The Creators

Members of Picture Book Scribblers are authors, illustrators, or author/illustrators whose picture books are being released in 2021. To learn more about us and where you can find us on social media, check out our bios below.

Michal Babay
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Michal Babay is the author of the forthcoming picture book I’M A GLUTEN-SNIFFING SERVICE DOG (Albert Whitman & Company, 2021). After many years as a teacher and elementary resource specialist, Michal now spends her days writing stories, wrangling teenagers, convincing her three dogs to stop barking, and searching for the perfect gluten-free pizza crust. Michal lives in Southern California with her family and a bearded dragon named Gus Pirate Potato.

Annie Bailey
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Annie Bailey is a children’s author, songwriter, and mom to four boys. She loves laughing, reading, playing the piano, soccer, biking and baking. Doubleday Books will release Annie's first board books, TEN LITTLE TRACTORS (Fall 2021) and TEN LITTLE EXCAVATORS (Spring 2022). Eagle Springs Records released Annie’s first children’s album, THERE IS JOY, in 2008. Annie served on the 2015 and 2016 Best in Rhyme Award committee and currently enjoys serving as the Regional Advisor for the SCBWI Utah/Southern Idaho region. Annie lives in rural Idaho in a renovated farmhouse complete with her very own train car. (Which, of course, has time traveling capabilities.)


Find out more about Annie at:


Twitter: @byanniebailey

Instagram: @byanniebailey

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
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Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is an award-winning children’s book author whose books include CHICKS RULE, THE UNITED STATES VS JACKIE ROBINSON (2019 ALSC Notable Children’s Books List), DUCK DUCK MOOSE (CBC Children’s Choice Award Finalist), TYRANNOSAURUS WRECKS (Junior Library Guild Selection), and the PURRMAIDS chapter book series. Her newest picture book, CHICKS ROCK, will be available in Spring 2021. Sudipta has visited schools and libraries for the past 15 years, talking to kids about writing, reading, and finding their voices. She lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband, three children, and an adorable pug named Roxie. 

Find out more about Sudipta at:


Twitter: @sudiptabq

Instagram: @sudiptabq

Meghan Browne

Meghan P. Browne is a native Austinite living in her hometown with her husband, Greg, and their three children. Random House Studio will publish her debut picture book, INDELIBLE ANN. The book portrays the life of the late governor of Texas, Ann Richards, who was inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt and was in turn the inspiration for Hillary Rodham Clinton and many other women in politics today. Meghan has a BA in Political Science from the University of Arizona where she was a varsity letterwoman in swimming, a four-time Foundations Scholar, and a graduate of the Honors College. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Meghan is an avid beekeeper and student of land stewardship.


Find out more about Meghan at:

Twitter: @meghanpbrowne

Instagram: @meghanpbrowne

Kate Allen Fox
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Kate Allen Fox is a children’s author from Southern California. After working in the public health field, she combined her passions for research and writing and began writing picture books about science and nature. Her debut picture book, PANDO: A LIVING WONDER OF TREES, was published by Capstone in 2021 and named one of the best books of the year by School Library Journal and Chicago Public Library. Little, Brown will publish her second picture book, A FEW BEAUTIFUL MINUTES, in 2023. Her writing has appeared in several publications, including The New York Times and McSweeney’s. In addition to being a writer, Kate is a speaker, freelance editor, arts educator, and homeschooler.


Find out more about Kate at:


Twitter: @kateallenfox

Instagram: @kateallenfox

Sophia Gholz

Sophia Gholz is an award-winning children's book author, music lover and magic seeker. Sophia enjoys writing fiction with humor and heart. When writing nonfiction, she pulls on her love of science and her strong family background in ecology. Since 2017, Sophia has helped oversee the Henry L. Gholz SEEDS National Field Trip Endowment for The Ecological Society of America, funding ecological field experiences for students from diverse backgrounds. She is also a founding board member of, a nonprofit organization focused on early literacy initiatives. Previously, Sophia worked as an advertising copywriter and made a career working with visual artists in New York City. Sophia’s debut book, The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng, received the Florida State Book Award Gold Medal, a Eureka! Nonfiction Honor Award and was named a 2020 Green Earth Honor Book. Sophia's newest title, Jack Horner: Dinosaur Hunter (Sleeping Bear Press) chronicles the life of world-famous paleontologist, Jack Horner, and will be available Fall 2021. When she’s not writing from her home base in Florida, you can find Sophia reading a book, making art or exploring the great outdoors with her family.


