Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Faculty Bios

Photo Sandy AsherSandy Asher, Author and Playwright

Sandy Asher's 26 books include Chicken Story Time and Too Many Frogs! She's also edited seven anthologies, among them With All My Heart, With All My Mind, winner of the National Jewish Book Award in children's literature and Writing It Right: How Successful Children's Authors Revise and Sell Their Stories. Over 200 of Sandy's stories, articles, and poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies, most recently Highlights High Five and the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations. Sandy's plays have been performed around the world. She's received fellowship grants from the Children's Theatre Foundation of America and the National Endowment for the Arts, America Alliance for Theatre and Education Distinguished Play Awards for A Woman Called Truth, In the Garden of the Selfish Giant, and Jesse and Grace: A Best Friends Story, and AATE's Charlotte Chorpenning Award for a distinguished body of work in children's theater.



Mark Fearing photo

Mark Fearing, Author/Illustrator

Mark grew up in Minnesota and received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He continued studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the Los Angeles Animation Institute. He has worked extensively in design, illustration and animation and along the way found himself a manager at Walt Disney Television Animation, the art director of Sony Online Entertainment and a creative director at Pearson Television. Just to make things stranger, Mark worked on versions of gameshows including: The Wheel of Fortune, JEOPARDY!, The Price is Right and many, many others. Mark's animated short films have been seen in film festivals around the country, broadcast on Nickelodeon Nicktoons and the G4 Network in the U.S. and on World of Wonder in the U.K. Mark now spends his time writing and drawing picture books and graphic novels. His writing and illustrations have been published by Penguin Books for Young Readers, Candlewick Press, Hyperion, Chronicle Books, Knopf and a few others he can't think of right now. He lives outside Portland, Oregon where he fights vampires.



Sean McCarthy photoSean McCarthy, Agent, Sean McCarthy Literary Agency

Sean McCarthy founded his own full-service literary agency in 2013. He began his publishing career as an editorial intern at Overlook Press and then worked at the Sheldon Fogelman Agency as the  submissions coordinator and permissions manager before becoming a full-time literary agent. He works on children's books for all ages, and is actively looking to build his client list. His clients include Mark Fearing, Zachariah OHora (illustrator of the New York Times Bestseller Wolfie the Bunny), Hyewon Yum, Jamie A. Swenson, Dana Wulfekotte, Andrea Offermann, Kurt Cyrus, and Judith Robbins Rose. Sean graduated from Macalester College with a degree in English-Creative Writing, and is grateful that he no longer has to spend his winters in Minnesota.


Twitter: @mccarthylit


Lucia MonfriedLucia Monfried, Senior Editor, Dial Books for Young Readers

Lucia Monfried is a longtime editor at Dial Books for Young Readers, part of Penguin Random House. She has a special interest in books for younger readers, especially picture books, early readers and chapter books. She is the editor of the bestselling Skippyjon Jones books by Judy Schachner and the Dory Fantasmagory series by Abby Hanlon. She began her career in children's books at Scholastic, where books are marketed directly to children. She has always sought to publish books that have direct appeal to children.