We are grateful to the following authors for participating in We Are ALL Readers and for the work that they do each day to ensure that ALL children have access to books that allow them to see both themselves and the worlds and experiences of others in the pages of books.

Authors Presenting Saturday, April 9th

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Gaia Cornwall

Gaia Cornwall loves making books for kids. Her first book, Jabari Jumps, was a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, among other accolades. After growing up and spending the last ten years in Providence, RI, she recently moved with her family to CT. Look for her latest book, The Best Bed for Me, out this spring from Candlewick Press.

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Anika Aldamuy Denise

Anika Aldamuy Denise is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction picture books including Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, and A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Rita Moreno: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazer! This fall, her third picture book biography, Phenomenal AOC: the Roots and Rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, will be published by HarperCollins.

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Jannie Ho

Jannie Ho (pronounced Jane-nee) is a professional illustrator and writer of children’s books. She is also a cartoonist for Chickengirl comics, in which she draws herself as a neurotic hen observing the details of everyday life.

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Amitha Knight

Dr. Amitha Jagannath Knight is a graduate of MIT and Tufts University School of Medicine. She is also a former social media manager for We Need Diverse Books. In 2012, she won the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award.

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Rajani LaRocca

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area, where she practices medicine and writes award-winning books for young readers. She also cohosts the STEM Women in KidLit Podcast.

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Kyle Lukoff

Kyle Lukoff writes books for kids and other people. Before becoming a full-time writer, Kyle worked at five bookstores, in four libraries, for three schools, as two genders, through one intersection: people, and books.

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Chris Newell

Chris Newell is co-founder/director of education for Akomawt Educational Initiative; a majority Native owned educational consultancy based in Connecticut and author of Scholastic's If You Lived During the Plimoth Thanksgiving. He is a multi-award-winning museum professional born and raised in Motahkmikuhk (Indian Township, ME) and a proud citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township.

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Janae Marks

Janae Marks is an author of middle grade novels. Her debut From the Desk of Zoe Washington is an indie bestseller and was named a Best Book of the Year by Parents Magazine, Book Riot, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Chicago Public Library and the Boston Globe.

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Sarah Prager

Sarah Prager is an advocate for queer history education particularly for youth. Her first book, Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World received five award nominations, and was named a Best Book for Teens 2017 by New York Public Library and Chicago Public Library.

Authors Offering Virtual School Visits April 4-8

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Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson began writing for kids and teens when someone in an exercise class dared her to try. Since then, she has earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and published the following books for kids and teens: Head Case, Beyond Lucky, and Believe, a young MG series, The Wish List as well as Just Like Rube Goldberg (Beach Lane Books), illustrated by Robert Neubecker.

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Cindy Baldwin

Cindy Baldwin the author of the critically acclaimed novel Where the Watermelons Grow (an Oregon Spirit Book Award Honor, Indies Introduce title, and Indie Next selection), Beginners Welcome, and The Stars of Whistling Ridge. She lives just outside Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.

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Katryn Bury

Katryn Bury works with middle grade readers as a youth library technician. A lifelong true crime nerd, she has a bachelor's degree in sociology and criminology. Her short and serialized fiction can be found in Suspense Magazine and The Sleuth. She lives in Oakland, California with her family and a vast collection of Nancy Drew mysteries.

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Keila Dawson

Keila V. Dawson is a former educator and advocate for children with special needs turned picture book author. Her books include Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book, No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History, and The King Cake Baby.

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Margaret Chiu Greanias

Margaret Chiu Greanias wrote her first terrifically terrible book in fourth grade. From grade school through college, she struggled through her English classes. Then, during her very last quarter of her very last year of college, she took a creative writing class and discovered she loved writing. She is the author of Maximillian Villainous, Amah Faraway, and Hooked on Books.

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Susan & Lexi Haas

Susan Haas is a Charlotte, NC-based medical writer, dog-lover, and painfully slow runner. Lexi Haas is very much the spunky, sassy, super-hero obsessed teen in The Year of the Buttered Cat. She embraces her inner nerd, her love of a good romance story and her disability but if you stand too close to her wheelchair, she will pinch you.

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Heidi Heilig

YA author Heidi Heilig grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City and grew up even more, as one tends to do. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Ko’olau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark.

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Maxine Kaplan

Maxine Kaplan is a private investigator and writer. Her books are The Accidental Bad Girl and Wench. She lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY, where she caters to the whims of her dim, but soulful cat.

