Faculty

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Johanna Arnone

Johanna Arnone is the editor of Muse, an award-winning, STEAM-focused magazine published by Cricket Media. The past editor of Odyssey, Johanna is a graduate of McGill University and Vermont College’s Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program. Previously, she was chief content officer at a custom publishing company specializing in health and nutrition. Muse’s young readers push her to inquire deeply and to have more fun than should be allowed at work. Johanna lives in New Hampshire with her husband, two children, and a pet they tend to think is a Catahoula leopard dog. www.cricketmedia.com

Linnette Attai

Linnette Attai is the founder of PlayWell, LLC, a compliance consulting firm that guides companies in the US and overseas through the regulation and industry self-regulation surrounding digital and mobile privacy, user safety, security, product development, content, advertising and marketing.  Linnette has over 20 years of experience in the compliance industry, with special expertise in the youth entertainment and education sectors. She is an expert in data privacy regulation, including COPPA, FERPA, SOPIPA and more.  Prior to founding PlayWell, Linnette served as Vice President, Standards & Practices for Nickelodeon and as a compliance executive with CBS.

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Raymond Bean

Raymond Bean is the Amazon best-selling author of the Sweet Farts, Benji Franklin, and School Is A Nightmare books. His books have ranked #1 in Children’s Humor, Humorous Series, and Fantasy and Adventure. They often rank among Amazon’s top 100 books for children. Bean is a fourth grade teacher with fifteen years of classroom experience. Translations of his books are available in Germany, Italy and Korea. Editions for Brazil and Turkey are on the way. He writes for kids that claim they don’t like reading. His latest series of books, OUT OF THIS WORLD (Capstone/Raintree), releases this summer.  www.raymondbean.com

Lionel Bender, Conference Co-Chair

Editor, author, and creator of more than 1200 children's illustrated information books for the international coedition market. Co-founder of the book packager Bender Richardson White, which produces children's illustrated nonfiction and educational materials for publishers in North America and the UK. His company has produced books for National Geographic Kids, Time Life for Kids, Boyds Mills Press, Capstone, Crabtree, Picture Window Books, Chelsea House, and many more. Lionel is also a partner of MJL Digital Publishing, which creates downloadable self-guided walks and digital stories for smart devices using QR-code technology. He is a regular speaker at regional SCBWI conferences and a visitor to international book fairs and conferences for 20+ years. On Highlights Foundation Faculty for Nonfiction. www.brw.co.uk, www.walkingthepast.co.uk, www.ibeaken.co.uk

Michelle Bisson

Michelle Bisson is Senior Managing Editor for Capstone’s Library division, where her main focus has been on middle-grade fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Through the years, however, she has developed ideas for and worked on pretty much every subject and grade level for the K-12 market. She has been a medical editor and writer, a long-time book reviewer for The Seattle Times, and, for the past two decades, a happy toiler in the world of children’s fiction, nonfiction, and digital products primarily aimed at the school and public library market. www.capstonepub.com

Monica Burns

Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. In her role as a classroom teacher she used iPads one to one with her students to create engaging, differentiated learning experiences. Monica visits schools to work with PreK-12 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible and has presented to numerous national and international audiences including SXSWedu, ISTE and EduTECH.  She is passionate about leveraging the power of technology in literacy learning. Monica is a regular contributor to Edutopia and the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom (Corwin Publishing).

Angela Carstensen

Angela Carstensen is Head Librarian at Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private K-12 girl’s school in New York City. She is author of Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation (ALA Editions, 2011), and founding editor of School Library Journal’s “Adult Books 4 Teens” blog. Angela chaired YALSA’s first Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adult committee, and the Alex Awards committee, and is currently writing a book for ALA Editions titled Readers’ Advisory for Teen Literature. She reviews young adult nonfiction for Shelf Awareness.

Lesa Cline-Ransome

Lesa Cline-Ransome and husband James E. Ransome are a husband-and-wife team who have collaborated on many nonfiction books for young readers, including Satchel Paige, an ALA Notable Book and a Top 10 Sports Book for Youth; Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist, which was on many state award lists; and Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass, which the New York Times Book Review praised, “Visceral, intimate and plainly told, this story is sure to move young children, and also motivate them to read more.” Their latest book, My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Ailey, was published in the fall of 2015. They are the parents of four children and they live in Rhinebeck, New York. www.lesaclineransome.com, www.jamesransome.com.