For more, visit Sophia online with the links below:


Twitter: @SophiaGholz

Instagram: @SophiaGholz

Facebook Author Page:

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Lisa Katzenberger
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As the youngest of eight siblings, Lisa Katzenberger has been making up stories to entertain herself since she was a child. She loves to write books that make children laugh, escape, and dream. Lisa lives near Chicago with her family in a 100-year old Victorian house with sloping hardwood floors and the tiniest bathroom you’ve ever seen. She is the author of IT WILL BE OK (Sourcebooks 2021) and NATIONAL REGULAR AVERAGE ORDINARY DAY (Penguin Workshop 2020). 


Find out more about Lisa at:


Twitter: @FictionCity

Instagram: @lisakatz17

Lauren Kerstein

Lauren Kerstein is an author and psychotherapist. She is a Jersey girl at heart who currently lives in Colorado with her husband, their two, daughters, and their rescue dogs. She is represented by Deborah Warren with East West Literary Agency. Lauren's debut: ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE MAKE WAVES (Illustrated by Nate Wragg/Two Lions) splashed into bookstores in 2019. The companion volume, ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE SAY GOOD NIGHT (Illustrated by Nate Wragg/Two Lions), snuggled into bookshelves September 1, 2020. HOME FOR A WHILE (Illustrated by Natalia Moore/Magination Press) moved into bookshelves February 2, 2021. Lauren also writes books in her field about sensory challenges, emotion regulation, and flexible thinking. Lauren is one of the founders of #ReVISIONweek, a judge with Rate Your Story, runs a critique business, and is a long-time member of 12x12 and SCBWI. Her writing goals are simple. Read voraciously. Embrace feedback. Grow each day. Work hard. Be passionate. Write courageously. Touch children’s hearts. Visit her at, on Twitter @LaurenKerstein, Instagram @LaurenKerstein, or Facebook. You can also follow her blog at:

Find out more about Lauren at:


Twitter: @laurenkerstein

Instagram: @laurenkerstein

Ellen Leventhal

Ellen is an educator and author in Houston, TX. Her writing often contains universal themes to which children can relate--even if the thoughts occasionally come from talking cows or lambs. Ellen is the co-author of DON'T EAT THE BLUEBONNETS and the author of LOLA CAN'T LEAP. She has been published in magazines and newspapers as well as in short story and poetry anthologies. Her latest book, A FLOOD OF KINDNESS from WorthyKids/Hachette Book Group releases in spring of 2021. Ellen loves school visits, and when visiting schools, she coordinates and supports literacy programs as well Ellen's best days are when she can interact directly with students and spread her love of literacy and kindness.


Find out more about Ellen at:


Twitter: @EllenLWrites

Instagram: @EllenL411

Dane Liu
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Dane Liu has always loved writing. She writes when she’s happy and when she’s not. She writes to make sense of things. She writes the way a swimmer swims or a chef cooks. She writes every day. Often Dane thinks in Chinese. (She was born in China.) Mostly she thinks in English. (Dane moved to the U.S. as a preteen.) Sometimes, she thinks in French. (She lived in Canada and studied for a period in Quebec). Today Dane writes, thinks, plays, and reads in Portland, Oregon, where she and her family live in the company of giant Douglas firs. Her debut picture book FRIENDS ARE FRIENDS, FOREVER (Godwin Books/Macmillan) comes out Fall 2021.

Annelouise Mahoney

Annelouise Mahoney is originally from Massachusetts, now living in Southern California with her husband, two daughters, and a little bunch of rescued pets. Her stories are inspired by the curiosities and wonder of the the little things around her. Before diving into the world of children’s books, Annelouise worked in T.V. animation painting backgrounds for studios such as Dreamworks, DIC Animation, Sony, Media Vision, and Saban Entertainment. Her debut picture book, JULIUS and MACY: A VERY BRAVE NIGHT is scheduled to release spring 2021 with Amazon/Two Lions. 


Find out more about Annelouise at:


Twitter: @WoodlandAbbey

Instagram: @Annelouise_mahoney

Tracy Marchini

Tracy Marchini is thrilled to spend most of her time immersed in children's books as both a Literary Agent and author. Her debut picture book, Chicken Wants a Nap, received a starred review from Kirkus and was a 2019 Bridge to Reading Picture Book nominee. Princesses Can Fix It! (Page Street Kids, 2021) is based on her favorite fairytale as a child - The Twelve Dancing Princesses - but with a STEM twist! She holds an M.F.A in Writing for Children from Simmons College and a B.A. in English from Binghamton University.

