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  Becky Albertalli is the author of William C. Morris Award winner and National Book Award longlist title, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (now a major motion picture, Love, Simon); the acclaimed The Upside of Unrequited; and the New York Times bestsellers Leah on the Offbeat, What If It’s Us (co-written with Adam Silvera), Yes No Maybe So (co-written with Aisha Saeed), and Love, Creekwood. You can visit her online at www.beckyalbertalli.com.
Stacey Barney is an executive editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. She has edited recent New York Times bestsellers The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh and Bunheads by American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland, illustrated by Setor Fiadzigbey, as well as New York Times bestselling Ellen Hopkins’ middle grade debut, Closer to Nowhere. She has also edited Los Angeles Times Book Prize winning When the Ground is Hard by Malla Nunn and Edgar nominated The Whispers by Greg Howard, as well as New York Times bestselling Katherine Arden’s middle grade series, Small Spaces and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award-winning Firebird by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers. Stacey has also edited award-winning authors Kristin Levine (The Lions of Little Rock), Tara Sullivan (The Bitter Side of Sweet) and New York Times bestsellers The Reader by Traci Chee and Happy by Pharrell Williams. This spring she welcomes an inspiring picture book biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch, Saving American Beach from debut author Heidi King and Caldecott Honoree Ekua Holmes and a dark and decadent YA novel from Krystal Sutherland, House of Hollow.
  Elizabeth Bicknell has worked at Candlewick Press as editorial director for 24 years, where she has edited many award-winning picture books, including This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (Caldecott Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal); Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis (Caldecott Honor); and Voice of Freedom, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Ekua Holmes (Caldecott Honor, John Steptoe New Talent Award; Sibert Honor). She loves quirky, off-beat illustrations and humor, as well as stories of social justice, and she likes to champion picture books from overseas, such as The Patchwork Bike (Boston Globe—Horn Book winner) by Maxine Beneba Clarke and Van T. Rudd. In addition to authors and illustrators mentioned above, she is proud to work with picture book creators David Elliott, Nina LaCour, David Barclay Moore, Robert Sabuda, Melissa Sweet, and many more!
Joanna Cárdenas is currently senior editor at Kokila/Penguin Young Readers. She loves picture books, and over her decade-long career, she has worked on critically-acclaimed and bestselling titles like Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko and Tim Miller, The Ocean Calls by Tina Cho and Jess X. Snow, ‘Twas Nochebuena by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and Sara Palacios, and the upcoming Fatima’s Great Outdoors by Ambreen Tariq and Stevie Lewis. She is on the board of Latinx in Publishing, a nonprofit organization that promotes literature by, for, and about Latino/a/x people. Joanna is also co-founder of the Representation Matters Mentor Program for aspiring editors of color. She is committed to learning how to skateboard during quarantine.
  Bryan Collier is a beloved illustrator known for his unique style combining watercolor and detailed collage. He is the author and illustrator of Uptown, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. He is a Caldecott Honor recipient for Trombone ShortyDave the PotterMartin’s Big Words, and Rosa. His recent books include By and By, ThurgoodThe Five O’Clock Band, and Between the Lines. He lives in New York with his family.
Alexandra Cooper is executive editor at the Quill Tree imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books. Alex edits a diverse range of picture books, middle grade, and YA novels—even some graphic novels. She is most drawn to exquisite writing with timeless, relevant themes, told from points of view that challenge the dominant narrative. In YA, Alex publishes Kendare Blake’s #1 New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns series, Printz Honor and William Morris Debut Award finalist Jessie Ann Foley, and exciting new voices like Laurel Flores Fantauzzo and Farah Naz Rishi. For younger readers, Alex has edited Indies Introduce author Cindy Baldwin’s Where the Watermelons Grow, the forthcoming Clues to the Universe by debut author Christina Li, and Mooncakes co-creator Wendy Xu’s debut solo graphic novel, Tidesong. Alex has also worked with bestselling picture book author Pat Zietlow Miller, award-winner Jen Bryant, and with Kekla Magoon on her first picture book.
