Carole Lindstrom

Carole Lindstorm is Anishinabe/Metis and is tribally enrolled with the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe. She was born and raised in Nebraska and currently makes her home in Maryland. Carole has been a voracious reader and library geek ever since she was growing up in Nebraska. On weekends you could usually find her at the […]


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 […]


Shelley Pearsall

Shelley Pearsall is the author of seven acclaimed books for middle grade and teen readers. Her inspiring and thought-provoking novels are used in classrooms nationwide, and her author visits have reached a quarter-million students. She is represented by literary agent Steven Malk of Writer’s House. Prior to becoming a full-time author, Shelley was a classroom […]


Karina Manta

Karina Manta was born in Olympia, Washington, but she grew up in the sunshine of Chandler, Arizona. At 16 she moved to Colorado Springs to become an elite figure skater. Despite her distaste for the cold, she kept figure skating and living in Colorado, eventually competing for Team USA. She currently works as a performer […]


IW Gregorio

I. W. Gregorio (she/her) is a practicing surgeon by day, award-winning YA writer by night. Her debut novel, None of the Above was a Lambda Literary Finalist, a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, and named to the ALA Rainbow List, among other honors. It has also been banned by the Leander, TX School District, and is […]


Sarah Glidden

Sarah Glidden is a cartoonist and illustrator working primarily in non-fiction and reportage comics. Her debut graphic novel, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, was published in 2010. Her second book, Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, was published in 2016 by Drawn and Quarterly. In Rolling Blackouts, Cartoonist Sarah Glidden accompanies […]


Derek Rhodes

Derek Rhodes is a business strategist, community leader, social entrepreneur, author, and public speaker. As a highly accomplished strategist with nearly a decade of experience in the corporate world, he has served as Microsoft’s Chief of Staff, Miami HEAT’s Director of Business Strategy, and Google’s Team Lead. Derek has an innate ability to change systems […]


Dashka Slater

New York Times bestselling author Dashka Slater has been telling stories since she could talk. An award-winning journalist, she is also the author of eleven books of fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. Her children’s picture books include: Escargot, winner of the Wanda Gag Read-Aloud Award; A Book for Escargot, an Indie bestseller; Dangerously […]


Darren Lebeuf

Darren Lebeuf is an award winning author, illustrator, and photographer based in Edmonton, Alberta. His published books explore the fascinating details of the world around us. His most recent book, My City Speaks, follows the day in a life of a young visually impaired girl as she poetically experiences the sounds, smells, and textures of […]


Carrie Mac

Carrie Mac has read a million books, and happily sat at the feet of a legion of storytellers. She has been making things up for as long as she can remember. She wants to hear all the stories and read all the books and meet all the storytellers and see all the places, but that […]