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, 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.

Tracey Baptiste

Tracey Baptiste

Tracey Baptiste is the author of the highly acclaimed middle grade fantasy sensations, The Jumbies and Rise of the Jumbies. She’s also the author of the young adult novel, Angel’s Grace as well as numerous non-fiction books.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.

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 children and teens. He’s the author of several middle grade series including The Wild Ones, Dog Tags, and Tides of War. Alex’s first picture book, The Adventures of Wrong Man and Power Girl, arrives in 2018.

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.

John Parra

John Parra

John Parra is the illustrator of numerous books for children including 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 ground-breaking teen novel, Written in the Stars and the highly anticipated middle grade novel, Amal Unbound. She is also a founding member of the grass-roots, non-profit organization, We Need Diverse Books.

Laurel Snyder

Laurel Snyder

Laurel Snyder is the author of six critically acclaimed novels for children including Orphan Island, Penny Dreadful, Bigger than a Bread Box, Any Which Wall, Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains OR The Search for a Suitable Princess,the Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova, and Seven Stories Up.

Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner is the author of the William C. Morris Award-winning and Carnegie Medal longlisted novel The Serpent King, the highly acclaimed novel Goodbye Days, and the forthcoming Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee.

Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi is the author of the 2017 young adult novel, American Street, which was nominated for the National Book Award and received five starred reviews. Her young adult novel, Pride, arrives in 2018 and her debut middle grade novel, My Life as an Ice-Cream Sandwich, will be here 2019.