Bookable Authors: All

Niki Ahrens

Niki Ahrens lives in San Diego, CA with her spouse, her inquisitive children Edel and Remy, and four pets. She is an outdoor education coordinator, naturalist, and intercultural consultant. Niki works to disrupt inequities by connecting nature and social justice learning experiences. She View →

 
Ivan Amato

Mary Amato

Mary Amato is an award-winning children’s and YA book author, songwriter, and poet who lives in Maryland. Her books have been translated into foreign languages, optioned for television, and produced onstage. View →

 

Ted Anderson

Ted Anderson is a librarian, educator, and comics writer from Minnesota. He has written licensed and creator-owned comics for multiple publishers, including BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing, and Aftershock Comics. He lives in Minneapolis… View →

 

Jennifer Joline Anderson

Jennifer Joline Anderson has been writing since she was a teenager, when she had her first short story published in Seventeen magazine. She holds a degree in Hispanic Studies from Vassar College and has lived in Mexico and China. Today, she works as a freelance writer, editor, and… View →

 

Hans C. Andersson, MD

Hans C. Andersson, MD, is the Karen Gore Chair of Human Genetics and director of the Hayward Genetics Center at the Tulane University Medical School, where he directs the Biochemical Genetics Lab. Following fellowship training in clinical genetics and cell biology at the National… View →

 
Adam Bird

Lenore Appelhans

Lenore Appelhans is the author of several books for children and teens. Her work has appeared on the Bank Street Best Books list, won a SCBWI Crystal Kite award, and been featured on boxes of Cheerios. Lenore is an ambivert, a proud Slytherpuff, and a world… View →

 
Christie Turnbull

Cynthia Argentine

Cynthia Argentine is a children’s book author and journalist living in Indiana. Before writing for children she earned a master’s degree in environmental law from Vermont Law School, and worked as an environmental and regulatory affairs consultant. View →

 
Martha Brockenbrough

Elana K. Arnold

Elana K. Arnold is the author of several books for young readers. She lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. View →

 
Claire Charde

Sandra K. Athans

Sandra is a fourth-grade teacher and literacy specialist. She is the author of many teacher-practitioner books on literacy instruction and is often invited to share her knowledge and inspiration at national reading and writing conferences. Sandra is also an adjunct professor with the… View →

 

Marcie Flinchum Atkins

Marcie Flinchum Atkins taught fourth graders about dormancy before becoming an elementary school librarian. She holds an MA and MFA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University. She lives with her family in Virginia. You can visit her at: www.marcieatkins.com. View →

 

Elizabeth Atkinson

Elizabeth Atkinson has been an editor, a children’s librarian, an English teacher, and a newspaper columnist. She lives in Newburyport, MA. Visit her at www.elizabethatkinson.com. View →

 
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Lynne Avril

Lynne Avril grew up in Montana, but she has lived in Arizona for a long time. Lynne knew she would always be an artist, but when she was younger her other passion was for horses. As an adult, her other passion is playing the bass in blues bands. Lynne received a BA in Art from the… View →

 

Thea Baker

Thea Baker is an award-winning children’s book illustrator from Somerset, England. She currently lives in Australia, where she encounters many a mollusk along the beautiful coastline. Although fascinated by ocean life and a keen snorkeler, when it comes to deep water, she prefers… View →

 

Tilda Balsley

Tilda Balsley has written many books for Kar-Ben, bringing her stories to life with rhyme, rhythm, and humor. Tilda lives with her husband and their rescue Shih Tzu in Reidsville, North Carolina. View →

 

Timothy Banks

Timothy Banks is an award-winning artist and illustrator from Charleston, South Carolina. He’s created character designs for Nike, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network; quirky covers for Paste magazine; and lots of children’s books with titles like There’s A Norseman in My… View →

 

Ellen Bari

Ellen Bari has created award-winning museum exhibits and programs for clients including The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Sesame Workshop, PBS, Nickelodeon and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Ellen, a fluent Hebrew speaker, lived in Israel and enjoys… View →