Find out more about Tracy at:


Twitter: @tracymarchini

Instagram: @tracymarchini

Robin Newman

Raised in New York and Paris, Robin Newman is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the City University of New York School of Law. She was a practicing attorney and legal editor, but she now prefers to write about witches, mice, pigs, and peacocks. Author of the award-winning Wilcox & Griswold Mystery Series, she's a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, National Writing Project's Writers Council, the Bank Street Writers Lab, and PEN America, CYAB. She lives in New York with her husband, son, three spoiled dogs, and possibly the oldest surviving lionhead goldfish. For more information, visit
She is represented by Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency.


Find out more about Robin at:


Twitter: @robinnewmanbook

Instagram: @robinnewmanbooks

Charlotte Offsay
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Charlotte Offsay was born in England, grew up in Boston, and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two small children. Born into a family with a love of travel and adventure, Charlotte enjoys exploring new places and cultures. She is a former corporate finance client specialist who now spends her days caring for her family, volunteering in her local community, traveling, and using her experiences to fuel her true passion: writing. Through her work, Charlotte hopes to make children laugh, to inspire curiosity, and to create a magical world her readers can lose themselves in time and time again. Her debut, THE BIG BEACH CLEANUP, will be published by Albert Whitman in Spring 2021, followed by HOW TO RETURN A MONSTER releasing Fall 2021 with Beaming Books. For more information visit She is represented by Nicole Geiger at Full Circle Literary.

Find out more about Charlotte at:


Twitter: @coffsay

Instagram: @picturebookrecommendations

Norene Paulson
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Norene Paulson loves words. As a former language arts teacher, she was fortunate to share that love with middle school students in a rural Iowa school district for almost twenty years. Now, as a picture book author, she continues to share her love of words with young readers and is excited for the release of her debut picture book BENNY’S TRUE COLORS from Imprint/Macmillan in November 2020. Her second book WHAT’S SILLY HAIR DAY WITH NO HAIR? with Albert Whitman will release in spring 2021. Norene lives on an acreage with her husband, and when she isn’t reading or writing, you will find her playing—you guessed it! —word games.

Find out more about Norene at:


Twitter: @NorenePaulson

Instagram: @nrpaulson

Jocelyn Rish

Jocelyn Rish is a writer and filmmaker who never imagined her cheeky sense of humor would lead to a book about animal butts. When she's not researching fanny facts, she tutors kids to help them discover the magic of reading. Jocelyn has won numerous awards for her short stories, screenplays, short films, and novels and lives in South Carolina with her booty-ful dogs.


Find out more about Jocelyn at:


Twitter: @JocelynRish

Instagram: @jocelynrish

Sita Singh
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Sita Singh was born and raised in India, and moved to the United States in 1999. She currently lives in South Florida with her husband, three children, and an immensely cute and curious dog. An architect in the past, Sita now writes heartwarming picture books with a South Asian backdrop. When she isn’t writing, she can be found trying new recipes in the kitchen, experimenting with food photography, walking with her dog, or movie marathoning with her family.  

Sita’s 2021 book was BIRDS OF A FEATHER, which is about finding strength in the things that make us different, and beauty in all its forms. It was published by Philomel Books and illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman. Her next book is MANGO MEMORIES, which is about an Indian girl harvesting mangoes with her family and wondering, as she listens to everyone’s favorite “mango memory,” if she’ll find one of her own. It will be published in Summer 2024 by Random House/Anne Schwartz Books, and will be illustrated by Nabi H. Ali. 

Find out more about Sita at:


Twitter: @sitawrites

Instagram: @sitawrites

Nicholas Solis
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Nicholas Solis is an author-illustrator and an award-winning elementary teacher with a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as in Educational Administration. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Grant from We Need Diverse Books and is currently a writing fellow at The Writing Barn in Austin. He has taught students all over the globe—from Tanzania to Texas—and there’s one thing he’s learned from his world travels: kids are kids everywhere you go. His debut picture book, THE STARING CONTEST, comes out fall of 2020 with Peter Pauper Press.


