, and What Lane? He has taught in Brooklyn, New York for twenty years, where he was born and raised. His books reflect his students’ and his experiences.
Janae Marks is the critically-acclaimed middle grade author of From the Desk of Zoe Washington and A Soft Place to Land. Her next novel, On the Air with Zoe Washington releases in early 2023.
Juana Martinez-Neal is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, Alma and How She Got Her Name, the illustrator of the Sibert Medal winner, Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story, \the illustrator of the Pura Belpré medal winner, La Princesa and the Pea, and the New York Times-bestselling, Tomatoes for Neela.
Stacy McAnulty is the award-winning author of over twenty-five books for children, from picture books to upper middle-grade (both fiction and non) including The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, Save the People! Halting Human Extinction, and the Our Universe series, which includes Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years.
Meg Medina is the Cuban American author of the 2018 Newbery Medal-winning Merci Suárez Changes Gears, the 2016 Pura Belpré Honor-winning Mango, Abuela and Me, and the 2014 Pura Belpré Medal-winning Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. Her 2016 novel, Burn Baby Burn, was long listed for the National Book Award.
New York Times bestselling author Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books for kids who wonder, too. Her titles include award-winning picture books like Over and Under the Snow , The Brilliant Deep, and How to Write a Story; novels like All the Answers, Breakout, and Chirp; engaging nonfiction like The Next President and Tracking Tortoises; the popular Ranger in Time chapter book adventures, the Fergus and Zeke easy readers, and the History Smashers graphic nonfiction series.
Donalyn Miller is an award-winning teacher, author, and staff developer who works with schools and community groups to build and sustain engaging, inclusive reading communities. She is the author or co-author of numerous articles and several books, including The Book Whisperer (Jossey-Bass, 2009), Reading in the Wild (Jossey-Bass, 2013), and Game Changer: Book Access for All Kids (co-written with Colby Sharp/ Scholastic, 2018).
Sharee Miller is an illustrator and author best known for her acclaimed picture book Don’t Touch My Hair. She is currently working on her debut graphic novel series Curlfriends.
Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator and part-time Pokemon trainer. He works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. His latest book, We Got This, explores how the work of creating more equitable school spaces is embedded in our everyday choices — specifically in the choice to really listen to kids.
Kass Minor is an inclusive educator who is deeply involved in local, inquiry-based teacher research and school community development. Alongside partnerships with the Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project and the New York City Department of Education, since 2005, she has worked as a teacher, staff developer, adjunct professor, speaker, and documentarian.
Oge Mora is the author and illustrator of Thank You, Omu!, winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, and the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. She is also the author and illustrator of Saturday, winner of the 2020 Boston Globe—Horn Book Picture Book Award.
Abdi Nazemian is the author of four novels including Like a Love Story, the recipient of a Lambda Literary Award and a Stonewall Honor, and a screenwriter and producer whose vast film and television credits include shows such as Ordinary Joe and The Village, and films like Call Me By Your Name and Little Woods.
Barbara O’Connor is the author of many award-winning novels for young readers, including How to Steal a Dog, Halfway to Harmony and the #1 New York Times bestseller, Wish.
Ellen Oh is the award winning author of the middle grade novels Finding Junie Kim, Dragon Egg Princess, Spirit Hunters and its sequel, The Island of Monsters, as well as the highly-acclaimed, young-adult Prophecy trilogy (Prophecy, Warrior, and King). She is the editor of the middle grade anthology Flying Lessons and Other Stories and the YA anthology Thousand Beginnings and Endings. She is also the co-founder of We Need Diverse Books, the groundbreaking, grassroots non-profit organization.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Debbie Ridpath Ohi is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books include Where Are My Books? and Sam & Eva, and whose illustrations appear in books by Judy Blume, Michael Ian Black, Linda Sue Park, Aaron Reynolds, among others. Her most recent books are Gurple & Preen (with LSP) and I’m Sorry (with MIB).
Maulik Pancholy is an award-winning actor (from hit TV shows like 30 Rock and Phineas & Ferb), author of the Stonewall Honor-winning book The Best at It, and the co-founder of the anti-bullying nonprofit ActToChange.org.
Linda Sue Park
Linda Sue Park is the author of more than two dozen books for young readers, including picture books, middle-grade and young-adult novels, short stories, and poetry. Among her titles are the 2002 Newbery Medal winner A Single Shard, and the New York Times-bestseller A Long Walk to Water.
John Parra is the illustrator of numerous books for children including the Pura Belpré Honor winning Frida Khalo and Her Animalitos, the Pura Belpré Honor and SCBWI Golden Kite Award winning Gracias/Thanks, and the Pura Belpré Honor award-winning Green Is a Chile Pepper.
LeUyen Pham is the best-selling and award-winning creator of more than one hundred books for children, including The Princess in Black with Shannon and Dean Hale, the Real Friends series and Itty-Bitty-Kitty-Corn with Shannon Hale, and her own picture book Outside, Inside, about our year in lockdown.
Nawal Qarooni is an award-winning educator, writer, and staff developer who supports schools in implementing a holistic and joyful approach to literacy instruction. Her work as a former journalist and mother to four young children shape her understanding of teaching and learning. Nawal’s first book on weaving authentic caregiving practices with equitable classroom curriculum arrives this year.
Isabel Quintero is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and the author of the multi-award winning YA novel Gabi, A Girl in Pieces, the hilarious and fun Ugly Cat and Pablo series, the Boston Globe Horn Book Award winning Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide, and the highly praised picture book My Papi Has a Motorcycle which was featured on NPR’s Book Concierge List 2019.