Vicki Cobb

Famous as the "Julia Child of hands-on science," Vicki Cobb is the highly regarded author of more than 85 nonfiction books for children. Her book, Science Experiments You Can Eat, established her as an innovator in the field and has long since become a classic. And she has performed her interactive and eye-popping show "Science Surprises" in 49 states (missing only North Dakota). Vicki is also the recipient of the 2013 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Lifetime Achievement Award. Vicki is the founder of iNK Think Tank, an online organization of award-winning nonfiction authors that helps teachers deliver curriculum standards in ways that inspire and educate children. www.nonfictionminute.com, www.vickicobb.com

Betina Cochran

Betina Cochran is currently Director of Licensing and Special Markets at Highlights for Children. Formerly Editorial Director for Interactive Media and Global Partnerships, she has developed website content, apps, and a digital library for Highlights. Prior to Highlights she was head of the licensing and publishing program at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and before that she spent 17 years living and working in Europe. She is a specialist the global sales and acquisitions of intellectual property rights; new business, product & partnership development; and brand management in the Licensing, Trade & Educational Publishing, and Non-Profit industries.

Domenica Di Piazza

Domenica Di Piazza is the Editorial Director of Twenty-First Century Books (TFCB), the YA nonfiction imprint under Lerner Publishing Group’s nonfiction umbrella. She is committed to developing high-quality educational nonfiction for the school-library market that also inspires and challenges teen readers to think broadly about their lives and their world. Under Domenica’s guidance, the imprint has moved from series-based materials to focusing solely on single-title nonfiction. TFCB titles consistently garner star reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus and are among Junior Library Guild selections each season. Domenica acquires and edits across the core nonfiction disciplines and has written two nonfiction Lerner titles, West Virginia and Arkansas (both in Lerner’s Hello USA series) as well as essays for adults. She is featured monthly on the Lerner blog at lernerbooks.blogspot.com, where she writes about TFCB titles and authors, school-library trends, and her own reading interests.

Orlando Dos Reis

Orlando Dos Reis is an assistant editor at Abrams Books for Young Readers, Amulet, and ComicArts. Prior to joining Abrams, Orlando received his BA in English from Virginia Tech and an MA in English (with a focus on children's and young adult literature) from Kansas State University. www.abramsbooks.com

Emily Drew

Emily Drew is the Collection Development Librarian of MyLibraryNYC, a joint program between the three public library systems of New York City and the NYC Department of Education. This school-library partnership is currently in over 500+ schools citywide. The collection aligns to the Common Core State Standards and is designed to aid educators in teaching foundational skills as well as promoting the joy of reading. www.mylibrarynyc.org

Chris Eboch

Chris Eboch is the author of over 30 books for children. Her recent nonfiction titles, published under the name MM Eboch, include World War I Battlefield Medicine, Native American Code Talkers, A History of Film, Transportation Technology, and Chaco Canyon. She has also written educational test passages/items, and her articles for children have appeared in magazines such as ChemMatters and Appleseeds. She has sold over 60 writing articles to Writers Digest, Children's Writer, and the annual Writer’s Guides and has spoken at SCBWI events around the world. Chris has her M.A. in Professional Writing and Publishing from Emerson College. She lives in New Mexico. Learn more at www.chriseboch.com or check out her writing tips at her Write Like a Pro! blog.

