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Elisa Stone Leahy

Elisa Stone Leahy is a queer, Peruvian-American children’s author who lives with her husband and kids in Columbus, Ohio. She likes writing about characters with complicated identities because her own identity has plenty of layers. Elisa was born in Ica, Peru, to American parents and lived there most of her life. She left Peru to […]


Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and a PhD candidate in the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies program at Brown University. She is the author of the award-winning children’s book Layla’s Happiness (Enchanted Lion Books), and the poetry collections Strut (Agape Editions) and Karma’s Footsteps (Flipped Eye). Tallie’s Dear Continuum: Letters to a […]


Sita Singh

Sita Singh was born and raised in India, immersed in the rich storytelling traditions of her multigenerational household. When she moved to the United States in 1999 and began raising her three children across Eastern and Western cultures, Sita discovered a lack of children’s books reflecting her vibrant heritage. This void inspired her journey into […]

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Marzieh Abbas

Marzieh is a baker turned award-winning author. She loves adding magic to her creations– whether that’s a seven-layered rainbow cake or the books she writes for children all over the world. Her work is inspired by her Pakistani culture and Muslim heritage. Marzieh is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, […]


Julie Dao

Julie C. Dao is the critically acclaimed author of many books. Her novels have earned starred reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly, and won recognition from the Junior Library Guild, YALSA, and the American Library Association. A proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York, she now lives in New England. […]


Mirelle Ortega

Mirelle Ortega is an award-winning Mexican artist and writer for kidlit and animation based in Los Angeles, California. She is the author-illustrator of RIVER OF MARIPOSAS and MAGIC: ONCE UPON A FARAWAY LAND, for which she received a 2023 Pura Belpré Award Honor for illustration and an International Latino Book Awards medal. She’s a prolific […]


Lily Meade

Lily Meade writes real world issues through an extraordinary lens. She comes from a background of extreme poverty, something she prides herself on being transparent and vulnerably honest about. She has been homeless twice and still lives in housing insecurity. She believe stories have power and strives to live by the motto of a life […]


Jamie Jo Hoang

Jamie Jo Hoang is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees. She grew up in Orange County, CA—not the rich part—and worked as a docuseries producer before shifting to writing full-time. Her debut young adult novel, MY FATHER, THE PANDA KILLER, was chosen as one of the best books of the year by the Amazon Editor’s and […]


Ana Siqueira

Ana Siqueira is a Spanish-language elementary teacher trained in Global education and PBS Media Innovator. She published a book in Spanish for the educational market and books in Portuguese in Brazil, where she is from. She’s an award-winning children’s book author based in Tampa, Florida. Her books include Bella’s Recipe for Success (Beaming Books 2021), […]


Angela May

Angela May is the co-author of The Islanders, a New York Times bestselling series created with Mary Alice Monroe. All three books in their middle grade series are rooted in the magic of nature. Angela graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in broadcast journalism and worked more than a decade in […]