Sophie Blackall has illustrated more than 30 books, including the bestselling Ivy & Bean series and Finding Winnie, winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal. Her other books include two New York Times Best Illustrated books - Big Red Lollipop and The Baby Tree. Born in Australia, Sophie currently lives and works in Brooklyn with her children Olive and Edward.
Nina Crews uses photographs and collage to create wildly innovative picture books, drawing inspiration from the children and neighborhoods of Brooklyn – her home for over 25 years. Her critically-acclaimed books include One Hot Summer Day, Jack and the Beanstalk, and The Neighborhood Mother Goose. Nina is the daughter of children’s book legends Donald Crews and Ann Jonas.
Shane W. Evans
Shane W. Evans is the illustrator of more than thirty picture books for children, including The Way a Door Closes by Hope Anita Smith, a John Steptoe Award winner. He is the author and illustrator of Olu's Dream and the critically acclaimed Underground, winner of the 2012 Coretta Scott King Book Award. He has exhibited his art in West Africa, Paris and New York. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where he runs Dream Studio, a community art space.
John Bemelmans Marciano
John Bemelmans Marciano is the grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans, creator of the beloved Madeline books. John has written and illustrated four additional Madeline books, including Madeline and the Cats of Rome, carrying on his grandfather’s legacy. His more recent books include The Witches of Benevento, a series collaboration with Sophie Blackall. John lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Andromache.
Javaka Steptoe is an artist, designer, writer, and illustrator. His award-winning books include Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow and In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall, a Coretta Scott King Award winner. His most recent work, Radiant Child, a stunning biography of the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, has received universal acclaim and is considered among the best picture books of 2016.
Jon Scieszka is the author of The Stinky Cheese Man and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, both modern classics. His other books include, Squids Will Be Squids, Math Curse, and the popular Frank Einstein early chapter book series. In 2008, Jon was named the country’s first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Jeri.
Brian Selznick has written and illustrated many award-winning books, including The Houdini Box and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins. In 2008, his groundbreaking work, The Invention of Hugo Cabret - the first of three illustrated novels that include Wonderstruck and The Marvels - was awarded the Caldecott Medal and became the basis for Martin Scorsese’s Oscar winning film, “Hugo”.
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