Participating Authors

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Opening Session

Closing Session

NEW Author Breakfast (ticketed event)

Morris Program

Book Blitz

Biggest Little Spaces: How Libraries Serve the Expanding Worlds of Teens

Paula Chase Hyman
Co-founder of The Brown Bookshelf, an award-winning blog dedicated to highlighting Black children’s lit creatives, Chase has worked to increase access to a broader variety of literature for young readers for more than 12 years. Her YA series helped Kensington Books launch its YA line in the early 2000’s. Her MG includes Dough Boys, Turning Point (September 2020) and the critically acclaimed, So Done.

Barbara Dee
Author of eleven MG novels, including My Life in the Fish Tank, Maybe He Just Likes You (2020 ALA Notable Children’s Book, 2020 ALA Rise List), Everything I Know About You, Halfway Normal and Star-Crossed. Co-founder and former Board member of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. Former teacher and lawyer.

Aida Salazar
arts activist and author of the middle grade verse novels, THE MOON WITHIN (International Latino Book Award Winner), THE LAND OF THE CRANES (Fall, 2020), and the bio picture book JOVITA WORE PANTS: THE STORY OF A REVOLUTIONARY FIGHTER (2021) -- all by Scholastic. She will co-edit with Yamile Saied Méndez, CALLING THE MOON: A middle grade anthology on menstruation by writers of color (Candlewick Press 2022). She is a founding member of Las Musas - a Latinx kidlit debut author collective. 

Melanie Sumrow
Melanie Sumrow is the author of The Prophet Calls, a 2018 Writers’ League of Texas Award Finalist, and The Inside Battle. Before becoming an author, Melanie worked as a lawyer for more than sixteen years, with many of her cases involving children and teens. Melanie’s debut novel helped launch the Yellow Jacket imprint (distributed by Simon & Schuster) in 2018 with a focus on Upper Middle Grade books.