Varsha Bajaj, author
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, author
Lindsay Bonilla, author
Ashley Franklin, author
Rita Lorraine Hubbard, author
Sara Levine, author
Julia Finley Mosca, author
Tricia Springstubb, author
Andrea Wang, author
Lindsay Ward, author/illustrator
Editors on faculty
Kandace Coston, Associate Editor, Lee & Low Books
Jill Davis, Executive Editor, HarperCollins
Feather Flores, Assistant Editor, Chronicle Books
Sylvie Frank, Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster / Paula Wiseman Books
Nikki Garcia, Editor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Carol Hinz, Associate Publisher, Lerner Publishing Group / Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books
Eva Lynch-Comer, Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Agents on faculty
Ana Crespo, East West Literary Agency
Jennifer Mattson, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Kaitlyn Sanchez, Context Literary Agency
Biographies and Critique Preferences
Varsha Bajaj (she/her), author
Varsha Bajaj is the award-winning author of picture books and middle grade novels. Her latest middle grade novel Count Me In (Nancy Paulsen books, Penguin Group, 2019) is a contender for the Global Read aloud program. Abby Spencer goes to Bollywood, (Albert Whitman and Co., 2014) was shortlisted for the Cybils Award and included in the Spirit of Texas Reading program. Her picture books include The Home Builders (2019) and This is Our Baby, Born today (2016) a Bank street Best Book and How many Kisses Do You Want Tonight? (2004). To find out more about Varsha’s upcoming books and other projects please visit www.varshabajaj.com She grew up in Mumbai, India and when she came to the United States to obtain her master’s degree, her adjustment to the country was aided by her awareness of the culture through books. Her favorite ice cream flavor is mango.
Twitter : @varshabajaj
Instagram : varshawrites
Facebook : Varsha Bajaj
Types of Picture Books Varsha Loves to Read: The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis; You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You by Mary Ann Hoberman and illustrated by Michael Emberley; Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert; The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle; Chicken Dance by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Dan Santat
Picture Book Coaching Preferences: Fiction picture books which are lyrical, rhyming and/or full of heart.
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (she/her), author
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is an award-winning children’s book author whose books include Chicks Rock, Chicks Rule, The United States vs. Jackie Robinson (2019 ALSC Notable Children’s Books List), Duck Duck Moose (CBC Children’s Choice Award Finalist), Tyrannosaurus Wrecks (Junior Library Guild Selection), and the Purrmaids chapter book series. She has visited schools and libraries for the past 15 years, talking to kids about writing, reading, and finding their voices. She lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband, three children, and an adorable pug named Roxie. You can learn more about her and her books on her website sudipta.com. Her favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate peanut butter.
Types of Picture Books Sudipta Loves to Read: WE LOVE FISHING by Ariel Bernstein and illustrated by Marc Rosenthal; HOW I LEARNED TO FALL OUT OF TREES by Vincent Kirsch; GIBBUS MOONY WANTS TO BITE YOU! by Leslie Muir and illustrated by Jen Corace; I’D REALLY LIKE TO EAT A CHILD by Sylvaine Donnio and illustrated by Dorothee de Monfried
Picture Book Coaching Preferences: Fiction, funny, silly, rhyming
Lindsay Bonilla (she/her), author
Lindsay Bonilla is the author of POLAR BEAR ISLAND – winner of a 2018 Parents’ Choice Award. She also has two forthcoming picture books: I LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEARTS (releasing 8/31/2021 from Creative Editions) and THE STORYTELLER (coming in 2022 from Nancy Paulsen/Penguin). Lindsay is also a professional storyteller known for her high-energy interactive programs based on folktales from around the world. Lindsay’s love for travel has taken her to five continents, but most days she can be found at home in North Canton, Ohio with her husband, sons and their rescue dog, Blitzen. A true Ohioan, her favorite ice cream flavor is Buckeye.
