Bestselling Young Adult and Children's Authors for Virtual or In-Person Programming

Soccer icon ABBY WAMBACH adapted her #1 New York Times bestseller Wolfpack into Wolfpack (Young Readers Edition) to inspire the next generation to find their voice, unite their pack, and change the world. Read More > >

TOMI ADEYEMI wrote the bestselling West-African inspired fantasy series that is the perfect blend of magic and culture and a beautiful tale of revolution. Adeyemi speaks about giving young Black children the ability to see themselves in YA fantasy novels, bringing new stories, ideas, and points of view to the forefront of YA fiction, the importance of determination to reach your goals, staying disciplined in your craft despite obstacles, and changing the world through your work. Read More > >

Already a Sunday Times bestselling author for his memoir, Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire, which is now being adapted into a documentary series on BBC, AKALA's debut young adult novel The Dark Lady focuses on the perspective of people in lower class London during the 16th century, when we usually focus on the elite social class. This brilliant, at times brutal, novel from the amazing imagination that is Akala is inspired by Shakespeare’s 'Dark Lady' sonnets, and offers young people a different view of the arts and ultimately, themselves. Read More > >

DR. MAE JEMISON, the first African-American woman in space, is a modern hero with a remarkable, inspirational story to tell in her autobiography, Find Where the Wind Goes. With her charming sense of humor, Mae is a remarkable storyteller in her book and talks. Read More > >

Bestselling author of more than 30 books for adults, young adults, and children, JACQUELINE WOODSON recently published Before the Ever After, which won the 2021 Coretta Scott King Author Award and The NAACP Image Award. She is a sought-after voice for parents searching for words and resources to help their children deal with social justice and racial equity. Read More > >

KWAME ALEXANDER is the New York Times bestselling author of 35 books, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including The Newbery Award, The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, the Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award, The Dominion Energy Strong Men and Women of Virginia, and the Penn State Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award. His recent book Light for the World to See is a powerful and provocative collection of poems that cut to the heart of the entrenched racism and oppression in America and eloquently explores ongoing events. Read More > >

In this poignant and urgent love letter to his son, award-winning Broadway, TV and film producer RICHIE JACKSON reflects on his experiences as a gay man in America and the progress and setbacks of the LGBTQ community over the last 50 years, titled Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son. Read More > >

Due out August 31st!

PADMA LAKSHMI, bestselling author and host of Bravo's Top Chef and Hulu's Taste the Nation celebrates food and family in her new children's book, Tomatoes for Neela. Read More > >

Due out January 11th, 2022!

Mama and baby make one incredible team in this new picture book from New York Times bestselling author and Peloton instructor extraordinaire ROBIN ARZÓN, titled Strong Mama. Read More > >

Due out January 4th, 2022!

Racism and social justice are important topics kids are dealing with today. How to Fight Racism Young Reader's Edition: A Guide to Standing Up for Racial Justice is an adaptation of Tisby's book How to Fight Racism, where DR. JEMAR TISBY focuses on helping kids understand how everyday prejudice affects them and what they can do to create social change. Read More > >