Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators



Kwame Alexander is a poet and author of eighteen books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Other works include Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band (The 2014 Michigan Reads One Book Selection), and the YA novel He Said, She Said (a Junior Library Guild Selection). He is the founder of Book-in-a-Day, a student-run publishing program that has created more than 3,000 student authors; and LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy project that builds libraries, trains teachers, and empowers children through literature. He visits schools and libraries, has owned several publishing companies, written for stage and television, produced jazz and book festivals, and taught in a high school. In 2015, Kwame will serve as Bank Street College of Education’s first writer-in-residence. Visit him at

Jim Averbeck works, plays, and evades the law in San Francisco, California. His first book, In a Blue Room, was a Charlotte Zolotow Honor book. His popular books, Except If and Oh No, Little Dragon! feature charming protagonists with pointy teeth. His book, The Market Bowl, was a Junior Library Guild Selection. A Hitch at the Fairmont is his novel for middle grade readers. His most recent book is One Word From Sophia. Spy agencies can find Jim online at

Bonnie Bader is the associate publisher of Frederick Warne, where she oversees the Peter Rabbit and Spot publishing programs, as well as the editor-in-chief of Penguin Young Readers/Early Readers program. The leveled reader program houses fiction and nonfiction readers from every imprint in the Young Readers division, including books from David Adler, Betsy Byars, Eric Carle, Paula Danziger, Jean Fritz, and Loren Long. The 8×8 picture book program, Penguin Core Concepts, includes both fiction and nonfiction titles. She continues to edit several best-selling series including George Brown, Class Clown and Magic Bone by Nancy Krulik, and Here’s Hank by Lin Oliver and Henry Winkler. Bonnie is a member of the SCBWI Board of Advisors.

Jenny Bent founded The Bent Agency in 2009; the agency now has nine agents, offices in New York City and London, and a strong focus on international rights. Her authors include SE Green, Tera Lynn Childs, AG Howard, and Lynn Weingarten.  She is actively looking for new clients across all categories of middle grade and young adult.  Her website is and you can find her on Twitter @jennybent.

Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of her debut novel, The Witch Hunter. She now lives in the Bay Area, California, with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George. Visit Virginia online at

Brenda Bowen is an agent at Greenburger Associates. Her clients include Chris Raschka, Rosemary Wells, Hilary Knight, Mike Curato, Julianne Moore, Tim Federle, Jasmine Warga, and many other wonderful writers and artists. Before becoming an agent, Brenda was editorial director at Simon & Schuster's Children's Books, Disney Publishing Worldwide, and Scholastic. Brenda also writes award-winning picture books and chapter books under the name Margaret McNamara. She will make her adult trade debut this summer with a novel called Enchanted August (Viking). She's looking to find a great middle grade novel at the conference. She loves very dark chocolate, in very small quantities. Follow @bbowen949 on Twitter.

Paul Brewer is an author and illustrator of children’s books.  He wrote and illustrated You Must Be Joking! and You Must Be Joking, Two! (Best-selling joke books, published by Cricket Books).  With his wife, Kathleen Krull, he co-wrote Fartiste (Simon & Schuster, 2008), Lincoln Tells a Joke (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), as well as a third humorous biography called The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013).  Paul and his wife live in San Diego, California.

Martha Brockenbrough is the author of a growing collection of books for young readers: the YA novels The Game of Love and Death and Devine Intervention, and The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy, a picture book. Both are with Arthur A. Levine at Scholastic, as is her forthcoming picture book, Love, Santa, as well as two Bigfoot picture books written jointly with Samantha Berger. Martha also wrote the nonfiction middle grade Finding Bigfoot for Feiwel & Friends. In addition to her work on SCBWI's Team Blog, she is the founder of National Grammar Day and author of the hilarious grammar guide Things That Make Us [Sic]. Martha has worked as a journalist for over twenty years and as a content strategist and marketer for more than a decade. She also wrote game questions for Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. Visit and on Twitter @mbrockenbrough.

Jordan Brown is an executive editor with the imprints Walden Pond Press and Balzer + Bray at HarperCollins Children’s Books.  In the ten years he has been in children's editorial, he has been fortunate enough to work with such esteemed authors and illustrators as Jon Scieszka, Anne Ursu, Gris Grimly, Steve Brezenoff, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Chris Rylander, Erin McGuire, Laura Ruby, Kevin Emerson, Christopher Healy, Greg Ruth, Dan Wells, Lois Metzger, M. Sindy Felin, and many others.  Amongst the books he’s edited are New York Times bestsellers, ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, an NPR Backseat Book Club Selection, and a National Book Award finalist, in addition to other accolades.  He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Peter Brown studied Illustration at Art Center College of Design and moved to New York City to pursue a career as an author and illustrator of children's books. Since then he has written and illustrated seven picture books, including Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and My Teacher is a Monster, and illustrated two others. His books have earned numerous honors, including two E.B. White Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, a Children’s Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year, two Irma Black Honors, five New York Times bestsellers, and his illustrations for Creepy Carrots, written by Aaron Reynolds, earned Peter a 2013 Caldecott Honor.  Visit

Priscilla Burris is an author/illustrator and native Californian of Hispanic descent. Creating characters and images from ink, whether in the real world, or digitally, Priscilla delights most in bringing out the element of expression, emotion, and what’s bursting to be shared from heart and soul and life! She is enthusiastically involved in the SCBWI as National Illustrator Coordinator and advisor, as well as a member of their Board of Advisors, and the SCBWI Illustrator Committee.  Learn more about Priscilla at

Joe Cepeda received his BFA in Illustration from California State University, Long Beach and also studied Engineering at Cornell University.  He is the illustrator of award-winning picture books such as What a Truly Cool World (Scholastic), Nappy Hair (Knopf), Mice and Beans (Scholastic) including The Swing (Arthur A. Levine Books), which he wrote as well as illustrated.  Mr. Cepeda has illustrated books written by numerous notable authors including Gary Soto, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Arnold Adoff, Monica Brown, Julius Lester and Toni Morrison.  He has also illustrated book jackets for many titles, including Esperanza Rising.  Mr. Cepeda received an ALA 2002 Pura Belpre’ Honor Award and the Recognition of Merit Award for 2000 from the George G. Stone Center for Children’s Books.  His work has been accepted to the Society of Illustrators shows in New York and Los Angeles. In addition to his illustrative work, Mr. Cepeda is sought after as a public speaker to schools and other groups. He is the current president of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. Visit On Twitter @joecepeda.

