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 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 non-fiction for children today. She is the Newbery Honor award-winning author of Hitler Youth, Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow.
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 Margaret Wise Brown Prize winning picture book, Marvelous Cornelius, and the highly regarded Rip & Red middle grade series.
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.
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 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 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.
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 is the author of the middle grade novel One Shadow on the Wall a Children’s Africana Book Award notable, and a Bank Street Best Book. Her forthcoming picture books include Together We March, Day For Rememberin’, and Mamie on the Mound.
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 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 The Day the Mustache Took Over.
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.
Hena Khan is the author of middle grade fiction like Amina’s Voice and More to the Story and picture books like Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns 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.
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 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 #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Day You Begin written by Jacqueline Woodson, the two-time Pura Belpre Medal award-winning illustrator of Drum Dream Girl and Book Fiesta!; and the three-time Pura Belpre Honor award-winning illustrator of Tito Puente: Mambo King; The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred; and My Name Is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz.
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, novels like All the Answers, The Seventh Wish and Breakout, the Fergus and Zeke easy reader series, and the popular Ranger in Time chapter books.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Escargot, The Antlered Ship, and Dangerously Ever After.
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 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 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 (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.
Padma Venkatraman is the award-winning author of highly acclaimed novels such as The Bridge Home, a 2019 Global Read Aloud book; A Time to Dance, which received five-starred reviews; and Climbing the Stairs.
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 internationally-acclaimed author of Other Words For Home, My Heart and Other Black Holes, and Here We Are Now.
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.