LINDA ASHMAN is the author of more than forty picture books published by Penguin Random House, Disney-Hyperion, Scholastic, and other major houses. Her newest book,William Wakes Up(February 2019), illustrated by Chuck Groenink, is a companion toWilliam’s Winter Nap, a Junior Library Guild selection, which Booklistcalled “beautifully paced, rhymed and cadenced” in a starred review. Linda’s books have been included in the “best of the year” lists ofTheNew York Times, Parentingand Childmagazines, among others, and have been translated into many foreign languages. Linda is also the author of The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books, leads writing workshops, and contributes monthly to the Picturebookbuilders.comblog. Visit her at lindaashman.com.
Since 2007, SAMANTHA BELL‘s writing and illustrations have been published both online and in print. Her short stories, poems, and articles have appeared in magazines including Clubhouse Jr., Kids Ark, Hopscotch for Girls, and Boy’s Quest. For her first picture book project, she took on the role of illustrator to help create Cathy’s Animal Garden (Elva Resa PUblishing, 2009). After a number of other illustration assignments with Guardian Angel Publishing, she published her first picture book as an author/illustrator, The Perfect Pet (Arbordale Publishing, 2013). Samantha also teaches creative writing to middle school and high school students, works as a freelance editor, and writes for the educational market. She has presented workshops on writing and illustrating for SCBWI and Write2Ignite writing conferences as well as the Emrys Foundation in Greenville, SC. Find out more at https://samanthasbell.com.
TAMEKA FRYER BROWN is an award-winning picture book author. Her titles include AROUND OUR WAY ON NEIGHBORS’ DAY (Abrams BFYR) and MY COLD PLUM LEMON PIE BLUESY MOOD (Viking Children’s/PRH), which was lauded as a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, a Bank Street College Best Book, a CCBC Choices Best Book, an Abilene ISD Mockingbird Award nominee, a SIBA Book Award nominee, a Star of the North Picture Book Award nominee, and one of NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. Her work is also featured in the much heralded anthology, WE RISE, WE RESIST, WE RAISE OUR VOICES (Crown BFYR/Just Us Books). Brown’s forthcoming picture books, BROWN BABY LULLABY (FSG//Macmillan) and TWELVE DINGING DOORBELLS (Kokila/PRH) are scheduled for release in 2020 and 2022 respectively. To learn more about Tameka Fryer Brown, visit tamekafryerbrown.com.
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 novel. Find out more at http://www.stephaniegreenebooks.com Stephanie’s focus covers chapterbooks and middle grade fiction.
LISA WILLIAMS KLINE was such a daydreamer as a kid that she once stopped to pet a dog while running from third base to home. Fortunately, she ended up as a writer, where daydreaming pays off, and is the author of nine novels for young people, 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). Her forthcoming novel, One Week of You, will be published by Blue Crow Publishing in spring 2019. A graduate of Duke University, she has a Masters in Radio, Television and Film from UNC-Chapel Hill, and an MFA from Queens University. She has served as president of the Charlotte Writers’ Club, on the board of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, serves as a mentor in the SCBWI Mentor Program and critiques manuscripts for Writers’ Digest. She lives in North Carolina with her veterinarian husband, Jeff, and numerous spoiled pets. Their two daughters visit frequently with their dogs and as can be imagined they have a howling good time. Serving in the SCBWI Mentor Program is a special joy for Lisa. It’s an honor and an inspiration to help others shape their manuscripts
REBECCA PETRUCK is the author of BOY BITES BUG (2018) and STEERING TOWARD NORMAL (2014), both with ABRAMS/Amulet. BUG received a starred review from ABA Booklist, who said it’s “…funny, perceptive, and topical in more ways than one.” SLJ called it “a sure bet for reluctant readers.” STEERING TOWARD NORMAL was a BCCB Best Book of the Year, and an American Booksellers Association New Voices selection as well as a Kids Indie Next List title. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington, and is a mentor for Pitch Wars, Writing in the Margins, and POC in Publishing. She is represented by Kate Testerman of kt literary. Visit Rebecca athttp://rebeccapetruck.com and @RebeccaPetruck on Twitter.
MONIKA SCHRÖDER is the author of SARASWATI’S WAY, a story of an Indian street child and THE DOG IN THE WOOD, set in eastern Germany at the end of WWII. Her novel MY BROTHER’S SHADOW is set in Berlin 1918 and was a nominee for the 2014 New York State Reading Association’s Charlotte Award. Her latest novel, Be Light Like a Bird, was named a Best Children’s Book 2016 by the American Booksellers Organization and is a nominee for the North Carolina Youth Book Award 2017-2018. Monika grew up in Germany but has lived and worked in American international schools in Egypt, Oman, and Chile. Before moving to the US she was the elementary school librarian at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India. She now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with her husband and her dog.