Jamie Weiss Chilton, Jamie Weiss Chilton, agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, represents children’s book in all genres, including picture books, board books, chapter books, middle grade, teen fiction, graphic novels, and nonfiction for all ages. Her clients’ recent books include, How to Surprise a Dad by Jean Reagan, Mimi & Bear by Janee Trasler, Bathtime for Chickies and Pottytime for Chickies by Janee Trasler, Stormy Night by Salina Yoon, Penguin’s Big Adventure by Salina Yoon, Friends and Frenemies by Jennifer Castle, and Endangered by Lamar Giles. 

Brandy Colbert is the author of Pointe, which won the 2014 Cybils Award for young adult fiction, and was named a best book of 2014 by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, the Chicago Public Library, and the Los Angeles Public Library. She has worked as an editor for several national publications, and currently works as a copy editor for magazines and books. Her next book, Little & Lion, is forthcoming from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She lives and writes in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter @brandycolbert.

Pat Cummings is the author/illustrator of over thirty-five books for young readers.  She also edited the award-winning series, Talking With Artists, which profiles prominent children's book illustrators. She teaches at Parsons and Pratt, and her children's book illustration class has a growing number of notable illustrator/authors among its graduates.  Pat serves on the SCBWI Board of Advisors as well as on the boards of the Authors Guild, the Authors League Fund, The Authors Guild Foundation, and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. She conducts a summer Children’s Book Boot Camp that brings writers and illustrators together with top editors and art directors from major publishing houses.  Learn more about Pat at

Mike Curato used to stare longingly at the shelves in the children's book section of every bookstore he walked into. While majoring in Illustration in college, he submitted his first book dummy to publishers during senior year. The journey to publishing would wind its way through ten years of falling down and getting back up. In 2012, Mike attended his first SCBWI Winter Conference, where he won the Portfolio Showcase, and where his character Little Elliot was discovered. Several months later, Mike had a three-book deal with Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. The first in the series, Little Elliot, Big City debuted in August of 2014 to critical acclaim. Since then Mike has signed contracts for four other books, and has no intention of stopping. Visit Mike on Twitter @MikeCurato and at

Kristy Dempsey grew up in South Carolina and now works as a teacher-librarian in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, a bustling city of five million people. She is the author of Me with You (Philomel), Mini Racer (Bloomsbury), Surfer Chick (Abrams) and A Dance Like Starlight (Philomel), a JLG selection, ALA Notable Book, Bank Street Best of 2015, CCBC 2015 Choice, and the winner of the 2015 Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text. Visit

Rana DiOrio founded Little Pickle Press in 2009 to create high quality, high impact media that catalyzes meaningful conversations with children. In 2015, she launched Relish Media, its YA imprint. Rana has also authored six picture books in the award-winning What Does It Mean To Be . . . ?® series. Striving to be the change it seeks, Little Pickle Press was named a Best for the World B Corporation for three consecutive years and ForeWord Reviews’ Independent Publisher of the Year in 2014. Follow her on Twitter @ranadiorio and Little Pickle Press @LPP_Media.

Emma D. Dryden is the founder of drydenbks, a premier children’s editorial and publishing consultancy firm. Emma has edited over a thousand books for children and young readers and many of her titles hit bestseller lists in USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly. Books published under Emma's guidance have received numerous awards and medals, including but not limited to the Newbery Medal, Newbery Honor, and Caldecott Honor. Emma speaks regularly on craft, the digital landscape, and reinvention, and her blog Our Stories, Ourselves explores the intertwined themes of life and writing. Follow her on Twitter @drydenbks.

Terri Farley is the best-selling author of the Phantom Stallion series for young readers and a contemporary Celtic fantasy nominated as a YALSA best book. She was honored by the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame and her HarperCollins books have sold more than two million copies in twenty-eight countries.  Farley is an advocate for the West’s wild horses and works with young people learning to make their voices heard. Wild at Heart: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them is her first work of nonfiction. Chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection, Wild at Heart is due out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2015. Visit

Paul Fleischman's novels, poetry, picture books, and nonfiction are known for their breadth, innovation, and lyrical language.  He's won the Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, a Newbery Honor for Graven Images, the California Young Reader Medal for Weslandia, and was a National Book Award finalist for Breakout.  His book Seedfolks has been used in citywide reads across the country.  In 2012 he was the United States' nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award for the body of his work.  Visit

Candace Fleming awarded herself the Newbery Medal in fifth grade after scraping the gold sticker off the class copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and pasting it onto her first novel–a ten-page, ten-chapter mystery titled Who Done It? She’s been collecting awards (her own, not Elizabeth George Speare’s) ever since. Today, she is the author of over thirty-two books for children, ranging from pictures books to middle grade fiction to award-winning biographies. Her most recent book, The Family Romanov, is the 2015 SCBWI Golden Kite winner for Nonfiction. Visit

