Joan Axelrod-Contrada is the author of more than fifteen books for children and teens, including The World’s Most Famous Ghosts and Plessy v. Ferguson: Separate But Unequal, and is a correspondent with The Boston Globe. She earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her family in Western Massachusetts.
Ashley Evanson is a San Francisco–based illustrator and author. She received a degree in journalism from Brigham Young University, and is a self-taught illustrator. She writes and illustrates the Hello, World! board book series featuring counting, shapes, colors, etc. from some of the world’s greatest cities: London, New York City, Paris, and San Francisco. Paris: A Book of Shapes was selected by Amazon as one of the top 100 children’s books of 2015. Two new cities will join the series in fall 2019: Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.
Ginger Johnson is the author of The Splintered Light. She received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College, where she studied under the tutelage of Kathi Appelt, Martine Leavitt, Sarah Ellis, and Tim Wynne-Jones. While there, she won the Marion Dane Bauer award, and in the summer of 2014 she was awarded a letter of merit from SCBWI for the WIP grant. Bloomsbury will publish her debut middle grade novel in September 2018.
Ann Malaspina is the author of numerous nonfiction and fiction books for children and teens. She writes about social justice, nature, immigrants, and amazing people in history. She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.