Nyasha Williams

Nyasha Williams, a passionate social justice griot, grew up living intermittently between the United States and South Africa. Nyasha’s mission is to use words and stories to decolonize literature, minds, and spiritual practices. Nyasha firmly believes that the story lives within each of us and that it is our mission to use stories to spread […]


Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers is an “uncompromising writer” (Quill and Quire) with “a history of risky artistic choices” (Kirkus Reviews) “known for pushing boundaries” (Shelf Awareness) with a body of work that’s “not for the faint of heart” (The New York Times). Hailed “a master of the bitch” (Electric Literature) for years of writing “nuanced, wrenching stories […]


Jas Hammonds

Jas Hammonds (they/she) was raised in many cities and between the pages of many books. They have received support for their writing from the Highlights Foundation, Baldwin for the Arts and Lambda Literary. They are also a grateful recipient of the MacDowell James Baldwin Fellowship. Their debut novel, We Deserve Monuments, won the 2023 Coretta […]


Brittany N. Williams

Brittany N. Williams is the author of the YA historical fantasy THAT SELF-SAME METAL, Book #1 in the FORGE & FRACTURE SAGA. She is a classically-trained actress who studied Musical Theatre at Howard University and Shakespearean performance at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in London. Previously she’s been a principal vocalist at […]


Matt Tavares

New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Matt Tavares was born in Boston, and grew up surrounded by books and reading. From the time he was very young, his mother read to him every night, and his family made countless trips to the public library. Years later, as a studio art major at Bates College, he rediscovered […]


Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Dr. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet, activist and professor. Her children’s books include Grandma and the Great Gourd, The Conch Bearer, The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming and Shadowland. Her adult titles include Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, Oleander Girl, Before We Visit the Goddess and Palace of Illusions. Her […]


Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of more than 70 books for young readers including picture books, historical fiction, and nonfiction. Deborah’s nonfiction includes Titanic, Voices from the Disaster, which received a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction honor and a Robert F. Sibert Honor, Courage & Defiance, Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in WWII Denmark, […]


Renée Kurilla

Renée Kurilla is a children’s illustrator, author, and designer who loves drawing nature, animals, and working on projects that require a little bit of research. Renée has illustrated many books for kids including ORANGUTANKA (by Margarita Engle), CHICKS RULE! (by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen), and the ADA LACE series (by Emily Calandrelli). She has written a few […]


Traci Sorell

Best-selling author Traci Sorell writes inclusive, award-winning historical and contemporary fiction and nonfiction in a variety of formats for young people. She is a two-time Sibert Medal and Orbis Pictus honoree and award-winning audiobook narrator and producer. Her first five books have received awards from the American Indian Library Association. Other accolades include Boston Globe-Horn […]


Helena Ku Rhee

Helena Ku Rhee is a writer of books for kids and the young at heart. Her latest book, Sora’s Seashells, will be released on May 9, 2023. Her books also include Rosa’s Song as well as its companion book The Paper Kingdom (both illustrated by Pascal Campion and published by Penguin Random House), which was a […]