Mem Fox is a retired Associate Professor of Literacy Studies and also Australia's most highly regarded picture book author.  Her first publication, Possum Magic is the best-selling children's book in Australia. This year marks its thirty-second in print, still available in hardback. She has written many other internationally best-selling books including Time for Bed, Where Is The Green Sheep?, and Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes. She has also written several nonfiction books for adults, including her renowned book for parents: Reading Magic. She lives in Adelaide, Australia, but travels constantly as an advocate for literacy. Visit

Stephen Fraser is a literary agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in New York City, a full-service agency which handles both juvenile and adult books. Stephen has been voted top agent for both picture books and middle grade fiction. One of his clients, Margi Preus, won the Newbery Honor Medal for her novel, Heart of a Samurai (Abrams/Amulet, 2010); another client, Carol Lynch Williams, won the prestigious PEN International Award for her young adult novel Glimpse (Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, 2010); and another client, Matthew J. Kirby, won both the Edgar award for best juvenile mystery and the PEN USA award for children’s literature for his middle grade novel, Icefall (Scholastic, 2011).  With over twenty-five years’ editorial experience at publishers including HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Scholastic, Stephen edited such creative talents as Mary Engelbreit, Gail Gibbons, Michael Hague, Ann Rinaldi, Kathryn Lasky, Brent Hartinger, Stephen Mitchell, Dan Gutman, Gregory Maguire, and Daniel Pinkwater.

Marla Frazee was awarded a Caldecott Honor for All the World and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever. She is the author/illustrator of Roller Coaster, Walk On!, Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert, The Boss Baby, Boot & Shoe, The Farmer and the Clown, as well as the illustrator of many other books including The Seven Silly Eaters, Stars, the New York Times best-selling  Clementine  series, God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant, and the upcoming Is Mommy? by poet Victoria Chang. Marla has three grown sons, a nervous dog, and an entitled cat. Visit

Julie Strauss-Gabel is the vice president and publisher of Dutton Children’s Books, a boutique imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group specializing in middle grade and young adult novels, publishing about fifteen books annually. Dutton does not currently publish picture books. Before joining Penguin in 2002, Julie held positions at Hyperion Books for Children and Clarion Books. Julie’s authors include Ally Condie (Matched series), Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark & Grimm), John Green (The Fault in Our Stars), John Grisham (Theodore Boone series), Nina LaCour (Everything Leads to You), Lauren Myracle (Winnie Years series), Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss), Carrie Ryan (Daughter of Deep Silence), Andrew Smith (Grasshopper Jungle), Maya Van Wagenen (Popular), and Meg Wolitzer (Belzhar).

Barry Goldblatt opened his eponymous agency in September 2000, originally focusing exclusively on children's books. Now in his fourteen year of agenting, his list has expanded to include some fiction for adults. His client list includes many stellar writers and illustrators, among them Christopher Barzak, Holly Black, Angela Johnson, Jo Knowles, Lauren Myracle, Genevieve Valentine, Colleen AF Venable, Ed Vere, Charles Vess, and Stephanie Yue. Visit

I. W. Gregorio is a practicing surgeon by day, masked avenging YA writer by night. After getting her MD, she did her residency at Stanford, where she met the intersex patient who inspired her debut novel, None of the Above (Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, 2015). She is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books™ and serves as its VP of Development. A recovering ice hockey player, she lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. Find her online at, and on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Instagram at @iwgregorio.

Karen Grencik became a literary agent because of a man she admired. She wanted the world to know his story, and in 2001 she accomplished her goal when Double Luck, Memoirs of a Chinese Orphan, written by Lu Chi Fa with Becky White, was published by Holiday House. Double Luck received many awards, including The Parents’ Choice Gold Award for Best Nonfiction. Karen’s next sale, George Hogglesberry, Grade School Alien, written by Sarah Wilson, was acquired Abigail Samoun at Tricycle Press. George Hogglesberry went on to win the coveted Golden Kite Award for Best Picture Book Text. In June 2011 Karen joined forces with Abigail Samoun to open Red Fox Literary, a boutique agency that specializes in children's book for all ages and genres. Karen has made the Top 10 Picture Book Agents list for the past three years, and she looks forward to helping authors achieve their dreams and to bringing many more fabulous children’s books to the bookshelves.

Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of fifteen children's and young adult novels, including the popular Ever After High trilogy and multiple award winners The Goose Girl, Book of a Thousand Days, and Newbery Honor recipient Princess Academy. She also penned three books for adults, beginning with Austenland, which is now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She co-wrote the hit graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack, and illustrated a chapter book, The Princess in Black, with husband Dean Hale. They live with their four small children near Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit or on Twitter @haleshannon.

Deborah Halverson is the award-winning author of Writing New Adult Fiction and Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies, as well as the teen novels Big Mouth and Honk If You Hate Me, the picture book Letters to Santa, and three books in the Remix series for struggling readers. Formerly an editor at Harcourt Children's Books and now a freelancer specializing in New Adult fiction, teen/tween fiction, and picture books, Deborah has been working with authors—bestsellers, veterans, debut, and aspiring—for twenty years. She is also the founder of the popular writers’ advice site and serves on the advisory board for the UC San Diego Extension “Children’s Book Writing and Illustrating” certificate program.

Daniel Harmon has been working in book publishing since 2003—first developing history projects at Greenwood/ABC-Clio, then acquiring pop culture books for Praeger Publishers, and most recently overseeing the publishing program at Zest Books, an independent publisher of nonfiction books for teens and young adults. Since joining Zest in 2012, Daniel has acquired Zest’s first book to sell in excess of 25,000 copies, developed Zest’s first three projects to receive starred reviews, and launched Pulp, a new imprint for older readers. He is also the author of the book Super Pop! (which Kirkus called “weird, witty, and endlessly entertaining”).

