2018 Virginia Children's Book Festival Presenters

Derrick Barnes

Derrick D. Barnes is the author of the critically acclaimed picture book CROWN: An Ode To The Fresh Cut which recently won the 2018 EZRA JACK KEATS AWARD. It also took home four honors at the American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards: the Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, Newbery Honor, and the Caldecott Honor.

Gordon C. James

Gordon C. James, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, is a nationally recognized, award-winning fine artist specializing in figurative drawing. He is the illustrator of the Scraps of Time children’s book series. He has worked for Hallmark as an illustrator and artist and has taught at the University of North Carolina. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Todd Parr

Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than 40 books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book.

Anne Marie Pace

Anne Marie Pace is an American author, known for her Vampirina Ballerina books, now a show on Disney Junior. She attended the College of William & Mary, where she graduated in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in English. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Pace wrote for children's magazines.

LeUyen Pham

LeUyen Pham worked in animation before turning to children’s books. She wrote and illustrated Big Sister, Little Sister and The Bear Who Wasn't There, and is the illustrator of numerous other picture books. Ms. Pham lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband.

Brian Floca

Brian Floca is the author/illustrator and illustrator of numerous award-winning books for children, including Locomotive, winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal, Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, Lightship, and The Racecar Alphabet. Brian was born and raised in Temple, Texas, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Elizabeth Singer Hunt

Elizabeth Singer Hunt is the author of the award-winning Secret Agent Jack Stalwart chapter book series. The 14-book series has been named a 'must read' for boys by the British Education Secretary, serialized by BBC Radio, and featured on Virgin Atlantic Airways' international flights.

Hervé Tullet

Hervé Tullet, who divides his time between New York and France, is known for his prodigious versatility, from directing ad campaigns to designing fabric for Hermès. His real love is working with children, for whom he has created dozens of books.

John Bemelmans Marciano

Writer and artist John Bemelmans Marciano is the grandson of Ludwig Bemelmans. John has continued his grandfather’s legacy of the Madeline books with Madeline and the Old House in Paris, and others. He is also the author of The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield and The Witches of Benevento series, which were illustrated by Sophie Blackall.

Tim Tingle

Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw and an award-winning author and storyteller. His novel How I Became a Ghost won the 2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award. The next book in the series, When A Ghost Talks, Listen, will be released June 24, at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and June 26 at the American Library Association Conference in Orlando.

Ibi Zoboi

Born in Haiti, Ibi Zoboi holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and The Rumpus, among others. Her debut novel, American Street, received five starred reviews. Her next YA novel, Pride, is due out in the Fall of 2018. Her middle grade debut, My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, is forthcoming from Dutton/Penguin Books.

Nic Stone

Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA, and the only thing she loves more than an adventure is a good story about one. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. Growing up with a wide range of cultures, religions, and backgrounds, Stone strives to bring these diverse voices and stories to her work.

Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall is a Brooklyn based Australian artist and the recipient of the 2016 Caldecott Medal for Finding Winnie. She has illustrated over forty-five books for children, including Ruby's Wish which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award, and the ongoing Ivy and Bean series, which has over 5 million copies in print.

Marc Brown

Best known as Arthur's creator, author/illustrator Marc Brown has been working with the beloved aardvark for over twenty-five years. Born one night when Brown was telling a bedtime story to his son, Arthur soon evolved into the book Arthur's Nose, published in 1976. Since then, Brown has written and illustrated more than thirty Arthur and D.W. books, and has illustrated many other books.

Timothy Basil Ering

Timothy Basil Ering may be best known as the illustrator of Kate DiCamillo's Newbery-winning book The Tale of Despereaux, but he has also authored several popular children's books including The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone and Necks Out for Adventure — where he reveals his love of wordplay and fresh, expressive illustration style.

Ronald L. Smith

Award-winning writer Ronald L. Smith’s most recent book for young readers is Black Panther: The Young Prince, published by Marvel/Disney. He is also the author of The Mesmerist, a supernatural Victorian fantasy. His first novel, Hoodoo, was the recipient of the 2016 Coretta Scott King/ John Steptoe New Talent Author Award and also received the 2016 ILA Award for Intermediate Fiction from The International Literacy Association.

Jay Cooper

Jay Cooper has worked as a creative director and designer of magazines, books, apparel, and advertising for two decades. He’s had the good luck to design covers for New York Times bestsellers as well as literary classics, and the even better luck to work on art and advertising campaigns for over one hundred Broadway musicals and plays.

Russell Ginns

Russell Ginns is a writer and game designer who specializes in puzzles, songs, and smart fun. He has worked on projects for a wide variety of organizations and publications, including Sesame Workshop, Nintendo, Scientific American, and the Girl Scouts of America. He is the author of Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans and Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs.

Martha Brockenbrough

Martha Brockenbrough (rhymes with broken toe) is the author of two books for adults and eight books for young readers. A faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts and blogger for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, she's also the founder of National Grammar Day, and she's written game questions for Cranium and Trivial Pursuit.

Pablo Cartaya

Pablo Cartaya is an award-winning author, speaker, actor, and educator. He is the author of the acclaimed middle grade novel The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora and the forthcoming Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish. His next two novels will debut on the new Kokila Penguin/Random House Imprint, which focuses on publishing diverse books for children and young adults.

Lamar Giles

Lamar Giles writes novels and short stories for teens and adults. He is the author of the 2015 Edgar® Award Nominee Fake ID, a second YA thriller Endangered, as well as the YA novel Overturned. Lamar Giles is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. He resides in Virginia with his wife.

Lulu Delacre

Three-time Pura Belpré Award honoree Lulu Delacre has been writing and illustrating children's books since 1980. Her 36 titles include Arroz con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America,and Salsa Stories, an IRA Outstanding International Book. Her newest project is illustrating Justice Sonya Sotomayor’s autobiography.

Babar the Musical

The classic story of literature’s most beloved elephant. After his mother is killed by a hunter, Babar avoids capture by escaping to the city, where he is befriended by the kindly Old Lady. Later, with cousins Celeste and Arthur, he returns to the great forest to be crowned King of the Elephants. With the original illustrations from Jean de Brunhoff's 1931 classic, this first Babar story has enchanted generations.

Kid Pan Alley

Kid Pan Alley’s mission is to inspire and empower children to work together to become creators of their own music and to rekindle creativity as a core value in education through the group songwriting process.