Sandra Neil Wallace is an author and advocate for change. Known for her investigative journalism and original narrative style, her books for young readers focus on people who break barriers and change the world. The daughter of a refugee and concentration camp survivor, Sandra became a changemaker when she broke a gender barrier in sports as the first woman to host an NHL broadcast on national TV. Her books have been selected as ALA Notable books, the Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best”, Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year, and awarded Booklist’s Editors’ Choice, the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, and the International Literacy Association’s Social Justice Award. She became a U.S. citizen in 2016 and is a founding member of the Keene (NH) Immigrant and Refugee Partnership and an advisor to the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. Find her on twitter: SandraNWallace and at www.sandraneilwallace.com
Rich Wallace’s first novel, Wrestling Sturbridge, was selected as one of the best YA novels of the 20th century by the American Library Association. He’s since authored many more. His recent nonfiction books–co-authored with his wife, Sandra Neil Wallace—include Bound by Ice and the forthcoming First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make America Great. Recent honors include the International Literacy Association’s Social Justice Award, the Paterson Prize, the California Reading Association Gold Award, and many others. Rich was a long-time editor at Highlights for Children magazine and continues to write The Timbertoes comic strip for that magazine. He serves on the boards of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College and the Historical Society of Cheshire County, NH. Find him on twitter:@RWallaceBooks and at http://richwallacebooks.com
Ann Braden writes books about kids struggling to find their voice amidst the realities of life. Ann’s debut middle grade novel The Benefits of Being an Octopus received a starred review from School Library Journal and was described by Newbery award-winner Karen Hesse as “a compassionate look at poverty, hard choices, and defending one’s right to be treated humanely. A very fine first novel, written with a deft hand.” Ann founded GunSenseVT, a grassroots group focused on championing the common ground on the issue of guns in Vermont, which recently helped pass landmark gun violence prevention legislation. She also founded the Local Love Brigade, which now has chapters all over the country sending love postcards to those who are facing hate. Ann is a former middle school teacher, the co-host of the children’s book podcast, “Lifelines: Books that Bridge the Divide,” along with Pakistani American author Saadia Faruqi, and recently one of the co-organizers of #KidsNeedMentors. Ann lives in southern Vermont with her husband, two children, and two insatiable cats named Boomer and Justice.
Matthew Trueman spent his childhood in Italy but returned to the United States to attend art school. He is the illustrator of A Picture for Marc and Noah’s Mittens. His new book, written by David Elliott, is In the Past: From Trilobites to Dinosaurs to Mammoths in More Than 500 Years. He lives in Phillipsburg, New Jersey.
David Elliott is a NY Times bestselling children’s author. His many titles include: And Here’s to You!, The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle, The Evangeline Mudd books, Finn Throws a Fit!, Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum, and most recently the picture book, In the Wild. His new book is In the Past: From Trilobites to Dinosaurs to Mammoths in More Than 500 Years. Born in Ohio, David has worked as a singer, a cucumber washer, and a popsicle stick maker. Currently, he lives in New Hampshire with his wife and a three-footed dog. If you’d like to know more about David and his books, visit his blog/website at davidelliottbooks.com