Meet Our Kid Lit Authors
Our authors are among the most talented in the industry, ranging from break-out debuts to award-winning bestsellers. It is our pleasure to introduce you to them.
Since The Seymour Agency's founding in 1992, we have sold thousands of titles and have had the privilege of representing hundreds of clients. A few of them are listed below.
If you would like to find out more about our authors and their works, please visit the Literary Sales pages on Publishers Marketplace or search for a listing of recent sales.
Our Kid Lit Authors
Our Kid Lit Authors
Maria Wen Adcock
Maria Wen Adcock
Maria Wen Adcock is the author of It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George! published by Clarion Books (Winter 2023). Maria is a first-generation Chinese-American writer from the Midwest who moved to New York to work in marketing at Time Inc.’s InStyle and Entertainment Weekly. She founded the parenting blog BiculturalMama.com and has appeared in The Dr. Oz Show, Bloomberg News, Newsday, and Huffington Post. She’s a board member of Multicultural Kid Blogs, an organization supporting diverse parenting bloggers, and co-host of the annual publishing event Multicultural Children’s Book Day. As an active SCBWI Long Island volunteer, Maria oversees its largest writing critique group and writes an author blogging series for its newsletters. She resides in Long Island with her husband and two children and works at the local library.
Maria Adcock is an award-winning multicultural parenting blogger. Her BiculturalMama.com blog is a “50Parenting Blogs Worth Reading and Following” and a “NYC Parenting Bloggers of Tomorrow” winner. NY Metro Parents magazine named her site a “Best Parenting Blog,” and Bicultural Mama was a top 3 finalist in the Mommy Poppins “Best Social Media Mom” Long Island Bestie Awards contest.
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Instagram Handle: @BiculturalMama
Twitter Handle: @BiculturalMama
Sahtinay Abaza has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA. She spent most of her career life working with software companies around the globe.
She grew up in the United Arab Emirates before making Florida her permanent home. Having experienced life on both ends of the globe, she is an advocate for diversity and inclusion. Most importantly, Sahtinay is a proud mother of two little girls, who have been the main source of inspiration behind the stories she writes.
Raised between the bustling cities of Dubai, UAE and Karachi, Pakistan, Marzieh Abbas loves traveling, reading and samosas. She is a member of SCBWI-International Central and a graduate of the Children’s Book Academy. Whether she is writing picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels or poetry, Marzieh is passionate about bringing diverse cultures and characters to children all around the world.
She is active on Twitter, where she continues to form connections with the Writing Community, runs a kidlit review group on Facebook (Children’s Book Reviews- CBR Global) and blogs about her author journey and life in Pakistan on Instagram.
Photo by Mujtaba Abbas.
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/marziehabbas/
Nadia Ali is a children’s author who writes fiction and nonfiction picture books. Her stories range from funny to fanciful to factual.
She is active on Twitter, making valued connections and networking with fellow writers. She is a member of Julie Hedlund’s 12x12 community and was pleased to be part of a couple of Virtual Launch Teams. She was honored to be a Grand Prize Winner in the #SunFunWrite Contest, a #DVPit Critique Winner and a Picture Book Party Finalist in 2021.
She was born in London, UK and currently resides in the Caribbean where she happily swapped out London’s grey skies for clear blue skies. She lives with her husband and has two married daughters. When she is not writing she can be found in the kitchen whipping up a super sweet dessert.
She is thoroughly thrilled to be represented by Joyce Sweeney.
Maya Ameyaw is a contemporary YA writer. She was born and raised in Toronto by a family of poets and artists. Previously, she worked as a bookseller while studying sociology at York University. She currently works for InkWell Workshops, a community writing group for people with lived experience of mental health issues and as a counsellor at the Canadian Mental Health Association. Maya has curated and edited several mental health themed anthologies for youth and adults with funding from the Toronto Arts Council. When It All Synchs Up, her contemporary YA work in progress, has been awarded grants by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council of the Arts.
Maya has a YouTube channel where she interviews YA authors about their unique paths to publication and debut experiences. In her free time, she enjoys cuddling up with her adorable dwarf rabbit and devouring as much YA as possible.
Kelly Anne Blount
Kelly Anne Blount
Kelly Anne Blount is a USA Today bestselling author of young adult novels. She loves to alternate writing sweet romances, gritty thrillers, and fantasy books. She’s a firm believer in balancing light with dark.
When she’s not writing, she’s probably lost in a book, watching Twilight, or having an adventure with her sweet family, which includes her handsome husband, their darling daughter, and their five furry loving rescues.
After living in a palace in Scotland, across from the Caribbean Sea, and in the snowy land of Wisconsin, Kelly and her family reside in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. She draws inspiration from the places she’s lived while world building in her books.
Kelly loves connecting with readers on social media! Stop by and say, “Hi!” or ask a question. You can find her everywhere @KellyAnneBlount.
Author Newsletter link: http://kellyanneblount.us16.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=0bc41130c2d01cf594a95c565&id=cde3f820c1
Sharon Chriscoe writes her books from the passenger seat of a bread truck where she and her husband, Ricky make deliveries of fresh bread and sweet cakes. Whether she is writing picture books or middle grade novels, she is passionate about creating lively worlds to entertain, educate, and inspire children everywhere.
She is the author of Race Car Dreams, Bulldozer Dreams, Fire Truck Dreams (Running Press Kids), Rainy Day Picnic, Best Snow Day (Read Your Story), and The Sparrow and the Trees (Arbordale Publishing). She is also published in a wide variety of magazines including Highlights, High Five, and The Old Farmers Almanac for Kids.
