Presenters

Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo is a world-renowned poet, a National Slam Champion, a Beltway Grand Slam Champion, and the author of the groundbreaking teen novel, The Poet X.
Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Lauren Thompson’s Little Quack picture books and the award-winning illustrator of Cynthia Lord’s Hot Rod Hamster picture books.
Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson 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.

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.
Matthew Cordell

Matthew Cordell

Matthew Cordell is the author and illustrator of many celebrated picture books including Wolf in the Snow and​ Wish and the illustrator of ​The Only Fish in the Sea and Special Delivery.

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.
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 Pura Belpré Honor medal winning picture book, Mango, Abuela and Me and the Pura Belpre Medal winning young adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.

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.