Patti Ann Harris is an executive art director at Scholastic Inc. where she oversees the art and design of the novelty imprint, Cartwheel Books and the picture book imprint, Orchard Books. With over twenty years’ experience in children’s publishing, she has had the pleasure of working with many esteemed illustrators on a variety of award-winning picture books. She enjoys mentoring young artists as they develop in their careers and exploring new book formats. In her role at Scholastic, she is focusing on developing new content for the preschool market in both novelty formats and traditional picture books.

Molly Idle is the creator of the Caldecott Honor-winning, wordless, Flora and the Flamingo. She is also the creator of some books that have pictures and words in them, like Tex Rex, winner of a 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award; Camp Rex, part of the 2014 Society of Illustrators Original Art Show; and most recently, Sea Rex. And sometimes, she creates pictures for books with words that other people write, like Zombelina. Molly lives in Arizona with her fabulous family, where she can be found at her desk, scribbling away with a pencil in one hand and a cup of espresso in the other. Visit for more information.

Varian Johnson is the author of four novels, including The Great Greene Heist, an ALA Notable Children’s Book Selection, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and a Texas Library Association Lone Star Reading List selection. His novels for older readers include Saving Maddie and My Life as a Rhombus. Varian holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and currently lives outside of Austin, Texas, with his family. His newest Jackson Greene novel, To Catch a Cheat, will be released in spring 2016. You can follow Varian on Twitter @VarianJohnson or visit

Allyn Johnston is VP & Publisher of Beach Lane Books, a San Diego-based imprint of Simon & Schuster. Among the authors and illustrators with whom she works are Mem Fox, Lois Ehlert, Marla Frazee, Jeanette Winter, Linda Davick, Cynthia Rylant, Debra Frasier, Arthur Howard, Jan Thomas, Lauren Stringer, Liz Garton Scanlon, Amy Schwartz, Avi, and M. T. Anderson. Books she has edited include the New York Times bestseller Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee and the New York Times bestseller All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee, both of which received a Caldecott Honor. Allyn is especially proud of the fact that Beach Lane has bought twenty-five projects from unpublished writers and illustrators since it began in 2008!

Aaron Karo is an author, comedian, and screenwriter. His books include Galgorithm, Lexapros and Cons, I’m Having More Fun Than You, Ruminations on Twentysomething Life, and Ruminations on College Life. He has starred in his own one-hour Comedy Central special “Aaron Karo: The Rest Is History.” He was born and raised in New York, currently lives in Los Angeles, and always pays on the first date. Visit him online at

Michelle Knudsen is a New York Times best-selling author of over forty books for young readers, including the picture book Library Lion (illustrated by Kevin Hawkes), the middle grade fantasy novels The Dragon of Trelian and The Princess of Trelian, and the young adult novel Evil Librarian, which was awarded the 2015 Sid Fleischman Award for Humor. Her most recent book is the picture book Marilyn's Monster (Candlewick, March 2015), illustrated by the wonderful Matt Phelan. Michelle also works as a freelance editor and writing teacher, and is a member of the Writing for Young People MFA faculty at Lesley University. Visit

Kathleen Krull is the author of the new Women Who Broke the Rules series. Her sixty plus books have garnered starred reviews and awards.  The Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC, honored her with its Nonfiction Award for her body of work that “has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children." She lives in San Diego with her husband and sometime writing partner, Paul Brewer, and can be visited at

Natalie Lakosil is an agent at the Bradford Literary Agency. Her specialties are children’s literature (from picture book through teen and New Adult), romance (contemporary and historical), cozy mystery/crime, upmarket women’s/general fiction and select children’s nonfiction. Her interests include historical, multicultural, magical realism, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, twisted and darker contemporary novels, middle grade with heart, and short, simplistic, quirky or character-driven picture books. A few of her recent sales include: Twas Noche Buena by Roseanne Thong (Viking), Trains Don't Sleep by Andria Rosenbaum (HMH), You Throw Like a Girl by Rachele Alpine (Aladdin), Island of Stars And Bone (Little, Brown), Piper Morgan Joins the Circus (Aladdin), Blonde Ops by Natalie Zaman and Charlotte Bennardo (Thomas Dunne/ St. Martin's). Visit Natalie’s blog

Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Chinese-American whose people came to California during the heydays of the cowboys.  She believes she still has a bit of cowboy dust in her soul.  A native of southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall.  After practicing law in the Silicon Valley for several years, she finally took up the pen because she wanted the perks of being able to nap during the day. Under a Painted Sky (GP Putnam's Sons) is her debut book, a YA historical fiction pitched as a young adult “Thelma and Louise.” Follow her @Staceyleeauthor.

Arthur A. Levine Books launched in 1997, a literary imprint of Scholastic Inc. This imprint introduced North American audiences to the work of great writers such as Markus Zusak, Francisco Stork, Lisa Yee, Dan Santat, Trent Reedy, and of course, J. K. Rowling, and continues that tradition with such  fabulous newcomers as Mike Jung, Martha Brockenbrough, Greg Pincus, Erin Bow, and Eric Gansworth. About thirty percent of the books the Imprint publishes are fully-illustrated, working with a group of artists that include the incomparable Shaun Tan, well-known masters such as Richard Egielski, David Small, Komako Sakai, and Axel Scheffler, and talented illustrators at the start of their careers such as Israel Sanchez, Shino Arihara, and Bethany Murguia.  Arthur is also an author whose recent books include Monday is One Day, illustrated by Julian Hector and  A Very Beary Tooth Fairy, illustrated by Sarah Brannen.  Find out more about Arthur at

