WHO WE ARE
We are the authors and illustrators of #19PBbios—19 diverse, high quality, picture book biographies releasing in 2019.
In this "golden age of picture book biographies," we've come together to share our books with librarians, educators, fellow kidlit pros—anyone who loves to read kids engaging true stories about inspiring people.
We especially want to highlight PB bios by and about people often underrepresented in books and history classes (women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and more, plus all the intersections of diversity!).
We'll share blog posts with behind-the-scenes scoops on our books' subjects and process (great info for when reading our books to kids). And we'll come together for giveaways, conference panels, online chats, and any kind of event that can help share these new, diverse PB bios with kids.
We're proud and excited to be makers of picture book biographies...and to share them with you!
- Meeg Pincus & Jess Rinker, organizers of #19PBbios
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Nancy Churnin, authorNancy Churnin is the author of eight picture book biographies on multiple state lists. They’ve won the 2019 Sydney Taylor Notable Book Award , the 2018 South Asia Book Award, two Social Studies Notables and two Silver Eureka Awards and more. A former theater critic for The Dallas Morning News, and the Los Angeles Times, Nancy is a Harvard University alumna, with a master's from Columbia University School of Journalism. She lives in North Texas.
Jamey Cristoph, illustratorJamey’s illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and several award winning children’s books, including Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, winner of the NAACP Image Award for children’s literature. His #19PBbios book with Rob Sanders, Stonewall, comes out in April. An old soul at heart, his work draws inspiration from a lifelong curiosity of the past. He works and lives in a 1920s house with his partner Brad and two crazy dogs.
Hasan Davis, authorHasan Davis is an Author, Actor and Public Speaker. He has spent decades as a living history scholar bringing the stories of little know African American men to life. Hasan began sharing the Story of York as his contribution to the Bicentennial Commemoration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In 2018 Hasan put all of that research into writing this book an attempt to share York’s journey with a younger audience of diverse readers.
Anika Aldamuy Denise, authorAnika Aldamuy Denise is the celebrated author of many picture books including Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré, Starring Carmen!, Lights, Camera, Carmen!, and several with her husband, illustrator Christopher Denise. She grew up in Queens, NY, and now lives with her family near the coast in Rhode Island.
Rachel Dougherty, author/illustratorRachel Dougherty has illustrated three educational picture books and is the author of one nonfiction early reader. She is a lifelong history buff and has always paid special attention to the stories of brave and commanding women. Secret Engineer is the first picture book she has both written and illustrated. She lives in Philadelphia.
Alice Faye Duncan, authorAlice Faye Duncan discovered poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks, when she was a child scanning the bookshelves in her home. After Alice earned an English degree, she went to library school and used every free moment writing. She is the author of multiple picture books including HONEY BABY SUGAR CHILD and TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN TENNESSEE. Her book--MEMPHIS, MARTIN AND THE MOUNTAINTOP was awarded a Coretta Scott King Honor Medal from the American Library Association in 2019.
Sophia Gholz, authorSophia Gholz is a children's book author, tree-hugger and magic seeker. As a child, she spent most of her time riding horses, causing mischief with her brothers, or exploring forests and research sites with her father. Sophia grew up in Florida, attended art school in California, and met her husband in Manhattan. She now lives by the beach with her family. Sophia writes both fiction and nonfiction and is a two-time Florida SCBWI Rising Kite Award winner.
Ebony Glenn, illustratorEbony Glenn is the illustrator of the #19PBbios book BRAVE BALLERINA, as well as MOMMY'S KHIMAR.
Amanda Hall, illustratorAmanda Hall is an international-award-winning British illustrator, particularly renowned for her many wonderfully decorative and colourful children’s picture books and educational illustrations. Out of This World is her second picture book about the life and work of a significant figure from art history. The first – also written by Michelle Markel – is The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau. Amanda exhibits her original illustrations at the Chris Beetles Gallery in St James’s, London.
Kayla Harren, illustratorKayla Harren graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she studied Illustration. Picture books she has illustrated include Hannah’s Tall Order, Mary Had a Little Lizard, Who Sang the First Song?, and Juma the Giraffe. Her work has been featured in the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition, Communication Arts, American Illustration, and 3x3 Magazine. Kayla lives in Minnesota with her husband and dog.