She and her husband live in North Carolina. They have three adult children and one adorable granddaughter.
Jennifer Cooper is a writer, educator, triathlete, wife, and mom of three. She lives in sunny Kelowna, B.C. Canada. Jennifer writes both fiction and nonfiction picture books. She loves heart, silliness, and rhyme in writing.
With over 18 years of professional experience in education and coaching, Jennifer enjoys teaching a variety of courses ranging from English to Health and Outdoor Education.
As an amateur athlete, Jennifer is passionate about health and fitness which finds its way into her writing at every turn. She qualified for the ITU World Championships of Triathlon in 2020/2021. Jennifer has a variety of health and fitness articles published as well as curriculum plans for children’s literature.
Jennifer is thrilled to be represented by the lovely Joyce Sweeney.
Author Website: https://www.intheloo.ca/
Stacy B. Davids
Stacy B. Davids
Stacy B. Davids, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who works as a school psychologist. She’s also a former special education teacher. Her gender-identity themed, fiction picture book, ANNIE’S PLAID SHIRT, was praised by the GLBT Roundtable of the American Library Assoc., and won Silver in the Foreword Reviews’ INDIES Book of the Year Awards. Her consent and boundaries-themed picture book, SIMON THE HUGGER, will be published in Nov. 2022. She’s also the author of Hi-Lo (high interest, low reading level), nonfiction books – STRANGE BUT TRUE WEATHER, STRANGE BUT TRUE SCIENCE, and HIP-HOP GREATS. Stacy threw out her dresses and high heels years ago and wears men’s and women’s clothes. She lives in Florida, and loves cats, cookies, and chocolate.
A biracial Black author, Gabriele grew up longing to see families like hers reflected in the books she read. She’s delighted to have an opportunity to make that happen for other underrepresented readers. Gabriele holds a master’s degree from S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and has worked as a children's magazine editor, a freelance writer and a tutor. She is a member of SCBWI and the 12x12 community and was honored to be a KidlitNation Mentee and a PBParty finalist. Gabriele's debut picture book, PEACHES, will be released by Abrams in 2022. She lives and writes in the Northwest Hills of Connecticut.
Gabriele is represented by Joyce Sweeney.
www.gabrieledavis.com (under construction)
Gina Detwiler was planning to be a teacher but switched to writing so she didn’t have to get up so early in the morning. She’s the author of the Amazon bestselling YA supernatural Forlorn series, soon to be released in a 3-book bundle by Vinspire Publishing.
She also co-authored the bestselling middle-grade fantasy series The Prince Warriors with Priscilla Shirer. Her latest book is The Ultimate Bible Character Guide, published by LifeWay. She has three grown daughters and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Steve and her dog Morey, who will never grow up.
Her aim in writing is to help make God real and relevant to young people who don’t always see a need for Him in their lives and who are more often attracted to the “dark side” of spirituality. “I saw my daughters devouring books like Twilight and Harry Potter and I realized that there’s a whole lot of supernatural content in the Bible that’s not only fascinating, it’s actually true. Why not write about it? That’s how the Forlorn series was born. I’m currently working on the fourth installment with no end in sight.”
Melody Dean Dimick
Melody Dean Dimick
Melody Dean Dimick is an award-winning author, the president of the Florida Writers Foundation—a not-for-profit organization promoting literacy—and a member of the Florida Writers Association (FWA), the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Daytona Writers Guild, the Florida State Poets Association, and the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.
Eight of Melody’s short works appear in (FWA) collections. Both her Backpack Blues and What Lies Beneath won First Place in the unpublished general category of the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Awards. Her YA novel No Parents Allowed won the 2020 Gold Award. Her poem, “Ysobel Gomez,” captured Second Place in an FWA Royal Palm contest and her poem, “Running of Air” was selected for inclusion in Poetic Visions a Poetic Competition and Exhibition 2020 Anthology published by the Museum of Art DeLand, Florida.
Melody conducts poetry workshops, served as a speaker on the First Books Panel at a Miami SCBWI conference, participated in a panel discussion at the Museum of Arts & Sciences as part of the Volusia County National Endowment for the Arts NEA Big Read, and speaks at writers’ groups, schools, and libraries. To learn more about Melody and her books, readers can follow her blog under My News at www.MelodyDeanDimick.com.
Steven dos Santos
Steven dos Santos
Steven dos Santos is author of THE TORCH KEEPER novels, a Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic series featuring LGBTQ+ characters. Book One, THE CULLING, was named an American Library Association 2014 Rainbow List Top Ten Selection. Steven’s other series, DAGGER: THE DUST OPS, is a Young Adult Paranormal Espionage Adventure, also featuring LGBTQ+ characters. Steven graduated from Florida International University with a B.S. Degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications Television Broadcasting program and also has an MFA in Writing from Spalding University. He is an adjunct English Professor and a passionate advocate of LGBTQ+ rights.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ stevendossantosauthor
Lori Dubbin was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She has been active in the local community as a past President of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Kendall Chapter, and as a board member of the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center. Lori also spent nineteen years as an early childhood educator at Temple Beth Am Day School in Miami, Florida.
Lori is an active member of SCBWI. In January 2020, she received the SCBWI Florida Regional Rising Kite Award for second place in the Picture Book category for her manuscript, Over the Rainbow with E. Y. “Yip” Harburg: The Man Who Wrote the Words the Whole World Sings. Her nonfiction picture book, A Walk Among the Stars, will be released by Kar-Ben Publishing in Spring 2023.
