Floyd Cooper began his career in children’s books by illustrating Grandpa’s Face by Eloise Greenfield (Philomel). Kirkus heralded his work as an “outstanding debut,” and from there he went on to create memorable pictures for nearly 100 titles, several of which he also wrote, including Jump!: From the Life of Michael Jordan, Willie and the All-Stars,The Ring-Bearer, and Max and the Tag-Along Moon (all Philomel). He received a Coretta Scott King Award for The Blacker the Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas (Amistad), and three of his titles were Coretta Scott King Honor books. Among his other honors are two NAACP Image Award nominations, a Jane Addams Peace Honor, and the Simon Wiesenthal Gold Medal. Visit: www.floydcooper.com.
Vashti Harrison earned an MFA in Film and Video from Cal Arts, where she snuck into the Animation Department to learn from Disney and DreamWorks legends. There she rekindled a love for drawing and painting, and now, utilizing both skill sets, she is passionate about crafting beautiful stories for both film and children’s books. She is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Little Legends and Little Leaders books, which celebrate exceptional men and women in black history, and she is the illustrator of Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry (Kokila) and the critically acclaimed and bestselling picture book Sulwe by Lupita Nyongo (Simon & Schuster), a Coretta Scott King Honor book and an NAACP Image Award winner. Visit: www.vashtiharrison.com.
Molly Idle is the author and illustrator of the innovative Caldecott-Honor-winning picture book Flora and the Flamingo (Chronicle), as well as a flock of other titles featuring Flora and her feathered friends. She is also the creator of the Rex series, which includes Tea Rex, Camp Rex, Sea Rex, and Santa Rex (Viking). Her most recent works include the dazzling mermaid tales Pearl and Coral (Little Brown), and illustrations for Beth Ferry’s We Believe in You (Roaring Brook). Prior to her career as an author/illustrator, she worked as an artist for DreamWorks Feature Animation Studios. Visit: www.idleillustration.com
Alvina Ling is Vice President and Editor-in-Chief at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, where she has worked since 1999. She edits children’s books for all ages, from picture books to young adult. Prize-winning and notable authors and illustrators she has worked with include Holly Black, Libba Bray, Peter Brown, Chris Colfer, Bryan Collier, Grace Lin, Wendy Mass, LeUyen Pham, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Brian Pinkney, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Laini Taylor, and Ed Young. She is the co-founder and former chair of the Children’s Book Council Diversity Committee. Visit: www.lbyr.com
Lily Malcom is the Vice President and Executive Art Director of Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She began her career as editorial assistant but quickly realized that her true passion was art and design. As an art director, she has worked with many talented, award-winning illustrators, among them David Small, Jon Agee, Jerry Pinkney, Judy Schachner, Erin E. Stead, Tao Nyeu, Loren Long, Blanca Gómez, and Corinna Luyken. She enjoys working with longtime professionals as well as first-time illustrators, and she’s always on the lookout for stories with unique, memorable characters and a strong visual narrative. Visit: www.Penguin.com/Children
Yuyi Morales was born in Xalapa, Mexico. After migrating to the US in 1994, she struggled with English and loneliness but found solace in public libraries, where she read children’s books with her son and discovered a renewed interest in stories and art. She is now the author and illustrator of many books for children, including the New York Times bestseller Dreamers, a Boston Globe – Horn Book Honor Book, and Nino Wrestles the World (both Holiday House). She is a six-time winner of the Pura Belpré Medal, and other honors include the Americas Award, the Golden Kite Medal, the Christopher Award, the Jane Adams Award, and the Tomas Rivera Award. In 2015, she received a Caldecott Honor for Viva Frida (Holiday House). Visit: www.yuyimorales.com.
Chris Sasaki is a designer, illustrator, and art director whose clients have included Pixar Animation Studios, Blue Sky Studios, DreamWorks, Jim Henson Studios, and Tonko House. His first venture into children’s books was Ghost, a YA short story collection (Illustratus). He also illustrated Home is a Window by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard (Holiday House), which was published to starred reviews, and Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist by Julie Leung (Penguin Random House), which received the 2019 Dilys Evans Founders Award from the Society of Illustrators. His work has been featured at Gallery Nucleus, on Cartoon Brew, in the New York Times, and in the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition. Visit:www.csasaki.com.