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Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming is the prolific and versatile author of more than thirty books for children.  Her nonfiction titles include The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look At Abraham and Mary which won the 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book award for Nonfiction; The Great and Only Barnum: the Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum, a 2010 Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, and Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart, a New York Times Notable Book, and The Family Romanov, winner of the Boston-Globe Horn Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Literary Book Prize, SCBWI’s Golden Kite, NCTE’s Orbis Pictus Award, and a Sibert Honor.  Her newest nonfiction book, Presenting Buffalo Bill, will be published in fall, 2016. www.candacefleming.com

Liz (Herzog) Frances

Liz Frances, Art Director at Scholastic since February 2012, is responsible for Nonfiction Trade publications, as well as Scholastic's new Branches™ collection of illustrated early chapter books. She enjoys collaborating with editors to create dynamic books for young readers. Before coming to Scholastic, Liz worked for children's publishers including the Celebra Children's Books and Dutton Children's Books imprints of Penguin, and the Henry Holt and Feiwel and Friends imprints of Macmillan. She got her B.A. from Wesleyan University, majoring in Art History. And she studied graphic design at The School of Visual Arts.

Karen Ginman

Karen Ginman is a BookOps youth selector responsible for purchasing materials for children and teens at 150 branches at New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library. She holds an MA in Teaching from Wayne State University and an MLIS from Queens College with a Certificate in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials. Previously, Karen worked as a middle and high school teacher for 8 years and has a New York State certification in French and English. She regularly collaborates with multiple libraries systems and the NYC Department of Education on library and education initiative. She is an avid Twitter user where you can find her at @karenginman.

Cyndi Giorgis

Cyndi Giorgis is a former elementary teacher and school librarian.  She is a professor of children’s and young adult literature and serves as Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Cyndi has served on the Caldecott, Newbery and Geisel Award Committees and is currently the chair of NCTE’s Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. She has written numerous curriculum guides for picture and chapter books that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Cyndi has written articles and presented workshops extensively on integrating literature into the curriculum.

Julie Gribble

Julie Gribble creates and produces works for children and the children’s literature community in both the United States and Great Britain. She founded KidLit TV to help connect children’s book creators to their readers. She’s been nominated for two Emmy Awards and is a multi award-winning writer, screenwriter, filmmaker, and producer. Her charming picture book, Bubblegum Princess, is based on a true story about Kate Middleton and was released on the day the royal baby, who we now know as Prince George, arrived. Julie sits on the Children’s Committee of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts: BAFTA-NY.

Francisca Goldsmith

Librarian, instructor, author Francisca Goldsmith has been working with graphic novels and audiobooks for youth, with youth, for 20 years, both as a librarian and as an instructor and author. She is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels and currently works with Audio Publishers Association's Sound Learning multi-modal literacy initiative. She provides an insight into both the educational value of these nonfiction genres and how to choose good examples for use in schools, libraries, and at home. You can read her frequent publishing in these areas at PS We're ReadingAudioFile MagazineBooklist, and in other venues.

Kate Hathaway, Ed.D.

Dr. Kate Hathaway is Associate Professor of Literacy Education at the College of New Rochelle. Her area of specialty is literacy instruction, especially as it pertains to at-risk students in elementary and middle school.  She recently guided the teacher education program in the Graduate School through accreditation with TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council). She routinely consults in area schools and gives presentations on curriculum, assessment, and instruction.  Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Hathaway taught kindergarten and first grade, and taught courses in special education in the New York metropolitan area.

Carolyn Hayes

Dr. Hayes is President of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). She is a former high-school biology teacher from Greenwood, Indiana, who brings years of leadership and teaching experience to NSTA through her work as a classroom teacher, college professor, science coordinator, author, and science consultant. Hayes worked at the Central Indiana Educational Service Center as part of the professional development team, and is an ex-president of the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc. Her honors and awards include the STEM Conference Excellence in Science Education Award (2015) and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. www.nsta.org

Michael Hearst

Michael Hearst is the author of Extraordinary People (Chronicle, 2015) and Unusual Creatures (Chronicle, 2012), both extensive compendiums of facts presented in a visually arresting graphic format. In Extraordinary People, Michael profiles some of the world’s most extraordinary people. Unusual Creatures is a “mostly accurate account of some of Earth’s strangest animals”.  In addition, Michael is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. Unusual Creatures includes the companion album, Songs For Unusual Creatures, and sections of the book have been made into a PBS Digital series. Curious Constructions will be published in Spring 2017. www.michaelhearst.com

Sally Isaacs, Conference Co-Chair

Award-winning author of 50 illustrated school-and-library and trade children's nonfiction books including her latest nonfiction picture book: Helen Thayer’s Arctic Adventure (Capstone). She has also written National Geographic Kids Ultimate Globetrotting World Atlas (NGK) as well as two prestigious series: America in the Time of... (Heinemann Library/Capstone) and All About America (Kingfisher). With a strong background in educational publishing (she served as Editorial Director of Reader's Digest Educational Division), Isaacs created a freelance career that has included textbooks and workbooks for major publishers, consumer products for Highlights for Children, assessment materials for ETS, and website content for Huntington Learning Center. www.sallyisaacs.com

Kelly Leonard

Kelly Leonard is the Founder and Principal Consultant of KLO Associates, LLC, a digital marketing boutique specializing in custom content strategy and influencer engagement for authors, publishers, start-ups and nonprofits. Previously she held senior management positions at Time Warner Book Group and Hachette Book Group, where she set strategic vision and implementation of website and social media development, production, content creation and marketing for author, book and corporate sites, apps and e-newsletters. Kelly has created campaigns for best-selling authors including James Patterson, Nelson DeMille, Brad Meltzer, Michael Connelly, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Marcus Luttrell, and many more.

Abran Maldonado

Abran is an entrepreneur, scholar, music industry veteran, and the CEO and Founder of NuSkool, which addresses the needs of underserved youth using a fusion of entertainment and education through professional development, student enrichment and educational research. He is a Gates Millennium Scholar, with a BS in Communication Arts, and an MA in Adolescent Culture in Education. He is currently working with renowned education reformer Pedro Noguera on developing new research in the field of Urban Education. Abran is also a contributor for the book "Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America's Schools" by sociologist and policy analyst David Kirp.

Heather Montgomery

Science and Nature Author Heather L. Montgomery uses yuck appeal to engage young readers, inspire reluctant writers, and empower research bliss. Heather has published twelve nonfiction books for kids on topics ranging from snakes (Capstone Publishing, Rattlesnakes) to bad-mannered bugs (Scholastic Press, How Rude! Real Bugs Who Won’t Mind Their Manners). She speaks at over 40 venues per year, including extensive school visits, SCBWI conferences, educator and librarian conferences plus professional development seminars and expeditions. Heather has a B.S. in Biology, a M.S. in Environmental Education, and awards for her educational programs.  www.heatherlmontgomery.com

Cathy Morrison

Award-winning Illustrator, Designer Cathy Morrison is a children’s book illustrator passionate about nature, science and the environment. Combining her degrees in fine arts and education along with her background in animation and graphic design, she now researches and digitally illustrates “creative nonfiction” picture books that read as a story, but are based on facts. These books feature additional classroom guides, downloadable activity sheets and related websites so the curious reader can continue to explore the topic. Award winning titles are published by Arbordale Publishing and Dawn Publications.

www.cathymorrison.blogspot.com

Roxie Munro

Roxie Munro is an author/Illustrator of 35+ children's books, including Market Maze (2015), Busy Builders (Cook Prize STEM Honor); EcoMazes (SLJ Star, Smithsonian: Best Science Books for Children); Hatch! (Outstanding Science Trade Book, Society of School Librarians International Honor Award, Bank St College Best Book w/Outstanding Merit); award-winning Inside-Outside series: NYC, Washington DC, Paris, London, Texas, Libraries, Dinosaurs. Fourteen interactive apps: Roxie's a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure, Roxie's Doors, Roxie's Puzzle Adventure; KIWIStoryBooks: Fire Station, TV Station, Rainforest, Coral Reef, Dinosaurs, Space Station, others, all w/iPad apps. Speaker on transitioning from print books to apps, nonfiction and concept books, gamification, and crossmedia. www.roxiemunro.com

Ellen Myrick

Ellen Myrick is Chief Marketer and Extrovert for Publisher Spotlight.
A twenty year book industry veteran, Ellen has marketed books at an independent bookseller, several publishers, a major distributor, and a national book review. She has been a frequent moderator and presenter at book industry conferences including the Audio Publishers Association Conference, the American Library Association and regional and state library and bookseller associations. Ellen has served on the boards of the Educational Paperback Association (now EBMA), the Audio Publishers Association and the Women’s National Book Association, and as the Judging Chair for the Audie Awards.
www.publisherspotlight.com

