YVONNE MES is a children’s author and illustrator who grew up in Amsterdam but has made her home in Brisbane, Australia. She writes fiction and non-fiction in the form of picture books, junior fiction, and short stories. Her picture book Meet Sidney Nolan (Penguin Random House) is listed on the 2016 Premier’s Reading Challenge in Australia. Her picture book Oliver’s Grumbles (Dragon Tales Publishing) was released in 2015. Her short stories are published in The School Magazine, on the Kids Book Review website, and as part of anthologies. Yvonne’s stories broaden perspectives, connect people, and invite feelings.
Yvonne has almost two decades of experience working with children of all ages, abilities, and cultures. She has a Bachelor of Children’s Services, a Certificate in Professional Children’s Writing, a Cert IV in Visual Arts and Crafts, and qualifications and experience as a vocational teacher.
She coordinates Write Links, the Brisbane children’s writers group, is a mentor for the Writer’s Surgery at the Queensland Writers Centre, and is a member of SCBWI and Book Links.
FB PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/yvonnemesauthor
SYLVIA LIU is a former environmental attorney turned author-illustrator. Her debut picture book, A MORNING WITH GONG GONG, illustrated by Christina Forshay (Lee & Low Books) came out in 2016. She is inspired by aliens, cephalopods, bunnies, and pigs who want to fly. She co-runs the kid lit resource website Kidlit411.com.
FB PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/ArtbySylviaLiu
RENÉE M. LATULIPPE has co-authored nine award-winning early readers (Moonbeam Children’s Books Silver Award, Mom’s Choice Gold Awards) and a collection of poetry titled Lizard Lou: a collection of rhymes old and new (Moonbeam Children’s Books Silver Award for poetry) for All About Learning Press, where she is also the editor. She has poems published in National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (ed. J. Patrick Lewis), One Minute Till Bedtime (ed. Kenn Nesbitt), The Poetry Friday Anthology Middle School and Science editions (ed. Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong), and in the forthcoming anthology National Geographic Big Book of America: Travels in Verse (ed. J. Patrick Lewis). Renée teaches the online course The Lyrical Language Lab and blogs on children’s poetry at No Water River. She earned her BFA in acting/directing from Marymount Manhattan College and her MA in English Education from NYU; worked and played in the theater for almost two decades; and taught English, theater arts, and public speaking in NYC. She lives in Italy with her husband and three children.
AGENT: Renée is represented by Elizabeth Harding of Curtis Brown, Ltd.
FB PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/NoWaterRiver
ELAINE KIELY KEARNS is the founder of KidLit411 and a picture book and Middle Grade writer. Armed with a master’s degree in Education and working from her home office, she spends her time perusing the internet for golden nuggets of information about children’s writing.
AGENT: Elaine is represented by Linda Epstein of Emerald City Literary Agency.
TERESA ROBESON has been writing professionally, as well as being a member of SCBWI, since 1991, with poems, stories, and essays appearing in Babybug, Ladybug, Outdoor Indiana, and other publications and venues. Some of her speculative fiction appear in the Minnows Literary Group anthologies, where 100% of profits are donated to Doctors Without Borders. In addition to, and to complement her, writing, Teresa also does fine art and illustrations. Drawing on her cultural background (Chinese and Canadian), she writes for all ages from babies to adults, with a preference for speculative fiction and nonfiction.
FB PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/TeresaRobesonAuthor
VICTORIA RICHARDSON WARNECK earned a degree in economics from Princeton University before building a career in Economics, Finance, and Business publishing. She has held editorial positions at McGraw-Hill, The MIT Press, Addison-Wesley, and Pearson Education, and has negotiated numerous author contracts from the publisher side. She was a Senior Economics Editor managing a $12 million textbook list when she jumped ship to read picture books to her children. She has been an active member of SCBWI since 2010.