Bookable Authors: All

Emma K. Ohland

Emma K. Ohland (she/they) is an author who has been telling stories since before she knew how to write them down. She grew up in the middle of a cornfield in Indiana, but her imagination often carried her away to other worlds. She graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in English… View →

 
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Jane O'Reilly

Jane O’Reilly is the author of the acclaimed middle grade novels, The Secret of Goldenrod and The Notations of Cooper Cameron. She is the recipient of a McKnight Fellowship in Screenwriting and also holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults… View →

 

Lisa L. Owens

Lisa L. Owens’s career in children’s publishing has spanned nearly 25 years. She has authored 95+ books for young people, including early readers, chapter books, graphic novels, and a wide variety of nonfiction for PreK-YA audiences. As a former in-house editor and longtime… View →

 
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Lisa Owings

Lisa Owings has a degree in English and creative writing from the University of Minnesota. She has written and edited a wide variety of educational books for young people. Lisa lives in Andover, Minnesota, with her husband and a small menagerie of pets. View →

 
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Tyler Page

Tyler Page is an Eisner-nominated and Xeric Grant-winning artist and educator. He illustrated the Graphic Universe series The Chicagoland Detective Agency. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, author/illustrator Cori Doerrfeld, and their two children. View →

 

Jim Paillot

Jim Paillot is a dad, husband, and illustrator. He lives in Arizona with his family and two dogs and any other animal that wants to come in out of the hot sun. View →

 

Jane Park

Jane Park is the author of the acclaimed children’s book Juna’s Jar and an award-winning podcast and TV/ video producer. While producing a wildlife TV show, she was surprised to discover that beavers have orange teeth — even though they are a beloved animal in Canada, where… View →

 

Rosanne Parry

Rosanne Parry is the author of six middle grade novels. The most recent are Last of the Name and A Wolf Called Wander. She is a part-time bookseller at legendary Portland independent bookstore, Annie Blooms, and is the captain of the League of Exceptional Writers, a free mentoring… View →

 

Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for children, including One Plastic Bag and Boston Globe–Horn Book Honoree Nine Months Before a Baby Is Born. Miranda is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and serves as its mentorship chair. Learn more at… View →

 

Q. L. Pearce

Q. L. Pearce is the author of more than 100 nonfiction books for children on the subjects of science, literature, history, and values. Her published fiction includes more than a dozen collections of scary stories and mysteries. Q is the Assistant Regional Advisor in the Orange County… View →

 

Ashley Hope Pérez

Ashley Hope Pérez is the author of award-winning books for young adults, including What Can’t Wait, The Knife and the Butterfly, and Out of Darkness. Out of Darkness was described by The New York Times as a “layered tale of color lines, love and struggle” and was named one of Booklist’s… View →

 

Christy Peterson

Christy Peterson is a children’s science and technology writer based in Vancouver, Washington. She has written more than 30 books and articles for young readers. View →

 

Meeg Pincus

Meeg Pincus is an experienced nonfiction writer/editor, educator, and a diverse children’s books advocate. She has written several nonfiction books for children including Ocean Soup, Cougar Crossing, Miep and the Most Famous Diary, and Winged Wonders which was a Eureka! Nonfiction… View →

 

Kyle Poling

Kyle Poling began taking art lessons in kindergarten. He won various local and national art competitions in high school and graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design. Kyle was then hired by American Greetings in Cleveland, where he specialized in Juvenile and Humor card… View →

 

Mia Posada

Mia Posada grew up in Minneapolis, then studied art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she lived until 2007 when she moved back to Minneapolis with her husband and children. Mia has written and illustrated numerous… View →

 

Rosie J. Pova

Rosie J. Pova is a children’s author and school presenter whose mission is to inspire kids to believe in themselves, dream big, and follow their passions. She lives in Texas. View →

 

Luciana Navarro Powell

Luciana Navarro Powell was born in Brazil and worked as a product and graphic designer before becoming an illustrator. She incorporates watercolor, photographs, and scanned objects into her artwork. She lives in San Diego, California. View →

 

Sheela Preuitt

Sheela Preuitt enjoys writing nonfiction books on STEM topics for children. She is awed by the unfathomable magnitude of our universe and loves to share that admiration with the young readers through her books. She has a masters in Science Education, a masters… View →

 

