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  • Alice B. McGinty | “Bathe The Cat”
    Alice B. McGinty is the award-winning author of more than 50 books for children. Her picture book, A Story for Small Bear was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2020. Alice was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has lived in New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Maryland, Georgia, Indiana, and Illinois. She currently resides in West Bloomfield, Michigan.
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  • Andrea Davis Pinkney | “Hello, Beautiful You!”
    Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of nearly 50 books for young readers, among them The Red Pencil and A Poem for Peter, as well as several collaborations with her husband, Brian Pinkney, including Martin Rising: Requiem for a King, Sit-In, and Hand in Hand, which received the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Andrea Davis Pinkney lives in New York City. To learn more, please visit andreadavispinkney.net.
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  • Angela H. Dale | “Bus Stop”
    Angela H. Dale lives in Maryland, where she writes poetry and prose and hopes for snow days. This is her debut picture book.  
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  • Anna Membrino | “My Moms Love Me”
    Anna Membrino was born and raised in Washington, DC. She attended Sidwell Friends School there, then Connecticut College in New London, CT where she studied Environmental Writing & Literature and Philosophy. In addition to her work as an editor and author, Anna coaches Ultimate Frisbee at New York University and plays the sport competitively. She lives in New York City. 
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  • Anne Wynter | “Nell Plants a Tree”
    Anne Wynter is originally from Houston, Texas, and currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, their two children, and a cat. In addition to writing children’s books, she’s written more than a dozen short plays that have been produced around the country. Anne earned a degree in drama from Washington University in St. Louis, received a certificate in short story writing from the University of Chicago, and studied writing for children at the Writing Barn. Everybody in the Red Brick Building is her debut. To learn more about Anne or to say hello, visit www.annewynter.com.
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  • Carmen Agra Deedy | “Carina Felina”
    Carmen Agra Deedy is one of America’s foremost storytellers. Her many award-winning books include The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!; Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, which received a Pura Belpré Honor; and her New York Times bestseller 14 Cows for America. Carmen was born in Havana, Cuba, and lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia. You can learn more about her work at carmenagradeedy.com.  
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  • Carole Lindstrom | “We Are Water Protectors”
    Carole Lindstrom is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of literature for young people, including the Caldecott Medal–winning We Are Water Protectors illustrated by Michaela Goade and My Powerful Hair, illustrated by Steph Littlebird. She is Anishinaabe/Métis and an enrolled citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe. She is honored to write books that allow her to shine a light on her beautiful people and their strength and resilience. Her tribal homelands are in Belcourt, North Dakota, but she was born and raised in Nebraska and currently makes her home in Maryland. 
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  • Christian Robinson | “You Matter”
    Christian Robinson was born in Hollywood, California. He grew up in a small one-bedroom apartment with his brother, two cousins, aunt, and grandmother. Drawing became a way to make space for himself and to create the kind of world he wanted to see. He studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts and would later work with the Sesame Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios before becoming an illustrator of books for children. His books include Gaston and Antoinette, written by Kelly DiPucchio, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and the Newbery Medal. He presently lives in northern California with his rescue greyhound Baldwin and several houseplants. He looks forward to one day seeing the aurora borealis. Visit him online at TheArtofFun.com.
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  • Dav Pilkey | “The Paperboy”
    When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. He was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories, so he spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books—the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain Underpants. 
    Since then, Dav has written and illustrated a number of bestselling and award-winning children’s books, including the Caldecott Honor book The Paperboy. His Captain Underpants series and Dog Man graphic novels have sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into many languages. 
    Dav lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, but his writing is inspired by children and adults around the world. His stories explore universally positive themes that celebrate the triumph of the good-hearted. 
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  • George Shannon | “One Family”
    George Shannon is the author of many children’s books including Lizard’s Song, White is for Blueberry, Tippy-Toe Chick Go, Turkey Tot and Hands Say Love. He has written scholarly articles exploring folklore and children, and told stories professionally for over 50 years. 
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  • Gracey Zhang | “When Rubin Plays”
    Gracey Zhang is an illustrator and animator with a love of storytelling and verse. She is the author and illustrator of Lala’s Words and the illustrator of The Big Bath House, Nigel and the Moon, and The Upside Down Hat. She was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and received her degree in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Gracey is now based in Brooklyn, New York, where she can be found window watching from the train when she’s not scribbling away at her desk. You can visit her at graceyzhang.com. 
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  • Henry Cole | “Forever Home”
    Henry Cole was an adored elementary-school science teacher for sixteen years. He has since illustrated over 150 popular books (some of which he has also authored), including his wordless Forever Home, award-winning picture book Unspoken, which was named an ALA Notable Children’s Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, and his book One Little Bag, which was also named an ALA Notable Book, and received three starred reviews. He lives in Florida. To find out more about Henry, go to henrycole.net. 
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  • Hyewon Yum | “This Is Our House”
    Hyewon Yum is the author and illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including Not Little, written by Maya Myers. Her book Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.