Facebook: Author & Storyteller Lindsay Bonilla
Types of Picture Books Lindsay Loves to Read: THEY ALL SAW A CAT — Brendan Wenzel; TIGER GOES WILD — Peter Brown; SWASHBY & THE SEA— Beth Ferry and illus. by Juana Martinez-Neal; FERDINAND —Munro Leaf and illus. by Robert Lawson; MIXED by Arree Chung; I LOVE YOU STINKY FACE — Lisa McCourt and illus. by Cyd Moore; 7 Ate 9 — Tara Lazar; illus. by Ross MacDonald
Picture Book Coaching Preferences: Best fit for fiction manuscripts. I love humorous books that make me laugh out loud (I have 2 young sons so humor goes a LONG way in our house!) as well as stories that are heartfelt and sweet. My favorite books are the ones that combine both heart and humor, making you laugh while saying “Aw!” at the same time. Some of my particular interests are: animals of all kinds; stories that highlight friendship, kindness, love; monsters and mythical creatures; travel; learning about different cultures and faith traditions; theatre.
Kandace Coston (she/her), Associate Editor, Lee & Low Books
Kandace Coston is the associate editor at Lee & Low Books, an independent, multicultural children’s book publisher in New York City. She grew up in the Bronx, New York, where she spent weekends at the library reading stories and writing her own. After graduating from Barnard College, Columbia University, she won an internship grant from We Need Diverse Books and joined the Lee & Low team. Kandace enjoys working with new authors and illustrators and helping their projects grow into published picture books. In both fiction and nonfiction, Kandace loves strong female protagonists as well as any story that can make her laugh. Her favorite ice cream flavor is Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough by Häagen-Dazs.
One of Kandace’s Proud Picture Book Projects: The Electric Slide and Kai (March 2021), written by Kelly J. Baptist and illustrated by Darnell Johnson, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews!
Picture Book Critiquing Preferences: Interested in fiction and nonfiction picture book projects for readers ages 5-12. I’ll happily review picture book dummies from author-illustrators and projects with multicultural content. I’m interested in #OwnVoices and stories inspired by the writer’s lived experiences. Interested in well-researched and well-written picture book biographies about women of color in STEM; light-hearted, funny, slice of life picture books starring people of color in everyday experiences; stories about making friends and navigating friendships; narrative nonfiction picture books with strong school curriculum tie-ins. (Lee & Low Books is not interested in animal stories or stories that feature anthropomorphic characters.)
Ana Crespo (she/her), Agent, East West Literary Agency
Ana Crespo, herself a picture book author, became an assistant agent at East West Literary Agency in January of 2021. Prior to becoming an agent, Ana apprenticed under Deborah Warren and the E/W team for two years. She has a degree in journalism, a Master of Education in Adult Education, and is a 2020 graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute. Ana is originally from Brazil and, despite having been born and raised in the wonderful warmth of the tropics, she is not a fan of ice cream. When she makes an effort to eat it, she usually picks strawberry flavor.
Picture Book Critiquing Preferences: Books by people from groups traditionally underrepresented in American children’s literature; Books that are economical with words; Lyrical stories; stories featuring human characters.
Jill Davis (she/her), Executive Editor, HarperCollins
Jill Davis just celebrated eight years as an executive editor at HarperCollins, where she works mostly with books for younger kids. Since jumping into the world of children’s book in 1992, she has held editorial positions at Random House, Penguin, Bloomsbury, and FSG. She took a break from publishing from 2009 until 2013 and did the MFA in Writing for Children and Teens at Hamline University in St. Paul. She is the author of three published picture books and completed a novel during her MFA (which she loved writing but believes no one should ever have to see.) She adores funny, poignant picture books, narrative non-fiction, own-voices for all ages, graphic novels and illustrated chapter books. She works with a culturally and geographically diverse group of authors and illustrators–from all over the world, including: Beatrice Alemagna, Selina Alko, Daniel Bernstrom, Tonya Bolden, Ziyue Chen, R. Gregory Christie, Meg Fleming, Elise Gravel, M-E Girard, Ken Lamug, Kyo Maclear, Jamie Michalak, Julie Morstad, Jenin Muhammed, Sandhya Prabhat, Merrill Rainey, Brandon James Scott, Sabine Timm, Sean Qualls, and many more. She lives in NYC and Long Island, has two adult sons, two ridiculous dogs, and one lovely husband. She got really into the royal Oprah interview, and is obsessed with the book and TV show Normal People. Her favorite ice cream flavor is a tie between Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Oreo, but her favorite gelato is pistachio.
