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Javaka Steptoe


Javaka Steptoe is an eclectic young artist, designer, and illustrator, building a national reputation as an outstanding contributor to the genre of children’s literature. His debut work, In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers, earned him the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, a nomination for Outstanding Children’s Literature Work at the 1998 NAACP Image Awards, a finalist ranking for the Bluebonnet Award for Excellence in Children’s Books and countless other honors.

Kathryn Otoshi


Kathryn Otoshi is an award-winning author/illustrator, best known for her character-building number/color book series: One, Zero and Two. She is also the co-author of Beautiful Hands, a book about possibilities and reaching your dreams. She travels across the country to encourage children to develop strong character traits and to help readers find creative methods to engage and connect with their students through the power of reading, art, and literature.

Matt Myers


Matt Myers has illustrated more than a dozen books, including The Most Terrible of All, A Dog Named Doug, the New York Times bestseller Battle Bunny, and The Infamous Ratsos, a Theodor Seuss Geisel honor book. Rather than adapting each book to his own style, Myers prefers to adapt his oil painting style to best fit the idea of each book he is working on. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Carmen Agra Deedy


Carmen Agra Deedy is a New York Times bestselling author and has been writing and traveling around the world telling stories for more than twenty years. Her books, including 14 Cows for America, The Library Dragon, the Yellow Star and Martina the Beautiful Cockroach have received numerous awards and honors. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the United States as a refugee, and like most immigrants, sees the world from multiple perspectives.

Don Tate


Don Tate has worked as a graphics reporter at the Des Moines Register and Austin American-Statesman newspaper, and as a publication designer for the Perfection Learning Corporation, an educational publishing company. Don is the illustrator of many award-winning books, including The Cart That Carried Martin, Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite, Summer Sun Risin’, and She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story.

Joyce Wan


Joyce Wan runs her own stationery and gift business, Wanart, which sells products in thousands of boutiques, museum shops and gift stores worldwide. She is also an author and illustrator of many children’s books, including You Are My Cupcake, We Belong Together, Are You My Mommy? and Peek-a-Boo Farm.

T.L. McBeth


T.L. McBeth was born in Findlay, OH. As a child, he grew up reading Dr. Seuss and H.A. & Margret Rey (although he mainly looked at the pictures). He studied illustration in college, where he developed his love of expressive and minimalist characters. He is the illustrator of Stegothesaurus and the Big Words Small Stories series, Robot in Love, and Ogilvy. When living in Findlay, T.L. would intern with the Mazza Museum and would also attend the Mazza Conferences. We are excited to have our own Findlay Author/Illustrator now on stage sharing the work he creates!

Il Sung Na


Il Sung Na was born in Seoul, South Korea. In 2001, he moved to London to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Animation degree at Kingston University, where he discovered a passion for children’s books. Il Sung has published several books, some of which have gained acclaim with Kirkus starred reviews and recognition in prestigious book lists. Il Sung spends time teaching illustration courses at Kansas City Art Institute and working on new books.

Jacob Grant


Jacob Grant is orginally from Ohio. Most of his time is spent drawing, painting and writing in his home studio, until something feels story-ish. With a bit of luck, some of his mess gets made into books. He has authored and illustrated Bear Out There, Bear’s Scare, Through With The Zoo, Cat Knit, Little Bird’s Bad Word and Scaredy Kate. He also created the illustrations for Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets.

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