Meet The Mentors



Tameka Fryer Brown’s first achievement as a picture book author was receiving a First Prize award in the 2008 Cheerios® Spoonfuls of Stories® New Author Contest. Her debut title, AROUND OUR WAY ON NEIGHBOR’S DAY (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2010), has sold over 100,000 copies, with a large portion purchased by New York's Board of Education. Her second title, MY COLD PLUM LEMON PIE BLUESY MOOD (Viking Children’s/Penguin Random House, 2013) has been named a 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, a Bank Street College Best Book of 2014, a CCBC Choices Best Book of 2014, and one of NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2013. The forthcoming BROWN BABY LULLABY is scheduled for publication by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in early 2019. Visit her at Tameka's focus is picture books.

Since joining SCBWI in 2003, Donna Earnhardt's poetry and stories have been published in magazines (Highlights for Children, Rx for Writers) and with the greeting card company, Blue Mountain Arts. And in 2012, after a decade of writing and submitting her work, Donna celebrated the publication of her first picture book, Being Frank (Flashlight Press). Since its publication, Being Frank has been nominated for many award lists, translated into Chinese (with Korean language rights also sold) and featured in Toni Buzzeo's Reader's Theater (Library Sparks magazine/March 2013). Donna teaches poetry classes to children, has served as a judge for different writing contests, and was a board member of the non-profit writing conference, Write2Ignite for several years. Find out more at Donna's focus is picture books.


Stephanie Greene is the author of many early chapter books, chapter books and middle grade novels. Her most recent series is the Princess Posey Early Chapter book series from PUtnam.Her books have been named ALA Notable, a Horn Book Fanfare List selection, and on the Best Books list of The Horn Book, SLJ, and Bank Street College. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at the Vermont College of the Fine Arts. Stephanie is currently working on a picture book biography and a middle grade novelFind out more at Stephanie's focus covers chapterbooks and middle grade fiction. 

Lisa Williams Kline is the author of eight middle-grade novels, including ELEANOR HILL (Carus), winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award, PRINCESSES OF ATLANTIS (Carus), WRITE BEFORE YOUR EYES (Delacorte), and the 5-book SISTERS IN ALL SEASONS series (Zondervan).  She has also published a collection of short stories for adults entitled Take Me. A graduate of Duke University, she has a Masters in Radio, Television and Film from UNC-Chapel Hill, and an MFA from Queens University. Lisa has taught workshops in writing for young people to both adults and teens, and has edited several novels for a small press. Visit Lisa at Lisa's focus is middle grade novels.

Rebecca Petruck is the author of STEERING TOWARD NORMAL (2014) and WILL NOLAN EATS BUGS (March 2018), both with ABRAMS/Amulet. STEERING TOWARD NORMAL received a starred review and a Best Book of 2014 Blue Ribbon from the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. It was an American Booksellers Association New Voices selection, as well as a Kids Indie Next List title. It also received attention from Vanity Fair's Hollywood, the L.A. Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the International Reading Association, and ABC Best Books for Children. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, Fiction from UNC Wilmington. Visit Rebecca at Rebecca's focus is middle grade and young adult fiction.

Monika Schröder grew up in Germany and has worked as elementary school teacher and librarian at American international schools in Egypt, Chile, Oman and India. Monika used to review children's books for School Library Journal and Booklist. She has published four novels for young readers. Kirkus Reviews praised Monika's latest novel, BE LIGHT LIKE A BIRD, (Capstone, 2016) for its 'skillful characterization' and Publisher's Weekly called it 'a potent novel about grief.' BE LIGHT LIKE A BIRD is also an American Booksellers Association Best Children's Book 2016. Monika's book SARASWATI'S WAY (Farrar, 2010) is set in India and won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award and was also on North Carolina's Middle School Battle of the Books list. Her novel THE DOG IN THE WOOD (Boyds Mills, 2009), set in East Germany in 1945 and based on her father's experiences at the end of World War II, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. Her novel MY BROTHER'S SHADOW (Farrar, 2011) is set in Berlin 1918 and was a nominee for the 2014 New York State Reading Association's Charlotte Award. Monika is currently working on a detective story set in 19th century Calcutta. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Visit her at: Her focus is middle grade and young adult fiction.