Liz Prince

Liz Prince is the Ignatz Award-winning author of Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? (Top Shelf Productions, 2005), the world’s cutest relationship comic. She is a regular columist for Razorcake magazine, has drawn covers and stories for the wildly popular Adventure Time… View →

 

Kiki Prottsman

Kiki Prottsman is a computer science educator, as well as the author of several books, including Computational Thinking and Coding for Every Student, My First Coding Book, How to Be a Coder, and Disney’s Coding with Anna and Elsa. In her spare time, Kiki runs an educational YouTube View →

 
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Karen Cherro Quiñones

Karen Cherro Quiñones became interested in the early history of New York City while working in the Wall Street area where many sites dating to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries can still be seen. She eventually left her corporate career to become a full-time historian. Her… View →

 

NoNieqa Ramos

Raised in the Boogie Down Bronx, NoNieqa Ramos is an educator and literary activist. She wrote the young adult novel The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary and the picture book Hair Story. She believes Halloween is a lifestyle, not a holiday. If you’re in Virginia, you might catch… View →

 

Calvin Alexander Ramsey

Calvin Alexander Ramsey, Atlanta-based playwright, photographer, and folk art painter, grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and Roxboro, North Carolina. In addition to having been a year-round resident of Martha’s Vineyard, Calvin has a passion for travel and has lived in New York City; View →

 

Candice Ransom

Candice Ransom is the author of 150 books for children. She holds an MFA from Vermont College and an MA in children’s literature from Hollins University. She currently teaches in Hollins University’s graduate program in children’s literature. View →

 

Amariah Rauscher

Amariah Rauscher is the illustrator of the popular Princess Truly series. When she isn’t painting, Amariah can usually be found reading a book. She lives in Illinois with her family. View →

 

Sarah Richman

Sarah Richman is a writer, author, and poet based in Washington, DC, where she helps run a magic shop and writing center. Her work is published across the United States and Scotland. She likes good tea and bad jokes, and believes that well-told stories can change the world. View →

 

Charlotte Riley-Webb

Charlotte Riley-Webb, a professional visual artist with a career that spans more than 40 years, resides in the Atlanta area. Find her online at www.charlotterileywebb.com. View →

 

Caryn Rivadeneira

Caryn Rivadeneira dreamed of two things as a kid: being a writer and having lots of dogs. Both came true. Caryn and her rescued pit bull live in the Chicago suburbs. View →

 
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Trina Robbins

Writer and feminist herstorian Trina Robbins has been writing books, comics, and graphic novels for over 30 years. Her most recent books are The Brinkley Girls (Fantagraphics) and Forbidden City: the Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs (Hampton Press). Her newest graphic novel is the… View →

 

James Roland

James Roland is a lifelong journalist who found his niche covering education and health. In his spare time, he loves writing books for children. James lives in Sarasota, Florida, with his wife and three children. They are all history and Scrabble buffs who love to gather at the table,… View →

 

Lorraine Roscoe

Lorraine Roscoe is an author of books for children and young adults. She currently lives in Pennsylvania. View →

 
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Michael J. Rosen

Michael J. Rosen is the acclaimed author of some three dozen books for children of all ages (and even more for grown-ups!), including The Cuckoo’s Haiku and Other Poems for Birders; Our Farm: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Famiy’s Farm (which he both wrote and illustrated with some… View →

 
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Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum

Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum has an MA from Bank Street College of Education, and lives in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, with her husband and kids. Her previous children’s books include A Grandma Like Yours/A Grandpa Like Yours. View →

 

Betsy R. Rosenthal

Before Betsy R. Rosenthal was a writer, she was a civil rights lawyer. She lives with her husband and three children in Pacific Palisades, California. To learn more about Betsy, visit her at www.BetsyRosenthal.com. View →

 

Shelley Rotner

Shelley Rotner is a noted freelance photojournalist, whose work has appeared in Time magazine, National Geographic’s World Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Outside Magazine, Food and Wine, and numerous others. She is also the author and photo-illustrator of over 30 award-winning… View →

 

Victorya Rouse

Victorya Rouse was born in Red Wing, Minnesota. She began her teaching career as Peace Corps Volunteer in Eswatini, Africa. Living and traveling in southern Africa she realized that access to education was the key to self-determination. This inspired her to become an English as a Second… View →

 

Sylvia A. Rouss

Sylvia A. Rouss is an award-winning author and early childhood educator, and the creator of the popular Sammy Spider series, celebrating its 25th anniversary with over half a million Sammy Spider books sold. She lives in California. View →

