CARLOS APONTE was born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico. He attended Parsons School of Design and currently teaches drawing at Fashion Institute of Technology. He is the author/illustrator of A SEASON TO BEE.



Drew Beckmeyer is the author/illustrator of THE LONG ISLAND. His illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, Warner Bros Music, ESPN, Billabong, Playboy, and Esquire. You can see more of his work at


TADGH BENTLEY is a picture book author and illustrator originally from the UK, now living in the Hocking Hills of Ohio. His titles include LITTLE PENGUIN AND THE LOLLIPOP, LITTLE PENGUIN GETS THE HICCUPS and SAMSON, THE PIRANHA WHO WENT TO



NAVINA CHHABRIA is an author/illustrator with a background in graphic design. Born in India, she now lives in New Jersey where she is constantly doodling, experimenting with new techniques and attempting to create unique, unforgettable characters. She is drawn to writing stories that showcase cultural diversity and break gender stereotypes. See more of her work at


MARCUS CUTLER’S work has appeared in over 100 client projects including magazines, educational books, mobile apps, and more. He lives in Ontario, Canada, where you’re likely to find him testing out the local slides with his wife and two daughters. See more of his work at


DAMON ECKHOFF is a painter, illustrator, and UX Designer living in Portland, Oregon. Damon’s art and design have been included in a 2012 Portland Mayoral Debate Campaign, Portland Parks and Recreation Bike events, and you can also find his playful and smart artwork on clothing and other accessories at his Zazzle site, Fuzzy Bunny Cute Shop. Visit him at to see more of his work.


JENNIFER GIBSON is an author/illustrator based in upstate New York. She works primarily in pencil, gouache, and digital, and holds a degree in fine arts from Carnegie Mellon. View more of her work at


PAUL GUDE is the author/illustrator of WHEN GIRAFFE MET ELEPHANT, a picture book for young readers about a feisty elephant and a silent giraffe, as well as its sequel, A SURPRISE FOR GIRAFFE AND ELEPHANT. He was featured on the Bravo reality series LOLwork as a member of the Cheezburger humor website’s creative team.


JOE KULKA is the author/illustrator and illustrator of more than 20 books for children, including WOLF’S COMING and MY CROCODILE DOES NOT BITE and several books about Smokey the Bear for the US Forest Service. He lives in Quakertown, PA, and teaches picture book illustration at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Moore College of Art and Design, and Rosemont College. See more of his work at


CHRISTIE MATHESON is the author and illustrator of TAP THE MAGIC TREE, which was named a Junior Library Guild selection and one of NPR’s best books of 2013. Her next picture book, TOUCH THE BRIGHTEST STAR, is coming in 2015. She works primarily in watercolor and collage.


JACK MORGAN works as a Quality Control Operator in the television industry and is the author/illustrator of PLUM AND BERRY. He lives and works in Calgary, Alberta.


NAOKO MATSUNAGA is a professional illustrator from Tokyo, Japan. Her clients include Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson, and Creative Age Publications. Before freelancing, she worked in fashion and studied art at Esmod Japon. She now lives in Glendale, California with her husband and little toy poodle. To see more of her work visit her at


JIYEON PAK is the author/illustrator of MY GRANDMA’S TEA and MY GRANDPA’S CHAIR. Born in South Korea, she lives in Abingdon, Maryland. See more of her work at


J. C. PHILLIPPS lives in Connecticut and is the author and illustrator THE SIMPLES LOVE A PICNIC, MONKEY ONO, WINK: THE NINJA WHO WANTED TO NAP, and WINK: THE NINJA WHO WANTED TO BE NOTICED, as well as the upcoming middle grade graphic novel PACEY PACKER: UNICORN TRACKER. She is also a collage and watercolor artist and a founding member of the WeHa Artists Emporium.


EMILY SNAPE is the author/illustrator of several novelty books, including MOTOR-MIX and BABY SAYS “BALL!. Her editorial clients include Nickelodeon, BBC, Nintendo, Nestle, and Colgate. She lives in London, England, and can be visited at


B. Todd is an author/illustrator from Kansas City, Mo. He writes fun picture books that capture the imaginations of kids and adults alike. Visit him and see more of his work at


RATCHANEE YOUNGSUK has been a freelance illustrator in San Francisco since graduating with her MFA in illustration from Academy of Art University. You can see more of her work at Youngsuk


WENDY WAHMAN is the author/illustrator of DON’T LICK THE DOG: MAKING FRIENDS WITH DOGS and A CAT LIKE THAT, Wendy’s editorial illustrations have appeared in major publications including Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and the Harvard Business Journal. See more samples of her work at:


MARK WOOD has been a professional writer, illustrator, and editor for more than 35 years. He is currently the editor and designer of Pomona College Magazine, for which he has won a number of national awards for cover illustrations. He is the author/illustrator of the picture book THE MONSTER PATROL.