Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is a New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels and two picture books. He won a Newbery Medal for his book Last Stop on Market Street. After attending University of the Pacific with a full ride for basketball, he earned an MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Tess Hilmo

Tess Hilmo

Tess Hilmo grew up in Southern California and graduated from BYU with a degree in communications. She started writing when she was pregnant with her second child, and her first book was published 12 years later. That book, With a Name Like Love, earned a Kirkus starred review and other honors. Tess is now the mother of three children.

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Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet has been drawing since she was a child. Since then, she has illustrated almost 100 children’s books. She has also written and illustrated three books that have all received many honors, including New York Times Best Illustrated, ALA Notable Book, and a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Rockport, Maine.

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Jen Bryant

Jen Bryant

Jen Bryant attended Gettysburg College and began writing biographies before she moved to fiction. She now writes picture books, novels, and poetry. Her book A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams received a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and enjoys bicycling, swimming, and visiting museums for inspiration.

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Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Laura Vaccaro Seeger started drawing when she was two and knew in fifth grade that she was going to create picture books. She has worked as an animator, artist, designer, and editor for ABC and NBC, where she won an Emmy for an opening animation for an NBC special. She is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator and a two-time Caldecott Honor winner. She lives in Rockville Centre, New York.

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Deborah Wiles

Deborah Wiles

Deborah Wiles writes in many different genres—from picture books to middle-grade novels to documentary novels. Two of her books, Each Little Bird that Sings and Revolution, were National Book Award finalists in 2005 and 2014 respectively, and Love, Ruby Lavender has been on 32 state book award lists. Deborah writes songs with her husband and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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