Shawn K. Stout
Shawn Stout has held many jobs, including ice-cream scooper, dog-treat baker, magazine editor, and waitress. Shawn received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her family in Maryland.
Born in Copenhagen, Lene Kaaberbol published her first book at the age of fifteen. She is a graduate of Aarhus university, and has taught English and Drama to high school students in Copenhagen. She has published many books in Denmark, several of which have been translated into other languages. Lene is now a full-time writer. In May 2002, she won the Disney Writer of the Year Award for her work on the W.I.T.C.H. series of books. The Shamer's Daughter, which was translated from the Danish by the author herself, was shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation.
Hanane is obsessed with colours, textures and lighting, and what she loves doing the most is creating worlds where the tactile melts with the digital. Her favorite colour is turquoise, and Hanane loves tea, cooking, and gardening - she dreams of a turquoise plant. Based in Lebanon, Hanane first ventured off as a Graphic Designer (with a BA degree from NDU), then pursued her passion for illustration, photography and miniature set design. She expresses herself through the visuals she creates, and hopes with every illustration to touch her audience, leaving them with a certain feeling or message. In 2016, Tongue Twisters written by Fatima Sharafeddine and illustrated by Hanane Kai, won the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi New Horizons award, which celebrates publishing excellence of children's publishing in developing markets.
Award-winning author, Etta Kaner, writes for both children and educators. While the majority of her children's books are non-fiction, some of her more recent books are a combination of fiction and non-fiction. While her earlier books were inspired by her two daughters, many of her later books have been inspired by the elementary school students whom she teaches. Etta loves to interview experts in their fields with which she is unfamiliar. During these interviews she often accumulates more information than she needs for her book. When making a decision about what to include in the books she uses the 'wow' test. She tries to choose information that will make her readers say 'wow' when they read it.When she's not writing or teaching, Etta loves to spend time with her family, garden, read humorous or historical fiction books, dance, explore new places, go to live theatre and cook for company (but not all at the same time!).
Anna Kang and her husband Christoper Weyant live in New Jersey with their two daughters. Anna, a native New Yorker, grew up believing she was small until one day she realised that everyone else was big. She attended USC's School of Cinematic Arts, USA, where the visual storyteller in her was awakened, forever changing the way she saw art, life, and everything in between.
Author Elizabeth Kann grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She is a doctor who has yet to see an actual case of Pinkititis. Her writing has appeared in a variety of newspapers and print publications. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
Victoria Kann is the author-artist of three #1 New York Times bestselling books, Emeraldalicious, Silverlicious, and Goldilicious, and is the artist and coauthor of the New York Times bestsellers Pinkalicious and Purplicious. In addition, Victoria co-wrote Pinkalicious: The Musical, which premiered in New York City to sold-out audiences and continues to be performed across the country. Her award-winning artwork has graced the covers and pages of many magazines, newspapers, and books. She lives with her husband and their two daughters close to the seashore, where she loves to walk on the beach and collect shells, hoping to find Aqualicious.
Villie was born in Athens and studied illustration at Ornerakis School of Applied Art. Having worked as a children's book illustrator since 2008, she loves creating playful characters, interesting compositions and giving emphasis on colour, working often digitally, but also traditionally, with a fresh and whimsical style. Villie gets much inspiration from her cat, and also from life, experiences and dreams. Her favourite children's story is 'The Little Prince', by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Her lifetime ambition, is to own a horse - but she's happy to settle for cat - for the time being!!
Peter Kavanagh has written numerous storybooks and picture books for young children.
American born Marilyn Kaye is an experienced teen and pre-teen novelist. She penned the best-selling series Replica in the late 1990s early 2000s as well as teen romance titles Runaway and Choose Me in the early 1990s. Her backlist titles are too numerous to mention but most recently she is best known for her paranormal romance series, Gifted. Marilyn now lives very glamorously in Paris!
