<b>Laban Carrick Hill</b> is the author of <i>America Dreaming: How Youth Changed America in the 60s</i>, <i>Harlem Stomp!: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance</i>, which was a National Book Award finalist, and <i>Dave the Potter</i>, a Caldecott Honor book, illustrated by Bryan Collier. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.
My name is Sandra Navarro. I work under the pseudonym Lalalimola. After five years in the world of advertising and graphic design, I decided to focus my work on my vocation: illustration. I collaborate with international publishers, newspapers, magazines and advertising agencies. I can count my clients as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Oxford University Press, Quarto Group, Macmillan, UNICEF, Specsavers, El País Newspaper, Scoop Magazine, Magazine Georges, Anorak Magazine, Barcelona City Council and Valencia City Council. Regarding my education, firstly I studied a Degree in Advertising and Public Relations and I started to work as a graphic designer. I knew at that moment that I really wanted to work on illustration so I started a Degree in Fine Arts. In addition, I worked as a teacher at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in the Drawing Department of Fine Arts, Spain. Amongst other recognitions, I was selected for the Fifth Ibero-American Illustration Catalog 2014 and I was selected for the Illustrators Exhibition in the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2016.
<b>Lamar Giles</b> is an Edgar Award-nominated author and has published three young adult novels. He is the co-founder of #WeNeedDiverse books and has edited two #WNDB anthologies, including 2018's <i>Fresh Ink</i>. He lives in Harrisonburg, VA. www.lrgiles.com, Twitter: @LRGiles, Instagram: @LamarGiles
Lana Button works in early childhood education. She is the author of Willow's Whispers, Willow Finds a Way, Willow's Smile and My Teacher's Not Here! Lana studied theater performance at Concordia University in Montreal, and now lives in Burlington, Ontario, with her husband and three daughters.Christine Battuz has illustrated over sixty books for children, including Wade's Wiggly Antlers and What If Bunny's NOT a Bully?, and has taught art to children of all ages. She lives in Bromont, Quebec.
Land Wilson developed an appreciation for nature as a boy thanks to his parents and naturalist Elizabeth Terwilliger. Having read that viewing Earth from space had a profound effect on a person's sense of responsibility to the health of our planet, Land wanted to share what he learned about the importance of protecting nature. After interviewing three Apollo astronauts, Colonel Frank Borman, Captain Eugene Cernan, and Captain Wally Schirra, Jr., he resolved to share this experience with children. It was then that Sofia's Dream was born.
Lane Fredrickson is a veteran of the United States Air Force and holds degrees in psychology and English. Lane's first published children's book, <i>Watch Your Tongue, Cecily Beasley</i>, was published by Sterling Publishing in 2012. Her website, RhymeWeaver.com, is full of image-based tutorials on poetry and writing. She lives in FL with a volleyball player and a basketball player (who also happen to be her children), her husband, and a very small Yorkie named Holly.<br /> <br /> Michael Robertson graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in painting. He spent ten years as a toy designer and character developer before trying his hand at illustration. His work has appeared on many children's products, greeting cards, and magazines, and has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators. Michael lives in downtown Cleveland, where he enjoys painting, cooking and listening to the extensive collection of vintage soul, jazz, and Brazilian music he has acquired over the years. Visit his website: mrobertsonillustration.blogspot.com.
Lane Smith is the award-winning author of Grandpa Green, It's a Book, There Is a Tribe of Kids, and his most recent, A Perfect Day, among others. In 2012, the Eric Carle Museum named him a Carle Artist for "lifelong innovation in the ...
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was born in Joplin, Missouri, and lived much of his life in Harlem, New York. As one America's most cherished chroniclers of the black experience, known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes's work was constantly groundbreaking throughout his forty-six-year career. His poetry about the ocean and the symbolism that surrounds it stems from his travels through Africa and Europe working as a seaman.
<b>Lara Bergen</b> is the author of more than one hundred children's books. She lives in New York City with her husband and two kids--Sydney and Parker.