Some of Jill’s Proud Picture Book Projects: I am proud of all of them! The most unique are On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna and Bloom by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad. I think a very special one is Boig Papa and the Time Machine by Daniel Bernstrom and Shane Evans. I am very excited about two mask board books with eye holes in them–that will be coming out next year by Merrill Rainey. The first one is Roar! I’m a Dinosaur! I think it’s brilliant! And a new book coming from Meg Fleming and Brandon James Scott called I WAS BORN A BABY is a great example of a rhyming picture book that works.
Picture Book Critiquing Preferences: Any type of picture book. I’d love some non-fiction picture books that talk about an amazing event in someone’s life. Own-voices are always wonderful. The book only YOU could write! Young picture books with creative rhyme—silly or informational (or both!). A fantastic and unique character with series potential for promotional hooks.
Feather Flores (she/her), Assistant Editor, Chronicle Books
Feather Flores has worked on the children’s editorial team at Chronicle Books in San Francisco since 2018. A lifelong writer and bibliophile, and one of the first recipients of the We Need Diverse Books internship grant, she is deeply committed to championing books by and about people from marginalized communities. Feather is drawn to stories that provide a window into the beauty and diversity of the human experience: the humor, the emotion, the curiosity, the magic. She acquires both fiction and nonfiction in a wide range of formats; everything from board books and picture books to chapter books and graphic novels. She loves all ice cream, but especially anything with chocolate chunks. You can find her making a dent in her reading list on Instagram (@plumarosareading) or getting excited about things on Twitter (@featherfully).
Picture Book Critiquing Preferences: Open to critiquing anything! Looking for Latinx and mixed-race perspectives, and #ownvoices stories, always; Cozy, comforting stories that feel like a warm hug for the soul; Queer joy!!! Broadly, projects that create space for LGBTQIAP+ people to exist, rest, heal, and celebrate; Multigenerational family stories; Both fiction and nonfiction narratives with food central to the premise
Sylvie Frank (she/her), Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster / Paula Wiseman Books
Sylvie Frank is Senior Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, a boutique imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division. She is the editor of award-winning and critically acclaimed books including Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo; I Have a Balloon by Ariel Bernstein, illustrated by Scott Magoon; The Power of Her Pen by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by John Parra; The Crossroads by Alexandra Diaz; and OCDaniel by Wesley King. Since joining Paula Wiseman Books in 2013, Sylvie has been on the prowl for kid-focused, snappy picture books and literary, character-driven middle grade. She is drawn to original and diverse voices across all genres. One of her favorite pastimes is browsing agents’ and illustrators’ websites for new talent. When she’s not reading, Sylvie can be found running while listening to audiobooks. Her favorite ice cream flavor is Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey.
Some of Sylvie’s Proud Picture Book Projects: Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev and Taeeun Yoo; Game Changers by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome; The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates; Together We Grow by Susan Vaught and Kelly Murphy; Kitten and the Night Watchman by John Sullivan and Taeeun Yoo
Picture Book Critiquing Preferences: Most interested in non-rhyming picture books, especially fiction. Character-driven, snappy picture books with humor and heart.
Ashley Franklin (she/her), author
Ashley Franklin is the author of NOT QUITE SNOW WHITE (2019), “Creative Fixes” from the anthology ONCE UPON AN EID (2020), “Situationally Broke” from the anthology WHAT WE DIDN’T EXPECT (2020), BETTER TOGETHER, CINDERELLA (2021) and more. Ashley received her master’s degree in English literature from the University of Delaware. She is an adjunct college instructor, freelance writer, and proud mom. Her favorite ice cream flavor is strawberry cheesecake. Ashley currently resides in Arkansas with her family.
