Vincent X. Kirsch is an author, illustrator and designer living in Los Angeles. His illustrations are created in a two-dimensional adaptation of the paper cut toy theaters that he has been building for most of his life. His work is very influenced by theater, puppetry, poster art, classical painting techniques and Hollywood films. His whimsical character designs and storylines range from the fantastically out-of-this-world to inspiringly down-to-earth.
An editor at Bloomsbury USA discovered one of Mr. Kirsch’s illustration style in The New York Times Book Review and thought it a perfect match for children’s books. A small doodle she noticed in his sketchbook of two zany sisters inspired him to create “the greatest department store in the world” for his first book, Natalie & Naughtily (Bloomsbury USA, Fall 2008).
Carson Kügler is an author and illustrator. He and his wife Tina Kügler wrote and illustrated In Mary’s Garden, a biographical picture book about Wisconsin artist Mary Nohl. He works as a storyboard supervisor on the Nickelodeon show Bad Seeds.
Carter Higgins is a picture book author, K-6 librarian, former-ish graphic designer, and a huge fan of words and pictures. Her work includes Everything You Need for a Treehouse (Chronicle Books, 2017), a celebration of the creativity and timeless adventure of building a treehouse andA Rambler Steals Home (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016), in which Derby Christmas Clark, a “rambler on the road” with her father and little brother, discovers that the small Virginia town they return to each year harbors secrets and hopes within its battered baseball stadium.
Keika Yamaguchi is a picture book illustrator. As a child who had just come from Japan, picture books were an essential tool to help Keika read in English. In the library, she looked for books with illustrations that she could get lost in. Keika majored in Visual Storytelling for Animation at Pasadena Art Center College of Design and graduated with honors in 2010. Her work includes Puddle Pig(Sterling, April 2014); What About Moose?(Atheneum, June 2015); and her latest release, Teeny Tiny Toady (Sterling, March 2016).
Brian Won graduated from California’s Art Center College of Design with an honorary ninth term before co-founding National Television, a design and animation company. Won’s awards include the Silver Medal by the Society of Illustrators and the Mentorship Award from the SCBWI. His debut children’s book, Hooray for Hat!(Harcourt, June 2016), was named the Best Read Aloud Book (2014) by the Huffington Post and nominated for Children’s Choice Illustrator by the Children’s Book Council. His clients include Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Random House, Candlewick, Scholastic, Disney, Nike, ESPN and more.
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).