Virtual Weekend Conference

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Keynote Speakers

David Biedrzycki

David Biedrzycki has illustrated close to 30 books including self-authored and award winning Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective series, Me and My Dragon series and his newest series Breaking News Bear Alert, a Junior Library Guild Selection and winner of the Illinois Monarch Picture Book Award and the Georgia State Picture Book Award. 

Eliza Wheeler

Eliza Wheeler is the bestselling illustrator-author of Miss Maple’s Seeds and was a recipient of the prestigious Sendak Fellowship.  She has illustrated numerous books for children, including Newbery Honor book Doll Bones, Where You Go, and John Ronald’s Dragons: Story of J.R.R. Tolkien.  She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


GUOJING is a New York Times best-illustrated children’s book recipient for her debut book, The Only Child. She is an illustrator and concept artist from the Shanxi Province of China. She began drawing at an early age, and completed her BFA from Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. She has worked as a Concept Artist on games and children’s television shows, and first conceived the idea for The Only Child while working in animation in Singapore.

John Hare

John Hare is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer, and space nerd.  Field Trip to the Moon was his first picture book for children.  He loves bringing stories to life. He lives in Gladstone, Missouri, with his wife and two children.

Eric Barclay

Eric Barclay is an illustrator, designer, and the author of I Can See Just Fine (Abrams Appleseed), Hiding Phil (Scholastic Press), Counting Dogs (Scholastic Cartwheel), Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep (Harper, 2019), and a few books that haven’t come out yet.  He lives in Texas with his wife, daughter, a dog and two cats.

Nina Crews

Nina Crews is a critically acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator. She uses photographs and photocollages to create energetic stories about young children. Two of her recent books, The Neighborhood Mother Goose and Below were ALA Notable selections. She is the daughter of children’s book authors Donald Crews—Freight Train; Truck; Ten Black Dots; Shortcut and Ann Jonas—Round Trip; The Quilt; Color Dance. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.