Alyssa Pusey

Senior Editor at Charlesbridge, Alyssa specializes in nonfiction, firmly believing that there is nothing as astonishing as real life. Almost any topic, from black holes to mummies, can hook her—as long as it’s approached from an unexpected angle. She also edits the occasional fiction title with strong school and library hooks. Her editorial interests are tightly focused creative nonfiction that brings one event, person, or concept to life; science, nature, history, biography, math topics; contemporary stories starring quirky kid protagonists; fiction and nonfiction picture books, early readers, and middle-grade chapter books. Humor is a plus! Books she has edited include Super Gear by Jennifer Swanson, Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner, Will's Words by Jane Sutcliffe, The Inventor’s Secret by Suzanne Slade, Old Manhattan Has Some Farms by Susan Lendroth, At Home in Her Tomb by Christine Liu Perkins, A Black Hole Is NOT a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano, Candy Bomber by Michael O. Tunnell. www.charlesbridge.com

Diane Ramos-Kelly

Dr. Diane Ramos-Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Education at the College of New Rochelle. She went to CNR after a long career in educational administration, including most recently five years as the Superintendent of Valhalla Union Free School District in Westchester County. Dr. Ramos-Kelly began her career in District 10 in New York City where she served as a classroom teacher, curriculum/staff developer, and school administrator for eighteen years. During that time she led a number of literacy initiatives and trained teachers in best instructional practices. She secured a number of grants, including one from the DeWitt Wallace Foundation, which provided her school with a much-needed state-of-the art library for the children and faculty. She served as Principal of Hutchinson Elementary School in Pelham, New York, Director of Curriculum in Nanuet and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in Bedford Central Schools.

James E. Ransome

James E. Ransome and Lesa Cline-Ransome are a husband-and-wife team who have collaborated on many nonfiction books for young readers, including Satchel Paige, an ALA Notable Book and a Top 10 Sports Book for Youth; Major Taylor: Champion Cyclist, which was on many state award lists; and Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass, which the New York Times Book Review praised, “Visceral, intimate and plainly told, this story is sure to move young children, and also motivate them to read more.” Their latest book, My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Ailey, was published in the fall of 2015. They are the parents of four children and they live in Rhinebeck, New York. www.jamesransome.com, www.lesaclineransome.com

Susannah Richards, Ph.D.

Susannah Richards is an associate professor of education at Eastern Connecticut State University where she teaches courses in English Language. She has a strong background in content area literacy and differentiation strategies for integrating English Language Arts instruction to create high-level social studies and science curriculum. She was on the 2013 John Newbery Award Committee  (that awarded an honor to Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin) and regularly reviews and presents on books for youth at international, national and state conferences.  She has worked as a curriculum consultant and professional development provider with large and small diverse school districts.

Roger Rosen

Roger Rosen is president and CEO of the Manhattan-based educational house Rosen Publishing, an independent business founded in 1950.  Rosen Publishing produces more than 1,000 new pre-K–12 titles per year in various print and digital formats and also offers subscription databases, specializing in what Rosen has called “compelling content correlated to curriculum." Imprints include PowerKids Press, Britannica Educational Publishing, Rosen Digital, and Windmill Books. Roger Rosen also owns Gareth Stevens Publishing, Enslow Publishers, and Cavendish Square Publishing. www.rosenpublishing.com

Steve Sheinkin

A former textbook writer, Steve is now making amends by writing history books and producing cartoon strips kids and teens actually want to read. Recent titles include Bomb, The Port Chicago 50, The Notorious Benedict Arnold, Lincoln's Grave Robbers, and the newest, Most Dangerous, a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award. His books have won numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor, the Siebert Medal, and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. He regularly does school visits, makes his own book trailers, and speaks about his work at conferences.  www.stevesheinkin.com.

