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Shannon Wright

Shannon Wright is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Virginia. She illustrated My Mommy Medicine by Edwidge Danticat, and some of her clients include the Guardian, TIME, the New York Times, NPR, and Google. Visit her online at

Molly Idle

Molly Idle is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Flora and the Flamingo. She is also the creator of Tea Rex, and the mermaid tales Pearl and Coral. Molly lives and works with her fabulous family in Tempe, Arizona- where she can be found with a cup of espresso in one hand, and a pencil in […]

Natalia Sylvester

Natalia Sylvester is the author of two novels for adults, CHASING THE SUN and EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME, which won an International Latino Book Award. RUNNING, her debut novel for young adults, is a 2020 Junior Library Guild Selection. Born in Lima, Peru, Sylvester grew up in Florida and Texas and received a BFA […]

Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series. He also wrote and illustrated the graphic novels One Trick Pony and Apocalypse Taco. Nathan lives in Utah. Learn more at

Max Brallier

MAX BRALLIER is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than 30 books for children and adults. His books and series include The Last Kids on Earth, which has been adapted for a Netflix animated series, Eerie Elementary, Mister Shivers, Galactic Hot Dogs, and Can YOU Survive the […]

Mayra Cuevas

Mayra Cuevas is the author of the YA contemporary #OwnVoices romcom Salty, Bitter, Sweet (Blink/HarperCollins). Her short story Resilient will be published as part of the anthology FORESHADOW: The Magic of Reading & Writing YA (Algonquin Young Readers). Mayra was born and raised in Puerto Rico and now lives in Norcross, GA. She works as […]

Melanie Conklin

Melanie Conklin grew up in North Carolina and worked as a product designer for ten years before she began her writing career. Her debut middle grade novel, Counting Thyme, is a Bank Street Best Children’s Book, winner of the International Literacy Association Teacher’s Choice Award, and nominated to four state reading lists. Her second novel […]

Mike Jung

Mike Jung is the author of Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities, Unidentified Suburban Object, and The Boys in the Back Row, and contributed to the anthologies Dear Teen Me, Break These Rules, 59 Reasons to Write, (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, and The Hero Next Door. He is a library professional by day, a writer by […]

Mae Respicio

Mae Respicio writes heartwarming middle grade fiction. Her novel, THE HOUSE THAT LOU BUILT (out now), won an APALA Honor Award, was an NPR Best Book, and named to many state reading and “best of” lists. Her upcoming books are ANY DAY WITH YOU (out May 5, 2020!) and EVERYTHING STARTS WITH NOTHING (2021). Find […]

Marie Lu

Marie Lu is the New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series, Warcross, The Young Elites, Batman: Nightwalker, and, most recently, The Kingdom of Back. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as an artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends […]