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Welcome to the Authors & Illustrators Corner

Join Us as we share the journey of authors & illustrators and discover the voice, and artist  behind books,  We Should Read.

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When viewing on mobile. Bios and links to stories or authors sites will show below gallery and are in listed in same order as pictured. * All Bios are excerpts from Authors sites, please visit them online to read more and support their work. 

Gabi snyder 

is "a fan of the unexpected. Her love of dogs, counting, and unusual modes of transportation inspired her debut picture book, TWO DOGS ON A TRIKE, illustrated by Robin Rosenthal and published by Abrams Appleseed (May 2020).  Quoted from Author's Amazon Bio 

Lori Alexander

is published author of multiple books from her board book series "Future" to her newly released "A Sporting Chance, an"inspiring human story behind the creation of the Paralympics"

Nikkolas Smith is a an Artivist and after  designing theme parks at Walt Disney Imagineering for 11 years. He is the author/illustrator of the picture books "The Golden Girls of Rio" (nominated for an NAACP Image Award) and My Hair Is Poofy And That's Okay.  He also creates activist art paintings and Hollywood movie posters (Black Panther, Beale Street, Southside With You, Dear White People, Stranger Fruit). He is a proud 2016 White House Innovators of Color fellow.

claire noland is the author of easy readers, board books, and picture books for young children. She knows that everyone who reads is a winner and as a children’s librarian, reading specialist, and author, her life’s goal is to excite kids about books and reading. She writes from her home in Central California.

Monica Ahanonu 

is a freelance  illustrator who has done amazing illustrators for everyone from DreamWorks Animation, McDonalds, TIME MAGAZINE, as well as her own works. She is an expert in "color theory, vector illustration, and motion design." Her latest release ICONS 50 Heroines Who Shaped Contemporary Culture is a vibrant tribute to Phenomenal Women in History.

Jamie Sumner is the author of the crtically accliamed Middle-Grade Novel,  ROLL WITH IT (ATHENEUM BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS). Her second novel TUNE IT OUT, will be coming out September 1, 2020. Jaime has written for the New York Times and the Washington Post... She is also a mom to a son with Cerebral Palsy and she writes and speaks about disability in literature

Coming soon

Vanessa Brantley Newtown 

is Diversity expert, an author and illustrator of a great breadth of work from her own books, Just Like Me, which she wrote and illustrated to-King of Kindergarten-which she providing dynamic illustrations for.

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