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  Julie Abe is the author of the Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch middle grade fantasy series and the young adult novel, The Charmed List. Keep up with Julie’s latest books and adventures at or sign up for her newsletter at
Samira Ahmed was born in Bombay, India and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. She received her BA and MAT from the University of Chicago and went on to teach high school English in both the suburbs of Chicago and the New York City Public Schools. After she left the classroom, she worked in education non-profits, helping to create more than seventy small high schools in New York City. Samira is the New York Times bestselling author of Love, Hate, & Other Filters, Internment, and Mad, Bad, & Dangerous to Know.
  Jacqueline Alcántara is an illustrator and educator from Chicago. Originally a high school art teacher, she began her career in illustration after being laid off. In 2016 she received the We Need Diverse Books Illustrator Mentorship and now has four published picture books: The Field by Baptiste Paul, which was named a Best Book of 2018 by School Library Journal, Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, and Shelf Awareness; Freedom Soup by Tami Charles, which received four starred reviews and was named a Kids IndieNext Pick and a Kirkus Best Book of 2019; Jump at the Sun by Alicia D. Williams, which received four starred reviews, and her latest, Your Mama by NoNieqa Ramos, which has so far received three starred reviews. Jacqueline is on the board of the SCBWI Illinois Equity and Inclusion Committee and is excited to continue to promote this in children’s literature and across the illustration field. 
Mike Jung is the author of Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities, Unidentified Suburban Object, and The Boys in the Back Row, and contributed to the anthologies Dear Teen Me, Break These Rules, 59 Reasons to Write, (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, and The Hero Next Door. His books have been honored by the Bank Street College of Education, Children’s Book Council Reading Beyond List, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, Georgia State Book Awards, Iowa Children’s Choice Awards, Kansas State Reading Circle, National Parenting Publications Awards, Parents Choice Foundation, and Texas Bluebonnet Awards. He’s proud to be a founding member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks team, and lives in Oakland, California, with his family. Find Mike on Facebook, Twitter, or at
Nina LaCour is the bestselling and Michael L. Printz Award-winning author of four critically acclaimed young adult novels published by Dutton Books: We Are Okay, Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You. She is also the co-author of You Know Me Well, a novel written in collaboration with David Levithan and published by St. Martin’s Griffin. Nina is also a contributor to numerous anthologies, including Summer Days and Summer Nights, edited by Stephanie Perkins.
  Alvina Ling is VP and editor-in-chief at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (a division of Hachette Book Group) where she has worked since 1999. She edits children’s books for all ages, from picture books to young adult. She has edited such books as A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin; Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier; Shark Vs. Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld; Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer, The Wild Robot by Peter Brown, Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes, The Candymakers by Wendy Mass, The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, and The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. She Tweets with the handle @planetalvina and is on Instagram @alvinaling.
Kelly Starling Lyons is a children’s book author whose mission is to transform moments, memories, and history into stories of discovery. She has written more than a dozen books for young readers that span from easy readers to picture books and chapter books. Her acclaimed titles include One Million Men and Me, Ellen’s BroomTea Cakes for ToshHope’s GiftOne More Dino on the FloorA Girl Named MistyGoing Down Home with DaddySing a Song: How Lift Every Voice & Sing Inspired Generations and the Jada Jones chapter book series. Kelly lives in Raleigh where she facilitates a book club that celebrates literary treasures by Black children’s book creators of today and the past. She is also a founding member of The Brown Bookshelf. Find out more at
  Meg Medina is a Newbery Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author who writes picture books, as well as middle grade and young adult fiction. Her works have been called “heartbreaking,” “lyrical” and “must haves for every collection.” Her titles include: She Persisted: Sonia Sotomayor, with Chelsea Clinton; Merci Suárez Can’t Dance, one of the 50 most anticipated novels of 2021, according to Kirkus; Evelyn del Rey is Moving Away / Evelyn del Rey se muda, 2020 Jumpstart Read for the Record Selection and winner of the Margaret Wise Brown Medal in Children’s Literature; Merci Suárez Changes Gears, 2019 John Newbery Medal winner, and 2019 Charlotte Huck Honor Book; Burn Baby Burn, long-listed for the 2016 National Book Award,  short-listed for the Kirkus Prize, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, winner of the 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award; The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind, a 2012 Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year;  Mango, Abuela, and Me, a 2016 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book; and Tía Isa Wants a Car, winner of the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Award.
Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After, which won the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award. It was also a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and featured on over a dozen best-of-the-year lists, among other accolades. Emily co-created the Foreshadow anthology, teaches creative writing, and lives on Lenape land (in the New York City area). Her next novel will be published by Little, Brown in April 2022. Find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.
Baptiste Paul is a Caribbean-born children’s book author. He is a native Creole/Patois speaker who enjoys sharing stories of his experiences with anyone who will listen. His debut picture book, The Field, was inspired by his childhood in St Lucia, and received starred reviews from Kirkus, The Horn Book, and Booklist. Baptiste’s stories are fueled by his passion for diversity, inclusion, and uninhibited jwe (play).
  Miranda Paul is the award-winning author of One Plastic Bag and Water is Water, both named Junior Library Guild selections. Her titles have received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly in addition to being named to several recommended and “best of” reading lists. 10 Little Ninjas also was named an Amazon Best Book of the Month (August 2016). Miranda makes regular 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. Miranda also serves as Mentorship chair for We Need Diverse Books™, volunteers for Books for Africa, and is a regional advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers (Wisconsin Chapter). Learn more about her current and forthcoming titles at
Dow Phumiruk is an author and illustrator of several children’s picture books, including illustrations for the 2019 Cook Award-winning picture book biography Counting on Katherine, written by Helaine Becker, One Girl, written by New York Times best-selling author Andrea Beaty, Hugsby, her author/illustrator debut, and An Equal Shot: How the Law Title IX Changed America, written by Helaine Becker. She has been a member of SCBWI since 2011 and is currently a co-Regional Advisor of the Rocky Mountain chapter.
Greg Pincus is a novelist, poet, screenwriter, blogger, speaker, and social media consultant. He and his work have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and blogs and websites all around the globe. His latest novel, The Homework Strike from Arthur A. Levine Books, grew from a childhood fascination with oddball laws sparked by a book he ordered from a Scholastic Book Club flyer, where Strike itself eventually also became available to order, fulfilling a childhood dream. He can be found online at and as @GregPincus on Twitter.
  Paula Yoo is an author, screenwriter, and musician. Her latest YA non-fiction book, From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement (Norton Young Readers/W.W. Norton & Co. 2021), is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and received *Starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and ALA/Booklist. Her other books include the YA novel Good Enough (HarperCollins 2008), an Asian/Pacific American Award for Youth Literature honor book, and the IRA Notable picture book biographies Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story, Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story, and Twenty-two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank from Lee & Low Books. She has also written three books for Lee & Low’s “Confetti Kids” early reader series and has a chapter book series coming out in 2022 from Lee & Low. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in English, an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, where she was the recipient of the Larry Levis Fiction Fellowship. Website: