Julie Andrews is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment, best known for her performances in The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, and The Princess Diaries. Julie has been a celebrated children's book author for over thirty years, and her works include Mandy, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and the Little Bo series. Her memoir, Home, was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Jabari Asim is the author of several adult and children's books, including Preaching to the Chickens which was named one of the NYT Best Illustrated Books of 2016 and Fifty Cents and a Dream-an NAACP Image Award Nominee, CCBC Choice, School Library Journal Editor's Choice, and Kirkus Best Book. He is an associate professor at Emerson College in Boston and executive editor of The Crisis, the magazine of the NAACP. He recently was honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
Chris Barton lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two young sons, who inspired Shark VS. Train while bantering with Daddy. Tom Lichtenheld is the illustrator of What Are You So Grumpy About?, What's with This Room? and the New York Times bestseller Duck! Rabbit! He is a creative director at an advertising firm.
Samantha Berger has written numerous picture books including Crankenstein, A Crankenstein Valentine, Witch Spa, Snoozefest, and Martha Doesn't Say Sorry, which won a Parent's Choice Award Honor. When she isn't writing, she's doing voice-overs, traveling the world, and helping rescue dogs. Samantha splits her time between New York City and California, and she invites you to visit her online at samanthaberger.com.
Sam Bowring is a stand-up comedian, television writer, game designer and author. His books include the critically acclaimed Broken Well Trilogy and the Strange Threads Duology. He also writes for children, with titles such as THE LITTLE BAD WOLF and SAM THE CAT. He lives in Sydney, and he likes croissants a lot. Too much, perhaps. For comedy clips and more info about Sam, visit www.sambowring.com.
Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and creative producer of the number-one children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also created a second book series featuring D.W., Arthur's little sister, as well as numerous other books for children.
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 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.
Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer and the author of the bestseller Underwater Dogs, Underwater Puppies, and Underwater Babies. His photographs of babies and animals have been featured in international media. He lives in California.
Helen Dardik is a professional illustrator and a surface pattern designer based in Ottowa, Ontario. Born by the Black Sea, she lived in Siberia for a time and then moved to Israel, where she studied art and design. She later got a graphic design degree and found work as a designer and illustrator in Canada.
Jill Howarth began her career as a senior designer and art director at Hasbro Toys then transitioned into full-time illustration. Her previous illustrated children's books are Jingle Bells and The ABCs of Christmas. She lives in Westborough, MA.
Alice Kuipers is British but lives in Canada. She is the award-winning author of four young adult novels, and she tries her best to help Violet and Victor when they want writing tips for their books.
E. B. Lewis
E.B. Lewis is the illustrator of two Corretta Scott King Honor Books, including The Bat Boy and His Violin by Gavin Curtis and Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes
Sandra Magsamen is an artist, mom, author of Living Artfully, and creator of the Messages From The Heart brand. She designs gifts and ideas that encourage us to live with heart, and her baby books have sold over 2 million copies. Sandra Magsamen lives artfully with her family in the Maryland town in which she grew up. You can visit her at her website, www.sandramagsamen.com
Patrick McDonnell is the creator of the MUTTS comic strip. He has illustrated for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Reader's Digest, Time, Parents and other journals,
David McPhail has been a passionate artist since the age of two. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and began illustrating books for children in 1971. Since then he has helped to create over one hundred books, including the first book starring Baby Bear, I Promise; the celebrated Mole Music, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year; and the bestselling If You Were My Bunny, Lost!, and Drawing Lessons from a Bear. David lives in New Hampshire.
Mulga is Joel Moore, a Sydney-based artist, freelance illustrator and poet who paints murals, designs t-shirts and runs the Mulga clothing label. He draws beards, animals, zombies and wacky characters and has a unique style combining crazy colours overlaid by intricate line work. Mulga runs weekly market stalls across Sydney is regularly involved in live-painting events, group shows, private commissions and shop-front murals.
Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Bethanie Deeney Murguia earned an MFA in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is the creator of numerous picture books, including Zoe's Jungle and I Feel Five. Bethanie, her family, and their dog, Disco, live in Northern California.
Amy Parker has written more than thirty books for children, teens, and adults, including the bestselling A Night Night Prayer; Thank You, God, for Mommy; and Thank You, God, for Daddy. Amy lives in Murfreesboro, TN with her husband and two sons.
Todd Parr has inspired and empowered children around the world with his bold images and positive messages. He is the bestselling author of more than forty books, including Be Who You Are, The Goodbye Book, The Family Book, The I Love You Book, and It's Okay to be Different. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Elise Parsley has also written and illustrated the bestselling If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! which was her debut picture book. She lives in South Dakota with her husband.