 

Brenda Scott Royce

Brenda Scott Royce is an author based in Glendora, California. View →

 

Lois Ruby

Lois Ruby is a former librarian and the author of 21 books for young readers. She divides her time among family, community social action, research, writing, and visiting schools to energize young people about the ideas in books and the joys of reading. Lois lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and View →

 

Martha E. H. Rustad

Martha E. H. Rustad is the author of more than two hundred nonfiction children’s books, on topics ranging from snowflakes to termites to the Statue of Liberty. She lives with her family in Brainerd, Minnesota. View →

 

Kristen SaBerre

Kristen SaBerre is a screenwriter and author living in Los Angeles. Born in New Orleans and raised in Birmingham, Kristen comes from a family of athletes, avid readers, and musicians. After high school, Kristen attended Brown University. In her free time, she enjoys playing Mah Jongg… View →

 

Nathan Sacks

Nathan Sacks is a writer and journeyman scholar born and raised in Ames, IA. He graduated from Cornell College in 2009 with departmental honors in English and received his MA in English Literature from NYU in 2012. His areas of interest include literature,… View →

 

Laura Purdie Salas

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 130 books for kids, including If You Were the Moon, Water Can Be . . ., and Bookspeak! Poems about Books. Poetry and rhyming nonfiction books are her favorite things to write. Laura loves to do author visits, writing workshops, and teacher… View →

 

Barney Saltzberg

Barney Saltzberg is the author and illustrator of close to 50 books for children, including Beautiful Oops!, Arlo Needs Glasses, Would You Rather Be A Princess or a Dragon?, and the bestselling Touch and Feel Kisses series. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two dogs. View →

 

Jeff Savage

Jeff Savage has written dozens of books for young readers. He lives in California and frequently visits schools around the country to talk to kids about his work. View →

 

Laura Schaefer

Laura Schaefer is the author of The Teashop Girls, The Secret Ingredient, and Littler Women: A Modern Retelling. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Laura currently lives in Windermere, Florida, with her husband and daughter, where she enjoys visiting theme parks and watching rocket launches… View →

 
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Sarah Lynn Scheerger

Sarah Lynn Scheerger is a clinical social worker who works with “at-promise” youth, helping them figure out who they are and who they want to be. She started writing as a convenient excuse to avoid laundry, and admittedly has gotten a little carried away. She writes picture… View →

 
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Tamara Schmitz

As an illustrator, Tamara Schmitz is well known to the many elementary-grade fans of Laurie Friedman’s Mallory chapter books. Tamara grew up one of six children in the small town of Carey, Ohio. She graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design, and spent her early career… View →

 

Christine M. Schneider

Christine M. Schneider owns Yellow Pencil Studio, Inc., an illustration and design studio, and has illustrated a number of picture books. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with her husband and daughter. View →

 
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Susan Schnur

Susan Schnur is a Reconstructionist rabbi whose “paper pulpit” is Lilith magazine, a Jewish women’s quarterly. Susan lives with her husband in Boston, Massachusetts. View →

 

Mari Schuh

Mari Schuh’s love of reading began with cereal boxes at the kitchen table. Today Mari is the author of hundreds of nonfiction books for beginning readers, covering topics from tomatoes to tornadoes. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and still enjoys a big bowl of Honey Nut… View →

 
 

Heather E. Schwartz

When Heather E. Schwartz was thirteen years old, she tracked down several lead orphans from the 1983 movie “Annie” and interviewed them by phone. As an adult, she realized she could apply those same early instincts to a career as a journalist and writer. She is the author of… View →

 

Jody Jensen Shaffer

Jody Jensen Shaffer is the author of more than 27 books of fiction and nonfiction for children. She’s written about everything from ninja warriors to celebrities to grizzlies. Her picture books include The Way the Cookie Crumbled, Prudence, The Part Time Cow, and A Chip Off the Old View →

 

Stephen Shaskan

Stephen Shaskan has written and illustrated many books, and he’s the illustrator of Punk Skunks and the Q & Ray series. He’s also a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, an early childhood educator, and a music maker. View →

 

Trisha Speed Shaskan

Trisha Speed Shaskan has written more than forty books for children, including the picture book Punk Skunks, illustrated by her husband Stephen Shaskan. Trisha lives in Minneapolis with her husband, cat, and dog. View →