Lori enjoys doing crossword puzzles. Sometimes she steps away from a puzzle and that helps her figure out the missing words. She writes nonfiction picture books the same way, but with a lot more research and revision.
Carol Gordon Ekster
Carol Gordon Ekster
Carol Gordon Ekster was a passionate elementary school teacher for thirty-five years. Now retired, Carol is grateful that her writing allows her to continue communicating with children. She is the author of Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You which won 3rd place in the children’s category of the Catholic Press Association Book Awards and was also a finalist for the ACP Excellence in Publishing Awards 2016. Her picture book, You Know What?, came out first in Dutch with Clavis Books and the English version released 2017. It was a CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards Nominee for Talk (2018) and a finalist for the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award in the New England region, 2018. The Korean language edition came out 2019. Some Daddies, illustrated by Javiera Maclean Alvarez released May 2022 with Beaming Books. Trucker Kid, illustrated by Russ Cox comes out spring 2023 with Capstone.
She’s a member of SCBWI, 12x12, The Writing Barn’s Courage to Create, and part of the group blog, WritersRumpus. When Carol is not in a critique group or at her computer she might be doing yoga or biking. She lives in Andover, Massachusetts with her husband Mark.
Karyn Friedman Everham
Karyn Friedman Everham
From an early age, Karyn knew she loved school and the stories of childhood. Becoming a writer never crossed her mind—that was the business of gods who birthed fully formed worlds—what she wanted to be was a professional reader. When that job fell through, she became a teacher, which led her to the Head Start program and the Peace Corps. A few years later she briefly became a student again, to study library science. In Children's Lit her professor gently read to the class. Everyday clothes and close-cropped graying hair couldn’t hide the prof’s identity: she was a fairy godmother. She sat on top of her desk, tiny feet dangling, granny glasses perched low, and spun tales into being. That's when Karyn knew she wanted to be on that desk sharing stories of her own with kids.
A tween at heart, Karyn loves writing stories that intertwine the humor and heartache unique to early adolescence.
Karyn is very lucky to have hiked the foothills of the Himalayas, climbed Mount Mulanje, and made homes in the Cascades and Caribbean National Forest, but her favorite peaks are the cloud mountains of home, Southwest Florida, where she and her husband live with an assortment of tailed companions.
Carol Coven Grannick
Carol Coven Grannick
Carol Coven Grannick is an author, poet, and chronicler. Her poetry and fiction for young children has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous magazines, including Hello, Babybug, Highlights, Ladybug, and Cricket. She is a regular columnist for the Illinois SCBWI Prairie Wind, reporter for Cynthia Leitich Smith's award-winning blog, Cynsations, and a member of the GROG blog. Her awards include: Finalist, 2014 Katherine Paterson Award at Hunger Mountain (VCFA) Honorable Mention, 2018, Sydney Taylor Manuscript Competition Ragdale Foundation Writing Residency, 2016 Illinois Arts Council Grant, 2019. She is a member of The Society for Children's Writers and Illustrators and The Chicago Writers Association. She looks forward to many conversations with young readers about REENI'S TURN.
Judith Henderson is a creator of children’s content. She is an author, an Emmy Award winning composer, as well as an illustrator, and children’s TV producer.
Judith started in advertising as a copywriter and wrote jingles for over 600 North American campaigns.
She is the author of Big Words Small Stories, a three-book series which is now being aired as an animated television series.
Judith has other published books. AAAlligator! (illustrated by Andrea Stegmaier), This is a Dog Book! (based on her dog designs and illustrated by Julien Chung), Dee and Apostrofee (illustrated by O’Hara Hale).
In 2021, Judith signed six new deals: a three-book deal for Willa and Wade (Kids Can Press). A picture book story about elite basketball player, Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir – The Bouncing of The Ball Is The Beating Of My Heart (Kids Can Press), Grandmothers Galore co-authored with Ellen Yeomans, (Abrams), Love is in the Bear illustrated by Nahid Kazemi (Owl Kids), and two titles with Reycraft – How to Dragon and Becca the Brave (a three-book deal).
Judith loves skiing, donuts and dogs. She likes more stuff, but that will do for now.
Spencer Hyde is the author of Waiting for Fitz and What the Other Three Don’t Know. Stories have a way of changing lives—Spencer learned that the first time he picked up a Tom Stoppard play and realized words can nudge the world and build bridges to hope. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Brigham Young University. Spencer and his wife, Brittany, are the parents of four children. His next novel is about the thousands of unexploded bombs from the Second World War.
Peggy Robbins Janousky
Peggy Robbins Janousky
Peggy Robbins Janousky was born in New York City, but spent the rest of her childhood dreaming of becoming a country girl. She now lives in a small town in Florida where chickens are protected citizens and sandhill cranes wander the streets.
Peggy's writing is just as quirky as the town that she lives in. She is especially drawn to humorous picture books as well as all forms of poetry. Much to the disgust of her family, Peggy naturally thinks in verse. It is a habit that she does not plan on breaking.
Peggy holds a master's degree in education and has taught on all levels- preschool through college. She has a diverse background in international student affairs, special education, as well as parenting and cross cultural education. Her dream is to combine her educational background with her writing, to help make a difference in a child's life.
To learn more about Peggy, please visit her at PeggyinPrint.com.