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  • Jessica Love | “Julián at the Wedding”
    Jessica Love is an actor and the author-illustrator of Julián Is a Mermaid. She has a BA in studio art from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a graduate degree from Juilliard. She has appeared in plays both on and off Broadway. Jessica Love lives in the Hudson Valley with her sweetheart and their son. 
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  • Joanna Ho | “Eyes That Kiss in the Corners”
    Joanna Ho is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Eyes that Kiss in the Corners; Eyes that Speak to the Stars; Eyes that Weave the World’s Wonders; Playing at the Border: A Story of Yo-Yo Ma; One Day; Say My Name; and The Silence that Binds Us, which received the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, Young Adult Honor. She has been an English teacher, a dean, a vice principal, and a professional development mastermind. Her passion for equity in books and education is matched only by her love of homemade chocolate chip cookies, outdoor adventures, and dance parties with her kids. Visit her at joannahowrites.com. 
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  • Joowon Oh | “Our Favorite Day”
    Joowon Oh is originally from South Korea. She earned a BFA in illustration and an MFA in illustration as visual essay from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She works primarily in watercolor with a little bit of gouache and paper collage. Our Favorite Day is her picture book debut. 
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  • Joyce Wan | “Dream Big”
    Joyce Wan runs her own stationery and gift business, Wanart, which sells products in thousands of boutiques, museum shops, and gift stores worldwide. She is also the author and illustrator of many children’s books, including You Are My Cupcake, We Belong Together, Are You My Mommy?, You Are My Magical Unicorn, and Peek-a-Boo Farm. Joyce lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey, but you can visit her at wanart.com. 
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  • Julia Denos | “Windows”
    Julia Denos is the illustrator of several books for children, including Grandma’s Gloves by Cecil Castellucci and Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo. She is also the author-illustrator of Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color. Julia Denos lives in Quincy, Massachusetts. 
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  • Julie Flett | “We All Play”
    Julie Flett is a Cree-Métis author, illustrator, and artist who has received numerous awards for her books, including the New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award, two Governor General’s Awards, the American Indian Youth Literature Award, and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Her books have been selected for Best of the Year lists by The New York Times, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book, School Library Journal, The Globe and Mail, and Kirkus Reviews. Her critically acclaimed picture books Birdsong, We All Play, and Still This Love Goes On are also published by Greystone Kids. Flett lives in Victoria, Canada.
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  • Karma Wilson | “I Love Your Face!”
    Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books, including the Bear Books series, Where Is Home, Little Pip?, and A Dog Named Doug. Karma lives in Montana. 
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  • Kyle Lukoff | “Awake, Asleep”
    Kyle Lukoff is a National Book Award finalist and the Newbery and Stonewall Award-winning author of multiple books for young readers, including When Aidan Became a Brother, Call Me Max, and Too Bright to See. Kyle spent eight years as an elementary school librarian, but now he writes full time, assists in sensitivity readings and consultations, and presents on children’s and youth literature all across the country. He got hired at a bookstore when he was sixteen, which means he’s been working at the intersection of books and people for well over half his life. He lives in Philadelphia. Visit him online at kylelukoff.com.
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  • LeBron James | “I Promise”
    LeBron James is widely considered to be the best basketball player in the world and one of the greatest players of all time. James has won four NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals, and four league MVP titles. James grew up in Akron, Ohio, where he continues to create generational change through his LeBron James Family Foundation that focuses its efforts on helping youth achieve a better future through education. In 2018, his foundation opened the I PROMISE School, designed to help underprivileged students and their entire families succeed in school and beyond. 
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  • Lucy Ruth Cummins | “Our Pool”
    Lucy Ruth Cummins is an author, illustrator, and art director of children’s books. She was happily paired with Jean Reidy for both Truman, which was named a New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019, and Sylvie. She is also the author-illustrator of Stumpkin, Vampenguin, Dalmartian: A Mars Rover’s Story, Our Pool, and A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals. Lucy has swum in creeks, streams, gorges, rivers, swimming holes, pools (above- and in-ground), lakes (both Great and Finger), decorative fountains, and oceans. Her very favorite place to swim, however, is at her community pool in Brooklyn with her sons and her neighbors. 
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  • Margarita Engle | “Drum Dream Girl”
    Margarita Engle is the Cuban-American author of many verse novels, memoirs, and picture books, including The Surrender TreeEnchanted AirDrum Dream Girl, and Dancing Hands. Awards include a Newbery Honor, Pura Belpré, Golden Kite, Walter, Jane Addams, PEN U.S.A., and NSK Neustadt, among others. Margarita served as the national 2017-2019 Young People’s Poet Laureate.  She is a three-time U.S. nominee for the Astrid Lindgren Book Award. Her most recent books are Wings in the Wild and Destiny Finds Her Way. Her next young adult verse novel is Wild Dreamers, and her next picture book is Water Day.
    Margarita was born in Los Angeles, but developed a deep attachment to her mother’s homeland during childhood summers with relatives on the island.  She studied agronomy and botany along with creative writing, and now lives in central California with her husband. Visit her at www.margaritaengle.com.