Linda Swank

Linda Swank is the Program Manager of the REVERE Awards, an annual awards program that recognizes excellence in resources that support teaching and learning—for all ages, in all media, and for use in all learning environments, whether in or outside the classroom. In this role, she is directly involved in all facets of the competition. The REVERE Awards are a program of the Association of American Publishers’ PreK-12 Learning Group, which provides a range of resources, conferences and events, and programs and initiatives that spotlight trends in policy, technology, and learning. Learn more at REVEREawards.org and publishers.org.

Jennifer Swanson

Jennifer Swanson is the award winning author of over 25 nonfiction books for children. Her books in the “How Things Work” series by The Child’s World were named to the 2012 Booklist’s Top 10 Books for Youth. Top reviews include a starred review in Booklist, and recommended reviews from School Librarians Workshop, Library Media Connection, the NSTA and a book in a series that was a JLG Selection. Jennifer's passion for science resonates in in all her books but especially, BRAIN GAMES (NGKids) and SUPER GEAR: Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up (Charlesbridge).  www.JenniferSwansonBooks.com

Ariane Szu-Tu

Ariane is an editor for National Geographic Kids Books. She graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she had a full scholarship for writing and humanities and majored in English literature with minors in biology and environmental sciences. She was also the managing editor of the university paper and wrote articles for The Baltimore Sun. Ariane is responsible for managing and editing about 15-20 children's books per year for National Geographic, helping to shape content and sometimes coming up with new ideas for their list. In the past, Ariane has interned for the World Wildlife Fund's conservation science team, served as a proofreader for the American Geophysical Union, and developed a science curriculum for a local elementary school in Central America. In her spare time, Ariane leads student trips to places like Alaska and Fiji for National Geographic Student Expeditions.

Sarah Towle

Sarah is an author-educator turned digital publisher. Her coming imprints, Time Traveler Tours & Tales (TTT&T), use first-person storytelling and context-rich educational games to #TurnHistoryOn for kids. Her launch title, In the Footsteps of Giants, by Mary Hoffman will be ready for pre-view at CNFC 2016. TTT&T is now soliciting author submissions (see www.timetravelertours.com/authors) with a particular interest in stories related to Revolutionary Boston and historic London. Sarah blogs about writing, app development, tech in education, and digital publishing at www.sarahtowle.com/blog.

Hallie Warshaw

Hallie Warshaw is the founder, creative director, and publisher of Zest Books. After spending most of her teen years making scrapbooks, collages, murals, and generally a making mess with art supplies, Hallie went on to receive a BA from Clark University and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She began her career as a graphic designer in Hong Kong and Japan working for several design firms. Later, upon her return to her native New York, Hallie became an art director in the educational publishing group at Scholastic. In 2000, she founded Orange Avenue Publishing in San Francisco, which grew into Zest Books in 2006 when Hallie saw the opportunity for creating fun and hip nonfiction books for young adult readers. Learn more at www.zestbooks.net.

Cynthia Weill

Cynthia Weill is a member of the Bank Street Children's Book Committee and Bank Street Writers' Lab. She holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College Columbia University. She consults with New York schoolteachers and administrators, and has worked as a teacher, art historian, and in humanitarian assistance. She has lived in Europe, South East Asia and Latin America. Her books Ten Mice for Tet, ABeCedarios and Opuestos reflect her travels and use local artisanal work to illustrate basic concepts. www.cynthiaweill.net

Caryn Wiseman

Caryn Wiseman is a Senior Agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.  She has sold over 300 children’s and young adult books, both fiction and non-fiction.  She represents debut authors, NYT bestselling authors, a Newbery Honor winner, and authors at every stage in between.  She represents a number of award-winning nonfiction authors including Sarah Albee (BUGGED, WHAT WERE THEY THINKING), Jennifer Berne (ON A BEAM OF LIGHT, MANFISH), Debbie Levy (WE SHALL OVERCOME, I DISSENT! (forthcoming)), Amy Novesky (ME, FRIDA) and Don Tate (POET).  Caryn is looking for nonfiction stories that read like fiction with lyrical or humorous writing, emotional depth and a strong voice that sets it apart from the institutional market.  She is particularly drawn to picture books that explore little-known aspects of the lives of historical figures and events, and books for older readers that present history, science, music  or art in a fun way. www.andreabrownlit.com

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