  Pat Cummings is the author/illustrator of over forty books for young readers, from board books to middle grade, fiction and nonfiction.  Along with her classes at Parsons and Pratt, her annual Children’s Book Boot Camp brings writers and illustrators together with top editors, art directors and agents and have helped launch a growing number of notable picture book illustrator and authors.  Pat serves on the boards of SCBWI, the Authors Guild, the Authors League Fund and as Chair of the Founders Award Jury for the Society of Illustrators’ annual Original Art Show. Her latest books include her debut middle grade novel, Trace, from HarperCollins and Where is Mommy?, a picture book from Holiday House.  Find her at www.patcummings.com, on Twitter @PatCummingsBook or on Instagram at PatCummingsBooks.
Jerry Craft is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal winning author of the graphic novel, New Kid. His second graphic novel, Class Act, was published in October 2020. Craft is also the creator of Mama’s Boyz, an award-winning comic strip which won the African American Literary Award five times. He is a cofounder of the Schomburg Center’s Annual Black Comic Book Festival. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts.
Matt de la Peña is the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Medal winning author of seven young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoyWe Were Here and Superman: Dawnbreaker) and five picture books (including Last Stop on Market Street and Love). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball.
  Jean Feiwel’s career was forged first at Avon Books and then Scholastic as the architect for their Trade Publishing program from 1983-2005. She is best known for her invention of Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-Sitters Club and the publishing of Goosebumps, Animorphs, Harry Potter and many other bestselling series. In February 2006, she joined Macmillan as Senior Vice President and Publisher, where she founded her own imprint, Feiwel and Friends. Her first book at Feiwel and Friends was Nancy Tillman’s On the Night You Were Born, which now has over 5 million copies in print. In May 2007, she founded Square Fish (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group’s trade paperback imprint) known for its innovative repackaging of classic backlist titles like Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and new titles like My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara. In addition to Feiwel and Friends and Square Fish, she was also named Publishing Director of Henry Holt BYR in 2009, and in 2016 she was named Publisher. In 2018, Holt published Tomi Adeyemi’s bestselling Children of Blood and Bone, which has spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list. On September 30, 2013, she officially launched Swoon Reads, a groundbreaking new crowdsourced imprint dedicated to finding and publishing original YA fiction.
Victoria Jamieson is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of books for children. Her graphic novel Roller Girl was awarded a 2016 Newbery Honor. Her newest graphic novel, When Stars Are Scattered, co-written with Omar Mohamed, is a National Book Award finalist.
  Yaffa Jaskoll is an executive art director at Scholastic and has worked in publishing for over 16 years. She designs a wide range of books, from middle grade paperback series to YA hardcovers. She loves finding new talent, collaborating with illustrators and creating strong branding. To learn more and see covers she’s designed go to yaffajaskoll.com.
Kirby Kim is an agent at Janklow & Nesbit where he represents both literary and commercial authors. He’s most interested in receiving manuscripts that straddle the fence a bit, with upmarket expression combined with a genre element or plot device. When it comes to straight literary work, he’s alternatively drawn to rich, sweeping stories that try to encompass a time or a place or tightly written, narratively innovative stories or voices with award potential. His commercial interests include thrillers and mysteries, speculative fiction, and young adult. He also represents a range of nonfiction working with leaders and journalists in the areas of science, culture, business, and current affairs. Some of his clients include Ted Chiang, Karolina Waclawiak, Common, James A. McLaughlin, and Gina Apostol. Kirby is currently a board member of the Asian American Writers Workshop.
Cheryl Klein is the editorial director at Lee & Low Books, where she edits picture books and select middle grade and YA fiction and nonfiction. Recent titles she has edited include When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita, winner of the Stonewall Award; What We Believe: A Black Lives Matter Principles Activity Book, by Laleña Garcia, illustrated by Caryn Davidson; Seven Golden Rings by Rajani LaRocca, illustrated by Archana Sreenivasan; and the forthcoming If I Were a Tree by Andrea Zimmerman, illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong. You can find her on the web at cherylklein.com or @chavelaque.    