 
 
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Chris Barton

Chris Barton is the author of acclaimed nonfiction picture books including Dazzle Ships, Whoosh!, and What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?. His books have won several awards including a Sibert Honor for The Day-Glo Brothers and an Orbis Pictus Recommended for All of a Sudden and… View →

 
Matt Austin

Hannah Batsel

Hannah Batsel is an artist and writer who has the unbelievable luck of making books for a living. She began by learning letterpress printing, which is a way of rearranging tiny alphabet blocks into stories and stamping them into paper. She lives in Chicago with her black rabbit, Tully,… View →

 
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Carlyn Beccia

Carlyn Beccia (pronounced Betcha) is an author, illustrator and graphic designer. Beccia’s children’s books, including Monstrous, The Raucous Royals, I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat, and They Lost Their Heads, have won numerous awards including the Golden Kite Honor,… View →

 

Kathy Belge

Kathy Belge has been a freelance writer since 2003 specializing in the LGBT community. She co-authored the book Lipstick and Dipstick’s Essential Guide to Lesbian Relationships and wrote the monthly advice column Lipstick & Dipstick for Curve magazine… View →

 

Gina Bellisario

Gina Bellisario is the author of fiction and nonfiction books for young readers (and the grown-ups who read to them). She lives with her husband and their twin young readers in Park Ridge, Illinois. View →

 

Marianne Berkes

Marianne Berkes is the author of ten picture books, all inspired by her love of nature. A former teacher, librarian and children’s theater director, Marianne brings her experiences to good use, as she combines fact and fiction. Berkes is a favorite presenter at schools,… View →

 
Diane Pedersen

Cynthia Overbeck Bix

Cynthia Bix grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, where family visits to historical sites that dot the East Coast—including Old Sturbridge Village, Colonial Williamsburg, and Baltimore’s own Fort McHenry—sparked her early interest in American history, crafts, and everyday life. After… View →

 

Wiley Blevins

Wiley Blevins has written more than 70 books for children, as well as created reading programs for schools in the US and Asia. Wiley currently lives and writes in New York City. View →

 

Valerie Bodden

Valerie Bodden is a freelance author and editor. She has written more than 100 children’s nonfiction books and lives in Wisconsin with her husband and four children. View →

 

Harry Bogosian

Harry Bogosian is a freelance Illustrator and comic artist from New York City. Since graduating Pratt Institute in 2009 he has drawn monsters for video game companies, done freelance work for books, and nowadays primarily makes comics and graphic novels. There is nothing he enjoys more… View →

 

Halley Bondy

Halley Bondy is a professional freelance writer, journalist, editor, producer, and mom based in Brooklyn. Her articles have appeared in NBC News, The Balance, Contently, Digital Trends, Bustle, Romper, The Outline, MTV, and more. She… View →

 

Jennifer Boothroyd

Jennifer Boothroyd taught elementary school for many years. She currently helps visitors explore the outdoors at a local nature center. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, taking pictures, and traveling. She is a huge Disney geek and loves planning trips to Walt Disney World… View →

 

Ken Bowser

Ken Bowser’s work has appeared in hundreds of books and countless periodicals. His work today is created digitally on a computer. He works out of his studio in Central Florida. View →

 

Eric Braun

Eric Braun has written dozens of books for readers of all ages and edited hundreds more. He is a McKnight fellow and a nice fellow, and he likes to ride his bike really far and really fast. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons, some of whose antics have found their way into View →

 

Linda Crotta Brennan

Linda Crotta Brennan is the award-winning author of more than twenty books for children including Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidency, When Rivers Burned: The Earth Day Story, and The Black Regiment of the American Revolution. For many years, Ms. Brennan taught and worked in… View →

 

Calef Brown

Calef Brown is the author and illustrator of many celebrated books including Polkabats and Octopus Slacks, Dutch Sneakers and Fleakeepers, Tippintown, Hallowillloween, We Go Together!, Boy Wonders, Hypnotize a Tiger, and Flamingos on the Roof, a New York Times bestseller. View →