Joni Klein-Higger is an award-winning children’s book author, songwriter and musical theater playwright. Barnyard Bubbe’s Hanukkah,(Kar-Ben Publishing, 2019,) a board book Joni co-wrote with Barbara Sharf, was a #1 Amazon Best Seller and made The Washington Post Top Ten Holiday Books list. Her middle grade novel, Coby Ryan Harris is Officially Fat, won a Children’s Literary Classics Gold Award, and her picture book, Rainbow of Friendship, is the recipient of the 2015 Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award. Joni’s songs have been recorded by various artists, have been featured in motion pictures, and her children’s songs and musicals can be frequently heard ringing throughout the halls of preschools, elementary schools and middle schools across the country.
Joni [email protected]
Joni Klein-Higger Books
Raised in India, Shachi worked as a lawyer. She moved to Texas a couple of years ago with her husband to begin a new life. As an active community member, she volunteers at the RoundRock Public Library. She hosts a monthly bilingual Hindi-English Storytime. Over the years, Storytime has become popular within the community, receiving a great response from parents. The joy bought to children’s faces by reading stories has always been the driving force of Shachi. She receives immense pleasure and gratification with her Storytime acts for children. As a result, she decided to look for other ways to spread the joy of stories and activities stories. She now works in animation production and on the side creates content on her YouTube Channel and monthly activity book ‘SmartyHathy’.
She also spends time mentoring students, which further helps her develop new ideas to serve the Children-Parent community through her book writing. She is a monthly contributor to Austin South Asian for the “Picture Book World” column, and her
articles have also appeared in Austin Family and BrownGirl Magazine.
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOYEBMsMlgSc-yKZ6wytnQg
Elaine Kiely Kearns
Elaine Kiely Kearns
Elaine Kiely Kearns is a picture book and middle-grade author and the founder of the children's writing website, KidLit411. Armed with a master's degree in Education and working from her home office, she spends her time perusing the internet for golden nuggets of information about children's writing and creating her own stories. Her debut picture book, Noah Noasaurus, illustrated by Colin Jack (Albert Whitman) published in April 2019. She lives in New York with her husband, daughters, and a menagerie of animals. She is represented by Jonathan Rosen of the Seymour Agency.
Fred Koehler is an artist and writer whose real-life misadventures include sunken boats, shark encounters, and getting caught in a hurricane. Whether free diving in the Gulf of Mexico or backpacking across Africa, Fred's sense of adventure and awe of nature overflow into his characters' stories. He won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for his illustrations for One Day, The End.
Fred is passionate about encouraging young artists, promoting unity, and conserving our environment. He lives in Florida with his wife, kids, and a rescue dog named Cheerio Mutt-Face McChubbybutt.
Ann D. Koffsky
Ann D. Koffsky
Ann D. Koffsky is the author and illustrator of more than thirty-five books for kids including Creation Colors, the Kayla & Kugel series and Judah Maccabee Goes to the Doctor. Several of her books have been PJ library selections, and her book Noah’s Swimathon received a Sydney Taylor notable designation from the Association of Jewish Libraries.
Ann has also illustrated 100+ greeting cards and products for companies like Hallmark Cards, Costco and Great Arrow Graphics. Her artwork combines painted textures with collage and papercut techniques.
Previously, she was an editor and art director at Behrman House Publishers and an adjunct professor of art at Yeshiva University.
Ann lives on Long Island, NY with her husband and children. You can see more of her work at www.annkoffsky.com.
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Lillie Lainoff is a writer, a fencer, and now, a writer who writes about fencing. She doesn’t understand why her parents gave such a clumsy eight-year-old a saber, but she’s thankful for it every day. A former Div I NCAA athlete and NCAA Championship competitor, she currently coaches fencing and is the founder of Disabled Kidlit Writers. Her writing has received awards from the Los Angeles Review, Glimmer Train, and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and has been featured in The Washington Post Outlook and Washington City Paper, amongst other places. ONE FOR ALL (FSG, Winter 2022) is her debut novel.
Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn't afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public just ask her husband and three kids. She lives just outside Cincinnati and writes adult contemporary romance as Macy Beckett.
Lorie Langdon is an Amazon best-selling author of YA novels such as; the Doon Series, Gilt Hollow, and Olivia Twist, which has received a starred review from Booklist Magazine and was picked up by Target Stores across the nation. She is an international speaker who has been featured on such media outlets as; USAToday.com, NPR Radio, EntertainmentWeekly.com, RedbookMagazine.com, and Girl’s Life Magazine. Chapters Interactive Stories developed her fantasy series into a ‘choose your own ending’ mobile video game.
And in 2019, Olivia Twist was contracted for film development by Lonetree Entertainment. Lorie is a self-professed Wonder Woman Wannabe who lives in Ohio with her husband and two superhero obsessed teenage sons.
Alice Lin started dreaming up stories in sixth grade and now writes young adult fiction. With a working background in libraries, she is an avid reader who loves to get lost in other people’s imagination. Her favorite genres include contemporary YA & MG fiction, and YA & adult fantasy.
"FIREWORKS is her debut novel (Underlined, June 2022)
Heather Macht, author of REX THE...WE-DON'T-KNOW (Pelican, 2020), THE ANT FARM ESCAPE! (Pelican, 2019), and YOU MAY JUST BE A DINOSAUR (Pelican, 2015), is an active children's author who has been creating stories since the third grade! She earned her degree in fine arts from Florida State College at Jacksonville and holds a career as an I.T. professional and a full-time mom. Macht’s an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, is a volunteer judge for Rate Your Story, and lives with her family in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. In her spare time, she dwells in poetry and picture books, and enjoys painting beach scenes and monsters of all sorts.
For more, visit www.heathermacht.com.
