OMG Missouri: May 2019
Tracey Baptiste is the New York Times bestselling author of Minecraft: The Crash, as well as the critically acclaimed Jumbies series. The third in the series, The Jumbie God's Revenge, will be out in fall 2019. Tracey has written eleven other fiction and nonfiction books for kids and has a picture book and graphic novel coming in 2021.
Max Brallier is the New York Times bestselling author of the middle-grade monster-zombie series The Last Kids on Earth, soon to be an animated series from Netflix. Under the pen name Jack Chabert, he is the author the Eerie Elementary series for Scholastic Books. Max is also the creator of Galactic Hot Dogs, a sci-fi middle-grade series from Simon & Schuster. Max lives in New York, with his wife and daughter.
Michael Buckley is the multi-time New York Times bestselling author of The Sisters Grimm series as well as the NERDS series. Before his work in the world of children’s literature, Michael was a television writer, and the co-creator, writer, and producer of CN’s Robotomy. His newest book, Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox, will be published in the fall of 2019.
Julia DeVillers is the author of books including the UltraSquad series, How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller, which became the Disney Channel Original Movie Read It and Weep and in which she had a cameo playing “Woman who is about to vomit.” She also wrote the series: Liberty Porter, First Daughter, and Trading Faces with her twin sister, Jennifer Roy. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Angela Dominguez is an author and illustrator of several books for children including Stella Díaz Has Something To Say and Maria Had A Little Llama. As a child, she loved making art and creating own books. She feels lucky to still be doing both.
Marcus Emerson is the author of the hit Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja series and The Super Life of Ben Braver series. His career started in 2nd grade when he discovered Garfield. He grew up playing Super Mario Bros., watching Thundercats, and reading comics like X-Men, Superman, and Wildcats. He lives Iowa with his wife and children.
Elizabeth Eulberg is not a detective (or so she claims). When she's not writing or fighting crime, Elizabeth spends her free time stalking English bulldogs and filling her brain attic with lots of fun facts. Like, did you know your tonsils can grow back? Yep. Happened to her!
Jody Feldman is an award-winning author of books for kids. Growing up, she never knew she wanted to be a writer.. She considered being a doctor or teacher, but thoughts of treasure hunters, codebreakers, and inventors excited her more. It turns out, she can explore any adventure or occupation with the characters in her books. A lifelong St. Louisan, Jody likes to travel, cook, watch football, and solve crossword-type puzzles.
Stuart Gibbs is the author of the bestselling Spy School series, the Moon Base Alpha series, the FunJungle series and the Last Musketeer series—and he has a new series beginning this year: Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation will debut in September. He is also writing the screenplay for the Spy School movie. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.
Karina Yan Glaser is the New York Times bestselling author of the middle grade books The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden, and The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue (September 2019). She lives in Harlem with her husband, two daughters, and an assortment of rescue animals. One of her proudest achievements is raising two kids who can’t go anywhere without a book.
Adele Griffin is the author of over thirty books for young people, including the Oodlethunks middle grade series, the Agnes & Clarabelle chapter books, and her brand-new novel, The Becket List. Her hybrid novel The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone was a YALSA, SLJ, Booklist, and Amazon Best Book of the Year. She is a two-time National Book Award Finalist for her novels Songs of Liberty and Where I Want to Be. Adele lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York, with her husband, Erich, their two young children, and a cat named Toby.
Vashti Harrison is an author/illustrator originally from Onley, Virginia. She has a background in filmmaking and a love for storytelling. She earned her MFA in Film and Video from CalArts where she snuck into Animation classes to learn from Disney and Dreamworks legends. There she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now, utilizing both skillsets, she is passionate about crafting beautiful stories for children and young adults in the film and kidlit worlds.
Antony John was born in England and raised on a balanced diet of fish and chips and bizarre British comedies. To annoy his parents, he decided to pursue a career in classical music. Now he writes books—the only job that allows him to wear sweatpants all day. He lives in St. Louis with his family.
Gordon Korman wrote his first book at the age of 12 for a seventh grade English assignment. He is now the author of more than 90 books, with sales worldwide of over 32 million copies.
Kekla Magoon is the author of nine novels, including The Rock and the River, How It Went Down, X: A Novel (with Ilyasah Shabazz), and the Robyn Hoodlum Adventure series. She teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts where she mentors other writers who also want to create books for young readers. Kekla likes studying history because many amazing, talented, brave and creative people have gone before us, and hearing their stories helps her understand how the world got to be the way it is today.
Sarah Mlynowski is the author of the New York Times bestselling Whatever After series, the Magic in Manhattan series, Gimme a Call, and a bunch of other books for tweens and teens, including the Upside-Down Magic series, which she cowrites with Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins. Originally from Montreal, Sarah now lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.
Eliot Schrefer writes lots of books about animals. Those include Endangered and Threatened, both finalists for the National Book Award, the Lost Rainforest series, and two installments of the New York Times-bestselling Spirit Animals series. He lives in New York City, where the best an animal-lover can do are pigeons and rats, which have their own charms.
Courtney Sheinmel is a recovering attorney, chocolate-lover, mac & cheese expert, and the author of over twenty highly celebrated books for kids and teens, including the middle grade series the Kindness Club, and the young readers’ series Stella Batts and Magic on the Map. She lives in New York City.
Liesl Shurtliff is the author of the New York Times bestselling (Fairly) True Tales series, including Rump (Knopf 2013) which was awarded and ILA Children’s Book Award and named to over two dozen state award lists. Time Castaways: The Mona Lisa Key is the first in a new time-travel trilogy released September 2018 from KatherineTegen/HarperCollins. Liesl lives with her husband and four kids in Chicago where she writes full time.
T.R. Simon is a children’s book author. Her novel, Zora and Me, co-written with Victoria Bond, won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent as well as many other accolades. She co-authored Oskar And The Eight Blessings with her husband. Her latest book, Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground, a Junior Library Guild Selection, has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Horn Books, School Library Journal, and Shelf Awareness. She lives in Westchester County, New York, with her family.
Ronald L. Smith is the award-winning author of the middle grade novels, Black Panther: The Young Prince and The Mesmerist, a supernatural Victorian fantasy. His first novel, Hoodoo, won the 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award. His latest is The Owls Have Come To Take Us Away, a Junior Library Guild Selection.
Christina Soontornvat grew up behind the counter of her parents’ Thai restaurant in a small Texas town with her nose stuck in a book. She is very proud of both her Thai and her Texan roots, and makes regular trips to both Weatherford and Bangkok to see her beloved family members. She is the author of picture books, chapter books, and middle grade nonfiction, and novels such as the Changelings series.
Tui T. Sutherland is the author of the bestselling Wings of Fire series, the Menagerie trilogy, and the Pet Trouble series, as well as a contributing author to the bestselling Spirit Animals and Seekers series (as part of the Erin Hunter team). In 2009, she was a two-day champion on Jeopardy! She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful husband, two awesome sons, and two very patient dogs.
Booki Vivat is the New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of the Frazzled series. She has been doodling somewhat seriously since 2011 and not-so-seriously since childhood. She grew up in Southern California and graduated from the University of California, San Diego. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.