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Melissa Abraham

Patrice Aggs is a Michigan-born author and artist who currently lives in the UK. She has written and illustrated dozens of books for children and adults, and loves working on graphic novels best of all. She would have been thrilled to have met Shirley Chisholm. Her mom still has the “Chisholm for President” campaign badge!

Books by Melissa Abraham

Patrice Aggs

Patrice Aggs

Patrice Aggs is a Michigan-born author and artist who currently lives in the UK. She has written and illustrated dozens of books for children and adults, and loves working on graphic novels best of all. She would have been thrilled to have met Shirley Chisholm. Her mom still has the “Chisholm for President” campaign badge!

Veronica I. Arreola

Veronica I. Arreola is a professional feminist, writer, and mom. She loves school so much, she never left college and works in higher education. You can find Veronica playing 16-inch softball, indoor rock climbing, or cheering on women’s sports. She lives in Chicago with her college-aged daughter.
Natalie Briscoe

Natalie Briscoe

Natalie Briscoe creates joyful art for kids’ books, pattern designs, greeting cards, packaging, and magazines. The concept for this book started with a simple sketch of a bunny playing a banjo. With that, a world unfolded that incorporated her fascination with animals and her love of instruments, instilled by living in Music City, a.k.a. Nashville, Tennessee. When she’s not drawing, you can find her getting lost in nature, working on her budding ceramics practice, or loving on her sweet cats. the world we live in.

Books by Natalie Briscoe

Susan Rich Brooke

Susan Rich Brooke wrote her first book at age six about a mysterious professor with a magical cat, and from there her career path was set. She is a writer, editor, and mother of two grown children, and she lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her talented husband and two fluffy pups.

Patrick Brooks

Patrick Brooks is an illustrator and writer based in the UK. He learned to draw from an early age, inspired by watching animated shows and films. His grandfather Brooks, a painter, also influenced his interest in art. Patrick developed his style all through school and graduated in Fine Art, then worked for a while in video games. Now he primarily works digitally using Photoshop and enjoys experimenting with light in his illustrations. There is often a dreamlike and ethereal feel to his artwork. Patrick enjoys illustrating something new every day!

Books by Patrick Brooks

Lauren Burke

Lauren Burke

Lauren Burke is a writer and editor from Chicago, Illinois. Her work focuses on women’s history, travel, and classic literature. She also co-hosts a podcast called Bonnets at Dawn about the lives and works of women writers from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

Mike Byrne

Mike Byrne began his career as a designer for a greeting card company. He went on to manage the studio of a stationery design firm before leaving to fulfill his dream of becoming a children’s book illustrator. Mike has always been inspired by the magical worlds created by his favorite authors, and he aspires to write joyous, heartfelt stories for future generations of children. Mike lives in Surrey, England, with his wife and two sons. He spends most of his time doodling and illustrating children’s books, fueled only by tea and biscuits.

Maria Luisa Di Gravio

Maria Luisa Di Gravio was born in Rome, Italy, where she still lives with her partner and their cat (who swears she never chased Tullio). She spends her days bringing stories to life through illustration, but in her free time, she is usually out exploring the world, one walk at a time. It was during a walk in the woods, looking for a squirrel, that the idea for this book was born. Why wasn’t she looking for a mouse as well? They’re not so different from squirrels…except for the tail. What if mice used hairpieces as faux tails? What would happen? Step by step, question after question, Tullio’s tale took shape.
Lauren Gamble

Lauren Gamble

Lauren Gamble is a multimedia writer from Mobile, Alabama. She uses her voice to tell character-driven stories about Black female artists, and speaks through television, novels, and audio stories. This book is dedicated to her nieces Zoë and Milan, two little Black girls who now have the opportunity to obtain anything their hearts desire.

Sally Anne Garland

Sally Anne Garland grew up in a small town called Alness in the Highlands of Scotland. According to her parents, her first really good drawing, at the age of four, was a large mural in crayon on the sitting-room wall. She went on to study Illustration and Graphic Design at Edinburgh College of Art before settling in Glasgow, where she lives with her partner and their son. When she’s not drawing or writing stories, she has fun reading books, watching movies, and going on walks.

Rachel Halpern

Rachel Halpern is a Chicago-area author and editor who’s been making up stories since she could toddle around chattering about the Power Rangers. Unicorns Have Bad Manners is her debut picture book. When she isn’t writing, Rachel enjoys doodling, drinking milkshakes, and playing with her dog, whose manners are even worse than a unicorn’s.

Joanne Hillhouse

Joanne C. Hillhouse

Joanne C. Hillhouse has been a daydreamer since her childhood in Ottos, Antigua, and writing is how she processes life. As a freelance writer, editor, and instructor, Joanne embraces the literary arts as her occupation and her passion! She has been named the 2023 Arts & Letters Laureate for the Anthony N. Sabga Awards, Caribbean Excellence. To Be a Cheetah is her fourth children’s book.

Books by Joanne C. Hillhouse

Kaara Kallen

Kaara Kallen

Kaara Kallen is a writer, editor, teacher, learner, and activist. When she is not writing about inspiring scientist-humanitarians, she is working to make the world safer for wildlife and people. She lives in Chicago with her husband, their daughter, and their two cats.

Laurel van der Linde

Laurel van der Linde began ballet class at age four. At seventeen, she toured with Oukhtomsky Ballet Classique and Los Angeles Ballet. She loved dancing en pointe, but her feet did not. So she traded her pointe shoes for character heels and danced on Broadway in My Fair Lady, A Chorus Line, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Gower Champion’s Annie Get Your Gun. Now she teaches creative writing at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Books by Laurel van der Linde

Margaret Littman

Margaret Littman

Margaret Littman is a writer whose ancestors came from Poland. She likes to tell stories of people who do things they never imagined they could. Margaret has written for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Preservation magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Moon Travel Guides, and other publications. She conducted oral histories of Holocaust survivors for the USC Shoah Foundation.

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