Professor of English at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published 13 collections of poetry—including Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (Yellowglen Prize); Begin with a Question (International Book Awards Winner), and Heart Speaks, Is Spoken For, an ekphrastic collaboration with photographer Karen Elias—the prose collection What She Was Saying; 4 children’s and YA books—including Inside Out: Poems on Writing and Reading Poems with Insider Exercises (Finalist International Book Awards), A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry; I’m Feeling Blue, Too! (2021 NCTE Notable Poetry Book), and Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems. She is the great-grandniece of Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who helped break the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to Major League Baseball.
In addition, Marjorie is co-editor with Jerry Wemple of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (PSU Press) and the forthcoming Keystone: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. In the Museum of My Daughter’s Mind—her ekphrastic collection based on 18 paintings by Anna Lee Hafer (www.hafer.work ) + work by Margaret Munz-Losch, Greg Mort, and others—is forthcoming. Assistant editor of Presence and chair of the 2020 Lee Bennett Hopkins Children’s Poetry Book Award, she presents worldwide. Please see www.marjoriemaddox.com
Bethany Mangle is an author of young adult contemporary fiction. Her debut novel, PREPPED, will be published in spring 2021 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. She lives and writes in Mississippi. She can be found online at
www.bethanymangle.com or on Twitter as @bethanymangle.
Lynne Marie is the author of HEDGEHOG GOES TO KINDERGARTEN - illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic 2011), HEDGEHOG's 100th DAY OF SCHOOL (Scholastic 2017) and THE STAR OF THE CHRISTMAS PLAY - both illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books 2018), MOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE SCARES - illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling 2019 and Scholastic 2019), and a nonfiction picture book, LET’S EAT - MEALTIME AROUND THE WORLD - illustrated by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books 2019) and AMERICAN PIE - illustrated by Dea Lenihan (Dancing Flamingo Press, 2022). When she’s not observing the bees and enjoying honey-tasting, she lives on a lake in South Florida with her family, a Schipperke named Anakin and several resident water birds. You can learn more about her at www.LiterallyLynneMarie.com.
Becca McMurdie is an elementary school principal, a children’s author and a nature explorer. As an educator, helping kids discover books they love is one of her favorite things to do. If she gets them hooked on a series, even better! As an author, she writes fiction and nonfiction picture books to inspire young readers to care for our planet and for each other.
She has a BA in International Studies from Kalamazoo College in Michigan, and a Masters in Elementary Education from Lehman College in New York.
When she is not at her school or at home writing or researching a new story, she journeys off to beaches, mountains and rainforests any chance she gets. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, she has lived in Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica and currently resides in New York City.
Becca is a member of SCBWI and the 12x12 Picture Book Challenge. She was a 2022 #PBParty Finalist and a 2022 #50PreciousWords Award Winner.
Becca is represented by Joyce Sweeney.
Anne Marie Meyers
Anne Marie Meyers
Ann Marie Meyers grew up in Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband, daughter and two cats. She has a degree in languages and translates legal and technical documents from French and Spanish into English. In addition to being an active member of SCBWI, she is one of the organizers for SCBWI Canada East’s membership ‘Get Togethers’ in the Toronto area.
Although Ann Marie initially started writing for adults, when her daughter was born she kept getting ideas for stories that would appeal to kids. Her first children’s book, a middle grade fantasy entitled Up In The Air, was an Amazon best seller. Ann Marie has also won grants from the Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Arts Council and Recommender Grants associated with the Toronto Arts Council for two of her Works In Progress.
As a children's book illustrator Cathy is passionate about nature, science, and the environment. She’s illustrated over 40 picture and board books, a historical fiction chapter book series as well as being a published author/illustrator.
Cathy graduated from East Texas State University, (now Texas A&M) earning a double major in fine arts and education. The school’s arts program had world class instructors such as NY Society of Illustrator Hall-of-Famer, Jack Unruh, industrial artist, Karl Umlauf and printmaker, Lee Baxter Davis. Former alumni include cult comic illustrator Gary Panter and photographer Mark Seliger. Students graduated with a creative spirit, strong work ethic, and the knowledge that a lifelong career in the arts is not for sissies.
Before breaking into publishing Cathy worked as an animator, editorial and advertising illustrator and graphic designer. She’s a member of SCBWI, NSTA and International League of Conservation Writers. She’s participated in Julie Hedlund's 12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge and Arree Chung's Storyteller Academy.
Cathy’s studio is in the foothills northwest of Fort Collins in Glacier View Meadows with a panoramic view of Rocky Mountain National Park. She enjoys hiking as well as gardening, especially with native, drought-tolerant plants that encourage pollinators.
Nora Nickum is a children’s author, writing fiction and nonfiction picture books and middle-grade books. Her stories often celebrate the quirkiness and diversity of animals and nature. Nora is the author of the forthcoming middle-grade nonfiction book SUPERPOD (Chicago Review Press, 2023) about the endangered Southern Resident orcas and the people working to help them with everything from medicine and laws to drones and dogs. Her debut picture book will also be out in 2023 and she continues to have stories published in Cricket magazine.
In addition to being a writer, Nora works in ocean conservation. She lives on Bainbridge Island, WA, with her husband and daughter, and loves exploring forests and tidepools and watching for whales.
Jyothi is a South East Asian writer and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She leads product management at a major software company and works on artificial intelligence and machine learning. She was selected among the top 80 upcoming world leaders and was trained on exponential technologies at Singularity University. She earned a full scholarship to work on a project at Mars Desert Research Station. She was also featured by Amazon science as one of the four women making machine learning accessible.