  Shelby Lees is a senior editor at National Geographic Kids Books. She edits and acquires author-driven titles such as Welcome to Mars and To the Moon and Back, by Buzz Aldrin, One Step Further, by Katherine Johnson and her daughters, Brain Games and Astronaut-Aquanaut, by Jennifer Swanson, Dining With Dinosaurs by Hannah Bonner, and You Can Be a Paleontologist by Scott D. Sampson, as well as the managing highly successful series, such as National Geographic Kids Readers series, the National Geographic Kids Chapter Books series, National Geographic Kids, How Things Work series, and the National Geographic Absolute Expert series. Formerly an educational editor, Shelby’s experience has ranged from developing fun, informative children’s books to creating innovative teaching guides, classroom materials, top-rated educational apps, and consulting for popular kids’ YouTube channels. Her focus is on bringing highly engaging content to all children to foster a lifelong love of learning.
  Kevin Lewis is an agent at the Erin Murphy Literary Agency where he focuses on writer-illustrators and own voices. Kevin is also the author of many children’s picture books for toddler and early elementary grades including the classics Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo and My Truck is Stuck (both illustrated by Daniel Kirk). For over two decades, Kevin has been one of the most highly regarded children’s book editors in the industry. At Scholastic Inc., he worked with Dav Pilkey on the original Captain Underpants. At Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, where he served as an editorial director, Kevin worked with a veritable who’s who of authors and illustrators including Laurie Halse Anderson (Fever 1793, Chains), Spike and Tonya Lee (Please Baby Please), Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Derek Anderson and Lauren Thompson (Little Quack), Alex Sanchez (Rainbow Boys), Jim Benton (Franny K. Stein) Angela Johnson, Kadir Nelson, Cynthia Rylant, and Loren Long. As an executive editor at Disney Press, Kevin developed and produced the Vampirina Ballerina series and edited books by Matthew Cordell, Barney Saltzberg, and Chris Barto.
Tricia Lin is an editor at Random House Children’s Books, where she edits middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, and chapter books. She has worked with authors including Jessica Cluess on Indie Next Pick House of Dragons, Christie Matheson on the forthcoming Shelter, Katie Zhao on the upcoming Winnie Zeng series. Prior to Tricia’s post at Random House, she was at Simon & Schuster, where she worked with bestselling and award-winning authors including Chloe Gong, James Ponti, and Emma Steinkellner. Follow her on Twitter at @triciaelin.
Laurent Linn, art director at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, collaborates on picture books, middle grade, and teen novels with both celebrated and new illustrators such as, Anita Lobel, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Vashti Harrison, and Raúl Colón. He is also the author-illustrator of the critically acclaimed young adult novel Draw the Line. Laurent is on the SCBWI Board of Advisors and is the artistic advisor for the annual Original Art exhibit at the Society of Illustrators in New York. Laurent began his career as a puppet designer and builder in Jim Henson’s Muppet Workshop, creating characters for productions including the Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island films. He eventually became the creative director for the Sesame Street Muppets, winning an Emmy Award. www.laurentlinn.com. Instagram & FB: Laurent Linn   

 

Wendy Loggia is a senior executive editor at Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books, where she edits middle grade and YA fiction and oversees Underlined, a new line of YA paperbacks as well as the newly-formed Joy Revolution imprint, focusing on YA romance by and about POC with Nicola and David Yoon. On her Spring 2021 list at Delacorte: MG: Finn and the Time-Traveling Pajamas by Michael Buckley; Thornwood by Leah Cypess; YA: Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham; Kisses and Croissants by Anne-Sophie Jouhanneau; Fade into the Bright by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Embree Schwartz ; and for Underlined, 11 Paper Hearts by Kelsey Hartwell, The Wild by Owen Laukkanen, and My Epic Spring Break (Up) by Kristin Rockaway. Follow her on Instagram at @authorwendyloggia and @wendyloggia on Twitter.
  Patricia MacLachlan was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a prairie that appears in her books What You Know First, The Hundred Year Barn, Prairie Days, and the Newbery Medal winning, Sarah, Plain and Tall and its sequels.  Among her picture books are Someone Like Me, The Iridescence of Birds, Lala Salama, The Moon’s Almost Here, Little Robot Alone, Cat Talk, I Didn’t Do It, Once I Ate a Pie, and You Were the First. Her novels include Wondrous Rex, Just Dance, Dream Within a Dream, and the Poet’s Dog.
