Saturday, November 9, 2019
Sophie Blackall is an Australian artist and illustrator of children's books based in Brooklyn, New York. She won the 2019 Medal for Hello Lighthouse and the 2016 Caldecott Medal for Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear. She has illustrated more than 30 books for children, including the Ivy and Bean series. Blackall has collaborated with authors such as Jacqueline Woodson, John Bemelmans Marciano, Jane Yolen, and Meg Rosoff.
Brian Floca is the author/illustrator and illustrator of numerous books for children, including Locomotive, winner of the 2014 Caldecott Medal, Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, and Lightship. His most recent book is a new edition of Moonshot, revised and expanded for the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. In addition to the Caldecott Medal, Brian's books have received four Robert F. Sibert Honor awards for distinguished informational books, a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators, and have twice been selected for the New York Times' annual 10 Best Illustrated Books list. Brian was born and raised in Temple, Texas, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Susan Adrian now lives in Montana and is the author of recent middle-grade novels Forever Neverland and Nutcracked. Her books for teens include Tunnel Vision and The Dark at the End.