Jyothi always loved picture books but as a child she was disheartened when she could not find books that represented her. When her daughter was born in 2019, she was determined to provide her child with mirrors and windows to her rich Indian heritage. Her picture books focus on topics that bring the world closer for our children.
In her spare time, Jyothi loves to dance Kuchipudi, a traditional classical dance of India and paint using oil and acrylic mediums.
Aixa Pérez-Prado is a native of Argentina who immigrated to the United States as a small child. She is a writer, illustrator, translator and professor at Florida International University with a PhD in Social Science and Education. Aixa has lived in Argentina, the U.S., Costa Rica, Morocco and Brazil, and draws inspiration for her stories and illustrations from these diverse locations. Aixa has published two academic books on teaching through critical and creative thinking strategies and created the cover art for both texts. Her current passion is writing and illustrating picture books aimed at giving diverse children a chance to see their multilayered identities represented through stories that resonate with heart and humor.
Aixa writes in both Spanish and English and enjoys mixing languages in her prose. Similarly, she loves illustrating by employing different techniques in a whimsical style including watercolor, acrylic, ink, and digital. She especially enjoys combining all of these elements through collage. Aixa has been a finalist in several writing and illustration contests including two honorable mentions in Florida SCBWI’s Rising Kite Contest, and is the KidLit 411 banner illustrator for November 2021. Aixa is represented by Joyce Sweeney.
Akure Phénix is a current graduate student at Harvard University, and alumna of Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign '18. She is also a 2017 Pitchwars winner and author of both young adult & adult fiction. She is currently based in Cambridge, MA.
Nancy Roe Pimm
Nancy Roe Pimm
Nancy Roe Pimm is a public speaker and an award-winning author of many books and articles for children, including the picture book Fly, Girl, Fly! and several middle-grade and young adult biographies. The State Library of Ohio named Nancy as a “Choose to Read Ohio” author and recognized her work by including her on the Ohio Literary map along with sixty-eight authors who won major literary awards. Five of her books are Junior Library Guild selections and her nonfiction book Colo’s Story was chosen to represent the state of Ohio at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.
Nancy has served on faculty at SCBWI conferences, taught narrative nonfiction at the Thurber House in Columbus, and is a Rate Your Story judge. She teaches in-person and virtual writing workshops, and she enjoys visiting schools and organizations to encourage the next generation to explore all possibilities, believe in their dreams, and never give up. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Nancy now resides with her husband Ed, who is a retired NASCAR and Indy Car driver. They have three daughters and two grandsons, and they share their Plain City, Ohio home with two cattle dogs, one cat, and a snake.
Stacie Ramey is the author of The Sister Pact, a contemporary realistic Young Adult novel which was named a YALSA 2016 Popular Paperback and a 2015 PSLA Top 40. Her sophomore novel, The Homecoming was awarded a Florida Book Award. Kirkus called her third book, The Secrets We Bury " A sensitive, funny, and sometimes awkwardly romantic story of survival and self-awareness" and also named it to its list of 13 YA Books Both You and Your Teen Will Enjoy. It’s My Life is about a high school junior with cerebral palsy, who is on the verge of giving up on herself until she learns that her childhood crush has moved back to town. When Stacie’s not writing, she engages in Netflix wars with her children or beats her husband in Scrabble, all while watching the Florida Gators and Penn State Nittany Lions play (Go Gators).
Kiley Roache is the author of FRAT GIRL and THE DATING GAME, two young adult novels published by Inkyard Press, a division of HarperCollins. Kiley grew up in the suburbs outside Chicago, and has been writing since the 7th grade. She signed with a literary agent days before graduating high school.
She is a graduate of Stanford University where she studied Political Science. She authored both her books while she was still a college student, and once got up early to look at copyedits before painting her face for a tailgate.
Kiley has also worked as a journalist, and her bylines are in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Chicago Tribune’s teen publication The Mash, among others. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In 2018, she wrote an op-ed for The New York Times’s “On Campus” series entitled “The Future of Frats” arguing that fraternities should go co-ed. It was the lead story in the Times’s “The Edit” newsletter that week.
She now lives in New York City, where she is writing her third novel and running (very slowly) in Central Park.
Lisa Brown Roberts
Lisa Brown Roberts
Lisa Brown Roberts is the award-winning author of The Bookworm Crush, The Replacement Crush, and more. Her novels—featuring adorkable teens navigating family, friendship, and first love—have earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal. Her novel Spies, Lies, and Allies was selected by the Denver BookBar for their Local-to-Local program, which distributes books by local authors to community schools to encourage summer reading.
Lisa has presented at the Colorado Teen Literature Conference, Tattered Cover Teen Book Con, Denver BookBar Children’s BookFest, Denver Comic Con, SHINE Summit Day of Empowerment and Education for Young Women, Letters and Lines SCBWI conference, and the Northern Colorado Writers Conference. Lisa lives in Colorado with her family and loves to hear from readers.
Leah and Kate Rooper
Leah and Kate Rooper
Leah and Kate Rooper are sisters and fiction writers. They live in British Columbia, Canada. They love telling stories full of magic and adventure. When not writing, you can find them exploring the beautiful forests of their home, playing Dungeons & Dragons, or watching documentaries about the prehistoric!
Jonathan Rosen is a transplanted New Yorker, who now lives with his family and rescue dog, Parker, in sunny, South Florida. When not writing, he can be found with his family, most likely watching Impractical Jokers. Jonathan is proud to be of Mexican-American descent, although neither country has been really willing to accept responsibility. He is the author of Night of the Living Cuddle Bunnies, and its sequel, From Sunset Till Sunrise.