Laurent Linn, art director for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, began his career as a puppet designer/builder in Jim Henson's Muppet Workshop, creating characters for various productions, including the Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island films. With Henson over a decade, he worked primarily on Sesame Street, becoming the creative director for the Sesame Street Muppets, winning an Emmy Award. Currently, at Simon & Schuster, Laurent art directs picture books, middle grade, and teen novels, including The Blessing Cup, by Patricia Polacco; All Different Now, by Angela Johnson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis; DRAW!, by Raúl Colón; Better Nate Than Ever, by Tim Federle; and the Rot & Ruin YA series by Jonathan Maberry. Laurent is on the Board of Advisors for SCBWI, and is Artistic Advisor for the annual Original Art exhibit at the Society of Illustrators in New York. He is also an author; his debut teen novel, Draw the Line, comes out in 2016. Twitter: @LaurentLinn and

Wendy Loggia is executive editor at Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books.  Wendy edits middle grade and YA fiction and is the editor of Teardrop by Lauren Kate; Hexed by Michelle Krys; Starters by Lissa Price; Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill; Joshua Dread by Lee Bacon;  Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski and the romantic thriller The Here and Now by Ann Brashares, to name a few. Contemporary romance, thriller, dynamic paranormal, and engaging writing are always on her wish list, and she’d love to see more contemporary middle grade projects, especially high-concept ones. She’s especially fond of debut writers, and has several SCBWI member debuts on her upcoming lists, including Charlotte Huang’s For the Record and Melissa Gorzelanczyk’s Arrows. You can e-mail one-page queries to her at with the subject line SCBWI LA QUERY.  No nonfiction, picture books, historical, or easy-to-reads.

Steven Malk is the third generation of his family to be involved in the children's book industry. The son and grandson of children's booksellers, he worked as a bookseller for six years before becoming an agent.  He opened a West Coast office for Writers House in 1998, where he represents a wide range of best-selling and award-winning authors and illustrators, including Jon Klassen, Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith, Mac Barnett, Kadir Nelson, Marla Frazee, Ruta Sepetys, Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis, Jennifer Donnelly, Matt de la Peña, Jory John, Cynthia Rylant, Adam Rex, Loren Long, Sara Pennypacker, Deborah Wiles, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Sonya Sones, Elise Primavera, Christian Robinson, Bob Shea and many others.  Follow him on Twitter @StevenMalk.

Nanette McGuinness is the translator of two dozen books for children and young adults, including the popular Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novel series, Dinosaurs Graphic Novels, Thea Stilton Graphic Novels, and the recently-released middle grade novels Mystery of the Scarlet Rose (Sherlock, Lupin & Me, #3) and Map of the Passages (Enchanted Emporium, #3). Upcoming in 2015 are: The Cathedral of Fear (Sherlock, Lupin, and Me #4); The Thief of Mirrors (Enchanted Emporium #4); Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novel #16: Lights, Camera, Stilton!; Dinosaurs 3D; and Dinosaurs Graphic Novels #4: Sea Monsters. Nanette is an award-winning opera singer, translator, and author who has performed in ten languages on two continents.  Visit

Stephen Mooser, President of the SCBWI, is the author of nearly sixty books for children. He began as the author of a number of reading programs including those for SWRL/Ginn, ABC and Harcourt, but most readers know Stephen for his trade books, which began with the publication of 101 Black Cats (Scholastic) in 1975, and continues through his most recent series, Goofball Malone, Ace Detective. He has written in every genre: picture books (The Ghost with the Halloween Hiccups), to series books (The Creepy Creature Club; It's a Weird, Weird School), to nonfiction (Lights! Camera! Scream!), to novels (Elvis Is Back and He’s in the Sixth Grade).

Rotem Moscovich is senior editor at Disney-Hyperion primarily editing picture books (Templeton Gets His Wish by Greg Pizzoli, Tommy Can’t Stop! by Tim Federle and illustrated by Mark Fearing) and middle grade novels (Hook’s Revenge and its forthcoming sequel by Heidi Schulz, Smek for President by Adam Rex). She loves picture books with clever characters and inspiring art, and connects with middle grade novels that have transporting writing with creative use of language, and characters with inherent motivation. Rotem received her Masters from Simmons College, Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. Follow her on Twitter @Spanish_Broom

Kristin Nelson established Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, in 2002 and over the last decade of her career has represented over thirty New York Times best-selling titles and many USA Today bestsellers. Children’s clients include Ally Carter, Marie Lu, Gail Carriger, Simone Elkeles, Shanna Swendson, Sherry Thomas, Stacey Lee, Marianne Mancusi, Rhiannon Thomas, Kim Reid, and Marcia Wells. She is currently looking for young adult and upper-level middle grade novels in all genres. Please visit for submission guidelines and her popular blog Pub Rants. Kristin can also be found on Twitter @agentkristinNLA and on Facebook

Lori Nichols grew up in Western Pennsylvania marveling at everything from acorns to frogs to big sisters and now makes books about them all. She is the author and illustrator of the award-winning picture book, Maple.  Her other works include: Maple & Willow Together and Maple & Willow Apart (summer 2015). Lori’s illustrated work can be seen in: This Orq. (he cave boy.) and This Orq. (he say ugh.) by David Elliott (fall 2015), as well as No, No, Kitten! by Shelley Moore Thomas. Learn more at

Jane O'Connor is truly a native New Yorker. She was born and raised on the glamorous Upper West Side and, after graduating from Smith College, returned to Manhattan to begin a career in publishing. She has worked at Scholastic, Random House and Penguin where she was president and publisher of mass market children’s books. She still works part time at Penguin Random House as vice president and editor at large. Jane has written more than eighty books for children including the best-selling Fancy Nancy books (HarperCollins), seven of which have hit Number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Disney Junior TV is slated to produce a half-hour animated series beginning in 2017.  Jane has also written two books for grownups, Dangerous Admissions (Harper, 2007) and Almost True Confessions (Morrow, 2013).

