Vaunda Micheaux Nelson won the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction for No Crystal Stair, the Coretta Scott King Author Award for Bad News for Outlaws, and her picture book Almost to Freedom received a Coretta Scott King Honor for Colin Bootman’s illustrations. She has been a teacher, a newspaper reporter, a bookseller, a school librarian, and twice a member of the Newbery Award Committee. Nelson is a youth services librarian at the public library in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, where she lives with her husband.
Arthur A. Levine is Vice President and Publisher of Arthur A. Levine Books, an Imprint of Scholastic Inc. While Levine has edited and published exceptional books for children of all ages including Shaun Tan’s The Rules of Summer, Jaclyn Moriarty’s The Cracks in the Kingdom, Erin Bow’s Sorrow’s Knot, and Alaya Dawn Johnson’s Love is The Drug (out this October), he is perhaps most recognized as co-Editor of the Harry Potter series by J. K Rowling. Levine is the author of A Very Beary Tooth Fairy, illustrated by Sarah Brannen, and Monday is One Day, illustrated by Julian Hector. He takes special pleasure in launching the careers of authors he’s met through SCBWI, including Lisa Yee (Warp Speed), Martha Brockenbrough (Devine Intervention and The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy), Greg Pincus (The 14 Fibs of Gregory K) and many others.”
Steve Jenkins has published more than thirty books on the HMH list, with cumulative sales of over 2.5 million copies. He has illustrated sixteen books for other publishers. Winner of a Caldecott Honor, two New York Times Best Illustrated awards, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and numerous other honors, Steve is one of the top nonfiction author-illustrators working today. Robin Page, Steve’s wife and sometimes collaborator, has been a coauthor with him on some of his most successful books, including Move! and What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?.
Patricia Hruby Powell is a dancer, storyteller librarian, the author of several acclaimed children’s books and a popular and in-demand presenter at schools, libraries and festivals. She lives in Champaign, IL.
Christian Robinson trained as an animator, creating films for both Pixar and Sesame Workshop. His previous books include the acclaimed Harlem’s Little Blackbird, nominated for an IACP Image Award. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of several fascinating books on American history, including The Notorious Benedict Arnold, which won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, the Boston Globe – Horn Book Award for nonfiction, and received three starred reviews. Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, was a National Book Award finalist, Newbery Honor Book, winner of the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, winner of the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, and recipient of five starred reviews. The Port Chicago 50 is Steve’s most recent work and is a fascinating story of the prejudice that faced black men and women in America’s armed forces during World War II and is the recipient of three starred reviews. Steve lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Gene Luen Yang‘s first book with First Second, American Born Chinese, is now in print in over ten languages and was a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Award. Yang’s other works include the popular comics adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the New York Times Best-Selling graphic novel diptych Boxers & Saints. Boxers & Saints was a National Book Award Finalist and received six starred reviews. The Shadow Hero, the story of the first Asian-American superhero, is his most recent graphic novel.
Andrew Smith is the award-winning author of several young adult novels including the critically acclaimed Winger and The Marbury Lens. He is a native-born Californian who spent most of his formative years traveling the world. His university studies focused on Political Science, Journalism, and Literature. He has published numerous short stories and articles. Grasshopper Jungle is his seventh novel. He lives in Southern California.
Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children’s books, including Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden. He is the recipient of a 2014 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book award, and a Children’s Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. Peter’s website is peterbrownstudio.com.