SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Nights of the Round Table Faculty

FACULTY BIOS

Alison Farrell is a picture book maker living in Portland Oregon.  Her books include Cycle City (Chronicle, 2018) and The Hike (Chronicle, 2019), and Runaway Signs (written by Joan Holub, Nancy Paulsen Books, 2020). Alison’s work has received the Don Freeman Work in Progress Grant; a Portfolio Award at the SCBWI conference in Los Angeles, CA; a Mentorship Award at the national Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators conference in Los Angeles, CA, and a Portfolio Grand Prize at the SCBWI Oregon conference.

Website: www.drawdrawdraw.com

 Alison Farrell

David Hohn is a picture book illustrator and instructor teaching illustration at Pacific Northwest College of Art and online with School of Visual Storytelling. He has worked with Scholastic, Random House, Viking, Bloomsbury, Waterbrook and Sasquatch publishing. David’s work has been recognized with awards from Society of Illustrators, 3×3, Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, Communication Arts, and SCBWI. You can find him on instagram, twitter and facebook discussing and dissecting picture books and picture book illustrations.

Website: www.davidhohn.com

David Hohn


Dr. Mira Reisberg is an Aussie ex-pat with a love for all things quirky, soulful, heartful, meaningful, colorful, funny, and/or creative. She loves helping others and teaches e-courses through The Children’s Book Academy. Mira is an artist, illustrator, writer, acquiring editor, and art director.

Website: www.mirareisberg.com

Mira Reisberg


New York Times-bestselling author April Henry knows how to kill you in a two-dozen different ways. She makes up for a peaceful childhood in an intact home by killing off fictional characters. There was one detour on April’s path to destruction: when she was 12 she sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to noted children’s author Roald Dahl. He liked it so much he showed it to his editor, who asked if she could publish it in an international children’s magazine. By the time she was in her 30s, April had started writing about hit men, kidnappers, and drug dealers. She has published 24 mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults, with more to come. She is known for meticulously researching her novels to get the details right.  

Website: www.aprilhenry.com

April Henry


 Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of more than 55 books for young readers including picture books, middle grade historical fiction, and nonfiction. Her awards include an Oregon Book Award, the Green Earth Environmental Award, two SCBWI Golden Kite awards, and a Sibert Honor.
Her middle grade historical fiction, A Bandit’s Tale, was named a Charlotte Huck Recommended Book. In 2020 she will publish a picture book, Mindful Day, and a nonfiction title, We Had to Be Brave: Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport, to be followed in 2021 with We Must Not Forget: Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance. In August 2019, Deborah sold a middle grade historical fiction middle grade novel to Scholastic entitled The Plot to Kill the Queen: A Mystery in Three Acts, set in Shakespeare’s time.
Deborah lives in West Linn, Oregon. Follow her on Twitter @deborahopkinson or visit her on the web at www.deborahhopkinson.com.
Deborah Hopkinson


 

Website: amberjkeyser.com

  Amber J. Keyser

 


Rosanne Parry is the author of the many award winning novels including Heart of a Shepherd, and The Turn of the Tide (Random House),. Her newest novels are Last of the Name (Learner) and A Wolf Called Wander (HarperCollins & Andersen Press) which has been on the New York Times best sellers list for several months. Rosanne is a bookseller at Annie Blooms Books. She and her family live in an old farmhouse in Portland, Oregon. She writes in a tree house in her back yard.

Website: rosanneparry.com

  Rosanne Parry


 

Heather grew up in a family that loved stories.  Her mom told incredible, fanciful adventures where she, along with her brother and sister, lived in a pond with tadpoles, or traveled across the dusty hills as Native Americans, or howled at the moon with the coyotes. As her mom told these stories, Heather became the character. She felt the water moving through her gills as she swam with Wally Wadpole. She tasted the dust in her mouth while riding her horse, Many Moons, on the hunt to bring back food to her tribe. She heard the coyotes calling her to come play, long after the stories were over. Heather fell in love with a good story, one that immersed her in a world that felt so real she never wanted to leave. This is what she hopes to bring to her readers.

When not teaching middle school or writing, Heather enjoys spending time with the man of her dreams, Marv, and their absolutely amazing kids, Marvin, Danielle, and Jason. Living in Grants Pass, Oregon, affords her the luxury of ample opportunities in the amazing outdoors, as well as helping out at their local businesses, a pizza pub and cigar shop.

Website: www.heathersransom.ink

Heather Ransom


Mary Elizabeth Summer contributes to the delinquency of minors by writing books about teenagers with criminal tendencies. She has a BA in creative writing from Wells College, and her philosophy on life is “you can never go wrong with sriracha sauce.” She lives in Portland, Oregon with her wife, daughter, two dogs, and two evil overlor—er, cats. She is the author of the Trust Me series.

Website: www.mesummer.com

Mary Elizabeth Summer


 Hannah Holt is a children’s author with an engineering degree. Her picture books, The Diamond & The Boy (Balzer+Bray) and A Father’s Love (Philomel) weave together her love of language and science. She lives in Oregon with her husband, four children, and a very patient cat named Zephyr. Hannah is represented by Jennifer March Soloway of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.  Hannah Holt

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 Gretchen McLellan


Ruth is an award-winning children’s nonfiction writer known for her entertaining and creative approach. Ruth is the author of fourteen books for toddlers to middle grade, including several for National Geographic Children’s Books: Mission Shark Rescue, Birds, Big Cats, Look Outside! and In My Garden. In 2015, Ruth took on an editorial/contributing writer role for National Georgraphic Little Kids Magazine (preschool). She has also been a frequent contributor to National Geographic Kids Magazine (middle grade) since 2003. Her articles have also appeared in Scholastic’s SuperScience, Click, Ask, and other children’s publications. Ruth estimates that during the last decade she has researched and written about more than 450 animals for 150+ published articles and projects. When not writing, Ruth revels in the beauty of the Oregon wilderness kayaking, hiking, whale watching, or just enjoying the rain with her husband, daughter, and dogs.

Website: www.ruthamusgrave.com

Ruth A. Musgrave


Dawn Babb Prochovnic is the author of Where Does a Cowgirl Go Potty?, Where Does a Pirate Go Potty?, and 16 books in the Story Time with Signs & Rhymes Series, including one title that was selected as an Oregon Book Awards finalist, and she is a contributing author to the award-winning book, Oregon Reads Aloud. Dawn is a vocal advocate for school and public libraries and was honored as a 2015 Oregon Library Supporter of the Year by the Oregon Library Association. She is a frequent presenter at schools, libraries and educational conferences, and the founder of SmallTalk Learning, which provides American Sign Language and early literacy education. Dawn loves to travel and has visited thousands of potties across the Pacific Northwest and around the world. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, two kids, two cats, and a feisty dog.
Dawn Babb Prochovnic


Stephanie Shaw had the great privilege of being born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  Although she enjoyed many years of working in the field of education, she now happily helps little forest and farm critters fall asleep, casts magic spells to vanquish vampires and dresses up cows in high heels. Okay, maybe she doesn’t do those things, but her stories do!  You can learn three (true) things about Stephanie regarding lambs, licorice and the third grade by going to her website at www.stephanieshawauthor.com. Stephanie Shaw

 

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