Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Faculty Bios


Kelly Delaney_photoKelly Delaney, Associate Editor, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Kelly Delaney is an Associate Editor at Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, where she acquires and edits picture books, middle grade and young adult novels. She has a master's degree in Publishing: Digital and Print Media from NYU and has been at Random House Children's Books for five years. In that time, she has been fortunate enough to work with many esteemed authors, including R.J. Palacio, Markus Zusak, Anita Lobel, Eileen Spinelli, Kevin Hawkes, and Norton Juster, and many others. Among the books she's edited are Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll, Sewing Stories by Barbara Herkert and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop, Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung, and Fly! by Karl Newsom Edwards. She is always on the lookout for quirky humor, bright characters, and writers that don't underestimate their readers. 


Twitter at @kellyunderwater


Victoria Marini[14]Victoria Marini, Literary Agent, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents/ICM Partners

Victoria Marini has been an agent at Gelfman Schneider/ICM Partners for four years following four years as an associate agent and agency assistant both at GSLA and Sterling Lord Literistic, where she began her career. She represents a wide range of adult and children's fiction and narrative non-fiction, from heartfelt middle grade contemporary to dark YA fantasy, to space adventures and everything in between. She's worked with authors like Corey Ann Haydu (OCD Love Story), Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra (Tiny Pretty Things), Sarvenaz Tash (Three Day Summer), Jennifer Maschari (forthcoming The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price) and many others. She looks forward to developing authors over the long-term and providing advocacy through the publications process and beyond.


Twitter: @LitAgentMarini


Martindale Kean- Agent Bio Picture copyTaylor Martindale Kean, Literary Agent, Full Circle Literary

Taylor Martindale Kean is an agent with Full Circle Literary, actively aquiring all genres of young adult and middle grade fiction and non-fiction.She is particularly interested in finding unique and unforgettable voices, stories that stay with you, and diverse characters and authors. More than anything, Taylor is looking for character-driven stories that bring the world vividly to life and voices with impact, regardless of genre or category. Her clients include Emery Lord, Anna-Marie McLemore, Annie Cardi, Aisha Saeed, Debra Driza, Sally J. Pla, Lois Miner Huey and more.


Twitter:  @TMartindaleKean




MarthaRago-updated-2 Martha Rago, Executive Creative Director, Random House Children's Books

Named Creative Director for Random House/Golden Books Young Readers Group in February 2015, Martha began overseeing their growing trade list of picture books, YA, middle grade and chapter books. In November her role expanded to oversee all imprints under Random House Children's Books umbrella. This comprises well-known commercial properties like Little Golden Books, Dr. Seuss, The Berenstain Bears, Richard Scarry, Magic Tree House and Junie B. Jones, many successful licensed programs with Nickelodeon, Thomas the Tank Engine, Disney, Barbie and others. In the trade market, in addition to Random House titles, Knopf, Doubleday, Crown, Delacorte and Wendy Lamb Books are imprints with award winners from the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King and many other prestigious committees. They are in Martha's domain, coming to over 900 titles a year. Previously, Martha was the associate Creative Director at HarperCollins, and Henry Holt prior to that. She has worked with illustrators:  Eric Carle, Tomie dePaola, David Small, Peter McCarthy, Mo Willems, Floyd Cooper, Peter Sis, Dan Yaccarino, David Roberts, Susan Jeffers, Pat Cummings, and Kadir Nelson. She has worked with new talent as well, with newcomers Mike Curato, Ryan O'Rourke, Joseph Keufler and Suzanne Kaufman.


Twitter: @martharago


Karl Edwards photoKarl Newsom Edwards, Author/Illustrator

Karl Newsom Edwards is a children's picture book author and illustrator. A graduate of the California College of the Arts, he made his debut as an author/illustrator in 2015 with Fly! published by Alfred A.Knopf.  Fly was nominated to the ALA list of Notable Books. His newest picture book title, I Got A New Friend, will be published in 2017 by Knopf. A long-time illustrator, books include Er-land and the Seven Suns by Tony Guo and Euphine Cheung, the Edgar-award winning Sammy Keyes series by Wendelin Van Draanen, and 2011 Newbery Honor book, The New Kid by Mavis Jukes. He is passionate about vintage bicycles and lives in Portland, Oregon.