Facebook: ashleyfranklinwrites ( www.facebook.com/ashleyfranklinwrites)
Types of Picture Books Ashley Loves to Read: One Hug by Katrina Moore and illustrated by Julia Woolf; Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and illustrated by Ebony Glenn; Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy and illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Picture Book Coaching Preferences: Fiction, non-rhyming picture books
Nikki Garcia (she/her), Editor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Nikki Garcia is an editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers where she works on books for all ages. During her time at LBYR, she has had the honor of working with talented creators such as Sophie Blackall, Jennifer Torres, Monica Brown, Laini Taylor, and more. Born and raised right here in New York City, Nikki graduated from St. John’s University and Harvard University, and thankfully didn’t have to travel very far to make her dreams come true.
Some of Nikki’s Proud Picture Book Projects: Michelle’s Garden: How the First Lady Planted Seeds of Change by Sharee Miller; Help Mom Work from Home! By Diana Murray, illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld; Sonrisas for Baby by Jen Arena, illustrated by Blanca Gómez
Picture Book Critiquing Preferences: All types of picture books; likes timeless theme with fresh or unique twist
Carol Hinz (she/her), Associate Publisher, Lerner Publishing Group / Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books
Carol Hinz is Associate Publisher of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books, divisions of Lerner Publishing Group in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She’s passionate about picture books, poetry, and nonfiction for young people, and she enjoys working with authors and illustrators who explore innovative approaches in their storytelling and encourage readers to see the world in new ways. Outside of work, she enjoys ballet, baking, and reading to her two sons. She’s partial to Nicollet Avenue Pothole ice cream from Sebastian Joe’s in Minneapolis. Find her on Twitter: @CarolCHinz.
Some of Carol’s Proud Picture Book Projects: A Bowl Full of Peace by Caren Stelson, illustrated by Akira Kusaka; A Girl Like Me by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Nina Crews; One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon; Unspeakable by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper; The Vast Wonder of the World by Mélina Mangal, illustrated by Luisa Uribe
Picture Book Critiquing Preferences: All kinds of nonfiction, particularly science! Both rhyming and non-rhyming fiction. (I’m not a great fit for picture books for toddler/preschool age since that’s not my area of focus.) Looking for thoughtful fiction that prompts children to see the world in new ways, and those with strong SEL connections such as A Map into the World by Kao Kalia Yang and Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters; Quirky humor along the lines of I Got a Chicken for My Birthday by Laura Gehl and A Is for Another Rabbit by Hannah Batsel; Standout nonfiction picture books with a strong voice, such as Let ’Er Buck: George Fletcher, the People’s Champion by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion by Chris Barton; Curricular topics presented in lyrical, playful, or unusual ways, such as If You Were the Moon by Laura Purdie Salas or Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate by Sara Levine.
Rita Lorraine Hubbard (she/her), author
Award-winning author Rita Lorraine Hubbard is a retired special education teacher of 20 years who now champions unsung heroes whose stories need to be told with courage and heart. Her books, THE OLDEST STUDENT: HOW MARY WALKER LEARNED TO READ; HAMMERING FOR FREEDOM: THE WILLIAM LEWIS STORY; and AFRICAN AMERICANS OF CHATTANOOGA: A HISTORY OF UNSUNG HEROES, have garnered honors and awards that include the New Voices Award, the East Tennessee Historical Preservation Award, the 2021 Floyd’s Pick Honor Book Award, and the 2021-2022 Texas Bluebonnet Master List Award. Rita has an advanced degree in School Psychology and owns and manages The Black History Channel. Her favorite ice cream flavor/combo is Neapolitan.
