Veronica Agarwal is a cartoonist and illustrator from New York. She received her BFA in cartooning from the School of Visual Arts. To learn more about Veronica and her comics, visit her website at wisbafolio.com.
Molly B. Burnham is a children’s book author. She holds an M.Ed in elementary education and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Hamline University. Molly has taught kindergarten, third grade, middle school, and high school. Her Teddy Mars series was awarded the 2016 Sid Fleishman Humor Award. Her books can be found on a number of state lists, including the 2017-18 Florida SSYRA list. To learn more about Molly and her books, visit her website at mollybburnham.com.
Jamie L. B. Deenihan is a picture book author and preschool teacher. She holds an MA in reading education and is reading specialist certified. She received a Harold Grinspoon Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and member and moderator of Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Challenge. Her picture books include When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree (Sterling, 2019) and Santa vs. The Tooth Fairy (Penguin, 2019). She resides in Suffield, Connecticut, with her husband and two children. To learn more about Jamie and her books, visit her online at jamiedeenihan.com.
Duachaka Her is a Hmong-American cartoonist and illustrator. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a BFA in entertainment design and concentration in comics and sequential art. She resides in Wisconsin and enjoys reading and watching movies in her spare time. To learn more about Duachaka and her books, please visit her website at duachakaher.com.
Lisa M. Griffin is a freelance children’s book illustrator. She received her BFA in visual design and illustration from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has illustrated over a dozen books, including her very own Hey Goose! What’s Your Excuse? (Boys Town Press, 2017) and Green-Eyed Goose (Boys Town Press, 2018). She lives in New Hampshire with her family. For more about Lisa and her books, visit her website at lisamgriffin.com.
Carrie Hartman is a freelance children’s book illustrator. She holds a BFA in illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and is a member of the design faculty at MCAD. Carrie has received several awards from the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) award for the best illustrated children’s book, a Webby Award, and several Mom’s Choice Book Awards. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators, and the Children’s Literature Network. She lives in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, with her family. To learn more about Carrie and her projects, visit her website at carriehartman.com.
J. Hill is a graphic designer and children’s book writer and illustrator. He received an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Art. He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Jim resides on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. To learn more about Jim and his projects, visit his website at heyjimhill.com.
Larissa Marantz is a children’s book illustrator and animator. She received her BFA from California State University, Fullerton. She continued her animation education at the Animation Academy in Burbank and at the Animation Guild in North Hollywood. After working as an animation artist on the Nickelodeon television shows The Rugrats and Rocket Power, she illustrated a dozen books for Simon & Schuster and Random House. She currently teaches figure drawing for animators at Laguna College of Art + Design. Larissa resides in Orange County, California. To learn more about Larissa and her projects, visit her website at larissamarantz.com.
Ian Moore is a digital illustrator with a fine art background. He received a BA in illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Galleries that have featured his work include Tectonic Space, The Radius 250 Show, The Illustrators Club of Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia 16th Juried Show, and The Maryland State Highway Administration Loss and Consequences Juried Exhibition. Ian resides in Baltimore, Maryland. To learn more about Ian and his projects, visit his website at iandrawsmoore.com.
Rebecca Roan is a picture book author. She holds a BS in human development and family studies from Penn State University, and an MA in children’s literature and an MFA in writing for children from Simmons College. She is a recipient of the PEN New England Children’s Book Discovery Award for her picture book manuscript, Dragons Get Colds Too (Bloomsbury, 2019). Rebecca lives in northeastern Pennsylvania where she works in the book publishing division at Highlights for Children. For more about Rebecca and her projects, visit her website at rebeccaroan.com.
Jenny Rose is a writer and picture book author. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, daughters, collie pups, and pet rabbits. For more about Jennifer and her books, visit her website at jennyrosebooks.com.
Sarah Jamila Stevenson is a middle grade and young adult author. She received her MFA in creative writing from Mills College. She is the 2012 recipient of the bronze IPPY Award for children’s multicultural fiction. Sarah resides in Northern California. To learn more about Sarah and her books, visit her website at sarahjamilastevenson.com.