He is an administrator of FromtheMixedUpFiles.Com, a site devoted to MG books, and a founding member of SpookyMG.com, a site devoted to spooky middle grade. Jonathan is proud of the fact that between him and JK Rowling, they have more followers on Twitter than any other two Middle Grade authors combined.
Hi. My name is D.R. Rosensteel.
I write clean YA fantasy action-adventure stories wrapped around real teen issues like bullying, drug abuse, and peer pressure. There may be a hint of romance or a touch of horror, but there will always be action, action action!
My message to kids who feel different—stick together. We have the rest of the world outnumbered.
My message to parents—pay attention. The evils of bullying, drug abuse, and peer pressure are real, and our kids don’t always talk about it. Don’t be a helicopter, but never be afraid to be a parent. Our kids need our guidance and our love. It’s great that they have friends who have their backs, but it’s better that they know you do.
My message to Psi Fighters—Vanquish Evil, Do Right, Protect the Innocent!
Melissa Roske is a writer of contemporary middle-grade fiction. Before spending her days with imaginary people, she interviewed real ones as a journalist in Europe. In London she landed a job as an advice columnist for Just Seventeen magazine, where she answered hundreds of letters from readers each week. Upon returning to her native New York, Melissa contributed to several books and magazines, selected jokes for Reader’s Digest (just the funny ones), and received certification as a life coach from NYU.
In addition to her debut novel Kat Greene Comes Clean (Charlesbridge, 2017), Melissa’s short story “Grandma Merle’s Last Wish” appears in the Jewish middle-grade anthology, Coming of Age: 13 B’Nai Mitzvah Stories (Albert Whitman & Company). An active blogger for the popular MG website, From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-grade Authors, Melissa lives in Manhattan with her husband, daughter, and the occasional dust bunny.
Joanna Rowland is the award-winning picture book author of THE MEMORY BOX: A BOOK ABOUT GRIEF. She writes comforting books that offer support and encouragement to children during difficult times and fun books with a twist.
She’s a teacher by day and a writer by night. Joanna lives in Sacramento, California.
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Erin Danielle Russell
Erin Danielle Russell
Erin Danielle Russell is the author of the picture book, How to Trick the Tooth Fairy, and coauthor of eight books in the New York Times bestselling children’s series, Dork Diaries. Erin started her creative career as an award-winning cartoonist for the University of Michigan’s newspaper, The Michigan Daily, and then dove into the exciting world of children’s books and never looked back. When she’s not daydreaming or writing, she’s drawing, cooking, playing Dungeons & Dragons, or geeking out over fantasy books and TV shows. Erin lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Jacob, and her pet teddy bear, Stanley.
Erin Danielle Russell
René Saldaña, Jr. is the author of various books for children and young adults, among them The Jumping Tree(2001), The Whole Sky Full of Stars (Wendy Lamb Books, 2007), A Good Long Way (Piñata Books, 2010), and the bilingual Mickey Rangel mystery series (Piñata Books). He also edited I SING : THE BODY, an anthology of young adult poems on body image (Flowersong Press, 2021). He is a professor of Language, Diversity & Literacy Studies at Texas Tech University, where he teaches children's and adolescent literature, classes on diversity in education, and various literacy courses. His poems have appeared in English Journal, The AMAE Journal, The Poetry Friday Anthology of Celebrations, Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican In America, Cutthroat, and The Big Windows Review.
Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley of Deep South Texas, he draws his inspiration for his stories from his Borderlands and Mexican American upbringing.
He is represented by Joyce Sweeney!
Chantele Sedgwick is a YA author, harpist, wife to one cute hubby and stay-at-home mom to four silly kids. She is the author of Love, Lucas, Switching Gears, Interlude, the forthcoming The Summer of Lost Things (June 4, 2019) and other titles. She's also a Gryffindor, Kit Kat hoarder, avid reader & lover of all things nerd. Chantele is represented by Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency.
Medeia Sharif was born in New York City and presently calls Miami her home. She received her master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. After becoming a voracious reader in high school and a relentless writer dabbling in many genres in college, she found her niche writing picture books, short stories, and novels for young people. In addition to being a published author, she’s a public-school teacher.
When she’s not writing, she is busy collecting recipes and is fond of baking. She also loves to garden and take care of her feline fur babies.
An Oregon native, Stephanie completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Education at Oregon State University and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Lewis and Clark College. Her professional life includes teaching children with severe behavioral challenges, school counseling and school administration. But now her love is working with illustrators and editors to create stories that range from quiet to quirky, poetry to prose. When she isn’t assisting door-to-door vacuum cleaner vampire salesmen, taking cows on shopping trips for muumuus, or helping garden slugs with their calligraphy, she can be found at home with her husband Brad and her labradoodle Milo.
Stephanie is a member of SCBWI and has served on the faculty of Oregon SCBWI at annual conferences and as a mentor to aspiring writers at Oregon Great Critiques many times. She is a three-time award winner for her contributions to Highlights for Kids and High Five Magazine.
Martha Seif Simpson
Martha Seif Simpson
Martha Seif Simpson is a wife, mom, librarian, and author. During her 26 years as Head of Children’s Services at the Stratford Library in CT, she has attended over 50 library conferences and dragged her kids along to many of them. The result is two more librarians to perpetuate the species. Martha is a long-time member of the American Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children and has served on numerous committees, including the Newbery Award. She is also a member of the Association for Jewish Libraries, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Author’s Guild.