 
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Mia Siegert

Mia Siegert is an author and costume designer from New Jersey. Their costumes have appeared on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and several stage productions of CATS. They are also the author of the YA novel Jerkbait. View →

 

Buffy Silverman

Buffy Silverman is the author of more than 90 nonfiction books for children, featuring topics from alligators to video games. Look for her nature-inspired poetry in anthologies and children’s magazines, and visit her at www.buffysilverman.com. View →

 
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Marilyn Singer

Winner of the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry, 2015, Marilyn Singer has written more than 100 books in many genres. An animal lover, Marilyn likes to look for critters in many places—and then write about them. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, and… View →

 

Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith is a writer and editor based in Falls Church, Virginia. View →

 

Anne Smith

Anne Collins Smith, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Classical Studies at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Her favorite class in graduate school was Douglass Parker’s course on parageography (the geography of imaginary worlds), and she has View →

 

Monique Gray Smith

Monique Gray Smith is an award winning, bestselling author, and professional consultant. She has written eight books including Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, My Heart Fills with Happiness, You Hold Me Up, Lucy and Lola, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, and When We View →

 
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Nikki Shannon Smith

Nikki Shannon Smith is from Oakland, California, but she now lives in the Central Valley with her husband and two children. She has worked in elementary education for more than 25 years, and writes everything from picture books to young adult novels. View →

 
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Traci Sorell

Traci Sorell is the author of Sibert, Orbis Pictus, AILA American Indian Youth Literature Award, and Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga. Her title Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer was also View →

 

Danna Staaf

Danna Staaf is a freelance science communicator with a PhD in marine biology. Her writing has appeared in Science, KQED, Earther, and io9, and her first book, Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods (now reprinted as Monarchs of the Sea: The… View →

 

Zach Stafford

Zach Stafford is an award-winning journalist who currently serves as editor-at-large of BuzzFeed and co-host of the daily news podcast News O’Clock. Zach regularly provides commentary on television and has appeared on the BBC, CNN View →

 

Asa Stahl

Asa Stahl is an astrophysicist who loves to make science interesting for the youngest readers. His previous book with Creston was the award-winning The Big Bang Book. View →

 
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Caren Stelson

When author Caren Stelson first heard Sachiko Yasui speak, she knew she needed to share her story with young people. She eventually made five trips to Japan to interview Sachiko in Nagasaki and conduct additional research. Caren’s book for middle grade readers, Sachiko: A Nagasaki… View →

 

Adam Stemple

Adam Stemple is an author and American folk rock musician based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has co-written many books with his mother, Jane Yolen. View →

 

Olivia Stephens

Olivia Stephens is a graphic novelist, illustrator, and writer from the Pacific Northwest. Artie and the Wolf Moon is her debut graphic novel. She has illustrated for a number of publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and FIYAH Literary… View →

 

Whitney Stewart

Whitney Stewart is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction books for kids—for toddlers to young adult. Her research has taken her to Nepal with Sir Edmund Hillary, to India to interview the Dalai Lama, and to China’s Great Wall. She also teaches mindfulness and meditation View →

 
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Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ten books for young readers. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. View →

 

Kara Storti

Kara Storti graduated from the University of Southern Maine with an MFA in Creative Writing, where she fell in love with writing novels for young adults. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tripping Back Blue is her first book. View →

 

Dana Sullivan

Dana Sullivan grew up in Southern California drawing on every piece of paper he could find. He now teaches picture book and graphic novel classes near Seattle, where he lives with his wife and two dogs. View →

 

C. M. Surrisi

C. M. Surrisi is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina. The Maypop Kidnapping is her first novel. View →

 

Joni Kibort Sussman

Joni Sussman’s books include My First Yiddish Word Book, and four Jewish-themed Sesame Street board books. View →

 

Jane Sutton

Jane Sutton grew up in Rosyln, New York, where she began writing stories and poems at a young age. Jane is also a writing tutor and teaches a community education class for adults about how to write for kids. She, her husband, and her grown children live in the Boston area. View →

 

Elizabeth Svoboda

Elizabeth Svoboda is a science writer who has contributed to The New York Times, Psychology Today, and O: the Oprah Magazine. She lives in San Jose with her husband and young son. View →