Alleana Harris, illustratorAlleanna Harris is a US illustrator who has been drawing for as long as she can remember. She graduated from the University of Arts with a BFA in Animation with Honors, and it was during this time she realized her love for illustration. Alleanna finds inspiration in the beauty in everyday things. In her work, she seeks to create images that are immersive, rich in color and have a sense of warmth.
Bethany Hegedus, authorBethany Hegedus is an award-winning author of novels and picture book biographies. Among her titles are Grandfather Gandhi, and Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story, both coauthored with Arun Gandhi, and Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird. Hegedus, a former educator, teaches widely and speaks across the country. She owns The Writing Barn, a writing workshop and retreat center in Austin, Texas.
Gwendolyn Hooks, authorGwendolyn Hooks is the author of over 20 books for young readers including Tiny Stitches – The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas (Lee and Low Books). Among its numerous awards and honors are the NAACP Image Award, a Booklist starred review, Black Liberated Arts Center Ralph Ellison Literary Award, and the New York Public Library 100 Best Books for Kids. To add to other acclaimed titles, her picture book biography Ona Judge Outwits the Washingtons releases this year.
Rebecca Huang, illustratorRebecca Huang is an illustrator from Taiwan who currently lives in the Bay
Area. She received her MFA degree in illustration from Academy of Art University
in San Francisco and is the author and illustrator of BOBO AND THE NEW BABY.
Julie Leung, authorJulie Leung was raised in the sleepy suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, though it may be more accurate to say she grew up in Oz and came of age in Middle-earth. By day, she is the marketing director for Random House’s sci-fi/fantasy imprint, Del Rey Books. By night, she writes and writes.
Veronica Jamison, illustratorVeronica Miller Jamison is the illustrator of the #19PBbios book A COMPUTER CALLED KATHERINE and a prolific artist.
Michelle Markel, authorMichelle Markel is the award-winning author of over a dozen picture books, including the #19PBbios book Out of This World.
Michelle Meadows, authorMichelle Meadows is the author of several picture books for children, including Brave Ballerina, Hibernation Station, and Super Bugs. She loves creating heartwarming stories with rhythm and rhyme. Michelle is a member of the Nonfiction Authors Association and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Michelle studied journalism and literature at Syracuse University In New York. She is represented by literary agent Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio.
Baptiste Paul, authorBaptiste Paul is a Caribbean-born author of three books for children. The Field received starred reviews from Kirkus, The Horn Book, and Booklist. His co-authored book Adventures To School will "will pique readers’ curiosity," said Kirkus. His picture book biography, I Am Farmer, chronicles the work of Cameroonian environmentalist Tantoh Nforba. Born and raised on the island of Saint Lucia, Baptiste is a native Creole/Patois speaker who enjoys reading his books and sharing his stories.
Miranda Paul, authorMiranda Paul is a award-winning children’s author of One Plastic Bag and Water is Water, both named Junior Library Guild selections. Her titles have received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly in addition to being named to several recommended and “best of” reading lists. Miranda makes regular appearances at schools, libraries, and bookstores, is the mentorship chair for We Need Diverse Books and volunteers for Books for Africa.
Daria Peoples-Riley, illustratorDaria Peoples-Riley’s first job was at nine years old in the children’s section of her hometown library. Much later, she became a teacher, and now she is a full-time author and illustrator. THIS IS IT is her first picture book, inspired by her daughter, her rich cultural background, and their first visit to New York City. She is the illustrator of the #19PBbios book GLORIA TAKES A STAND. She lives with her family in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Meeg Pincus, authorMeeg Pincus (co-founder of #19PBbios) is the author of MIEP AND THE MOST FAMOUS DIARY, illustrated by Jordi Solano, coming from Sleeping Bear Press in August 2019. She's also the author of WOMEN IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: MAE C. JEMISON, coming in Fall 2019, and ALL FOR THE MONARCHS, coming in Spring 2020. A nonfiction writer for 25 years and a humane educator, Meeg loves to inspire kids with stories of real "solutionaries" who help people, animals & the planet.
Jess Rinker, authorJessica Rinker (co-founder of #19PBbios) is the author of GLORIA TAKES A STAND, debuting March 12 from Bloomsbury Children's Books. Her second PB bio, SEND A GIRL: The Brenda Berkman Story, comes out March 2020. Jess also writes middle grade and her debut novel THE DARE SISTERS comes out Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 from Imprint/Macmillan.
Jess received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and now teaches in the program.