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  • Mina Javaherbin | “Elephant in the Dark”
    Mina Javaherbin was born in Iran and immigrated to the U.S.A. long ago. She is fluent in both Persian and English. She now lives near a beach in Southern California with her husband and two children. This is her second picture book based on a poem by Rumi. Visit Mina at www.minajavaherbin.com. 
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  • Natalie Nelson | “Cat’s First Baby” and “Dog’s First Baby”
    Natalie Nelson is an illustrator, picture-book maker, and collage artist. Trained in graphic design and illustration, she works in a mixed media hybrid of cut paper, collage, and digital art, with an emphasis on intriguing shapes, textures, and layers. Her titles include Dog’s First Christmas, Dog’s First Baby, Cat’s First Baby, and Holiday!. Her art is in demand from national clients including the New York Times, the Washington Post, TIME Magazine, Curbed, Eater, and more. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her family. 
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  • Nikki Giovanni | “A Library”
    Nikki Giovanni is a Grammy-nominated American poet, activist, and author who has written many books of poetry for children and adults. She is the author of Ego-tripping and Other Poems for Young People, I Am Loved, and Rosa, a Caldecott Honor book. She has received some twenty-five honorary degrees, was the first recipient of the Rosa L. Parks Woman of Courage Award, and has been awarded the Langston Hughes Medal for poetry. She lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, where she is a University Distinguished Professor of poetry at Virginia Tech.
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  • Paige Britt | “Why Am I Me?”
    Paige Britt has been asking big questions since she was a small child. Her search for answers led her to write books that might inspire young readers to think, explore, and stay open to life’s mysteries. Her debut novel, The Lost Track of Time, was hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as an “exuberant homage to the power of imagination.” Why Am I Me? is her first picture book. Paige lives in Georgetown, Texas, with her husband. Visit her online at www.paigebritt.com. 
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  • Rachel Katstaller | “Skater Cielo”
    Rachel Katstaller is an author-illustrator from El Salvador. She graduated with a design degree from the Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera and has illustrated several books including A Portrait In Poems: The Storied Life of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas and Ada Lovelace and the Number-Crunching Machine. When Rachel isn’t drawing up new picture books, she is busy skateboarding with friends. To learn more, visit her at rachelkatstaller.com. 
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  • Rachel Vail | “Sometimes I Kaploom”
    Rachel Vail is the award-winning author of more than 40 beloved books. Her picture books include Sometimes I’m Bombaloo and Sometimes I Kaploom, a Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of the Year. Her most recent novels for young people are Bad Best Friend; Well, That Was Awkward; and the A is For Elizabeth series, all Junior Library Guild Gold selections. Rachel lives in New York City with her husband, their two sons, and a tortoise named Lightning. Visit rachelvail.com. 
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  • Saki Tanaka | “Between Words, A Friendship Tale”
    Saki Tanaka is a Mexican-Japanese author-illustrator who grew up in different parts of the world. This transient upbringing made her foster friendships without a common language in imaginative ways; through gestured games, mimed plays, and drawings that transcended words and worlds to give her a sense of belonging. You can now find Saki in Denver, Colorado, inspired by aspen-inhabited mountains and vaporwave skies. When she’s not painting new portals to magical realms, she’s connecting with other dreamers through a shared affinity for synchronicities, tear-inducing guffaws, and spontaneous dance parties. She’d love to hear how you spark connections with kindred spirits. Visit her at sakitales.com and let her know! 
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  • Tami Charles | “We Are Here”
    Tami Charles is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books for young readers, including the picture book All Because You Matter (illustrated by Bryan Collier) and the novels Muted, Like Vanessa, and Becoming Beatriz. In her teens and early twenties, Tami enjoyed a taste of fame as a member of an all-girl R&B trio. They performed for Boyz II Men, BET, and Showtime at the Apollo, and had a one-hit wonder on the radio. After college, Tami worked as an educator for thirteen years before pursuing her childhood dream of becoming an author. For more information on Tami, visit tamiwrites.com. 
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  • Wendy Wan-Long Shang | “The Rice in the Pot Goes Round and Round”
    Wendy Wan-Long Shang is the author of The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, which was awarded the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature; The Way Home Looks Now, an Amelia Bloomer Project List selection and a CCBC Choices List selection; The Secret Battle of Evan Pao, which received multiple starred reviews; Sydney Taylor Honor Book This Is Just a Test, which she cowrote with Madelyn Rosenberg; and Not Your All-American Girl, a Tablet Magazine Best Children’s Book, also cowritten with Madelyn Rosenberg. She lives with her family in the suburbs of Washington, DC. 
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  • Yuyi Morales | “Dreamers”
    Born in Xalapa, Mexico, where she currently resides, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Yuyi Morales lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she still maintains close relations with booksellers and librarians. Professional storyteller, dancer, choreographer, puppeteer, and artist, she has won the prestigious Pura Belpré Award for Illustration six times, for Dreamers (2019), Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book (2003), Los Gatos Black on Halloween (2006), Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book (2008), Niño Wrestles the World (2013), and Viva Frida (2014), also a Caldecott Honor Book. Her book Bright Star garnered a 2022 Pura Belpré Honor.
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