Twitter: @illustratorKarl and  @KarlEdwardsArt


SF headshotSylvie Frank, Editor, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

Sylvie Frank is the editor of award-winning and critically acclaimed books including Breathe by Scott Magoon: Strickly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo; Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber by Sue Macy, illustrated by C. F. Payne; Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy by Susan Vaught; and Storm by Donna Jo Napoli. Since joining Paula Wiseman Books in January 2013, Sylvie has been on the prowl for literary, character-driven middle grade and kid-focused, snappy picture books. She is drawn to original voices across all genres. One of her favorite pastimes is browsing agents' and ilustrators' websites for new talent. When she's not reading, Sylvie can be found running in New York's Central Park.


Twitter: @franknbooks

kjatteberryKevan Atteberry, Author/Illustrator

Kevan is an illustrator/writer of children's books from the Seattle area. He has designed and illustrated many things over the years, including award-winning children's books. Among them are:  Frankie Stein by Lola Schaefer, Tickle Monster by Josie Bisset, and Halloween Hustle by Charlotte Gunnaffson. His first authored picture book, Bunnies!!!, came out last year from Katherine Tegan Books/HarperCollins. And, yes, he illustrated it too. It is the first of three books. This summer will see the release of Puddles!!!, a companion book to Bunnies!!! and  I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas comes out in 2017. But, up till now, Kevan's biggest claim to fame is creating Clippy the papercliip helper in Microsoft office, which, during its heyday, was annoying hundreds of millions of people every single day.


Twitter: @kevanjatt



Kate Berube, Author/Illustrator

Kate Berube is an author and illustrator and former bookseller living in Portland, OR. Her debut picture book Hannah and Sugar (Abrams Books for Young Readers, March 2016) received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly. Kate also illustrated Curtis Manley's The Summer Nick Taught His Cats To Read, due out July 2016 from Simon & Schuster's Paula Wiseman Books and is currently writing a second as-yet-untitled picture book for Abrams, as well as illustrating My Little Half Moon, a picture book by Douglas Jennerich for Putnam Books.


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Twitter: @berubekate


AuthorPhoto_VictoriaJamieson_highResVictoria Jamieson, Newbery Medal Author & Illustrator

Victoria Jamieson is the author and illustrator of the Newbery Honor Book, Roller Girl, also a New York Times Bestseller. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, and went on to receive her MA in Museum Studies at the University of Sydney. After living in Rome, Montreal, and Australia, she moved back to the United States, where she began working as a designer with a children's book publisher in New York City. She now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and young son. Along with writing and illustrating, she teaches children's book illustration at Pacific Northwest College of Art. She also maintains a not-so-secret identity as Winnie the Pow, skater with the Rose City Rollers roller derby league.


Twitter: @JamiesonV


CHIOTTI (1)Danielle Chiotti, Literary Agent, Upstart Crow Literary

Danielle Chiotti has worked in publishing for fourteen years. Formerly an editor, she joined Upstart Crow when it was founded in 2009, specializing in Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction, as well as cookbooks and select nonfiction. Thanks to her extensive editorial background, she enjoys working closely with authors to develop projects. Her clients include:  Sarah Tregay, author of YA novels and YALSA Best Books Picks Love and Leftovers and Fan Art (HarperCollins); Jacqueline West, author of NYT best selling series The Books of Elsewhere, as well as the forthcoming YA novel Dreamers Often Lie (Dial Books for Young Readers); Rinsai Rossetti, author of the critically acclaimed The Girl With Borrowed Wings; Beth Hautala, author of literary MG novels Waiting for Unicorns and the forthcoming The Ostrich, My Brother, and Me (Philomel); Andy Brumbach, author of the MG adventure The Eye of Midnight (Delacourt); and Rachel Warren, author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Going Vegetarian (Sourcebooks) and The Happy Belly Book for Teens (The Experiment).


Twitter: @daniellechiotti


121MattMatt de la Peña, Newbery Medal Author

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal winning author of six young adult novels (including Mexican White Boy, We Were Here and The Living) and two picture books (A Nations Hope and Last Stop on Market Street). Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. Matt currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his family. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.


