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
LOUISE BONNETT-RAMPERSAUD is the author of HOW DO YOU SLEEP? and POLLY HOPPER’S POUCH. She was born in England and now lives in Maryland with her family. Her most recent books are THE DYNO-MITE DOG SHOW and THE SPRING UN-FAIR, the first two books in her newest series, The Secret Knock Club.
JOHN CALDERAZZO is the author of the popular WRITING FROM SCRATCH: FREELANCING and has also written the children's book 101 QUESTIONS ABOUT VOLCANOES. His most recent book is RISING FIRE: VOLCANOES AND OUR INNER LIVES. His work has appeared in Audubon, USA Today, Writer's Digest, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines.
PAT LOWERY COLLINS is an award-winning children’s book author, poet, artist, and an instructor at Lesley University’s MFA program in creative writing. Her children’s books include I AM AN ARTIST; SIGNS AND WONDERS; and THE FATTENING HUT, a young adult novel in free verse. She is also the author of the YA novels HIDDEN VOICES, set at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice, a convent orphanage at which Vivaldi taught violin, and DAUGHTER OF WINTER. Her most recent picture book is called THE DEER WATCH.
EDITH KUNHARDT DAVIS is a bestselling writer of children's books whose titles include PAT THE BUNNY, PAT THE CAT and a series about Danny the Alligator. Her most recent book is I'LL LOVE YOU FOREVER, ANYWAY, a memoir about the tragic loss of her son.
ERIN DOWNING SODERBERG writes novels for kids and teens. Under Erin Downing, she published her debut middle grade novel, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (OR UNTIL SOMEONE BETTER COMES ALONG), about a mean girl trying to change her reputation. Her other books include, FOR SOCCER-CRAZY GIRLS ONLY and NONE OF THE REGULAR RULES, and most recently MOON SHADOW, a middle grade novel in which a girl is split in two by an eclipse and has to live up to the life her shadow self creates, and the series, SpacePop, about a group of Space Princesses. Under Erin Soderberg, she has written several books for teens and children, including the young readers series The Quirks. Erin is now continuing her work on the adorable series, Puppy Pirates, starring her own dog, Wally.
JOE FENTON has worked in the film industry as a concept designer and sculptor on films including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and The Brothers Grimm. His first picture book, WHAT’S UNDER THE BED?, was a finalist for the Borders Original Voices Award. He is now at work on his second picture book, BOO!
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.
DEREK TAYLOR KENT is the well-loved author of HarperCollins’s SCARY SCHOOL series. His first picture book is EL PERRO EN SOMBRERO.
VERN KOUSKY is an Adjunct Professor at Touro College and the illustrator of the series Is It Contagious? His debut picture book as an author/illustrator is OTTO THE OWL.
JOYCE LAPIN is the author of IF YOU HAD YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY ON THE MOON. She lives in Simsbury, CT.
DEB LEVINE is the editorial director at Nick.com, the website for the kids’ TV network, Nickelodeon. She also writes freelance magazine pieces for a variety of publications as well as short fiction. She is the author of PARKER PICKS, a wonderfully gross picture book about a kid whose finger gets stuck up his nose.
CHRISTIE MATHESON is a talented writer and collaborator who has written for such magazines as Cooking Light, Glamour, Fitness, Elegant Wedding, Yoga Journal, and Home & Garden. She is the co-author of many cookbook and lifestyle books. Her solo efforts include GREEN CHIC, SALTY SWEETS, and CAKE SIMPLE. She is the author and illustrator of the beautiful children’s picture books TAP THE MAGIC TREE, TOUCH THE BRIGHTEST STAR, PLANT THE TINY SEED, and BIRD WATCH. She is working on her next book for children.
JESSIE OLIVEROS is the author of the forthcoming THE REMEMBER BALLOONS. She grew up in Kansas. Her childhood balloon is sunflower yellow and filled with memories of chasing tornadoes, romps through her woods, and fishing with her grandpa. She now makes more happy memories in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and their four children.www.jessieoliveros.com
KATE PALACES NARITA is the author of IT'S A 100 BUG COUNT DAY (FSG Spring 2018). When she's not out and about driving, teaching or cheering on her two teenage sons, Kate Palaces Narita lives, writes, and hikes on a small mountain in central Massachusetts. There's a magical part of Mt. Wachusett in every one of her stories. Be it small wonders like darting dragonflies or gorgeous garden phlox, or large wonders like munching moose or beautiful balsam firs, she celebrates nature's bounty each and every day.
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.
SOYUNG PAK won the 1999 Ezra Jack Keats award for children's literature. She is the author of DEAR JUNO, hailed as "a new classic" by the Boston Globe, and A PLACE TO GROW, about a family that chooses to move to another country.
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.http://www.jcphillipps.com/
ANNE ROCKWELL is an author and illustrator whose name is well known to everyone who brings young children and books together—parents, booksellers, teachers, and librarians around the world. Her work has won countless awards and includes WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN, HERE COMES THE NIGHT, BIG WHEELS, THE TOOLBOX, MY PRESCHOOL, BIG GEORGE, and TRUCK STOP. Her most recent books are LIBRARY DAY, LET’S GO TO THE HARDWARE STORE, MY SPRING ROBIN, and her historical picture book, A SPY CALLED JAMES.
BERNADETTE ROSSETTI-SHUSTAK is the author of the million-copy-plus selling I LOVE YOU THROUGH AND THROUGH, a board book for babies and toddlers.
JUDGE JUDY SHEINDLIN is television’s beloved Judge Judy whose top rated syndicated show is watched by millions. Her first book, DON’T PEE ON MY LEG AND TELL ME IT’S RAINING, co-authored with Josh Getlin of the Los Angeles Times, is a prescriptive and controversial look at how the legal system affects families. She is also the author of BEAUTY FADES, DUMB IS FOREVER and KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID, both New York Times bestsellers. With Bob Tore, she has written two children’s books, WIN OR LOSE BY HOW YOU CHOOSE and YOU CAN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. Her new website, What Would Judy Say, features biweekly videos on topics as diverse as retirement and marriage that invite readers to share their own ideas.
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 www.emilysnape.co.uk.