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 Hollow Fires, as well as the comic book series, Ms. Marvel: Beyond the Limit.
Sara K. Ahmed
Sara K. Ahmed has taught and coached in public and private, local, and international schools. She supports the development and facilitation of gatherings designed to help student and adult learners examine their own identities and get proximate to the lived truths of others.
S. K. Ali
S.K. Ali is the New York Times-bestselling and award-winning author of several books, including Saints and Misfits and Love from A to Z, both named top ten YA of the year by Entertainment Weekly and Kirkus. Her novel, Misfit in Love, was a People Magazine best book of summer 2021.
Derek Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling artist and author behind more than thirty books for children. His titles include Little Quack (written by Lauren Thompson), Hot Rod Hamster (written by Cynthia Lord), Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure and the Croc and Ally series of early readers.
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-bestselling author of picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels and short stories. She writes fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels and is best known for the acclaimed middle grade fantasy trilogy: The Jumbies.
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 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honor-winning middle grade novel, A High Five for Glenn Burke, and the Margaret Wise Brown Prize-winning Marvelous Cornelius. His latest release is the picture book biography, Glenn Burke, Game Changer.
Max Brallier is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. His books and series include The Last Kids on Earth, The Last COMICS on Earth, Eerie Elementary, Mister Shivers, and Galactic Hot Dogs. He was 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, the picture book My Two Border Towns, and the young adult novel of historical fiction The Prince & the Coyote.
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 and 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 How Maya Got Fierce, Symptoms of a Heartbreak, and the Tiny Pretty Things series, as well as a journalist and editor for publications including Parents, People, and other major media. She cofounded CAKE Literary, a boutique book packager focused on high concept, 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 a former librarian and teacher, a New York Times-bestselling author of multiple books for teens and middle grade, and the COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books.
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 an author and illustrator of numerous books for young people including the beloved Little Elliot picture book series and the Lambda Literary Award-winning young adult graphic novel Flamer.
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.
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.
Gary R. Gray, Jr.
Gary is a Black Canadian writer and educator, who currently teaches third grade at the United Nations School Hanoi, Vietnam. He has taught in four different countries around the world, and is the author of the picture book I’m From, illustrated by Oge Mora.
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 and award-winning author of many books including picture book Eyes that Kiss in the Corners, and APALA Young Adult Honor book, The Silence that Binds Us. She centers equity and inclusion in her work as an author and educator.
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.
Tiffany Jewell is an educator, mama, and author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, This Book Is Anti-Racist, The Antiracist Kid, and the forthcoming Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned In School.
Alan Katz has written over fifty highly acclaimed books for young readers, including Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs, OOPS!, and Got Your Nose! He is also a six-time Emmy-nominated writer for series including The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Pinkalicious and Peterrific, and various network specials/game shows.
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 Zara's Rules and Zayd Saleem Chasing the Dream series. She’s written several beloved picture books including Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Night of the Moon, and Under My Hijab.
Brendan Kiely is the award winning and New York Times bestselling author of four critically acclaimed novels including All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds) and Tradition, and the call-to-action, nonfiction title, The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege.
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.
Minh Lê is the award-winning author of picture books including Drawn Together (winner of the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature), The Blur, Real to Me, and Lift (an Eisner Award nominee), and graphic novels such as Green Lantern: Legacy and Enlighten Me.
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.
A former public librarian, human rights researcher, and one-time snorkel salesman, Alex London has written dozens of popular and award-winning books for children and teens.
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 Newbery honored novel Too Bright to See, which was also a 2021 National Book Award finalist; the 2020 Stonewall-award winning picture book When Aidan Became a Brother; and many other books for young readers of all ages.
Torrey Maldonado is a New York City Public Schools teacher, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where he still lives. His thin books Tight, What Lane? and Hands offer all that thick books do and are inspired by his life and the experiences of his students.
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/illustrator of Alma and How She Got Her Name and the New York Times-bestselling illustrator recipient of a Caldecott Honor, a Sibert Medal and a Pura Belpré Medal for Illustration. The daughter and granddaughter of painters, Juana was born in Peru and lives in Connecticut with her family.
Stacy McAnulty is the award-winning author of over thirty 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 ever-expanding Our Universe series.
Meg Medina is the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and the Newbery Medal-winning author of the middle grade novel Merci Suárez Changes Gears.
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; 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 of The Book Whisperer, and her most recent titles are The Joy of Reading (co-written with Teri Lesesne) and The Commonsense Guide to Your Classroom Library (co-written with Colby Sharp).
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 five novels including Like a Love Story and Only This Beautiful Moment. He is the recipient of a Lambda Literary Award and a Stonewall Honor, and a screenwriter and producer with vast film and television credits.
Barbara O’Connor is the author of award-winning novels for children, including Wonderland, How to Steal a Dog, and the New York Times bestseller, Wish.
Ellen Oh is a recovering attorney who prefers to write books for kids and teens. She is also a founding member 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) and the author of two novels: The Best at It (a Stonewall Honor Book) and Nikhil Out Loud (A Lambda Literary Award winner). He is also a co-founder of the anti-bullying nonprofit ActToChange.org.
Linda Sue Park
Linda Sue Park is the author of many books for young readers, including the 2002 Newbery Medal winner A Single Shard and the New York Times-bestselling 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 twenty-five years and currently teaches Middle School English at Trevor Day School in New York City. She has taught all subjects and grades three through twelve in public and private schools in New York and in international schools in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.
Beth Revis is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of more than a dozen books across genres. She is a former educator adept at reaching students and readers of all ages.
Pernille Ripp is a global educator, national and international speaker, and creator of the Global Read Aloud. 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.
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, teenagers, and adults, including the Stonewall Book Award-winning young adult nonfiction narrative, The 57 Bus, the popular Escargot picture book series, and the middle grade fantasies The Book of Fatal Errors and The Book of Stolen Time.
Ronald L. Smith
Ronald L. Smith is the Coretta Scott King award-winning author of several middle grade novels including Black Panther: The Young Prince Trilogy; Hoodoo; Where the Black Flowers Bloom; Gloomtown; and The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away.
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, one of Kirkus' Best of the 2013, a YALSA pick for young adults and more -- and the founder of Wordsmith Workshops.
Raul The Third
Raul the Third is the New York Times-bestselling and four-time Pura Belpre award-winning author/illustrator of numerous picture books and graphic novels and is currently adapting his World of Vamos! books into an animated television series.
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.
Jasmine Warga is the award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of several books for young readers including A Rover's Story, Other Words for Home, and The Shape of Thunder. Originally from Cincinnati, she currently lives in the Chicago-area with her family in a house filled with books.
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 is the author of Maizy Chen's Last Chance, a Newbery Honor Book, a National Book Award Finalist, and an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature winner. She's also penned more than twenty books including the groundbreaking Millicent Min, Girl Genius and crowd pleasers like the DC Super Hero Girls series.
Jeff Zentner is an author of young adult and adult books. Among other honors, he has won the ALA’s William C. Morris Award, ALAN’s Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award twice, the Muriel Becker Award, The International Literacy Association Award, and been longlisted twice for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the UKLA.