Anna Chan Rekate
Anna Chan Rekate has been a teacher for the last 23 years and currently teaches Middle School English at Trevor Day School in New York City. She has taught all subjects and grades 3 through 12 in public and private schools in New York and in international schools in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Beth Revis is the New York Times bestselling author of many young adult novels, including the Across the Universe series and the Star Wars novel, Rebel Rising. She is also a highly sought-after creative writing instructor.
Pernille Ripp is a teacher, national and international speaker, as well as creator of the Global Read Aloud. She works with educators around the world to develop new ideas and structures to reimagine literacy development and engagement for children. Her latest book, Passionate Readers, is a framework for educators who want to create passion-based reading experiences no matter where their students are in their journey. All of her work is centered on co-creating spaces with children that protect, develop, and sustain their individual learning identities.
John Rocco is an award-winning author and illustrator of many picture books including the Caldecott Honor book Blackout. He is also the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. His latest, How We Got To The Moon, won a Sibert Honor and was Longlisted for the National Book Award.
Aisha Saeed is the Pakistani-American author of the critically acclaimed middle grade novel, Amal Unbound and the ground-breaking teen novel, Written in the Stars. She is also a founding member of the grass-roots, non-profit organization, We Need Diverse Books.
Dan Santat is the author/illustrator of the Caldecott Award-winning book The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, as well as the New York Times best-selling titles After the Fall and Are We There Yet? He is also the creator of the Disney animated hit The Replacements.
Sheetal Sheth is an acclaimed actress/producer, and award winning author of several books including the popular Anjali series, the first and only illustrated book series featuring an Indian American girl hero.
New York Times bestselling author Dashka Slater has written many award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction for children and teenagers of all ages, including the Stonewall Book Award winning young adult nonfiction narrative, The 57 Bus, the popular Escargot picture book series, the middle grade fantasies The Book of Fatal Errors and The Book of Stolen Time, and The Antlered Ship.
Ronald L. Smith
Ronald L. Smith is the award-winning author of several middle grade novels including Black Panther: The Young Prince and Hoodoo, winner of the 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award.
Laurel Snyder is the author of seven critically-acclaimed middle grade novels, including Orphan Island, which was long-listed for the National Book Award in 2017. She is also the author of many picture books and the Geisel award-winning chapter book series Charlie and Mouse.
Christina Soontornvat is the 2021 Newbery Honor winning author of A Wish in the Dark and All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team. She has written over a dozen other books for children including the picture book The Ramble Shamble Children, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Lauren Castillo, and the beloved chapter book series, Diary of an Ice Princess.
Cristin Terrill is the author of the young adult novels Here Lies Daniel Tate, The Stars Between Us, and All Our Yesterdays, winner of the International Thriller Writers’ Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She’s also the founder of Wordsmith Workshops, which provides residential retreats and online learning for new and aspiring novelists.
Raul The Third
Raul the Third (aka Raul Gonzalez) is the Pura Belpre Medal award-winning illustrator of the dynamic graphic novel, Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, as well as the other graphic novels in the series, Lowriders in Space and Lowriders Blast from the Past.
Julia E. Torres
Julia E. Torres is a secondary librarian and Language arts teacher focusing on developing literacy programs for 6-12 readers. She is the co-founder of DisruptTexts.org and the co-host and creative director of the BookLove Foundation Podcast.
Padma Venkatraman is the author of The Bridge Home (a 2019 Global Read Aloud, WNDB Walter Award & SCBWI Golden Kite winner); A Time to Dance (the first South Asian American verse novel for young people); Island's End (South Asia Book Award winner) and Climbing the Stairs (Julia Ward Howe Award winner). Her latest novel, Born Behind Bars (a Parent Magazine Book of the Month and Junior Library Guild Selection), was released in September, 2021 to starred reviews in Kirkus, SLJ, and Booklist.
Audrey is the author of more than two dozen books, including the highly acclaimed and award-winning picture books Brothers at Bat, and, with Liz Garton Scanlon, Bob, Not Bob. Among her books are five middle-grade novels, including Two Naomis, with Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. Audrey’s 2022 picture book, All Star: How Larry Doby Smashed the Color Barrier in Baseball, is a Junior Library Guild Selection.
Andrea Wang is the acclaimed author of Watercress, awarded the Caldecott Medal, Newbery Honor, and Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Her other books, The Many Meanings of Meilan, Magic Ramen, and The Nian Monster, have also received awards and are on multiple state book lists.
Jasmine Warga is the author of the New York Times bestseller Other Words For Home, which earned multiple awards, including a John Newbery Honor, a Walter Honor for Young Readers, and a Charlotte Huck Honor. She is also the author of young adult books, My Heart and Other Black Holes and Here We Are Now. The Shape of Thunder, her next novel for middle grade readers, will be published in May 2021.
Judd Winick first popped up in front of us as a cast member of MTV’s 1994 The Real World, San Francisco. But since then has gone on to become an award-winning, New York Times best-selling cartoonist of his graphic novel series HILO.
Lisa Yee's groundbreaking Millicent Min, Girl Genius debuted 20 years ago. Since then, she's penned more than 20 books including award-winners like Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time and the Bobby series illustrated by Dan Santat, plus crowd pleasers like the DC Super Hero Girls series. Lisa's latest, Maizy Chen's Last Chance, is a tribute to her Chinese American immigrant background. This critically acclaimed novel has been lauded as a celebration of hope, family, and finding one's place in the world.
Jeff Zentner is the recipient of the William C. Morris Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, and the International Literacy Association Award, among others, and has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal three times and longlisted once. He is the author of The Serpent King, a New York Times Notable Book, and the highly acclaimed Goodbye Days and Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee. His latest novel is In the Wild Light, which Kirkus called “A brilliant treasure of a book.”