About the Speakers:
Jackie Azúa Kramer is an award-winning and internationally translated children’s author. She earned her MA in Counseling in Education, Queens College. She is a member of the Bank Street Writers Lab and Las Musas. Her picture books include The Green Umbrella– 2017 Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year; If You Want to Fall Asleep; The Boy and the Gorilla– 3 Starred Reviews, a 2021 Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year and a 2021 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Winner; I Wish You Knew– 2021 Parents’ Magazine Raising the Future Book Club Pick; Miles Won’t Smile and Dorothy and Herbert-An Ordinary Couple and their Extraordinary Collection of Art– a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her upcoming picture books releasing between 2022-2023 are: We Are One; Manolo and the Unicorn; Zumba and Carina’s Empanadas. She lives in Long Island, NY. When not writing, you’ll find her reading, watching old movies and traveling to her family’s roots in Ecuador, Puerto Rico and Spain.
Visit Jackie: Jackieazuakramer.com Twitter @jackiekramer422 Instagram: @jackie_azua_kramer
Julia Breckenreid grew up with her head in a series of books, allowing her to explore the world well beyond her hometown of Waterloo, Ontario. At sixteen, she left home and school behind to embark on a meandering journey that eventually – when she was in her late twenties – led to a Diploma in Illustration from Sheridan College. Since then, Julia’s illustration career has grown and flourished alongside her work teaching other artists to pursue their own paths, at the school where she got her start. Fascinated by people and the stories they’ve lived, she uses a personal, emotional approach that allows her to connect with her subjects, audiences, and students alike. Julia’s work has been widely recognized for its quality and depth. The Society of Illustrators gave one of her editorial illustrations a gold medal – and along with American Illustration, Communication Arts and 3×3 awards annuals, they have recognized her work on multiple occasions. She’s profiled in a number of books on the subject of illustration—most notably, Steven Heller and Julius Wiedemann chose to include her in TASCHEN’s 100 Illustrators, volume 1.
An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers, Julia’s first illustrated story, received significant attention when it was released in 2009. The School Library Journal and The Horn Book gave it starred reviews, while the American Library Association (ALA) named it a Junior Library Guild (JLG) selection and the California Reading Association gave it a Eureka! Honor Book Award. It was also listed as a 2009 Smithsonian Notable Book.
Her second picture book, Dorothy & Herbert: An Ordinary Couple and Their Extraordinary Collection of Art (Cameron Kids | Abrams), is set to launch October 26th, 2021. It is a JLG Selection and has been chosen for the Society of Illustrators 2021 Original Art Exhibit, showcasing illustrations from the best picture books published in the U.S.
Julia’s third book, A Room of Your Own, written by Beth Kephart and published by Cameron Kids, is scheduled to be released fall 2022.
Julia lives in Toronto, painting stories for kids big and small. Breckenreid.com
Herbert Vogel (1922–2012) spent most of his working life as a postman, and Dorothy Vogel (born 1935) was a reference librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library. Setting their collecting priorities above those of personal comfort, the couple devoted Herbert’s salary to the acquisition of contemporary art. What they may have lacked in material wealth was more than matched by their knowledge and passion for art, their delight in discovering new work, and their commitment to particular artists whose work moved them.
James Yang was born in Oklahoma and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Arts and Design. Within a few years of entering illustration, his work appeared in prestigious trade publications such as Communication Arts, 3×3 Magazine, Graphis, Print, and The Art Directors Club of New York. James has won over 250 awards for design and illustration including best of show from 3×3 Magazine. He has taught and lectured at a variety of institutions including SVA, Parsons, FIT, SCAD and was an executive board member for ICON, a biennial illustration conference. His book, Bus! Stop! was selected as an outstanding picture book by The New York Times and the follow up Stop! Bot! is the 2020 Geisel award winner for the most distinguished American book for beginning readers. His newest book, A Boy Named Isamu has been called by Kirkus review “A marvel of prose, illustration and design”. His subway wallpaper can be seen on trains in the Metropolitan Transit system. James currently lives in Brooklyn where he happily works for a variety of clients and books.
Selected clients: Asset International, Amnesty International, Arab-American Bank, Audubon Magazine,The World Bank, Atheneum Books/Simon & Schuster, Bloomberg Magazine, BusinessWeek, Chase Manhattan Bank, Computerworld, Eight by Eight Magazine, ESPN, Forbes, Fortune, Genetech, Golf Digest, HarperCollins, Herman Miller, Hutchison Whampoa (HK), IBM, L.A. Times, Major League Baseball, Microsoft, Metropolitan Transport Authority, NATO, Nabisco, Nautilus Magazine, Newsweek, New York Times, The Robert F. Kennedy Foundation, Scientific American, Showtime Inc, Smithsonian Institution, Sony Records, Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine, Viking Books, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Wired, World Wildlife Federation (Canada).