 

Lisa Bullard

Lisa Bullard is the award-winning author of more than 60 books for children, including You Can Write a Story: A Story-Writing Recipe for Kids. She teaches writing classes at the Loft Literary Center and regularly visits schools to talk with students about story-writing. View →

 
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Rachelle Burk

Rachelle Burk writes both fiction and nonfiction for children. When she’s not writing, Rachelle is a social worker, children’s entertainer, and a Rescue Squad volunteer. Rachelle was raised in a small but active Jewish community in New Orleans. She lives with her family in New Jersey. View →

 

Mike Byrne

Mike Byrne grew up near Liverpool, U.K., and then moved to London to work as an illustrator by day and a crayon wielding crime fighter by night. He now lives with his wife and two cats in the countryside. He spends his days doodling and creating children’s books fueled only by tea… View →

 

Laurie Calkhoven

Laurie Calkhoven has never swallowed a frog or sung too loud in music class, but she is the author of many books for young readers. Laurie lives in New York City. View →

 

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell has published two previous young adult books about animals: Daisy to the Rescue (a 2015 IPPY gold medal winner), about animals saving human lives and the science of animal intelligence; and Last of the Giants (a 2016 Junior Library Guild… View →

 
Roger Hoover

Natalie Capannelli

Natalie Capannelli is an artist, illustrator, and freelance baker. She has an MFA from Pratt Institute and loves tending to plants and traveling the world. When not traveling, Natalie lives in Brooklyn, New York. If We Were Gone is her debut picture book.… View →

 

Rebecca Caprara

Rebecca Caprara grew up in a small town surrounded by apple orchards. An avid globetrotter, she has lived in Italy, Singapore, and Canada. She is now growing roots in Massachusetts with her family. View →

 

Nancy Carlson

Nancy Carlson is the author and illustrator of over 60 picture books including bestseller I Like Me! Nancy graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. When Nancy is not drawing pictures and writing stories you can find her hiking, biking, or playing golf! View →

 

Hannah Carmona

Hannah Carmona is a writer, actor, and director. Hannah’s previous titles include Dazzling Travis and Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me. Hannah is a mother of two, co-founder of Collective Art School of Tennessee, and a YouTuber. She lives in Tennessee. View →

 

Carla Carreon

Based in San Francisco, Carla Carreon enjoys sparkly beverages and adventures and is a master at doing dishes. She co-founded the blog Alyssa & Carla, which features accessible recipes and travel adventures. When not cooking or out of the country, she’s working as a… View →

 

Peter Catalanotto

Peter Catalanotto has written and illustrated more than 50 picture books and visited thousands of schools. He also teaches children’s book writing at Columbia University and lives in New York City. View →

 

Brent Chartier

Brent Chartier co-wrote The Franchise (The Opportunity series) and At All Costs (Red Zone series) with author Patrick Jones. He currently lives in a Detroit suburb with his son and their two cats. View →

 

R. Gregory Christie

R. Gregory Christie’s illustrations have earned him many awards, including a Caldecott Honor, many Coretta Scott King Honors, and multiple spots on the New York Times’ annual Best Illustrated Children’s Books lists. He lives in Georgia. View →

 

Nancy Churnin

Nancy Churnin is the author of Martin & Anne and Sydney Taylor Notable Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing. She is a full-time writer located in Texas. View →

 

Marshunna Clark

Marshunna Clark is a young African-American writer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her interest in various storytelling formats led her to pursue a degree in Screenwriting at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. View →

 
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Brian P. Cleary

Brian P. Cleary is the author of the Words Are CATegorical®, Math Is CATegorical®, Food Is CATegorical™, and Animal Groups Are CATegorical™ series, as well as several picture books. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. View →