Magdalena Mora is a picture book illustrator. She is the illustrator of Equality’s Call (written by Deborah Diesen, Beach Lane Books) and of I Wish You Knew (written by Jackie Azua Kramer, Roaring Brook Press, 2021). Originally from Chicago, she now lives in Minneapolis and has recently served as a 2019-2020 Loft Literary Center Mirrors and Windows Fellow.
Lin Oliver is the co-founder and executive director of SCBWI. She is also the author of over forty children’s books. With Henry Winkler, she writes the New York Times bestselling series Hank Zipzer: World’s Best Underachiever, which has sold over four million copies. Their chapter book series, Here’s Hank, is also a New York Times best sellerThis year marks the launch of the second book in their new comedy series, Alien Superstar, from Abrams Books, which debuted at #5 on the New York Times best seller list. Lin’s collection of poetry, illustrated by the late Tomie dePaola, the highly praised Little Poems for Tiny Ears is a perennial for babies and toddlers. The fifth and final volume of her Fantastic Frame chapter book adventure series from Penguin Workshop is a Christmas 2019 release. A much-credited film and television writer-producer, Lin is also the recipient of the prestigious Christopher Award and the Eric Carle Mentor Award. Learn more at www.linoliver.com or follow Lin on Twitter @linoliveror on Instagram @linoliver22.
Alyssa Mito Pusey is an executive editor at Charlesbridge. As a nonfiction specialist, she firmly believes there is nothing as astonishing as real life. Almost any topic can hook her—as long as it’s approached from an unexpected angle. In addition to nonfiction, she edits the occasional fiction title with memorable characters and strong school-and-library hooks. In both nonfiction and fiction, she looks for diversity, innovation, clarity, and voice. Humor is a plus! Alyssa’s titles include Mario and the Hole in the Sky by Elizabeth Rusch, Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner, A Black Hole is NOT a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano, the Baby Loves Science series by Ruth Spiro, and the Storytelling Math series with Grace Lin.
  Lauren Rille is an art director at Simon & Schuster, where she works with the Beach Lane, Atheneum, and McElderry imprints. Some books she’s designed include the most recent edition of Are You There God, it’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume, cover illustration by Debbie Ohi; The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, illustrated by the Fan Brothers; The Farmer and The Monkey, by Marla Frazee;  Being Frog by April Pulley Sayre; and the New York Times bestselling Bear Books by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman. Lauren’s debut picture book, I Feel Teal, illustrated by Aimee Sicuro, published in 2018 by Beach Lane Books. Lauren loves the collaborative process of working with editors and illustrators, and she’s always on the lookout for new talent.
  Christian Robinson was born in Hollywood, California. He grew up in a small one-bedroom apartment with his brother, two cousins, aunt, and grandmother. Drawing became a way to make space for himself and to create the kind of world he wanted to see. He studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts and would later work with the Sesame Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios before becoming an illustrator and author of books for children. He is the author and illustrator of Another and the New York Times bestseller You Matter. He is the illustrator of Gaston, written by Kelly DiPucchio, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and the Newbery Medal. Visit him online at TheArtofFun.com and on Instagram @theartoffun. 
Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of Infinity Son, They Both Die at the EndMore Happy Than NotHistory Is All You Left Me, and What If It’s Us with Becky Albertalli. All his novels have received multiple starred reviews. He worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, community manager at a content development company, and book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels.