Lin Oliver is a children’s book author and writer-producer of television series and movies for children.  With Henry Winkler, she writes the New York Times best-selling book series, Hank Zipzer: World’s Best Underachiever, which is also a hit television series on the BBC.  She is also the author of the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk quartet, Sound Bender and The Shadow Mask, adventure/science fiction middle grade novels she coauthored with Theo Baker. Another series, Ghost Buddy, is being developed as a TV pilot by Amazon Studios.  Her latest works are the Here’s Hank series (with Henry Winkler) and the highly praised Little Poems for Tiny Ears, illustrated by Tomie dePaola.  She is the co-founder and Executive Director of SCBWI. Learn more at

Linda Sue Park began her writing life as a poet and believes that the many years of composing poetry have had a greater effect on her work than anything other than reading. She is the author of A Single Shard, awarded the Newbery Medal in 2002, and A Long Walk to Water, which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year and a half, as well as many other titles for young readers, including rhyming picture books. Learn more at

Miranda Paul is a picture book author who writes to inspire, entertain, and broaden horizons. Her debut, One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, and her second picture book, Water is Water, were both named Junior Library Guild Selections and received starred reviews from School Library Journal. She is the Executive VP of Outreach for We Need Diverse Books™ ( and the administrator of, a site for aspiring writers. Miranda believes in working hard, having fun, being kind, and using the Oxford comma. Learn more about her current books and several forthcoming titles at

Alexandra Penfold has been working in publishing for over a decade. Formerly an Editor at Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, she specializes in young picture books, middle-grade fiction, and young adult. Prior to becoming an editor, Alexandra was a children’s book publicist. She worked on media campaigns that appeared in USA Today, NewsweekUS News and World Report, and NPR’s All Things Considered. She’s the coauthor of New York a la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple’s Best Food Trucks and the author of three forthcoming picture books: Eat, Sleep, Poop! (A Memoir in Progress), illustrated by Jane Massey, We Are Brothers, illustrated by Eda Kaban, and Food Truck Fest, illustrated by Mike Dutton.  Follow her on Twitter @AgentPenfold.

Greg Pincus is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, blogger, and social media consultant. Through the wonders of social media, he’s sold poetry, helped himself land a book deal, ended up in the New York Times, the Washington Post, School Library Journal (multiple times), and many other interesting places… and also made friends and gotten free cookies on more than one occasion! You can visit him and find out more about his debut novel, The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic) at

Jodi Reamer has been an agent and an attorney at Writers House for twenty years. She represents a diverse array of children’s and adult book authors, all focusing on commercial fiction and nonfiction. Some of her amazing clients include: Stephenie Meyer (Twilight series), John Green (The Fault in Our Stars), Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), Ally Condie (Matched series), Carolyn Mackler (The Earth My Butt and Other Big Round Things), Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me series), Lisa Yee (Millicent Min), Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos (I am Amelia Earhart), Michelle Knudsen (Evil Librarian), and Dan Santat, this year’s Caldecott Medal winner for The Adventures of Beekle.

Adam Rex wrote and/or illustrated all the books you like including the New York Times best-selling Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, the New York Times best-selling Chu’s Day, and also a number of titles about which the New York Times has been strangely coy. His first novel, The True Meaning of Smekday, was adapted this past spring into the DreamWorks feature film “Home.” Having your book get turned into a movie is like that section in L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz where the woodsman systematically chops off all his body parts one by one and replaces them with tin. But in a good way? Like maybe with the heart still intact? This isn’t one of Adam Rex’s better metaphors. Visit

Lauren Rille is an associate art director at Simon & Schuster, where she works with the Beach Lane, Atheneum, and McElderry imprints. Before joining S&S, Lauren was a designer at Sterling and Harcourt Children’s Books. Some books she’s designed include Are You There God, it’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume, Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff; Scraps by Lois Ehlert, One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, and the New York Times best-selling Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman. Lauren loves the collaborative process of working with editors and illustrators, and she’s always on the lookout for fresh new talent.

John Rocco is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including Wolf! Wolf!, winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for best picture book; Moonpowder; Blizzard, and Blackout, a winner of the Caldecott Honor.  Rocco also illustrated Whoopi Goldberg's Alice and the covers for Rick Riordan's internationally best-selling series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus. Most recently, Rocco’s his first young adult novel, Swim That Rock, was a finalist for the New England Book Award. Visit

Jennifer Rofé has been an agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency for seven years. She represents projects ranging from picture books to YA, with middle grade being her soft spot. Some of Jennifer's clients include Meg Medina author of the Pura Belpré Award-winning novel Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass; Christina Diaz Gonzalez, author of The Red Umbrella and A Thunderous Whisper (Knopf/Random House); Joy Preble, author of The Sweet Dead Life series (Soho Press); Crystal Allen, author of How Lamar's Bad Prank won a Bubba-Sized Trophy and the forthcoming Mya series (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins); Kathryn Fitzmaurice, author of the middle grade The Year the Swallows Came Early (HarperCollins); and Denise Doyen, author of the picture book Once Upon A Twice (Random House). Jennifer also represents author-illustrators Eliza Wheeler (Miss Maple's Seeds, Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin), Mike Boldt (123 Versus ABC, HarperCollins), and Bob Boyle (Rosie & Rex, HarperCollins).

