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.
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 DINNER. www.www.tadghbentley.com
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 www.marcuscutler.com
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 www.episodecreative.com to see more of his work.
JENNIFER GIBSON is an upstate New York-based author-illustrator whose work ranges from traditional drawings and paintings to digital. See more of her pieces at http://www.jgibsonillustration.com.
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. paulgude.wordpress.com
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 www.joekulka.com
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.
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 hello-jiyeon.com.
KELLY PULLEY is the illustrator and author/illustrator of 7 books for young readers, including Ten Unusual Features of Lulu McDunn and A Treasury of Bible Stories by David C. Cook. His current picture book project is A Home for Wayne. See more of his work at
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 http://www.emilysnape.co.uk.
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 ratchanee063illustration.com.Ratchanee 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: http://www.wendywahman.com
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.