Ray Bial is well known for his photo essays on subjects that have great appeal for children and adults alike, including A Handful of Dirt. Learn more on his website.
Janice Harrington is a storyteller and poet as well as the author of Going North, which was awarded the 2005 Ezra Jack Keats Award, The Chicken Catching Queen of Lamar County, Roberto Walks Home, and Busy-Busy Little Chick. Learn more on her website.
Betsy Hearne has published picture books, poetry, and fiction for young people, as well as books about folklore and children’s literature. She has also taught children’s literature and storytelling at the Graduate School of Information Science at the University of Illinois. Learn more on her website.
Susan Kirby’s books and stories reflect her love of quilts and quilting.
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Artist Robin Luebs is the illustrator of How Do You Say Goodnight? and the author and illustrator of Please Pick Me Up, Mama! She also illustrated the picture book, Who Said Coo?, written by her twin sister, Deborah Ruddell. Learn more on her publisher’s website.
Marianne Malone is a writer, artist, and teacher. Her series The Sixty-Eight Rooms was inspired by the the Thorne Miniature Rooms at The Art Institute of Chicago. Learn more on her website.
Patricia Hruby Powell’s books reflect her extraordinary animated storytelling talents. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, illustrated by Christian Robinson, is a Sibert Honor book. Learn more on her website.
Melodye Rosales is an author and illustrator of children’s books that have multicultural appeal. Learn more on her publisher’s website.