Eric Rohmann is an author/illustrator who won the Caldecott Medal for My Friend Rabbit (Henry Holt, 2003) and his debut picture book, Time Flies (Scholastic, 1994) was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 1995. Eric’s 2011 release Bone Dog from Roaring Brook Press, was named a HornBook Best Book of 2011, as well as a School Library Journal Best Book. His other titles include Last Song (Roaring Brook Press, 2010), A Kitten Tale (Knopf, 2008), Clara and Asha (Roaring Brook Press, 2005) and Pumpkinhead (Knopf, 2003). More recently, he illustrated Lois Lowry’s Bless This Mouse, a middle grade novel to be released by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children in March. His most recent pictures books with author Candace Fleming include Oh, No! (Schwartz & Wade, 2012) and Bulldozers’s Big Day (Athenaeum, 2015). Visit

Holly Root is a literary agent with Waxman Leavell Literary Agency, where she has represented authors of YA and middle grade fiction (as well as commercial fiction and select nonfiction for adults) for the past eight years. She opened a West Coast office for the New York City-based agency in 2011. Her clients include Rae Carson, Nancy J. Cavanaugh, Alan Gratz, Rachel Hawkins, Christina Lauren, C.J. Redwine, Victoria (V.E.) Schwab, as well as many debut and emerging authors soon to light up your bookshelves. Follow Holly on Twitter @hroot.

Susan Goldman Rubin is the author of Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, SCBWI's 2015 Golden Kite Honor for Nonfiction.  The book is also a 2015 ALA Notable and a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People 2015.  Susan has written many other award-winning books including Diego Rivera: An Artist for the PeopleEverybody Paints! The Lives and Art of the Wyeth Family, and Stand There! She Shouted: The Invincible Photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

Kathleen Rushall joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2011. She represents writers for all age groups of children’s literature, including picture books (both fiction and nonfiction), middle grade, and young adult novels. The most important element that draws Kathleen to any project is a strong voice and unforgettable characters. For novels, her taste runs the gamut from dark, edgy stories to lighthearted romance. She especially loves to find fresh voices with humor and heart. A few of Kathleen’s recent or soon to be published books include Backhoe Joe by Lori Alexander (HarperCollins), Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), The One Thing by Marci Curtis (Hyperion), It’s Raining Bats and Frogs by Rebecca Colby (Feiwel and Friends), How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes are Untied by Jess Keating (Sourcebooks), and Lady Pancake and Sir Fench Toast by Josh Funk (Sterling Children’s).

Abigail Samoun has edited and agented board books, picture books, middle grades, and YAs that have won such awards as the Pura Belpré honor, Ezra Jack Keats, Charlotte Zolotow, and SCBWI Golden Kite. Last year’s Star Stuff by Red Fox Literary client Stephanie Roth Sisson received three starred reviews, as well as an Orbis Pictus, ALA notable, and NYPL 100 Best.  Abigail started Red Fox Literary with Karen Grencik in 2011 and represents illustrators as well as authors working in a wide range of genres, from board books to young adult. Among her amazing clients are Sarah Watts, Teri Sloat, Dan Krall, Rosalinde Bonnet, Oliver Dominguez, Masha D’yans, Hannah Harrison, Deborah Blumenthal, and Jan Wahl. She’s also the author of The Little Traveler board book series, illustrated by Sarah Watts and published by Sterling, and What’s in Your Purse?, illustrated by Nathalie Dion and published by Chronicle Books.  Visit

Dan Santat has been a proud member of the SCBWI since 2001. He has since published over fifty books for children which include, the Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot series by Dav Pilkey, Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett which won the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators, and the New York Times best-selling book, Because I'm Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa. Dan has also the author of the graphic novel, Sidekicks, which has won numerous state book awards, and is the current recipient of the 2015 Randolph Caldecott Medal for his book, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. He is also the creator of the Disney animated series, The Replacements. Visit him at

Sara Sargent is an executive editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she acquires picture book, middle grade, and young adult fiction. Previously she was an editor at Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, where she worked with New York Times best-selling author Abbi Glines, National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti, Jennifer Echols, Aaron Karo, Julie Cross, and Martina Boone, among others. Sara also received her Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University. You can find her online at and on Twitter and Instagram @Sara_Sargent

Anna Shinoda was raised in a mountain town so small it lacked a stoplight. She used to escape into the high branches of trees to read and dream stories, out of reach from her own family skeleton. Eventually she climbed down with Learning Not to Drown, her debut novel. Visit Anna at and Twitter @AnnaShinoda.

Danielle Smith was the well-known blogger behind the online review site There’s a Book, voted the BBAW’s Best Kidlit Book Review Blog. Smith’s expertise in children’s literature led her to Red Fox Literary, where she works as a literary agent with some of the most talented authors and illustrators in the business including, Carolyn Crimi (Boris and Bella), Julie Falatko (Snappsy the Alligator: Did Not Ask to Be in This Book), Phyllis Root (One Stuck Duck and Scrawny Cat), Deborah Marcero (The Backyard Witch and Ursa’s Light) and many other incredibly talented writers and artists. Her client list includes both seasoned and debut authors and illustrators working in genres from board books to picture books to young adult novels.

