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  Authors and Illustrators 2021

Tracey Baptiste

Tracey Baptiste is the New York Times bestselling author of Minecraft: The Crash, as well as the creepy Caribbean series The  Jumbies, which includes The Jumbies (2015), Rise of the Jumbies (2017), and The Jumbie God’s Revenge (scheduled for 2019). She's also written the contemporary YA novel Angel’s Grace and 9 non-fiction books for kids in elementary through high school.

She is a former elementary school teacher, does lots of author visits, and is on the faculty at Lesley University’s Creative Writing MFA program.

Her name is pronounced buhTEEST.


Ann Brashares

Ann Brashares is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now3 WillowsThe Last Summer (of You and Me), and My Name Is Memory. She lives in New York City with her family. Visit and follow @AnnBrashares on Twitter.


Cozbi A. Cabrera

Cozbi A. Cabrera lives in Evanston,IL, was born in Brooklyn, NY to parents who were born in Honduras, CA. A former art director for music, she creates and illustrates picture books for young readers. In addition to writing and painting, she loves working in textiles. Her handmade dolls or "muñecas" are collected around the world.

Bryan Collier



Bryan Collier is a beloved illustrator known for his unique style combining watercolor and detailed collage. He is a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient for Trombone ShortyDave the PotterMartin’s Big Words, and Rosa. His books have won many other awards as well, including six Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. His recent books include By and By, ThurgoodThe Five O’Clock Band, and Between the Lines. He lives in New York with his family.


David LaRochelle

David LaRochelle has been writing and illustrating books since 1988. His books have won numerous awards, including the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, the SCBWI Golden Kite Honor Award, and three Minnesota Book Awards.

A former elementary school teacher, David enjoys solving puzzles, playing board games, and carving creative pumpkins, which you can view at his website.

Thrity Umrigar

Thrity Umrigar is the best-selling author of the novels Bombay Time, The Space Between Us, The Secrets Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, The Weight of Heaven, The World We Found and The Story Hour. She is also the author of the memoir, First Darling of the Morning and three picture books for kids--When I Carried You in My Belly, Binny's Diwali and Sugar in Milk. Her books have been translated into several languages and published in over fifteen countries. She is a Distinguished University Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.


Carole Boston Weatherford

Baltimore-born and -raised, Carole Boston Weatherford composed her first poem in first grade and dictated the verse to her mother on the ride home from school. Her father, a high school printing teacher, printed some of her early poems on index cards.

Since her literary debut with Juneteenth Jamboree in 1995, Carole’s books have received three Caldecott Honors, two NAACP Image Awards, an SCBWI Golden Kite Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor and many other honors.
For career achievements, Carole received the Ragan-Rubin Award from North Carolina English Teachers Association and the North Carolina Literature Award, among the state’s highest civilian honors. She holds an M.A. in publications design from University of Baltimore and an M.F.A. in creative writing from University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is a Professor of English at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.


Jeffery Boston Weatherford



Jeffery Boston Weatherford is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and performance poet. His debut book, You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, got starred reviews, made the American Library Association’s ALSC Notables list and was selected among the year’s best books by Kirkus Review, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council for the Social Studies and the New York Public Library. He contributed to the award-winning anthology We Rise We Resist We Raise Our VoicesAlso a designer and publisher, he has released four books: Africa; Dear Mr. Rosenwald: The School that Hope Built; Princeville: The 500-Year Flood; and A Bat Cave: An Abecedarian Bedtime Chronicle. He has lectured, performed and led art and writing workshops in the U.S. and West Africa.

Jeffery holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Howard University where he was a Romare Bearden Scholar, and a Bachelor’s degree from Winston-Salem State University where he majored in art with concentration in graphics/animation. A North Carolina native, he lives in Maryland. His art has exhibited in North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.


Mike Wohnoutka

Ever since Mike Wohnoutka can remember he knew he wanted to be an artist. His dad, who worked at the Highway Department, would bring home reams of paper that had highway plans on one side and were blank on the other. He would be so excited to have all that paper to draw on and would fill each sheet with snowmobiles, baseball players, superheroes—everything he was interested in. His high school art teacher, Mr. Chase encouraged Mike to pursue art as a career. This, along with a scholarship, led him to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Since graduating with a B.F.A. in Illustration, Mike has illustrated over 30 books for children. He has worked with various clients including Bloomsbury Publishing, Candlewick Press, Henry Holt, Clarion Books, Disney-Hyperion Books, Holiday House, Scholastic Books, Penguin-Random House, Cricket Magazine Group, General Mills, 3M, Medtronic, and Peaceable Kingdom Press.

A native of Spicer, Minnesota, Mike currently lives with his family in Minneapolis.


Lisa Yee

Lisa Yee has been a TV writer/producer, written labels for bean cans, and penned a speech for a president of the United States.

Her novels include the Millicent Min, Girl Genius, So Totally Emily Ebers and Stanford Wong Flunks Big-time, and also in the series is Warp Speed, the Stanford Wong spin-off about a Star Trek geek who gets beat up everyday.

She is the author of several American Girl books, including the Kanani and Lea series. Lisa has also penned original novels for the DC Super Hero High middle grade series.

Lisa has been named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Resident, USA TODAY Critics Pick, and more.


Timothy Young



Timothy Young has had a long career doing all kinds of interesting and fun stuff. He's been an animator, puppet maker, toy designer, sculptor, art director and graphic designer. His career highlights include being Head Model-Maker for the Penny. cartoons on Pee-Wee's Playhouse, designing and building Muppets for Jim Henson Productions and sculpting the very first Simpsons toys.
Tim is the author/illustrator of 15 books including The Angry Little Puffin and the highly acclaimed I Hate Picture Books!. His most recent book is the unusually titled untitled. He lives with his family in Easton and has been pleased to be a part of organizing the Chesapeake Children's Book Festival.

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