Types of Picture Books Rita Lorraine Loves to Read: I actually enjoy a range of picture book styles and topics by various authors and covering various subjects. Here are a few: Lillian’s Right to Vote, by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Shane W. Evans; Love Twelve Miles Long, by Glenda Armand and illustrated by Colin Bootman; Our Children Can Soar, by Michelle Cook and illustrated by Leo Dillon et al; Miss Colfax’s Light, by Aimee Bissonette and illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen; The Quiet Book, by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Renata Liwska; Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me, by Daniel Beaty and illustrated by Bryan Collier
Picture Book Coaching Preferences: Fiction and nonfiction picture books about African American characters, written by African American authors; books with animals as the main characters
Sara Levine (she/her), author
Sara Levine is a veterinarian, educator and award-winning writer of picture books for children. Some of her titles include: Bone by Bone: Comparing Animals Skeletons (illustrated by T.S. Spookytooth); Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate (illustrated by Masha D’Yans); The Animals Would Not Sleep! (illustrated by Marta Alvarez MiguensGerms Up Close (Millbrook Press, April 6, 2021). Her favorite flavor of ice cream is coffee oreo.
Types of Picture Books Sara Loves to Read: Truman by Jean Reidy, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins; You Don’t Want a Unicorn! by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Liz Climo; We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins; Bark, George by Jules Feiffer; What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steven Jenkins & Robin Page
Picture Book Coaching Preferences: Best fit for fiction and nonfiction (particularly STEM, but not limited to that). Lyrical, funny, with emotional depth are all a plus!
Eva Lynch-Comer (she/her), Editorial Assistant, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Eva Lynch-Comer is an editorial assistant at HarperCollins Children’s Books. Before working at Harper, Eva interned at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency and Hannigan Getzler Literary Agency. Among her favorite children’s books are Walk Two Moons and Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry. She has a degree in Creative Writing from Hamilton College. Eva is drawn to lyrical, powerful, #ownvoices, picture books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels. When she’s not fully immersed in the book world, you can find Eva singing, journaling, writing poetry, or walking her dog Osito. She enjoys raspberry, strawberry, lemon, and mango sorbet!
Picture Book Critiquing Preferences: I am interested in fiction. I love #own voices stories, specifically African American and/or Latinx books, as well as books that center marginalized communities. I am very drawn to lyrical, literary, and poetic texts. I also love fantasy, mythology, folklore, and books with environmental themes. I love to read books like Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o, The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat, What Do You Do with an Idea by Kobi Yamada, and The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson.
Jennifer Mattson (she/her), agent
Jennifer represents authors, illustrators, and author-illustrators who bring a distinct point of view to their work, and who tell stories with multiple layers. In middle grade and YA both, her heart beats faster for stories that cascade from a mind-expanding premise. She also loves survival stories and losing herself in Dickensian sagas (Wolves of Willoughby Chase!), and enjoys watching characters puzzle their way through problems. She has a special soft spot for middle grade about resilient kids sorting out the messiness of life. Jennifer has worked previously as an editor at Dutton Children’s Books and as a Books for Youth staff reviewer at Booklist. Two fun facts: she spent a summer giving tours at Emily Dickinson’s house, and has a coauthor credit in The Official Easy-Bake Oven Cookbook. Jennifer is based in Chicago, where, when not reading, she spends her free time in dance classes or jogging the lakefront. Her favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate peanut butter.
Some of Jennifer’s Proud Picture Book Projects: RAIN! by Linda Ashman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011); WILLIAM’S WINTER NAP by Linda Ashman (Hyperion, 2017); DRAGON NIGHT by J. R. Krause (author-illustrator) (Putnam, 2019); GRACE HOPPER, QUEEN OF COMPUTER CODE illustrated by Katy Wu (Sterling 2018); ONE-OSAURUS, TWO-OSAURUS by Kim Norman (Candlewick 2021); THE TREASURE BOX by Dave Keane (Putnam, forthcoming in 2022)
Picture Book Critiquing Preferences: Open to critiquing all types of picture books; looking for fresh concepts w/ a laugh-out-loud wit; lyrical yet informative natural sciences nonfiction; author-illustrator projects; joyful stories from creators underrepresented in mainstream publishing
Julia Finley Mosca (she/her), author
Julia Finley Mosca is a journalist and author of the internationally translated rhyming series Amazing Scientists, which includes the award-winning picture book biography The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin. She loves telling stories that highlight perseverance and is quick to remind readers that books about strong, successful girls are for boys, too! (When it comes to desserts, she’d take a good chocolate chip cookie over ice cream any day… but if she had to choose a flavor: Cookie dough, of course.)
