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June 10-12, 2016

Iona College

New Rochelle,

New York

Meet the Co-Chairs

Sally Isaacs & Lionel Bender Conference Co-Chairs, with 2015 Faculty Members Juliana Texley and Christine Royce, at the 2015 Conference.

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.,,

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.

Supporting Sponsors

Conference initiated by Lionel Bender of BRW, producers of children's illustrated nonfiction for international publishers;

co-chaired by author/editor Sally Isaacs; and powered by Star Consulting, Inc., producers of top-calibre conferences and events.  •  •