Caroline Dittmann loves creating whimsical, silly, and colorful illustrations that make people smile. She mainly works digitally but also enjoys experimenting with traditional materials, including gouache, color pencil, and collage.
Lisa Johnston Hancock
Lisa Johnston Hancock blends digital and traditional elements to create textural, whimsical illustrations. Her inspiration comes from flora and fauna, ecology and long walks around her neighborhood, usually while listening to an audiobook or podcast.
Stacy S. Jensen
Former newspaper journalist Stacy S. Jensen is always searching for unique stories. She’s found many of them while volunteering, walking her Vizsla, or paper quilling.
John Ledda enjoys creating charming, humorous, and heartfelt images and stories for readers of all ages with the help of his trusty iPad, a hot cup of tea, and a good podcast.
Kristin Leffler writes imaginative, heartfelt middle grade novels that explore the beauty and complexity of being human. She draws inspiration from her brilliant and brave 8th grade students, her walks on the Maine coast, and each and every person she meets.
Linh My Nguyen
Linh My Nguyen (pronounced Lyn Mee Win) loves light, bright colors and warm, cozy atmospheres. Her illustrations are inspired by the simple things around her, the places she visited, the movies she watched, and by memories of her native Vietnam.
Anna Ouchchy (pronounced O-shee) has always loved nature and poetry. She writes picture books that are either spare and lyrical or rhythmic and rollicking. She lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, not far from the beach.
Laura Perdew's passion for nature, the environment, and environmental issues steered her toward writing for children. She writes both fiction and nonfiction for kids and is the author of over 40 books for the education market, including titles on animal adaptations, wetland conservation, biodiversity, and renewable energy. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Working with traditional and digital mediums, Kirk Reedstrom creates fun-filled characters with a little bit of mayhem. He enjoys writing books that make people laugh. Kirk lives in Shreveport, Louisiana with his wife, Sarah Duet and their cat, Nash.
Andrew Root writes fun and whimsical picture books that make people laugh out loud. He lives in rainy Portland, Oregon with his wife, two children, and a dog.
Carmela McCain Simmons
Carmela McCain Simmons is a Peruvian-American who writes stories to inspire children to explore our natural world. Her stories empower young readers to be nature heroes by taking small steps to help the environment. A former Teacher of the Year, Carmela lives in Texas, surrounded by books, butterflies, hummingbirds, and the occasional armadillo.
Working both traditionally and digitally, Niki Stage enjoys mixing surface textures with digital patterns and experimenting with color. She is passionate about creating whimsical illustrations by taking life’s little moments and bringing them to the surface in a big, wondrous way.
Safa Suleiman (pronounced Saa-fa Soo-lay-man) is inspired by the history of her immigrant Palestinian family and by her children. Her stories focus on Palestinian culture and the diversity of the American Muslim community.
Ariel Vanece (pronounced Air-ee-l Vuh-niece) is inspired by her relationships with her great grandparents and grandparents. Her stories focus on Black-American culture and intergenerational relationships.