 
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Deborah Bodin Cohen

Deborah Bodin Cohen was ordained at Hebrew Union College – Jewish institute of Religion. She is the author of many children’s books including the Engineer Ari series, The Seventh Day, Papa Jethro, and Nachshon Who Was Afraid to Swim. Her books have received numerous honors,… View →

 

Jill Colella

Jill Colella is a former teacher, the author of many nutrition-themed books for children, and the founder of both Ingredient and Butternut, award-winning children’s magazines that promote food literacy. She lives in Minneapolis. View →

 

Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Stephanie Fizer Coleman is an illustrator, designer, and generally curious human being. She enjoys playing around with patterns, textures, and brilliant colors in her work. She lives with her husband in West Virginia. View →

 

Sneed B. Collard III

Sneed B. Collard III has written more than fifty highly acclaimed books for young people including The Prairie Builders, One Night in the Coral Sea, Leaving Home, and the novels, Dog Sense and Flash Point. He lives in Missoula, Montana with his family. View →

 

Jennifer Connor-Smith

Jennifer Connor-Smith is a freelance science writer and clinical psychologist based in Portland, Oregon. View →

 

Floyd Cooper

Floyd Cooper (1956-2021) was a Coretta Scott King Award winner and illustrator of numerous books for children including Ruth and the Green Book, A Spy Called James, and Unspeakable. He received a degree in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma and went on to develop a distinctive art View →

 
 

John Coy

John Coy is the author of the picture books Strong to the Hoop, Around the World, Hoop Genius, and Game Changer. He partnered with photographer Wing Young Huie to create the titles Dad and Their Great Gift which was named a NCSS/CBC… View →

 
Terry Keffler

Annie Crawley

Annie Crawley, aka Ocean Annie, travels and works around the world. Trained as a photo and broadcast journalist, her work has been broadcast and published worldwide. From Indonesia to Galapagos, Belize to Papua New Guinea, India to Australia, Annie has explored and documented life on our View →

 

Nina Crews

Nina Crews is a critically acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator. She uses photographs and photocollages to create energetic stories about young children. Two of her recent books, The Neighborhood Mother Goose and Below were ALA Notable… View →

 

Kelly Crull

Kelly Crull is an author, illustrator, and photographer. His writing career began in the second grade when his teacher gave him a blank picture book and told him to tell a story. He filled an entire bookshelf at the library at his school in Iowa. His joke book even had a waitlist! Kelly View →

 

Ryan Dalton

Ryan Dalton spends his time thinking up stories when he’s not wearing a cape and fighting crime. He’s a singer, a voiceover artist, a pretty decent amateur chef, and a lover of all things geek. Ryan lives in an invisible spaceship that’s currently hovering over St. Louis, Missouri. He is View →

 
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Sasha Dawn

Sasha Dawn teaches writing at community colleges and offers pro bono writing workshops to local schools. She lives in her native northern Illinois, where she collects tap shoes, fabric swatches, and tales of survival, and she harbors a crush on Thomas Jefferson. Her debut novel,… View →

 

Lisa Doan

Lisa Doan received a master’s degree in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. As a professional vagabond, she has traveled extensively through Africa and Asia and lived on a Caribbean island for eight years. Her variety of professions have… View →

 

Cori Doerrfeld

Cori Doerrfeld is a freelance author and illustrator. She lives in Minneapolis with her comic artist husband, Tyler Page, and their two children, and she is the author of 2019 Charlotte Huck Recommended Book and New York Times Notable Children’s Book The Rabbit Listened. Follow… View →

 
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Ann Downer

Ann Downer was born in Virginia and spent part of her childhood in the Philippines and in Thailand. She is the author of five fantasy novels for young readers and three previous books about science, including the award-winning Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant… View →

 

Laura B. Edge

Laura B. Edge was born just north of Chicago in Waukegan, Illinois. She grew up in a big Italian-Irish family with lots of brothers and sisters. She loves to read, travel, dance, ride horses, and watch basketball games. Laura received her bachelor’s degree in education from the… View →

