Society of
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Faculty: Digital Workshop Series 5.0


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  Joe Cepeda is the award-winning illustrator of more than thirty books for children while continuing to create images for magazines and other publications, as well as keeping an eager eye on the ever-changing landscape of illustration. Preferring grace over style, message over technique, and story over extravagance, Joe seeks to create work with integrity and authenticity at its core. Joe’s serpentine road through college began studying engineering at Cornell and finished with a BFA in Illustration from Long Beach State. Only months from leaving school, Joe took his wares to New York and secured a book contract after his first meeting with a publisher. He’s been illustrating books ever since. A sought-after presenter to schools and conferences, Joe relishes every new opportunity to share his experience and advocate for his craft. Joe is the president of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, SILA.
Debbi Michiko Florence is the author of middle grade novels Keep It Together, Keiko Carter, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection and New England Book Award finalist and Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai, starred review from Kirkus, Amazon Best Books, and a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. She is also the author of three chapter books series, including Jasmine Toguchi (JLG selections, the Amelia Bloomer and CCBC Choices lists, and a Cybils Award winner) and co-authored a picture book biography, Niki Nakayama: A Chef’s Tale in 13 Bites which received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. A former classroom teacher, Debbi has spoken on panels at conferences and book festivals, taught writing workshops for children and adults, and loves doing author visits at schools and libraries. She is on the faculty of The Highlights Foundation.
  Bruce Hale is an Edgar-nominated author-illustrator. He is passionate about inspiring reluctant readers to open books (and actually reads them). He has written 70 seriously funny books for children, including the award-winning Chet Gecko MysteriesSnoring Beauty (one of Oprah’s Recommended Reads for Kids), and the Clark the Shark books, one of which ended up in a McDonald’s Happy Meal (not the way you think). Bruce’s newest novel, Switched, was inspired by his dog, Riley. A recovering actor, singer, and Fulbright Scholar in Storytelling, Bruce is in demand as a speaker, having presented nationally and internationally at conferences, universities, and schools.
Tiffany D. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of YA novels, including the Coretta Scott King — John Steptoe New Talent Award-winning Monday’s Not Coming, the NAACP Image Award-nominated AllegedlyLet Me Hear A Rhyme, GROWN, and her forthcoming 2021 titles Blackout, White Smoke, and Santa in the City. She received her Bachelor of Arts in film from Howard University, her Master of Arts in media studies from the New School, and has over a decade in TV/Film experience. 
Laura Taylor Namey is the New York Times best-selling author of Reese’s Book Club pick A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, The Library of Lost Things, and When We Were Them. A proud Cuban-American, she can be found hunting for vintage treasures and wishing she was in London or Paris. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two children.
  LeUyen Pham is the award-winning and critically acclaimed illustrator of more than one hundred books for children. LeUyen (pronounced Lay-Win) is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Julianne Moore’s picture book series, Freckleface Strawberry, Kelly DiPucchio’s picture book Grace for President, and Shannon and Dean Hale’s middle grade series Princess in Black. LeUyen is also the illustrator of God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Alvin Ho series by Lenore Look, the VampirinaBallerina picture book series by Anne Marie Pace, and The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heiligman. Her more recent books include Love is Powerful by Heather Brewer, and the Caldecott Honor Book Bear Came Along by Richard Morris. LeUyen is the author and illustrator of Big Sister Little Sister, There’s No Such Thing as Little, A Piece of Cake, All the Things I Love About You, and The Bear Who Wasn’t There. She has also contributed to the Piggy and Elephant Like Reading! book series with her book The Itchy Book. She is also the co-creator, along with Shannon Hale, of the groundbreaking bestselling graphic memoirs Real Friends and Best Friends. Her latest self-authored endeavor, Outside, Inside, a chronicle of life in a Covid-bound world, will be released in Winter of 2021.  She has also teamed up again with Shannon Hale for their latest joint project entitled Kitty-Corn.