She believes in working towards a future that is inclusive, empathetic, and full of love. Krosoczka has published thirty books for young readers. Since he was a kid himself, Jarrett was writing and drawing his own comics and books, and he shares those early works in lectures given at schools nationwide. Stacey H. Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys.
She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul. After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day, and it was easier than moving to Spain. She plays classical piano, raises children, and writes YA fiction. Bryce and Kristy are a tag-team writing duo with way too many voices in their heads. She lives with her husband and merry band of misfits in Arlington, VA.
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Mann is the author of five published novels for children. Her stories and poetry have appeared in Highlights for Children. Rebecca Moody is a writer, blogger, and public librarian. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Miriam Moore-Keish has worn the hats of a creative writing teacher, an editor, and a poet in Minneapolis and St. Paul for the past few years. She has a cactus named Gladius Puddleman. Rosa Nam is a former high school English teacher and current advocate for bringing diverse books to classrooms. She is working on her Ph. She lives in a tiny house behind her main house with her partner and two pups.
Nicole Overton wears many hats! She ghostwrites books, speeches and website content for several high-profile individuals. Miranda makes lively appearances at schools, libraries, and bookstores, and has been a guest presenter at the Library of Congress Young Readers Center along with environmental activist Isatou Ceesay.
She believes in working hard, having fun, and being kind. Though her work as Mentorship chair of We Need Diverse Books is mostly serious and professional, she also has a silly side—which, she claims, only comes out on days that end in y. Learn more at www.
Maria Salvadore has worked with young people and books for most of her professional life. Karen Sandler earned her MS in computer science from UCLA and worked as a software engineer for more than a dozen years, including work on communications satellites and the Space Shuttle program. Sinkhorn is a blogger, content director, and social media manager.
She writes MG and YA books. Jessica Shub graduated from Washington University in St.
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Jessica was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where as a young girl, she fell in love with reading. Jessica interned with Kweli Literary Journal and felt empowered by working with the diverse authors and works showcased there. Jessica will continue to channel her passion for literature into her work, so that she might instill in a new generation of multicultural readers the same love of literature that she felt at an early age. Anya Steiner is a lifelong book lover, and has been dreaming up stories since before she could hold a pencil.
A recent transplant to NYC, she can often be found strolling the park people-watching, or making some kind of delicious mess in her tiny kitchen. Robin Stevenson is a queer Canadian writer who was born in England, grew up mostly in Ontario, and now lives on Vancouver Island with her partner and their teenage son.
She is also involved as a volunteer in refugee sponsorship groups which support refugees to resettle in Canada. Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work.
Don Tate is an award-winning author, and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. Don is one of the founding hosts of the blog The Brown Bookshelf, a blog dedicated to raising the awareness of African American youth literature creators. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family. Laurie Ann Thompson is a former software engineer who now writes for children and young adults.
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She hopes to help her readers make better sense of the world we live in so they can contribute to making it a better place for all, and she strives to do that by writing nonfiction that gives wings to active imaginations and fiction that taps into our universal human truths. Learn more at lauriethompson.
An active member of the American Library Association, YALSA Division, she has presented at annual meetings on programming and space planning for teens in public libraries. Her passionate commitment to fostering community over competition, holistic wellness and sustainable agriculture keep her a Midwestern girl at heart.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter— as well as running, developing vegan recipes and cycling. Follow her adventures around the country on Instagram therealscript.
Jessica Vitalis is a middle grade author and active member of the literary community. Represented by Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch.
She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. She is also Book Curator at an independent toy store and bookstore. Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of picture books, early readers and middle grade novels. A book makes all cultures universal.
Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. Her favorite protagonists are strong girls.
She lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia. Linda Sue knows very well that she will never be able to read every great book ever written, but she keeps trying anyway. Visit her website at www. Cindy Pon is the author of Fury of the Phoenix and Silver Phoenix , named one of the top ten fantasy novels for youth by Booklist.
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Serpentine , the first book of her second Xia duology, is now available, too. Alongside Malinda Lo, Cindy founded Diversity in YA, a website that celebrates young adult books about all kinds of diversity, from race to sexual orientation to gender identity and disability. Lamar writes stories for teens and adults.
He resides in Chesapeake, Virginia, with his wife. Twitter: LRGiles. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.
These adventure-fantasies were published by Candlewick Press in the U. In addition to his fine art and illustrative work, Christopher Myers is a clothing designer. He makes his home in Brooklyn, New York. Sibert Honor Book. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children.
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