 
Jen Fariello

Jennifer Elvgren

Jennifer Elvgren, award-winning author of The Whispering Town and Josias, Hold the Book, is a former print journalist who finds her story ideas in real life. She lives in Albemarle County, Virginia. With her husband, three children Caspian the border collie, Copperfield the foxhound, and View →

 
Marshall W. Johnson

Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle is the national Young People’s Poet Laureate, an Astrid Lindgren Award nominee, and the Cuban-American author of verse novels, memoirs, and picture books. Awards include a Newbery Honor for The Surrender Tree, and a Charlotte Zolotow Award for Drum Dream Girl. View →

 

G. D. Falksen

G. D. Falksen is the author of several novels, including Doctor Cthulittle, The Transatlantic Conspiracy, The Ouroboros Cycle series, and Blood in the Skies. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Writers and Artists Across the Country. Read more at www.gdfalksen.com. View →

 

Michael Fallon

Michael Fallon is a writer of books, magazine articles, and essays on all sorts of subjects—art and failing artists, Southern California, science and technology, baseball and sports, music, food, American social and cultural history, childhood and fatherhood, and much more. He lives in… View →

 
Elizabeth Farish

Terry Farish

Terry Farish has been writing about refugees and immigrants for many years, informed by her early work for the Red Cross in Vietnam. She is also the author of Either the Beginning or the End of the World, and she lives in Kittery, Maine. View →

 

Rebecca Felix

Rebecca Felix lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where she writes and edits children’s books. She has written books on many topics, and learning about new things is Rebecca’s favorite part of her job. View →

 

Marco Finnegan

Marco Finnegan is an educator by day and writes and draws comics by night. He lives in Temecula, California. View →

 

Jeff Fleischer

Jeff Fleischer is a Chicago-based author, editor, and journalist. He is the author of A Hot Mess: How the Climate Crisis is Changing Our World (Zest Books, 2021), Votes of Confidence: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections (Zest Books, 2020 and 2016), Rockin’ the Boat:… View →

 

Sue Fliess

Sue Fliess is the author of over forty children’s books including Flash and Gleam: Light in Our World, Goldilocks and the Three Engineers, Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket, Beatrice Bly’s Rules for Spies series and more. Her background is in copywriting, public relations, art,… View →

 

Julie Fortenberry

Julie Fortenberry is an abstract painter and a children’s book illustrator. She has a Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College in New York, and lives in Philadelphia. View →

 
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Emily Franklin

Emily Franklin is the author of more than a dozen young adult books. She lives with her husband, four kids, and an enormous dog outside of Boston, Massachusetts. View →

 

Jesse Freidin

Jesse Freidin is a fine-art dog photographer whose dog portraits are in private collections throughout the United States and have been exhibited in galleries from coast to coast. He’s based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. View →

 
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Laurie Friedman

Laurie Friedman is the author of the popular Mallory series, The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair series, and many award-winning picture books. She lives in Florida. View →

 

Ginger Garrett

Ginger Garrett is the author of many educational books for children as well as the middle-grade novel The Last Monster. Ginger lives in Atlanta with her family and runs a young adult writing program through the public library. You can learn more at www.gingergarrett.com. View →

 

Laura Gehl

Laura Gehl is the author of nearly a dozen picture books, board books, and early readers including And Then Another Sheep Turned Up and I Got a Chicken for My Birthday. A former science editor and reading teacher, Laura lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with her husband and four children. View →

 
Myra Klarman

Cathy Gendron

Cathy Gendron has been an illustrator for more than twenty years. She is also a teacher at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan. View →

 

Claudine Gévry

Claudine Gévry’s love for books and drawing naturally led her to what she calls “the best job on earth: children’s book illustrator.” She has illustrated many books and is at her happiest when painting cute animals or lush plants. She lives between the mountains and the ocean in View →

 

Maria Gianferrari

Maria Gianferrari is a community scientist, self-taught naturalist and bird nerd who holds an M.A. in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English. She is the author of narrative nonfiction picture books which celebrate urban ecosystems, the natural world and our wild neighbors including… View →