Martha’s earliest publications were library resource books, starting with the first-ever manual for summer reading programs. She also published three picture books, including two Jewish holiday stories set in an old Eastern European toy store. When she is not working at the library or writing, Martha and her husband enjoy travelling. Martha is proud to be an #OwnVoices author and has more stories she hopes to share with young readers.
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Lucille Shulklapper’s work has been published in anthologies, literary journals, art reviews. and the Internet. She has also published five collections of poetry and a picture book, led workshops and film critiques, made recordings for the blind, and taught reading from K-college. Presently, she's composing music and lyrics. She holds a B.A. from Queens College, New York, and an M.A. in reading from Manhattan College.
Joyce Sweeney is the author of fourteen novels for young adults and two chapbooks of poetry. Her first novel, Center Line, won the First Annual Delacorte Press Prize for an Outstanding Young Adult Novel. Many of her books appear on the American Library Association's Best Books List and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers.
Her novel Shadow won the Nevada State Reading Award in 1997. Her novel Players was chosen by Booklist as a Top Ten Sports Book and by Working Mother magazine as a Top Ten for Tweens. Her novel, Headlock (Holt 2006), won a Silver Medal in the 2006 Florida Book Awards and was chosen by the American Library Association as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.
Her first chapbook of poems, IMPERMANENCE , was published in 2008 by Finishing Line Press, her second, entitled WAKE UP will be released by the same publisher this spring. She has had numerous poems, short stories, articles and interviews published; and her play, FIRST PAGE CRITIQUES was produced in 2011.
Joyce has recently switched to writing young adult fantasy fiction and is represented by Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour agency.
Marie Tang was born in Hong Kong, raised in New York City, and was a resident of Shanghai for over a decade. The unique characters and neon lights of the “Big City” have been an ever-present source of inspiration for her. As a child, she was neither encouraged nor discouraged to read so when she discovered the world of books as a young adult, Marie couldn’t help but read, study, write, and read some more. She was fortunate enough to spend several years as a literacy teacher. This has given her some of her most prized possessions, memories of reading aloud to kids. Marie sees herself as hardworking, mindful, and blessed for all the amazing experiences she’s been allotted. Her picture book manuscript, Tai Gong’s Celebration, won 2nd place in the 85th Annual Writers Digest Competition. Marie is a member of the SCBWI and an active participant in Julie Hedlund’s 12x12 Challenge.
Andrea Tripke is a children’s book writer/ illustrator holding a degree in fine arts, major illustration, from the Columbus College of Art and Design.
Her illustrated debut picture book “A Girl named October” published by Ripple Grove Press received a starred review. Excited by working in the children’s book industry and the thought of leaving a footprint behind through her books, she got hooked. She wanted to do more and began writing her own fictional and mostly humorous picture books.
In 2022, Andrea was the featured artist in the SCBWI-Florida newsletter and won the SCBWI-Florida portfolio people’s choice award.
She lives with her family in Melbourne, Florida.
As a child, Katie Venit mapped ant trails and listened to maple leaves in the wind. She wished goodnight to the stars and never missed a chance to smell honeysuckle. As an adult, she continues to search for wonder in everyday objects and moments. Her heartfelt and STEM-loving writing illuminates everyday wonder through lyrical prose or science-driven deep-dives.
Katie’s debut picture book FORTS will be released by Viking in 2023. Her flash fiction for adults has been nominated for Best of the Net and Best Small Fictions. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two kids. She is a member of SCBWI and sits on the advisory board of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild.
Her website is www.katievenit.com.
Nancy Viau is the author of eleven books for children ages two to twelve including PRUETT AND SOO (Two Lions, 2022) and TODAY IS A BEACH DAY! (Albert Whitman, 2020). She especially loves creating picture books because, not only does she act like a kid most days, she enjoys seeing how talented illustrators bring her words to life.
A former teacher and librarian, Nancy resides in New Jersey and splits her time between the country (where cows outnumber cars) and the shore (where shoes are optional). Her inspiration comes from nature, her travels throughout the U.S. and various countries, and the antics of her four children who quickly turned into adults. Nancy often visits schools, libraries, and bookstores to present programs and workshops and believes that any day she gets to hang out with kids is a good day.
More about her writing life and adventures here:
Beth Vrabel is author of the Cybils’-nominated Caleb and Kit, ILA award-winning A Blind Guide to Stinkville, JLG-selection A Blind Guide to Normal, The Reckless Club, the Pack of Dorks series, and The Newspaper Club. She lives in Connecticut with her family.
Jenna has always had a passion to create for children, from her playful greeting cards, to her
work as a toy designer. She is the author of the picture books LARRY’S LATKES and
SHARKBOT SHALOM (Apples & Honey Press, Fall 2021), and PURR-IM TIME! (Apples & Honey Press, 2/1/23).
All three of Jenna’s releases are PJ Library selections. She is also a
poetry contributor to Cricket Media. Jenna and her husband, their two boys, and three cats
(Margot, Midnight, and Pippa) have made Northern CA their home; where there is always an
experiment bubbling, or fort construction underway—plenty of inspiration for new poems and
books! Jenna is represented by the lovely Joyce Sweeney.
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Donnie Welch is a poet, author, and educator who has worked with students with intellectual, developmental, and multiple disabilities since 2014. He runs sensory and movement-based writing workshops inclusive for students of all abilities at schools, museums, and cultural centers in New York City including: the Rebecca School, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, the New York Restoration Project, and more. When not teaching or writing he can most likely be found hiking in Inwood Hill Park, the Hudson Valley, or along the Appalachian Trail.