Kara LaReau, author of The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters, has written numerous books for young readers, including The Infamous Ratsos series. She lives in Providence, R.I.
Megan Wagner Lloyd, author of Fort-Building Time, lives with her family in the Washington, D.C., area, where she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time outdoors. She is also the author of Finding Wild, as well as the upcoming picture books Building Books and Paper Mice.
Katherine Locke, author of The Girl with the Red Balloon, lives in a small town outside Philadelphia, Pa. where they are ruled by their feline overlords and their addiction to chai lattes.
Natalie Dias Lorenzi, author of A Long Pitch Home, has been a teacher and school librarian in Japan, Italy, and now in Fairfax County, Va. Her books have been honored by the Junior Library Guild, International Reading Association, Bank Street College of Education, and the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.
Amber Loyacano is a national board certified high school English teacher in Waynesboro, Va. She teaches AP language and composition and is the teacher sponsor of her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. She also blogs about her teaching and reading experiences.