Elly MacKay was dressed up in fancy clothes and taken to the ballet at the age of seven. She has looked at ballet and theater as special treats ever since. Elly is the creator of Butterfly Park, If You Hold a Seed, and Shadow Chasers. Her artwork is recognized worldwide and sold online. Elly lives by Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and children.
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
John C. Maxwell
JOHN C. MAXWELL, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 26 million books, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the world's most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazine in 2014. His organizations--The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation--have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many top world business leader
Shanda McCloskey was inspired to develop the determined, creative character of Charlotte by the entrepreneurial spirit of her family members and by watching her inventive daughters play with their toys. She studied art in Atlanta and New York City, andDoll-E 1.0 is her first book for children. Shanda lives near Atlanta, Georgia, and invites you to visit her at shandamc.com.
Jill McDonald is an illustrator, product designer and founder of Jill McDonald Design, specialising in illustrations for babies through to teenagers.
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.
Oge Mora graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration. When not painting in her studio, Oge (pronounced OH-gay) is in the kitchen cooking her late grandmother's recipes. She enjoys creating warm stories that celebrate community, champion representation, and explore diverse voices and experiences. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and invites you to visit her website at www.ogemora.com.
Since migrating to the United States from Mexico in 1994, Yuyi Morales has created some of our most celebrated children's books, including Niño Wrestles the World, Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, and many others. She is the winner of several awards, including a Pura Belpré Medal and a Caldecott Honor forViva Frida. Yuyi divides her time between Mexico and California.
Richard T. Morris is the author of This Is a Mooseand Bye-Bye, Baby! and a former E.B. White Award Honoree and Midwest Bookseller Choice Award winner. He lives in New Jersey with his family.
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.
Diana Murray loves to sit on her patio writing stories and poems, especially to the sound of passing showers. She is the author of many children's books, including City Shapes, Grimelda: The Very Messy Witch, Doris the Bookasaurus, and more. Her poems have appeared in magazines such as Highlights for Children, and Spider. Diana grew up in New York City and still lives nearby with her firefighter husband, two daughters, a lizard, and a hamster--all of whom enjoy sunny summer days.