Lee Wardlaw claims that her first spoken word was ‘kitty’. Since then, she’s shared her life with 30 cats (not all at the same time!) and published 30 award-winning books for young readers which have sold more than a million copies world-wide.
Lee’s newest books include: Won Ton – A Cat Tale Told in Haiku (Holt, 2011), winner of the LeeBennett Hopkins Children’s Poetry Award and the Myra Cohn Livingston Children’s Poetry Award; Won Ton and Chopstick (Holt, 2015), an NCTE Notable Poetry Book and winner of the BookSource Scout Award for Poetry; and Red, White and Boom! (Holt, 2012), which received honors from the Children’s Book Council and the Parents’ Choice Awards.
A former teacher, Lee lives in Santa Barbara, CA, with her family and two dog-disdaining cats.
Jennifer Gray Olson is a children’s book author and illustrator. Her debut book, The Good Dog (Coralstone, October 2015) humorously shows that sometimes you have to be a little bad to be very good. Her newest book, Ninja Bunny(Knopf, June 2015), follows a little bunny on his path to becoming a ninja.
Ken Min is a picture book illustrator who studied illustration at Art Center, College of Design. He has storyboarded for various commercials and animated TV shows such as The PJs andFuturama. His work includes his debut book, Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-Ji(Lee and Low Books, April 2011); What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur? (Little Pickle Press, January 2016); and his latest release, Ah-Choo!(Sterling Children’s Books, March 2016).
Tina Kügler is an author and illustrator. She spent ten years as a storyboard artist for animation studios such as Walt Disney, Nickelodeon, and Warner Bros. Her latest book is Snail & Worm: Three Stories about Two Friends(Houghton Mifflin Books for Young Readers, May 2016). She has also written and illustrated a biographical picture book about Wisconsin artist Mary Nohl, In Mary’s Garden (HMH, March 2015), with her husband Carson Kügler.
James Burks is a picture book writer and illustrator who began his career as an artist in animation. His credits include feature films like The Emperor’s New Groove, Atlantis, The Iron Giant and the TV shows like Wow Wow Wubbzy, Ni-hao Kai-lan, The Dinosaur Train, and Fan Boy and Chum Chum.
Bethany Barton is a picture book writer and illustrator. Her latest book, I’m Trying to Love Spiders (Viking Books for Young Readers, July 2015) takes a humorous informative look at arachnids. She currently works on The Muppets on ABC.
Ashlyn Anstee is a picture book writer and illustrator. Her debut book Are We There, Yeti? (Simon & Schuster, July 2015) is a fun take on the age-old question that accompanies every road trip. Her new book, No, No, Gnome!(Simon & Schuster, February 2016), follows a very small gnome who has some very big ideas about the school garden. She also works as a story artist at Nickelodeon on the show Harvey Beaks.