  Erica Rand Silverman is a senior agent at Stimola Literary Studio. She has always been committed to the social and emotional well-being of children. First, as a teacher and dean, then with the Inner Resilience Program, and now as a children’s literary agent. She primarily represents authors and illustrators of illustrated books for children.  Keep an eye out for these in 2021- Dan & Jason’s debut emerging reader comic series, Blue, Barry & Pancakes (First Second), the next in Aram Kim’s Yoomi, Friends and Family Series, Sunday Funday In Koreatown (Holiday House), Juliana Perdomo’s US illustration debut, El Cucuy Is Scared, Too! (Abrams), Matthew Burgess’s, Make Meatballs Sing: The Life and Art Of Sister Corita Kent (Enchanted Lion Books), Robin Rosenthal’s next board books in the Big Ideas for Little Philosophers series (Putnam) and Derek Desierto’s author-illustrator debut, Oddbird (Feiwel & Friends). Erica is a tireless advocate for her clients and proud to be part of an industry that is so thoughtfully shaping young hearts and minds. Insta @ericarsilverman @stimolaliterarystudio, YouTube Stimola Live,  Twitter @ericarsilverman @stimolaliterary
Archana Sreenivasan is an illustrator based in Bangalore, India. Her illustrations have been published in numerous magazines, children’s books, book covers, and comics. She studied animation film design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and attended a summer residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she studied illustration. Archana’s children’s books published in the US include Rapunzel  by Chloe Perkins (Little Simon, 2017), DIWALI by Hannah Eliot, (Little Simon, 2018), Desert Girl, Monsoon Boy by Tara Dairman (Penguin/Putnam, 2020), which received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly, and Seven Golden Rings by Rajani LaRocca (Lee and Low, Oct. 2020), which received starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly. Her upcoming projects include Where Three Oceans Meet by Rajani LaRocca (Abrams, Spring 2022), My Bindi by Gita Varadarajan (Scholastic, Spring 2022), and two other picture books from big five publishers which are yet to be announced.
  Saba Sulaiman is an agent at Talcott Notch Literary Services, a boutique agency located in Milford, CT. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MA from the University of Chicago, where she studied modern Persian literature. In children’s fiction, she is building her picture book, middle grade and young adult lists, and is particularly (although not exclusively) interested in contemporary realistic stories. Being an immigrant who is constantly negotiating her own identity and sense of belonging in a place she now calls “home,” she is committed to highlighting more diverse voices with compelling stories to tell; stories that demonstrate the true range of perspectives that exist in this world, and address urgent and often underexplored issues in both fiction and non-fiction with veracity and heart. Follow her on Twitter @agentsaba, on Instagram @agentsaba and learn more about her at sabasulaiman.com  
  Jing Jing Tsong’s illustration celebrates diversity and multicultural concepts using digital collage to combine elements created through traditional relief prints and drawing. The resulting imagery is colorful and full of texture and movement. Her first book, A Bucket of Blessings (by Kabir Sehghal and Surishtha Sehghal, published by Beach Lane Books) was a New York Times bestselling picture book. Her most recent book Trees (by Verlie Hutchens, published by Beach Lane Books) received a starred review from School Library Journal.
Weslie Turner is a senior editor at the Versify imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She has edited books for all ages, including the Dactyl Hill Squad series by New York Times-bestselling author Daniel José Older, A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney, and the anthology Vampires Never Get Old, edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker, and Stella’s Stellar Hair, the author-illustrator debut by Yesenia Moises.  Weslie loves identity-specific stories from creators from underrepresented backgrounds and especially enjoys original speculative fiction, fantasy, and science fiction.
  Krista Vitola is a senior editor at Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. A few of the gems she is lucky to work with are Anne Bustard, Donna Gephart, Shanna Miles, Kelly Yang and Stuart Gibbs. She gravitates toward middle grade and young adult novels with tons of heart, strong relationships, and a unique setting. If she learns something new in the process, she is even happier. Krista would love to find more novels that shed light on marginalized experiences and stories that will make her laugh.
  Andrea Welch is 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, and April Pulley Sayre. 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.
Paula Wiseman is vice president and publisher of Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint started in 2002, a part of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Paula was previously vice president and editor-in-chief at Philomel Books, a division of GP Putnam’s Sons and vice president and editorial director of Silver Whistle Books, a division of Harcourt, Inc. She began her publishing career at Dial Books for Young Readers, now a division of Viking Penguin. Paula Wiseman Books publishes more than thirty books a year by many of the most beloved talents working in children’s books today, including Matthew Van Fleet, Patricia Polacco, Diane Goode, Stephen T. Johnson, Raul Colin and Rosemary Wells. You can learn more about the list at simonandschusterpublishing.com/paula-wisemanbooks/.


  Cecilia Yung is executive 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.