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.
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, and The Proudest Blue. Her titles can be found on best-of-the-year lists from various media including Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Amazon, 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 chapter book 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 fantasies, The Jumbies and Rise of the Jumbies, and Minecraft: The Crash.
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 award winning author of numerous books for kids including the 2021 Charlotte Huck Award Honor-winning A High Five for Glenn Burke and the Margaret Wise Brown Prize winning picture book Marvelous Cornelius. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed Rip & Red middle grade series.
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 Troublemaker and Melvin and the Boy.
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 and 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.
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 for children and teens, including The Only Black Girls in Town, The Voting Booth, Little & Lion, and the forthcoming nonfiction title 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 Dream, and the illustrator of The Only Fish in the Sea and Special Delivery.
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, and Stella Diaz Has Something to Say.
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, 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 the author of middle grade novels The Magic in Changing Your Stars and One Shadow on the Wall. Her picture books include Mamie on the Mound, Together We March, and the forthcoming A Day for Rememberin’.
Joanna Ho is the New York Times bestselling author of Eyes that Kiss in the Corners; some of her forthcoming books include picture books Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma, Eyes that Speak to the Stars, One Day, 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 book is the dazzling mermaid tale, Pearl.
Candice Iloh is a black queer 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 many books for children including Take Me Out of the Bathtub, OOPS! and Awesome Achievers in Technology.
Erin Entrada Kelly
Erin Entrada Kelly is the author of 2018 Newbery Medal winning novel, Hello, Universe. Her latest novels are the highly acclaimed middle grades, You Go First and Lalani of the Distant Sea.
Hena Khan is the award-winning author of groundbreaking books for kids, including the bestselling middle grade novel Amina’s Voice, her Little Women-inspired More to the Story, and Zayd Saleem Chasing the Dream. 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.
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.
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 the 2020 Stonewall-award winning author of When Aidan Became A Brother, the middle-grade novel Too Bright To See, 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 middle grade author of the critically-acclaimed novel From the Desk of Zoe Washington. Her next novel A Soft Place to Land releases in September 2021.
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, and the illustrator of the Pura Belpré medal winner, La Princesa and the Pea.
Stacy McAnulty is the award-winning author of over two-dozen books for children, from picture books to novels, both fiction and non, including The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, Beautiful, and the Our Universe series, which includes Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years and Moon! Earth’s Best Friend.
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.
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 and How to Write a Story; novels like All the Answers, Breakout, and Chirp; engaging nonfiction like The Next President and Tracking Pythons; the popular Ranger in Time chapter books, and the new History Smashers illustrated 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).
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.
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 illustrator of more than one hundred books for children, including The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale, Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Pace, and Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio.
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 22 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 an expert in literacy and technology integration and the creator of the Global Read Aloud. She is a former 4th and 5th-grade teacher; a current 7th grade English Language Arts teacher; and an author, blogger, and passionate advocate for education.
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.
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 narrative, The 57 Bus, the popular Escargot picture book series, The Book of Fatal Errors, 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 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.
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 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 next novel, Born Behind Bars is scheduled for release in Oct, 2021.
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.
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.
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 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.