 
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Jamie A. Swenson

Jamie A. Swenson received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in Minnesota. Jamie is an early literacy storyteller/library associate at the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, Wisconsin, sharing her love of books and… View →

 

Sofia Szamosi

Sofia Szamosi is an artist, author and zinester from New York City. She is obsessed with analog photo booths and lives in Massachusetts with her husband, daughter and three-toothed pomeranian named Breakfast. View →

 
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Brandon Terrell

Brandon M. Terrell (1978–2021) was a talented storyteller, authoring more than one hundred books for children. He was a passionate reader, Star Wars enthusiast, amazing father, and devoted husband. View →

 

Veronica Thompson

Veronica Thompson lives in a little brownstone in Brooklyn, New York, with her two puppies and wonderful husband. She spends her days crafting for her website, makescoutdiy.com, and building websites. View →

 

Natalie Haney Tilghman

Natalie Tilghman holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writers Workshop. She lives in Glenview, Illinois, with her husband, two sons, and their Chihuahua. View →

 

Trudi Strain Trueit

A former television news reporter and weather forecaster, Trudi Strain Trueit has written more than 90 fiction and nonfiction books for young readers. Her nonfiction titles cover such topics as weather, history, health, science, and language arts. Her fiction novels include the Julep… View →

 

Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Dr. Artika Tyner is a passionate educator, award-winning author, a civil rights attorney, a sought-after speaker, and an advocate for justice. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the founder of the Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute. View →

 
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Nicole Valentine

Nicole Valentine writes books about the crossroads in our world where science and magic meet. She writes for middle grade and young adult readers and reads absolutely everything. You are as likely to find her curled up on the sofa reading a biography about Richard Feynman or Carl Sagan,… View →

 

M. G. Velasco

M. G. Velasco’s middle grade adventure stories feature clever kids facing perilous situations in unique settings, sometimes against llamas. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and worked at a pathology lab, which was not gross. Not gross at all. As a retired… View →

 

Len Vlahos

Len Vlahos has held leadership positions with the American Booksellers Association and Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and co-owns The Tattered Cover bookstore in Denver, CO. His novel The Scar Boys was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award. View →

 
Charlotte Voelkel

J&P Voelkel

Jon and Pamela (J&P) Voelkel are the author-illustrators of the Jaguar Stones books, a series of Maya-themed adventures set in present-day Central America. The fast-paced, funny stories center on the friendship between a city boy and a jungle girl— a mirror image of Jon’s wild… View →

 

Coert Voorhees

Coert Voorhees holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Houston, and he was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in the translation of Chilean theatre. He lives with his family in Houston, Texas. View →

 
 

Claire Waller

Claire Waller is a secondary school English teacher who currently teaches teenagers with mental health issues. She is the author of two adult horror novels, Predator X and Nine Eyes. Fugly is her first YA novel. She lives in Portsmouth, England, with her family. View →

 

Laurie Wallmark

Laurie Wallmark is the author of several award-winning STEM picture books about women, including Ada Byron Lovelace & the Thinking Machine. She teaches computer science when she’s not writing books. View →

 

Jennifer Marino Walters

Jennifer Marino Walters is a writer and editor specializing in family and parenting topics. She has written for Los Angeles Times, Reader’s Digest, and Parenting. Jennifer lives with her family in the Washington, D.C. area. View →

 
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Penny Warner

Penny Warner has published more than 60 books for both adults and children. She teaches child development at a local college in California. You can join the Code Busters Club at www.codebustersclub.com. View →

 

Cleteisha Ann Washington

Cleteisha Ann Washington served in the United States Air Force for over 13 years and despite her military obligation, she was able to tap into her first love, which is writing. She lives in Riverside, California. View →

 

Charles Waters

Charles Waters is a children’s poet, actor, and co-author of Charlotte Huck Honor Book Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship. His poems have appeared in various anthologies including One Minute Till Bedtime and The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry. View →

 

Laura Hamilton Waxman

Laura Hamilton Waxman lives in Minnesota and has written many nonfiction books for young readers. View →

 

Carole Boston Weatherford

Carole Boston Weatherford is the author of numerous award-winning books. Her picture book BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom, illustrated by Michele Wood received a Newbery Honor. Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, illustrated by the late Floyd Cooper, View →

 

Jeff Weigel

Jeff Weigel is an illustrator, author, and designer of children’s books and graphic novels who lives in Illinois. Visit Jeff online at www. jeffweigel.com. View →