Sarah Lariviere’s debut middle grade novel The Bad Kid (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) is a 2017 Edgar Award finalist. Sarah grew up in Champaign, Illinois, graduated with a degree in theater from Oberlin College, and has a master’s degree in social work from Hunter College in New York City, where she specialized... [More]
Stephanie Ledyard grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas, unsupervised and sunburned, exploring fields with her best friend and writing occasional poems for her grandparents. Stephanie earned her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Having worked as a language arts teacher, hospice grief-program coordinator, and reluctant organist, she... [More]
Vanessa Lee began her career in children’s literature writing critical theory for a Master’s Degree from Illinois State University. Not long afterwards, she set aside academics to write computer code professionally, something she had previously only done for fun. Three sons and a dare later, she reconnected with her kid lit roots and wrote her... [More]
Adam has traveled to six continents, performed on Broadway, and lived on a communal farm. He firmly believes that opening a book is a good thing, even if there are monkeys in it. Adam currently lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, Adam does a... [More]
Jonathan Lopes is a renowned artist who works within the medium of LEGO bricks. He focuses on a variety of genres including urban landscapes, conceptual art, and life-sized sculptures and is well known for his realistic and gritty urban scenes. Lopes’ work has been likened to the Ashcan School artistic movement and he has also been... [More]
Christina Mandelski is the author of the young adult novel The Sweetest Thing (Egmont, 2011). She lives in Texas with her family.
Meghan has created many award winning and creative nonfiction books for children. Her aim is to make learning about history, science, and the world both fascinating and exciting. As kids often say about Meghan’s books, “They read like fiction!” And that, precisely, is the goal! When Meghan isn’t working on a new book she can... [More]
Laura Ojeda Melchor grew up in Montana and can’t get it out of her mind, so she writes middle grade and young adult fiction steeped in the mountains and valleys of her childhood. In 2017, she graduated with a MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She loves... [More]
Beth Hamer Miles is the winner of the 2014 Katherine Paterson Prize in the YA category, and is a 2015 Hackney Literary Award winner. Her short-stories and novel excerpts can be found in Hunger Mountain—The VCFA Journal of the Arts, The Alalitcom; The Annual Journal of the Alabama Writer’s Conclave, and The Birmingham Arts Journal. Beth... [More]
You’ve probably seen Jessie Oleson Moore’s illustration work before. Since her days studying at the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, her work has become common sight around the internet via her well known baking blog, CakeSpy.com, a foodie fixture since 2007. The site prominently features recipes and baked good lore paired with her signature clever... [More]
Page Morgan is the author of the young adult Gothic thriller trilogy, The Dispossessed. She became intrigued by gargoyles when she came across an old, black-and-white photograph of a Notre Dame gargoyle keeping watch over the city of Paris. Right away, she knew she had to tell that gargoyle’s story. Page lives in New England... [More]
Erin Byers Murray is a writer and magazine editor. She is the author of the award-winning memoir Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm (St. Martin’s 2011) and co-author of acclaimed cookbook The New England Kitchen (Rizzoli, 2014).
Matt Myklusch is the author of Seaborne: The Lost Prince and the Jack Blank trilogy. He loves comic books, pirates, ninjas, robots, ninja-robot-pirates, and other equally real, equally important things. Matt lives in New Jersey with his wife and family, where he is always hard at work on his next book.