Speakers

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Kwame Alexander

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Kwame Alexander, co-author of Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, is a poet, educator, and author of twenty-one books for children, including The Crossover, which was awarded the 2015 Newbery Medal.

The founder of two literacy organizations, he regularly travels the world as a literacy advocate and expert. Currently the poet laureate of LitWorld, Alexander lives in Virginia.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Speaker's Twitter Genre: Children/Youth, Poetry

Tom Angleberger

Rocket and Groot: Stranded on Planet Strip Mall!

Tom Angleberger is the author of Rocket and Groot: Stranded on Planet Strip Mall. He also wrote the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling Origami Yoda series as well as Fake MustacheHorton Halfpott, and the Qwikpick Papers series. He lives with his wife in Christiansburg, Va.

Speaker's Website Genre: Children/Youth

Dawn Cusick

Get the Scoop on Animal Snot, Spit & Slime

Dawn Cusick, author of Get the Scoop on Animal Snot, Spit & Slime, writes children’s books that celebrate the intersection of science and fun. Her books have won national awards and include several collaborations with the National Wildlife Federation.

Speaker's Website Genre: Children/Youth

Lulu Delacre

¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Descubriendo el bosque nublado; Olinguito, from A to Z! Unveiling the Cloud Forest

Lulu Delacre, bilingual author of ¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Olinguito, from A to Z!, has illustrated 37 books, many of which she also wrote. A three-time Pura Belpré Award honoree, she has lectured internationally and exhibited at the Eric Carle Museum, among other venues.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Speaker's Twitter Genre: Children/Youth, Publishing

Grant Gamble

Tommy the Tugboat

Grant Gamble, author of Tommy the Tugboat, is currently working on developing a series of children’s books that highlight positive human attributes through fun, colorful, and lovable characters. He lives in Charlottesville, Va.

Genre: Children/Youth

Ekua Holmes

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Ekua Holmes, illustrator of Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, is a fine artist living in Boston. The first children’s book she illustrated was Carole Boston Weatherford’s Voice of Freedom, which was a Caldecott Honor Book and a Sibert Honor Book and for which Holmes also won the John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award.

Speaker's Website Speaker's Facebook Genre: Children/Youth, Poetry