Twitter: @mattdelapena


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Katherine Harrison, Associate Editor at Alfred A. Knopf Books For Young Readers

Katherine Harrison edits fiction and nonfiction for young readers–toddler through teen–but her primary focus is middle grade and YA. While at Knopf, she's worked with authors like Carl Hiaasen, Deborah Hopkinson, R.J. Palacio, and Phillip Pullman among others. Some of her acquisitions include Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo, This is the Part Where You Laugh by Peter Brown Hoffmeister, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff, and the forthcoming picture books I Won What? by Audrey Vernick and Pink is for Blobfish by Jess Keating. Katherine is actively seeking contemporary YA, humor (think Sachar or Dahl), multicultural voices, and nerdy characters obsessed with science, nature and/or music. A native Oregonian, she's fond of stories set in the Pacific Northwest. Above all, she's on the lookout for fresh literary voices that kids can relate to.


Twitter: @KidlitKat


Rosanne ParryRosanne Parry, Author

Rosanne Parry is the author of four award winning young readers including her latest, The Turning of the Tide. She is a part-time book monger at Annie Blooms bookstore, and teaches Children's and YA Literature in the Masters in Book Publishing Program at Portland State University. She lives with her family in Portland and writes in a treehouse in her backyard.


Twitter: @RosanneParry


Carol Riggs author photo_headCarol Riggs, Author

Carol Riggs is a YA author who lives in the beautiful green state of Oregon. Her sci-fi debut, The Body Institute, explores themes of body image and identity. Her second sci-fi novel, Safe Zone, will release fall 2016 via Entangled Teen. She enjoys reading, drawing and painting, writing conferences, walking with her husband and enjoying music and dance of all kinds. She can usually be found in her writing cave, surrounded by her dragon collection and characters in her head.



Twitter:  @Artzicarol


Gretchen-McLellanGretchen Brandenburg McLellan, Author

Gretchen Brandenburg McLellan is a teacher, a book fairy and a writer. As a teacher and reading specialist, she delights in welcoming children into the magical world of reading. As a book fairy, she enjoys slipping books under the pillows of readers that remind them of where they have been and takes them to places they didn't know they needed to go. As a writer, she is excited about the upcoming publication of her picture books with Beach Lane, Peachtree, and Holiday House. Gretchen has lived on three continents and is an advocate for TCKs, (Third Culture Kids) who grew up as global nomads, especially military brats like herself. Children yearning for a home will find they belong in her picture books, chapter books and middle grade novels. Gretchen has settled in Washington State, where she lives with her husband, cat and dog and celebrates when her three children come home.

Twitter: @gmclellan5


ruth musrgraveRuth A. Musgrave, Author

Ruth A. Musgrave is an award-winning children's nonfiction writer known for her entertaining and creative approach. She is also an animal and marine science expert and a lucky hitchhiker on ocean research adventures. Ruth is the author of 10 books, including Mission Shark Rescue: All About Sharks and How To Save Them (National Geographic Children's Books, March 2016) and her first two board books, Look Up! and Peek-A-Boo (National Geographic Children's Books, August 2016). This year she has taken on a new role with National Geographic Little Kids Magazine (preschool) and for more than a decade has been a frequent contributor to National Geographic Kids Magazine (Middle Grade). Musgrave has also been published in Scientific American Explorations, Scholastic's SuperScience, Click, and Ask.



Ray BallantyneRay Ballantyne, Author

Ray Ballantyne's first book, The Last Child of Hamelin, was published in August, 2014 by Spencer Press. Ray is a retired teacher, a professional storyteller, and, of course, a children's book writer. He lives in Salem, Oregon with his wife, Louise.





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Sue Ford, Author

Sue Ford writes for children under her maiden name, Susan Uhlig. She recently sold two projects to Schoolwide. She's the author of four picture books, including Belling the Cat, The Fox and the Crane, and My Shadow for Unibooks (Korea) for their English as a foreign language program and seven readers for Compass Media (Korea). She's also sold over 160 magazine pieces for children and adults and is an insturctor for the basic magazine course for the Institute of Children's Literature.


Twitter: @susanuhlig