 
Kristine Heykants

Shannon Gibney

Shannon Gibney is a professor of English and African diaspora studies at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Her writing has appeared in a variety of venues, including The Crisis, Gawker, and Inside Higher Ed. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and son. View →

 

Roberta Gibson

Roberta Gibson is an entomologist with a master’s degree from Cornell University. She worked for a number of years as a research specialist before she caught the writing bug. When she’s not writing, she reads, takes photographs, and studies martial arts. She lives in Phoenix, View →

 

Melanie Gillman

Melanie Gillman is a cartoonist and colored pencil artist who draws positive queer and trans comics for young readers. They are the creator of the webcomic and graphic novel As the Crow Flies, published in 2017 by Iron Circus Comics. As the Crow Flies has been named a 2018 Stonewall… View →

 
Ryan Kurtz

Geoffrey Girard

Geoffrey Girard writes thrillers, historicals, and dark speculative fiction for adults and teens. His first YA, the techno-thriller Project Cain, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. His short fiction has appeared in several best-selling anthologies and magazines, including Writers of… View →

 
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Krystyna Poray Goddu

Krystyna Poray Goddu has been a writer and editor for more than thirty years; her books include Dollmakers and Their Stories: Women Who Changed the World of Play, and A Girl Called Vincent: A Biography of Poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, both middle-grade nonfiction. Her writing for… View →

 

Connie Goldsmith

Connie Goldsmith writes books about history, health, and science for older children. A retired RN with a master’s degree in health, Ms. Goldsmith lives near Sacramento, California. View →

 
Laurel Golio

Gary Golio

Gary Golio is an artist and acclaimed picture book author. His Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow was a New York Times bestseller. Find out more about him at www.garygolio.com. View →

 

Barry Gott

Barry Gott lives in Ohio and has illustrated many children’s books, including all of the Dino-Sports and Dino-Holidays books and What DO Teachers Do (After YOU Leave School)? View →

 

Jeff Gottesfeld

Jeff Gottesfeld writes for page, stage, screen, and television. He’s won many awards, including ones from the American Library Association, the Association of Jewish Libraries, and the Writer’s Guild. He currently lives in Los Angeles. View →

 

John Grant

John Grant is author of about seventy books, including the highly successful Discarded Science, Corrupted Science, and Denying Science. He has received two Hugo Awards, the World Fantasy Award, the Locus Award, and a number of other international literary awards. View →

 
Natalie C. Parker

Tessa Gratton

Tessa Gratton is the acclaimed author of six young adult novels. She currently lives in Kansas with her partner, two cats, and her mutant mutt named Grendel. View →

 

Dan Greenburg

Dan Greenburg has written 55 children’s books, including The Zack Files which sold 2 million copies, was translated into 20 languages, and was turned into an Emmy-winning 52-episode TV series. View →

 
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Jacqueline Dembar Greene

Jacqueline Dembar Greene is the award-winning author of more than 30 books for young readers, including the American Girl® Rebecca Rubin series and The Secret Shofar of Barcelona. She lives in Wayland, Massachusetts. View →

 
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Jenna Grodzicki

Jenna Grodzicki has a bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Boston College and a master’s in Education from the University of New England. After spending 15 years as an educator, Jenna is now a full-time writer. Learn more at www.jennagrodzicki.com. View →

 
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Akemi Gutierrez

Akemi Gutierrez was an assistant animator for Walt Disney Features, where her films included Mulan, Pocahontas, and Tarzan. Now a full-time children’s book illustrator, drawing and painting are her favorite things to do. Akemi lives in Los Angeles, California. View →

 

Jolene Gutiérrez

Jolene Gutiérrez has always loved animals. She grew up on a farm where she rode horses, bottle-fed calves, chased kittens, and raised tadpoles that grew into toads. She’s been a school librarian for 25 years and lives in Colorado with her husband, 2 teenage kids, 3 preteen dogs,… View →