Regina Brooks is the founder and president of Serendipity Literary Agency. Her agency is the largest African American-owned agency in the country and has represented and established a diverse base of award-winning clients in adult and young adult fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature. Her authors have appeared in USA Today, the New York Times, and the Washington Post as well as on Oprah, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSBNC, TV One, BET, and a host of others. In 2015, Publishers Weekly nominated Regina Brooks as a PW Star Watch Finalist, and she was honored with a Stevie Award in Business. Writer’s Digest Magazine named Serendipity Literary Agency as one of the top 25 literary agencies. Formerly, she held senior editorial positions at John Wiley and Sons (where she was not only the youngest but also the first African American editor in their college division) and McGraw-Hill.
Linda Camacho is an agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency. She graduated from Cornell with a B.S. in Communication and has held various positions at Penguin Random House, Dorchester, Simon & Schuster, and Writers House. She’s done everything from foreign rights to editorial, to marketing, to operations and received her MFA in children’s writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Linda represents bestselling and award-winning creatives such as Yamile Saied Méndez, K. O’Neill, and Wendy Xu.
Kate Egan began her career at Scholastic, then veered into the freelance lane when she moved with her family to Maine. As a freelance editor, she worked with authors from Cynthia Lord to Suzanne Collins, and launched a YA imprint, KCP Loft, for Kids Can Press. Now she is an executive editor at Pixel + Ink Books, specializing in IP publishing. Kate is also the author of many books, including the Magic Shop series and Golden Ticket, a middle grade novel.
Marla Frazee is a two-time Caldecott Honor recipient for A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever and All the World. Her wordless picture book The Farmer and the Clown won the 2015 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Picture Book and a Best in Book Illustration Award from the National Cartoonist Society—and is the first book in The Farmer Books trilogy. She is the author-illustrator of The Boss Baby, now an Oscar nominated DreamWorks animated feature film and television series. She is also the illustrator of The Seven Silly Eaters, the New York Times bestselling Clementine series, the picture book It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton, and The Great Zapfino, by Mac Barnett. Her picture book In Every Life will be released in Spring 2023 and took over twenty years for her to figure out! Marla is a graduate of ArtCenter College of Design, where she’s also taught. Marla works in a small backyard cabin under an avocado tree in Pasadena, California.
Aram Kim is a writer, illustrator, and designer of children’s picture books. She is an art director at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, where she helps other creators make their stories come to life. Aram designed and oversaw many award-winning picture books including 2021 Caldecott Medal Winner We Are Water Protectors and 2021 Caldecott Honor Winner A Place Inside of Me. She has worked with many illustrators ranging from debut illustrators to established illustrators on a wide range of children’s books. When Aram is not designing, she writes and illustrates her own stories. She is the creator of the Yoomi, Friends, and Family series in which the Korean American cat Yoomi shares everyday adventures with her family and friends while she expands her world. Aram’s most recent picture book is Tomorrow Is New Year’s Day (FSG, 2022). It is about Seollal, the Korean celebration of Lunar New Year’s Day. Aram is a recipient of 2022 Mills Tannenbaum Award for Children’s Literacy. The award is given to a children’s book creator who is dedicated to promoting a lifelong love of reading in young children. Visit AramKim.com.
Arthur A. Levine is the founder and editor-in-chief of Levine Querido, a small independent company devoted to publishing excellent books by people from communities that have traditionally been under-represented. He identifies as Jewish, Disabled, Queer, a Parent, a Writer, and someone who continues to be amazed by the power of a great read.
Aisha Saeed is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of books for children. Her books, including the middle grade novel Amal Unbound (Penguin), the young adult novel Yes No Maybe So (co-written with Becky Albertalli), and the anthology Once Upon Eid (co-edited with S.K. Ali) received multiple starred reviews. Amal Unbound was selected as a Global Read Aloud for 2018 and was the winner of the South Asian book award. Her picture book Bilal Cooks Daal (Simon and Schuster) received an APALA honor. Aisha is also a founding member of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books™. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her family. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram via @aishacs.
Patricia Ocampo is a senior editor at Kids Can Press. In her almost two decades in publishing, she has worked in editorial, sales, rights, and production. She also worked “the other side of the desk” as a children’s literary agent. Patricia is past president of the Canadian chapter of the International Board on Books for Young People.
Jill Santopolo is the associate publisher of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, where she edits many critically-acclaimed, award-winning, and best-selling books including She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger, Girling Up by Mayim Bialik, Calling All Minds by Temple Grandin, Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Rafael Lopez, and Superheroes Are Everywhere by Vice President Kamala Harris and Mechal Roe. Jill is also s the internationally best-selling author of Stars in an Italian Sky, Everything After, More Than Words and The Light We Lost, which was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick and has been optioned for film. Her books have been translated into more than 35 languages, and have been named to the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Apple, and Indie Bound bestseller lists. Jill holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University, an MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from NYU. She lives in Washington, DC with her family.
Lawrence Schimel writes in both Spanish and English and also translates in both directions. He has published over 120 books as an author or anthologist, and over 140 books as a translator. His own picture books have won a Crystal Kite Award from SCBWI and have been selected for the White Ravens from the International Youth Library in Munich, Germany and chosen for IBBY’s Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities three times. His work has been translated into over 50 languages, including Maltese, Icelandic, Luxembourgish, Romansch, Changana, isiZulu, Indonesian, and Welsh. His translations into English have won a Highly Commended Award in the 2020 CLiPPA, a PEN Translates Award from English PEN (three times), and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, among other honors. He was one of the original founders of WorldKidLitMonth and lives in Madrid, Spain.
Andrea Welch is the executive editor at Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. She has the pleasure of working with a long list of wonderful authors and illustrators, including Liz Garton Scanlon, Ashley Wolff, Jennifer Ward, and Meg Fleming. Books she has edited include What Do You Do With a Voice Like That? by Chris Barton, illustrated by Ekua Holmes; Life by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel; The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, illustrated by Terry & Eric Fan; and the New York Times bestselling LMNO Peas series by Keith Baker.