Alastair Heim writes children’s picture books. He lives in Kansas City with his awesomely awesome family who inspire him every day. Laughter is his favorite sound, purple is his favorite color, and other-people-cooking-for-me is his favorite food. Alastair is a huge fan of music and has been known to play the guitar with impeccable mediocrity. […]


Jorge Redmond currently works in the Buncombe County District Attorney’s office as an Assistant District Attorney, and as an adjunct professor in South College’s Legal Department. His first children’s book (co-authored by Ali Kamanda) is Black Boy, Black Boy, which inspires black boys to imagine all the great things they can do while celebrating remarkable moments from […]


Katherine Roy is the award-winning author and illustrator of many science-based books for kids, including her Robert F. Sibert Honor Book Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands,and How to Be an Elephant: Growing Up in the African Wild. She is also the illustrator of numerous other books, including Barb Rosenstock’s Otis […]


Ali Biko Sulaiman Kamanda is an award-winning filmmaker and social entrepreneur from Sierra Leone, West Africa. He runs BIKO Studios, a cross-cultural film production company and is the President of Salone Rising, a not-for-profit organization that provides micro-financing and mentoring resources to small business owners in rural Sierra Leone. Ali met co-author Jorge Redmond in […]


Suma Subramaniam is the author of She Sang For India: How M.S. Subbulakshmi Used Her Voice For Change (Macmillan FSG, 2022), Namaste Is A Greeting (Candlewick Press, 2022), A Bindi Is A Dot (Kids Can Press, 2024), V. Malar series (Candlewick Press, 2024 and 2025), My Name is Long As a River (Penguin Workshop, Fall […]


Ethan Berlin

Ethan T. Berlin is an Emmy Award-nominated television comedy writer and a Junior Library Guild selected picture book author. His numerous picture books have been called “hilarious,” and “giggleworthy” by Kirkus Reviews and “recommended for all libraries” by The School Library Journal. Ethan plays the robot L.I.S.A on The Big Fib, a popular children’s podcast […]


Abby Hanlon

Abby Hanlon is the author and illustrator of Dory Fantasmagory, a series of chapter books for five to nine year olds, published by Dial/Penguin Random House. The first book in the series was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Parent’s Magazine. It won a Golden Kite Honor for Fiction and […]


Lakita Wilson

Lakita Wilson is the author of several novels and non-fiction projects for children and young adults, including What Is Black Lives Matter?, and biographies of Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, Michelle Obama, and Lizzo; a part of the New York Times Bestselling HQ Now series; Be Real, Macy Weaver, a coming of age middle grade friendship […]

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Greg van Eekhout

Greg van Eekhout was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, in neighborhoods with hippies, criminals, working people, and movie studios. His parents were Dutch-Indonesian. Like many writers (and many people who aren’t writers, for that matter), Greg has done a number of things to put food on the table and keep a roof over […]


Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian is a children’s, middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for over two decades. Her first novel, Tru Confessions, was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. The Gospel According to Larry series is a cult favorite and Fault Line is taught […]