Melissa Sweet has written and illustrated many children’s books, from board books to picture books and nonfiction titles. She wrote and illustrated Balloons Over Broadway, which garnered a Sibert Medal, and received a Caldecott Honor for A River of Words and The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus both by Jen Bryant, as well as two New York Times Best Illustrated citations. Melissa lives in Rockport, Maine. Visit her at

April Halprin Wayland is a seven-time recipient of SCBWI'S Magazine Merit Award for Poetry.  Her audio collection of poetry and stories won the National Parenting Publications Gold Medal; her poems appear in countless anthologies and on the US Children's Poet Laureate's website and in his anthology. Her newest book is More Than Enough (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016).  Others include New Year at the Pier, winner of the Sydney Taylor Gold Award; To Rabbittown, a Scholastic Blue Ribbon Best Seller; It's Not My Turn To Look For Grandma!, recommended on PBS's "Storytime"; and the multi-award-winning novel in poems, Girl Coming In For A Landing. Visit

Alison Weiss has recently joined Sky Pony Press as editor after six-and-half years at Egmont. Her focus is chapter books through YA. She loves everything from heartwarming middle grade to edge-of-your seat thrillers, and is especially eager to find a middle grade with a quirky family or a cozy feel, and a voice-driven, sweeping, romantic YA . She has worked with New York Times best-selling author Jessica Verday (Of Monsters and Madness), Agatha Award winner Penny Warner (The Code Busters Club series), YALSA-award winning Sarah Cross (Kill Me Softly and Tear You Apart), J&P Voelkel (The Jaguar Stones), Micol Ostow (Amity), Kristen Lippert-Martin (Tabula Rasa), Sasha Dawn (Oblivion), and Sarah McGuire (Valiant), among others. She also assisted on Christopher Myers's H.O.R.S.E., which won a 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award and the 2014 Odyssey Award. Follow her on Twitter @alioop7.

Andrea Welch is a senior editor at Beach Lane Books, a San Diego-based imprint of Simon & Schuster. She has the pleasure of working with a long list of wonderful authors and illustrators, including Douglas Florian, Robert Neubecker, and Angela DiTerlizzi. Recent books she has edited include the New York Times best-selling LMNO Peas by Keith Baker, Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff, and the Brownie & Pearl series by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brian Biggs. Andrea acquires projects for children of all ages—especially those that are filled with heart, humor, and irresistible characters.

Eliza Wheeler is the author-illustrator of Miss Maple's Seeds (Penguin), which debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. She has also illustrated other children’s books, including Holly Black’s Newbery Honor-winning novel Doll Bones (Simon & Schuster), Mara Rockliff's picture book The Grudge Keeper (Peachtree), and Pat Zietlow Miller’s picture book Wherever You Go (Little Brown). She received the Grand Prize Award for best portfolio at the 2011 SCBWI National Conference. Eliza is a northern Wisconsin native currently in Los Angeles, California. See her work at

Deborah Wiles writes picture books and novels for young readers and their adults. Freedom Summer won the Ezra Jack Keats Award, as well as the Coretta Scott King/Steptoe Award for illustrator Jerome Lagarrigue. Each Little Bird That Sings is a 2005 National Book Award finalist and Golden Kite Honor Book, and Revolution is a 2014 National Book Award finalist as well as the winner of the 2015 Golden Kite Award for Fiction. Deborah won an SCBWI Work-In-Progress grant in 2001 and has been an SCBWI member for most of her writing career. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. You can visit her at

Lee Wind, M.Ed., is the official blogger for SCBWI ( and Captain of SCBWI’s Team Blog. His award-winning personal blog, I’m Here. I’m Queer. What The Hell Do I Read? has had over 1.3 million visits and is one of only four sites linked from the American Library Association’s Rainbow Books website. His interviews and articles about children’s literature, social media and diversity have been published in magazines and books, including Writers Digest Writing For Kids & Teens, Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market (2011, 2012, 2015 and upcoming 2016 editions) and SCBWI The Book: The Essential Guide To Publishing For Children. He has moderated panels at KidLitCon, the CA School Library Association, The LA Times Festival of Books and SCBWI Conferences. A writer of picture books through young adult, he is represented by Danielle Smith of Red Fox Literary. Visit

Meg Wolitzer is a novelist whose books for adults include The Interestings; The Ten-Year Nap; The Position; and The Wife.  She is the author of a novel for middle grade readers, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, and, most recently, a YA novel, Belzhar.   Wolitzer's short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize.  A frequent teacher of creative writing, Meg Wolitzer was a guest artist in the Princeton Atelier program at Princeton University in 2013, along with singer-songwriter Suzzy Roche.  She lives in New York City. Visit

Dan Yaccarino is an internationally acclaimed artist, writer, and producer who has created many children’s books as well as his own animated television series. Dan has written and illustrated over fifty children’s books, most notably, The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau, Every Friday, Unlovable and Doug Unplugged, as well as illustrated books by such prestigious authors as Margaret Wise Brown, Jack Prelutsky, Kevin Henkes and Patricia MacLachlan. Dan has garnered many prestigious awards as well as an invitation to the White House to read his books and participate in the annual Easter festivities. He has also created the Nickelodeon hit,” Oswald” as well as NBC’s Emmy-winning “Willa’s Wild Life.” Dan is also the designer behind Nickelodeon’s Emmy-winning “The Backyardigans.” Visit

Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Her first novel, Everything, Everything, will be published by Random House\Delacorte Press on September 1, 2015. Follow her on Twitter @nicolayoon.

Cecilia Yung is art director and vice president at Penguin Books for Young Readers where she oversees illustration and design for two imprints, G. P. Putnam's Sons and Nancy Paulsen Books. She is fortunate to have worked with some of the major illustrators of children’s books, but the highlight of her work is to discover and develop new talent. She is on the Board of Advisors of SCBWI, as well as a member of its Illustrators’ Committee.

Paul O. Zelinsky has illustrated thirty-odd books for children, written some of them, and been awarded numerous honors, including the Caldecott Medal for Rapunzel and three Caldecott Honors. His most widely-known book is probably the movable Wheels on the Bus; the most recent is Z is for Moose (written by Kelly Bingham), which received a star from all six star-giving trade journals. Visit