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Dane Liu

Dane Liu believes in the power of stories to affirm, transport, and transform. Her debut for young readers FRIENDS ARE FRIENDS, FOREVER is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection, an Indie Next Pick, and a Best Book of the Year from The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. As a storyteller, Dane is drawn to the less-explored terrains of the human experience and to questions about identity, family, culture, and belonging.

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Rochelle Melander

Rochelle Melander is a speaker, certified professional coach, and the bestselling author of twelve books, including the social justice book for kids, Mightier Than the Sword: Rebels, Reformers, and Revolutionaries Who Changed the World through Writing. She is the founder of Dream Keepers, a writing workshop that supports children and teens in finding their voice and sharing their stories.

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Lindsay Metcalf

Lindsay H. Metcalf is a journalist and award-winning author of nonfiction picture books: Beatrix Potter, Scientist, Farmers Unite! Planting a Protest for Fair Prices, and No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History.

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Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Lyn Miller-Lachmann is an author, teacher, and librarian. As an adult, she was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and delves into her diagnosis often in her writing. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and Lisbon, Portugal.

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Mark Oshira

Mark Oshiro is the award-winning author of the young adult books ANGER IS A GIFT (2019 Schneider Family Book Award) and EACH OF US A DESERT, both with Tor Teen, as well as their middle grade books THE INSIDERS and YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE, DAVID BRAVO with Harper Collins. When not writing, they are trying to pet every dog in the world.

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Gina Perry

I grew up in Weymouth, Massachusetts and was the first in my family to graduate college. My BFA from Syracuse University has taken me on a colorful and educational journey through animation, graphic design, product development and licensing, art direction, and finally landing home with children’s books. My debut picture book as author and illustrator, SMALL (little bee, 2017) was on the Bank Street Best Book list in 2018. TOO MUCH! NOT ENOUGH! (Tundra, 2018) was selected for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

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Diana Pinguicha

Born in the sunny lands of Portugal, Diana is a Computer Engineer graduate who currently calls Lisbon home. She can usually be found writing, painting, devouring extraordinary quantities of books and video games, or walking around with her bearded dragon, Norberta. She also has two cats, Sushi and Jubas, who would never forgive her if she didn’t mention them.

Her debut, A CURSE OF ROSES, is published by Entangled: Teen.

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Rebecca Sky

[After her 24-country exploration, Rebecca Sky] did what every wanderer does when standing still—began writing. Most recently you'll find her work in the EVERY BODY SHINES fat positivity anthology out now with Bloomsbury!

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Robin Stevenson

Robin Stevenson is an award winning author of more than twenty-five books for kids and teens. Robin's books have won the Silver Birch Award, the Sheila A. Egoff award and a Stonewall Honor, and been finalists for the Governor General's Literary Awards, the Lambda Literary Awards, and many others. She writes both fiction and non-fiction, for toddlers through teens.

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Chana Stiefel

Chana Stiefel is the author of more than 25 books for kids about exploding volcanoes, stinky castles, and other fun stuff. Her picture books include My Name Is Wakawakalock and Daddy Depot. Her most recent non-fiction title, Let Liberty Rise! How America's Schoolchildren Helped Save the Statue of Liberty, received a School Library Journal starred review.

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Melissa Stoller

Melissa Stoller is the author of the chapter book series The Enchanted Snow Globe Collection, the picture books Scarlet’s Magic Paintbrush and Ready, Set, GOrilla!, and the adult flash fiction compilation, Kvelling, Kvetching, and Kibitzing: Celebrating Jewish Life. She is also the co-author of The Parent-Child Book Club: Connecting With Your Kids Through Reading

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Lisa Stringfellow

I write middle grade fiction and have a not-so-secret fondness for fantasy with a dark twist...

​​Growing up, I was a voracious reader and books always took me to places where my imagination thrived. I love writing stories that spark that same wonder in others.

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Gail D. Villanueva

Gail D. Villanueva is the author of Sugar And Spite (Scholastic, 2021). Her debut novel, My Fate According to the Butterfly (Scholastic, 2019), was named a Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, an Amazon Best Book of the Month Editor’s Pick, and a NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Born and based in the Philippines, Gail’s daily routine includes running a web design company with her husband while trying to keep up with the shenanigans of their many pets—dogs, ducks, turtles, cats, and random birds they befriend in the backyard.

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Dana Wulfekotte

Dana Wulfekotte (wolf - kah - tee) is a freelance animator, comic artist, and children's book author-illustrator. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in New Jersey, and currently lives in Queens with her boyfriend and two rabbits.