Aviis the author of The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts, the Newbery Medal novel Crispin, and the Newbery Honor books Nothing But the Truth and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, among many other books for young readers. Visit him online at www.avi-writer.com.
A Mexican-American author from deep South Texas, David Bowles is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Recipient of awards from the American Library Association, Texas Institute of Letters and Texas Associated Press, he has written several titles, including the Pura Belpré Honor Book The Smoking Mirror and Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico. His YA graphic novel Clockwork Curandera, illustrated by Raúl the Third, will be published in 2019. He is currently co-authoring a middle-grade adventure book with Adam Gidwitz.
Michael Buckley is the multi-time New York Times bestselling author of The Sisters Grimm series (Abrams) as well as the NERDS series (Abrams). He's also the author of Undertow, a YA series published by HMH. Before his work in the world of children's literature, Michael was a television writer working with Discovery, TLC, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network, and the co-creator/writer/ and producer of CN's Robotomy. His early career was spent as a stand up comic and a musician. Michael has been honored with Washington's children's choice award, The Sasquatch, as well as the Hawaiian children's choice award, The Nene. His newest book, Finn and the Intergalactic Lunchbox, will be published by Delacorte Press in the fall of 2019.
Julia DeVillers is the bestselling author of books including Liberty Porter, First Daughter and the Trading Faces series, co-authored with her identical twin sister. Her book My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller was made into the Disney Channel Original Movie Read It and Weep. She had a cameo as “Woman eating pizza who looks like she’s going to barf.” Her latest book The Audition is the first in a middle grade series with dancer Maddie Ziegler. Julia lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her family.
Angela Dominguez was born in Mexico City, grew up in the great state of Texas, and now resides on the east coast. She is the author and illustrator of several books for children including Maria Had a Little Llama, which received the American Library Association Pura Belpré Illustration Honor. In 2016, she received her second Pura Belpré Honor for her illustrations in Mango, Abuela, and Me (written by Meg Medina). Her debut middle grade novel, Stella Díaz Has Something to Say, was published January 2018. She teaches at the Academy of Art University, which honored her with their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. As a child, she loved reading books and making a mess creating pictures. She’s delighted to still be doing both.
Stuart Gibbs is the author of the FunJungle series, as well as the New York Times bestselling Spy School and Moon Base Alpha series. He has written the screenplays for movies like See Spot Run and Repli-Kate, worked on a whole bunch of animated films, developed TV shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC, and Fox. Stuart lives with his wife and children in Los Angeles. You can learn more about what he’s up to at StuartGibbs.com.
Todd Fahnestock won the New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age Award for one of his short stories and is the author of the bestselling fantasy novels Fairmist and The Wishing World. His most recent release, Loremaster, is the second book in The Wishing World series.In his spare time, Todd crafts story plots with his daughter during their morning runs and practices Tae Kwon Do in the afternoon with his son. Stories are his passion, but Todd's greatest accomplishment is his quirky, fun-loving family.
Adele Griffin is an award-winning author of several books for middle graders and older readers, including the lighthearted Oodlethunks series: Oona Finds an Egg, Steg-O-Normous, and Welcome to Camp Woggle. Her Young Adult novel Be True to Me was published in June 2017. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family. Visit her at adelegriffin.com.
Shannon and Dean Hale
Shannon Hale and Dean Hale are the award-winning husband-and-wife team behind the Princess in Black series, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Shannon Hale is also the author of the Newbery Honor novel Princess Academy as well as the New York Times best-selling series Ever After High. Shannon Hale and Dean Hale live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Varian Johnson is the author of five novels, including To Catch a Cheat, a Jackson Greene adventure; The Great Greene Heist, which was an ALA Notable Children's Book, a Kirkus Reviews Best of 2014, and a Texas Library Association Lone Star List selection; and Saving Maddie. He lives with his wife and daughters near Austin, Texas. Please visit his website at varianjohnson.com or follow him on Twitter at @varianjohnson.
Erin Entrada Kelly
Erin Entrada Kelly grew up in south Louisiana and now lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she earned an MFA from Rosemont College. The author’s mother was the first in her family to immigrate to the United States from the Philippines. Erin Entrada Kelly's debut novel, Blackbird Fly, was a Kirkus Best Book, an SLJ Best Book, an ALSC Notable, an Asian/Pacific American Award Honor Book, and a Cybils Finalist. She is also the author of the acclaimed novels The Land of Forgotten Girls and Hello, Universe, winner of the 2018 Newbery Medal.
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 is cowriting with Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins. Originally from Montreal, Sarah now lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters. Visit her at sarahm.com.
Brandon Mull has worked as a comedian, a filing clerk, a patio installer, a movie promoter, a copywriter, and briefly as a chicken stacker. For a couple of years, he lived in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile, where he learned Spanish and juggling. He currently lives in Utah in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his four children and dog named Buffy. Brandon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series. Visit Brandon at BrandonMull.com.
Lauren Myracle is sooooo lucky, cuz she gets to write the New York Times bestselling series Upside-Down Magic with Sarah Mlynowski and Emily Jenkins. She's also the author of Under the Moon (a Catwoman Tale for DC Comics), the Winnie Years series, the Life of Ty series, and the Wishing Day series. She likes you already and hopes you'll come say hi. 😎
Courtney Sheinmel is the author of over a dozen highly celebrated books for kids and teens, including the young readers’ series, Stella Batts, the middle grade series, the Kindness Club, and the emerging readers series, Agnes & Clarabelle, co-written with Adele Griffin. In addition to writing, Courtney served as a judge on the national level for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and she received a National Scholastic Outstanding Educator Award for her work as a writing instructor at Writopia Lab, a non-profit organization serving kids ages 8-18. Courtney lives in New York City. You can find her on Twitter @courtneywrites, on Instagram @courtneysheinmel, or on courtneysheinmel.com.
Ronald L. Smith
Award-winning novelist Ronald L. Smith’s most recent book is Black Panther: The Young Prince, published by Marvel/Disney. He is also the author of The Mesmerist, a supernatural Victorian fantasy. His first novel, Hoodoo, was the recipient of the 2016 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award and also received the 2016 ILA Award for Intermediate Fiction from The International Literacy Association. He lives in Maryland.
Christina Soontornvat is the author of the fantasy series, The Changelings, which was named an ABC Best Book for Young Readers by the American Booksellers Association. The second book in the series, In a Dark Land, released this fall, and she has several picture books on the way. Christina is also a mechanical engineer and passionate advocate for diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Learn more about her on her website: www.soontornvat.com.
Kim Tomsic, author of The 11:11 Wish (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins), was the "new girl" at 8 different schools. Now, she lives in Boulder, Colorado, and loves believing in magic and miracles. Beyond writing, she is also a yoga teacher, a pet wrangler, and the Co-Regional advisor of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).