Facebook: Julia Finley Mosca
Types of Picture Books Julia Loves to Read: Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins and Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. I love a really quirky, eccentric read that amuses adults as much as it delights children.
Picture Book Coaching Preferences: Can lend expertise in the general area of creating a compelling story; can also critique rhyme.
Kaitlyn Sanchez (she/her), Agent, Context Literary Agency
Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez is a mom, wife, agent with Context Literary Agency, middle school math teacher, and picture book author. She’s also the proud co-creator and co-host of the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest and Kidlit Zombie Week as well as creator and co-host of the Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy Contest. In her free time, she loves to play soccer, binge-watch TV shows, and, of course, read, especially when she’s all cozied up with her husband and daughter reading together. As for favorite ice cream flavor, Kaitlyn’s changes all the time, but if she had to pick her favorite, it’s Chunky Monkey, her husband loves the banana and she loves the chocolate!
Please follow Kaitlyn’s clients on social media: https://kaitlynleannsanchez.com/literary-clients/
Some of Kaitlyn’s Proud Picture Book Projects: I’m so proud of our first deal with Margaret Aitken: OLD FRIENDS with Feiwel and Friends and our deal with my first client Laura K. Zimmermann MUSHROOM RAIN with Sleeping Bear Press.
Picture Book Critiquing Preferences: Picture books with emotion and with outrageous humor, as well as bios that are beautifully written about someone or something we didn’t know about, and of course, I love STEAM!
Tricia Springstubb (she/her), author
Tricia is the author of chapter books and many middle grade novels, too, and she is here to tell you picture books are hardest of all to write. But when a picture book works, it is sublime! Besides reading, writing, playing with her grandbabies and eating mocha chip ice cream, often in some combination, she is a frequent speaker at schools, libraries and conferences. She lives in Cleveland Heights.
Types of Picture Books Tricia Loves to Read: Truman, by Jean Reidy and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins; Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson; Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora; Saturday, by Oge Mora; The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
Picture Book Coaching Preferences: Fiction of any kind. I love lyrical writing.
Andrea Wang (she/her), author
Andrea Wang is the award-winning author of picture books The Nian Monster (Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor) and Magic Ramen (Freeman Book Award Honor). She has two books releasing in 2021: Watercress (JLG Gold Standard Selection, starred reviews from BCCB, Horn Book, Kirkus, PW, and SLJ); and The Many Meanings of Meilan, her debut middle grade novel. Her work explores culture, creative thinking, and identity. She is also the author of seven nonfiction titles for the library and school market. Andrea holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Young People. She lives in the Denver area with her family. Her favorite ice cream is mint chip.
Types of Picture Books that Andrea Loves to Read: A Different Pond by Bao Phi, illus. Thi Bui; All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, illus. Bryan Collier; We Are Water Protectors, by Carole Lindstrom, illus. Michaela Goade
Picture Book Coaching Preferences: Fiction, lyrical/narrative nonfiction, and STEM
Lindsay Ward (she/her), author/illustrator
Lindsay Ward is the author and illustrator of over a dozen picture books for kids. Her titles include: Rosie: Stronger Than Steel; This Book Is Gray; Scooper and Dumper; Between the Lines (September 2021), Helping Hospital (October 2021). She is also the founder of Critter Lit, a free critique service for up-and-coming authors and illustrators. Lindsay lives in Peninsula, Ohio with her husband, three boys, and dog. Her favorite flavor of ice cream is banana.
Types of Picture Books Lindsay Loves to Read: Snappsy the Alligator Did Not Ask to Be in This Book by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Tim Miller; We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen; If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin E. Stead; The New Small Person by Lauren Child; Traction Man by Mini Grey; Sir Simon: Super Scarer by Cale Atkinson; Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein; Truman by Jean Reidy and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
Picture Book Coaching Preferences: Mostly fiction, but would be interested in narrative nonfiction. Character driven, rhyming, meta, humorous, milestone. Funny picture books are by far my favorite but I love lyrical texts too.