Jerome and Susana are married with a son and a daughter who provide them with lots of inspiration for their Horse and Fox characters. Before creating MINE! they produced an iPad app called The Phantom Clickerist, a digital story book for children. Jerome and Susana are both designers, working mostly in magazines.
Brian was born in London. His parents were Irish and he grew up listening to his mother's tales of the life she had left behind in Ireland. That was how he learned to love stories. He was sent to a very strict school where boys were beaten if they stepped out of line. He hated the place but he enjoyed English lessons because they gave him a chance to write down the stories that filled his head. He went to Liverpool University where he studied English and fell in love with a girl called Rosie. After leaving university he married Rosie and they had two children. By day he worked as a teacher, in the evenings he read stories to his children, and in the night he carried on writing his stories. When he had enough stories to make a book he sent them off to a publisher who offered to publish them. He immediately gave up his job to concentrate on writing. That was one of the silliest things he has ever done since he was totally broke for a very long time afterwards. But it was also one of the smartest things he has ever done because somehow he succeeded in making a career for himself as a writer. His favourite pastime is reading (though his favourite book changes all the time). His favourite city is Rome and he adores Italian food. His favourite journey is any one that finishes at home and his favourite sound is his grandson's voice on the telephoneBrian has won the Havering Best of the Best Award, a Lancashire Fabulous Book Award and he has been shortlisted for a the NASEN Book Award, the South Lanarkshire Children's Book Award, the North East Book Award and the Bedfordshire Children's Book Award. His novels have been translated into twelve languages.
Michael Keene is a former secondary school religious studies and sociology teacher and head of department. Now a full-time writer he has written extensively on religious education for all ages.
Mij Kelly had an extremely colourful and varied childhood house-hopping around the UK, not to mention skipping across to India as well. Mij has worked as a newspaper editor, an oral historian and now, a specialist journalist in artificial intelligence. Mij has two children. She won the Kathleen Fidler Award for her first book in 1993 and One More Sheep won the English Association 4-11 years Award for Best Illustrated Book in 2004.
Tracey Kelly is an experienced children's non-fiction author, specialising in historical subjects.
Elin Kelsey, PhD, is an internationally respected leader in the field of environmental science education, as well as the author of the award-winning book Not Your Typical Book About the Environment and other books for both adults and children. She consults around the world on environmental projects, and loves to explore nature with kids wherever she goes.
Moira is highly-acclaimed artist with a growing reputation. She studied History at Oxford, but discovered that reading children's books and illustrating them was much more intersting than reading history books and writing essays! She then went on to do a Foundation Course at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. She has had 33 books published and together they have sold over 5.5 million copies. Grandma Chickenlegs was published to great acclaim in the trade and was shortlisted for the Blue Peter book awards in the UK and Best Picture Book Independent Publsiher Book Awards in the US. Her favourite illustrator is Tove Jansson and the Moomintroll books. She used to argue with her brother about whether Moomins were better than Hobbits. They were and they are, she says!
Rob Kemp is a UK-based writer specialising in fatherhood and masculinity. Contributing to Men's Health, Father's Quarterly and the Times Educational Supplement, he is also the bestselling author of The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide and The New Dad's Survival Guide.
Adrienne Kennaway spent most of her formative life in Kenya, East Africa, where she developed her interest in wildlife. Interest soon turned to art and even as a child Adrienne painted animals. A spell at Ealing Tech in London and L'Academie Bella Arte in Rome polished Adrienne's skills. Adrienne has illustrated over 30 children's books and her illustrations for Crafty Chameleon won the Kate Greenaway Prize. A world-wide traveller, Adrienne now enjoys spending time in the countryside, capturing the local wildlife on canvas. She lives in the Republic of Ireland.
Kody Keplinger is the author of several books for young adult and middle grade readers, including the New York Times bestseller The DUFF, which was adapted as a major motion picture in 2015. She currently lives in New York City with her German Shepherd and two black cats. Kody teaches writing classes at the Gotham Writers' Workshop. You can find out more at her website, kodykeplinger.com, or on Twitter, @Kody_Keplinger.