Find out more about Nicholas at:


Twitter: @teachsolis

Instagram: @teachsolis

Meera Sriram

Meera Sriram grew up in India and moved to the U.S in 1999. An electrical engineer in the past, she now enjoys writing for children, leading early literacy initiatives, and advocating for diverse bookshelves. Meera is the author of picture books THE YELLOW SUITCASE and A GIFT FOR AMMA. She has also co-authored several kids’ books in India. And her upcoming 2021 titles incude BETWEEN TWO WORLDS and DUMPLING DAY. Meera believes in the transformative power of stories and likes to write on people, places, and experiences less visible in children’s literature.

Find out more about Meera at:


Twitter: @meeratsriram

Instagram: @meera.sriram 

Shannon Stocker
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Shannon Stocker is a writer, singer/songwriter, and fierce advocate for those who are differently-abled and/or chronically ill. She is the author of upcoming picture books LISTEN: HOW EVELYN GLENNIE, A DEAF GIRL, CHANGED PERCUSSION (coming from Dial/Penguin UK in April, 2022), WARRIOR (Sleeping Bear Press, 2023), and her 2019 debut CAN U SAVE THE DAY (Sleeping Bear Press). She’s a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. The proud word nerd lives in Louisville, KY, with her husband, two children (including one cancer warrior and one with ADHD), and stash of hidden dark chocolate. Shannon currently serves as SCBWI social co-director for Louisville and is a 12x12 ninja. Cool facts: Shannon survived medical school, a coma, and once performed two songs, including one original, as part of an opening act for Blake Shelton. She’s also proud to announce that LISTEN was recently selected by the JLG as a book club pick. Shannon is represented by Allison Remcheck of Stimola Literary Studio.

Find out more about Shannon at:


Brittany Thurman

Brittany J. Thurman began writing for children while working as a children's librarian in Pittsburgh, PA. Her debut picture book, Fly, illustrated by Anna Cunha, will be published by Atheneum/ Simon and Schuster, in Fall of 2021. In the story, Africa wants to compete in a double Dutch competition. She'll have to learn the winning moves, but it's the birthmark in the shape of her name that tells her she's a winner. Brittany is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, has an MFA in Dramatic Writing, studied abroad in London, England and lives in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. When she's not writing (or reading!) she listens to the birds on her back deck, bikes along the waterfront, and spends plenty of time with her family. 

Find out more about Brittany at:


Twitter: @janeebrittany

Instagram: @britjanee

Anne Wynter
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Originally from Houston, Anne is an author and playwright who currently lives in Austin, TX with her husband, her two children, and her cat. Her debut picture book, EVERYBODY IN THE RED BRICK BUILDING - illustrated by Oge Mora - was named a Boston Globe Best Book of 2021 and a Booklist 2021 Editors' Choice Book. Her new board books - HANDS ON! and ONE BIG DAY - are both illustrated by Alea Marley and were released in January 2022. Her fourth book - NELL PLANTS A TREE - is illustrated by Daniel Miyares and will be published in early 2023. To learn more or say hi, follow Anne on Instagram (@anne_wynter) or visit

Find out more about Anne at:


Instagram: @anne_wynter

Helen H. Wu
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Helen H. Wu is a children’s book author and illustrator, as well as a translator and publisher. She is the author of TOFU TAKES TIME, illustrated by Julie Jarema (Beaming Books, 2022) and LONG GOES TO DRAGON SCHOOL, illustrated by Mae Besom (Yeehoo Press, 2023). Helen is the Associate Publisher of Yeehoo Press, a San Diego based children’s book publisher. Being fascinated by the differences and similarities between cultures, Helen loves to share stories that can empower children to understand the world and our connections. Born and raised in Hefei, China, Helen moved to the US in her 20s. Currently, she resides in sunny Southern California, with her family and two kids.

Learn more about Helen at 


Twitter at @HelenHWu 

Instagram at @HelenHWu.

Kirsten Pendreigh
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Kirsten Pendreigh is a children's author and poet who lives in Vancouver, BC. Kirsten writes both lyrical and humorous stories, in fiction and non-fiction. Her debut picture book LUNA'S GREEN PET is illustrated by Carmen Mok and will publish in Fall 2022 with Sleeping Bear Press. Kirsten's poems are found in multiple Canadian literary magazines and anthologies including BEST CANADIAN POETRY 2021. Before writing kids books, Kirsten worked as a journalist and documentary producer with NPR and CBC.

Find out more about Kirsten at:


Twitter: @kpiependreigh

Instagram: @kirstenpendreigh