Lakita Wilson

Lakita Wilson

Lakita Wilson is the author of several novels and non-fiction projects for children and young adults, including What Is Black Lives Matter?, and biographies of Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, Michelle Obama, and Lizzo; a part of the New York Times Bestselling HQ Now series; Be Real, Macy Weaver, a coming of age middle grade friendship […]

Suma Subramaniam

Suma Subramaniam is the author of She Sang For India: How M.S. Subbulakshmi Used Her Voice For Change (Macmillan FSG, 2022), Namaste Is A Greeting (Candlewick Press, 2022), A Bindi Is A Dot (Kids Can Press, 2024), V. Malar series (Candlewick Press, 2024 and 2025), My Name is Long As a River (Penguin Workshop, Fall […]

Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian is a children’s, middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for over two decades. Her first novel, Tru Confessions, was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. The Gospel According to Larry series is a cult favorite and Fault Line is taught […]

Jasmine Stirling

Jasmine Stirling

Jasmine Stirling is the author of A Most Clever Girl: How Jane Austen Discovered Her Voice, a picture book biography of Jane Austen about persistence and creative mastery. She also has a YA/New Adult history of the women’s suffrage movement out soon, titled We Demand An Equal Voice. Jasmine lives on a cheerful street in […]

Courtney Stevens

Courtney Stevens

Courtney “Court” Stevens grew up in the knockabout town of Bandana, Kentucky. She is a former adjunct professor, youth minister, Olympic torchbearer, and bookseller at Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN. These days she writes coming-of-truth fiction and is the community outreach manager for Warren County Public Library in Bowling Green, KY. She has a pet […]

Ed Steckley

Ed Steckley

Wisconsin Native Ed Steckley has been a humorous illustrator for over 30 years, beginning in live caricature, comic books and magazine illustration, to advertising and now children’s books. He’s the illustrator of two different STEM/STEAM series, based in the world of Rube Goldberg and his crazy contraptions. The first is a picture book series, focused […]

Yin Soentpiet

Yin Soentpiet

Even though Yin was born in Brooklyn, she couldn’t understand English when she was young, because her parents only spoke to her in Chinese. At that time, her family lived in an apartment on the 19th floor of a very tall building. Climbing all those stairs was horrible, and she felt the same way about school. […]

Chris Soentpiet

Chris Soentpiet

Chris Soentpiet (pronounced “soon-pete”) is an illustrator and author of children’s books. He also enjoys illustrating books by other authors, which has taken his imagination on many exciting adventures! Chris was was born in South Korea. When he was eight-years-old, he and his sister were adopted by the Soentpiet family, and moved to Hawaii. Much […]

Brandon Snider

Brandon Snider

Brandon T. Snider is the best-selling author of the award-winning Dark Knight Manual, as well as Rube Goldberg and His Amazing Machines and the Avengers: Infinity War: The Cosmic Quest series. Brandon has also penned many Mad Libs, including a Pride Parade version, a Star Wars version, and a Richard Simmons version. Additionally, he’s written […]

Sherri L. Smith

Sherri L. Smith

Sherri L. Smith is the author of nine award-winning fiction and nonfiction books for young people including the 2021 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Award winner, The Blossom and the Firefly and the California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl.  Her novels appear on multiple state reading lists and have been named […]