Tracey Baptiste, author of Rise of the Jumbies, lived in Trinidad until she was fifteen, where she grew up on jumbie stories and fairy tales. She is a former teacher who now works as a writer and editor.
Hannah Barnaby, author of Garcia & Colette Go Exploring, was the first children’s writer-in-residence at the Boston Public Library. A former editor and independent bookseller, she was a Morris Award finalist for her debut novel, Wonder Show. She lives and teaches in Charlottesville, Va.
Marc Boston, author of What About Me?, never aspired to become an author until he decided to write original stories to read to his three daughters. Marc was born in Baltimore, Md. and raised in Kansas City, Kan. He lives in Charlottesville with his wife and three daughters.
Fred Bowen, author of Outside Shot, has written over twenty sports books for kids. He has also written a weekly kids sports column for the Washington Post since April 2000.
Dusti Bowling, author of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, grew up in Scottsdale, Ariz., where she always had her nose in a book. She currently lives in Carefree, Ariz., with her husband and three daughters.
Thi Bui, author of The Best We Could Do and illustrator of A Different Pond, was born in Vietnam and grew up in California and New York. She came to the United States as a refugee and continues to advocate for immigrants and refugees today.