Laan Cham

Vancouver-based, Singaporean-American Illustrator Laan Cham grew up in a small town in New Jersey in a biracial and international household. From a very young age, she encountered and was encouraged to explore various cultures and different ways of thinking. One day, when her Dad came home from work, he told her that he found a…

Gwynne Jackson

Gwynne Jackson writes across multiple genres, with a focus on romance and women’s fiction. A 2018 Golden Heart® finalist in contemporary romance, her books explore the nature of love, human interactions, found family, and often ghosts. She loves writing complex, unapologetic characters in complex, unapologetic settings where the stakes are high, and the payoff proves…

Nadia Fisher

Nadia Fisher is a self-taught artist and children’s book illustrator based in Washington, DC, who works digitally, using Procreate, and traditionally in watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil. Raised in Italy, just outside of Venice, and all over the Washington, DC area, Nadia has been creating art since she can remember, spending her childhood constantly drawing…

Dr. Ernest “Rip” Patton

Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr., a civil rights activist and a veteran of the Freedom Riders, was born in 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee. From a young age, Patton desired to see societal change due to his childhood memories of observing the harsh effects of racial segregation in his neighborhood. Patton attended Tennessee State University in 1960…

Valerie Lott

After being inspired by Dr. Patton’s remarkable commitment to advancing civil rights, Valerie Lott is pursuing a legal career. Before attending law school at Elon University School of Law, Valerie was inspired by young minds in the elementary and middle schools in which she taught. Valerie holds a degree in secondary English Education from Louisiana…

Maisha Oso

Maisha Oso writes stories to empower, entertain, and encourage emotional intelligence in young children. A former strategy & analytics professional from New York City, she is currently working in her most challenging role to date: a stay-at-home mom of three tiny humans. When she’s not writing, you can find her wrangling her kids, binge-watching an unhealthy amount…

Nicholas Alexander

Nicholas Alexander is a driven, creative visual artist from Hampton, Virginia. Drawing since the age of four, he knew he had a talent for the arts and continued to strengthen his abilities throughout his childhood. In college, he studied graphic design and painting, where he won many design awards as well as an NAACP Award…

Adrea Theodore

Adrea Gist Theodore (MD, MPH) is a mom, a pediatrician, and a children’s book author from Durham, North Carolina. Growing up on Long Island, Adrea was the kind of girl who almost always had a book in her hand, a library card in her pocket, and a stack of books in the corner waiting to…

Marietta Apollonio

Marietta Apollonio was born in Tarrytown, New York. She spent most of her childhood making mud pies, swinging on rope swings attached to questionable trees, dancing, and recreating her grandmother’s paintings. She moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to earn her degree in Illustration from The Art Institute of Boston (now Lesley University College of Art and…

Annie Silvestro

Annie Silvestro is a lover of books who can often be found shuffling piles of them around so she has a place to sit or someplace to put her teacup. She is the author of DYLAN’S DRAGON, SUGAR AND SPICE AND EVERYTHING MICE, BUNNY’S BOOK CLUB GOES TO SCHOOL, BUTTERFLIES ON THE FIRST DAY OF…