Presenters

Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo is the New York Times bestselling author of the The Poet X, the winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the 2018 Michael L. Printz Award, and the 2018 Pura Belpre Award.

Samira Ahmed

Samira Ahmed

Samira Ahmed is the New York Times-bestselling author of the unforgettable young adult novel, Love, Hate & Other Filters, the highly acclaimed teen novel Internment, and the forthcoming Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know.

Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson

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 chapter book series.

Laurie Halse Anderson

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

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

Tracey Baptiste

Tracey Baptiste is a New York Times bestseller, best known for her acclaimed middle grade fantasies, The Jumbies and Rise of the Jumbies, and Minecraft: The Crash.

Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Susan Campbell Bartoletti is one of the most celebrated writers of non-fiction for children today. She is the Newbery Honor award-winning author of Hitler Youth, Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow.

Samantha Berger

Samantha Berger

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

Phil Bildner

Phil Bildner is the award winning author of numerous books for kids including the Margaret Wise Brown Prize winning picture book, Marvelous Cornelius, and the highly regarded Rip & Red middle grade series.

Vera Brosgol

Vera Brosgol

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.

Lauren Castillo

Lauren Castillo

Lauren Castillo is the author and illustrator of the 2015 Caldecott Honor winning book, Nana in the City, as well as The Troublemaker and Melvin and the Boy.
Pablo Cartaya

Pablo Cartaya

Pablo Cartaya is the author of the critically acclaimed middle grade novels The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora (a 2018 Pura Belpre Honor Book) and Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish

Brandy Colbert

Brandy Colbert

Brandy Colbert is the author of the Stonewall Award–winning novel Little & Lion, the critically acclaimed novels Pointe and Finding Yvonne, and the forthcoming The Revolution of Birdie Randolph.

Matthew Cordell

Matthew Cordell

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 Dream, and the illustrator of The Only Fish in the Sea and Special Delivery.

Mike Curato

Mike Curato

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.

Alex Gino

Alex Gino

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, 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.

Leah Henderson

Leah Henderson

Leah Henderson is the author of the middle grade novel One Shadow on the Wall, an Africana Children’s Book Award notable, and a Bank Street Best Book of 2017. Her forthcoming picture books include Together We MarchDay For Rememberin’, and Mamie on the Mound.

Molly Idle

Molly Idle

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 book is the dazzling mermaid tale, Pearl.

Tiffany Jackson

Tiffany 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 the forthcoming Let Me Hear A Rhyme.

Erin Entrada Kelly

Erin Entrada Kelly

Erin Entrada Kelly is the author of 2018 Newbery Medal winning novel, Hello, Universe. Her latest novel is the highly acclaimed middle grade novel, You Go First.

Brendan Kiely

Brendan Kiely

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.

Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour

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 OkayHold StillThe Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You.

Kevin Lewis

Kevin Lewis

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.
Alexander London

Alexander London

Alexander London (Alex) has written numerous books for kids and teens. His newest young adult novel, Black Wings Beating, starts an epic fantasy trilogy and has received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. He’s also the author of the Proxy series, several middle grade series including The Wild OnesDog Tags, and Tides of War.

Loren Long

Loren Long

Loren Long i​s 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.

Meg Medina

Meg Medina

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.

Ellen Oh

Ellen Oh

Ellen Oh is the author of the Texas Bluebonnet Award nominated middle grade novel Spirit Hunters and the highly-acclaimed, young-adult Prophecy trilogy. She is also the co-founder of We Need Diverse Books, the groundbreaking, grassroots non-profit organization.

Linda Sue Park

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

John Parra

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

LeUyen Pham

LeUyen Pham is the award-winning illustrator of more than sixty books for children including the New York Times bestselling Freckleface Strawberry series and The Princess in Black series, and is the co-creator of graphic novel, Real Friends.

Aisha Saeed

Aisha Saeed

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.

Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera

Adam Silvera is the groundbreaking New York Times-bestselling author of They Both Die at the End, More Happy Than Not, and History Is All You Left Me and, along with Becky Albertalli, the co-author of What If It’s Us.

Dashka Slater

Dashka Slater

Dashka Slater is the author of the true crime narrative, The 57 Bus, winner of the 2018 Stonewall Book Award and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. She is also the author of several children’s picture books including EscargotThe Antlered Ship, and Dangerously Ever After.

Ronald L. Smith

Ronald L. Smith

Ronald L. Smith is the award-winning author of the middle grade novel, Black Panther: The Young Prince and The Mesmerist. His first novel, Hoodoo, won the 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, and his latest novel, The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away, is a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Laurel Snyder

Laurel Snyder

Laurel Snyder is the author of six 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.

Cristin Terrill

Cristin Terrill

Cristin Terrill is the author of the young adult novels, Here Lies Daniel Tate and All Our Yesterdays, winner of the International Thriller Writers’ Award for Best Young Adult Novel, a YALSA pick for best young adult fiction, and one of Kirkus’ Best of 2013.

Raul The Third

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.

Audrey Vernick

Audrey Vernick

Audrey is the author of numerous, highly-acclaimed and award-winning picture books including, Brothers at Bat and The Funniest Man in Baseball: The True Story of Max Patkin. And along with Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, she is the co-author of the middle grade novels, Two Naomis and Naomis Too.

Lisa Yee

Lisa Yee

Millicent Min, Girl Genius, Lisa’s first book, debuted in 2003. Since then, she’s had over nineteen more novels published – and at this very moment is working on a new one. Lisa’s recent projects included penning the DC Super Hero Girls middle grade novel series and American Girl’s Girl of the Year books.

Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner

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 twice nominated for the Carnegie Medal. He is the author of The Serpent King, a New York Times Notable Book and the highly acclaimed Goodbye Days. His latest novel is Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee.

Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi is the author American Street, which was nominated for the 2018 National Book Award and received five starred reviews. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed young adult novel, Pride. Her debut middle grade novel, My Life as an Ice-Cream Sandwich, arrives in 2019.