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K-1st Grade

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Mika Song makes children's books about sweetly funny outsiders. A Friend for Henry by Jenn Bailey and illustrated by Mika received the Schneider Family Honor from the American Library Association. Her graphic novel for early readers Donut Feed the Squirrels was nominated for an Eisner award.

She is Japanese American and Filipino. Her husband is Korean. Besides making books and hanging out with her family she runs a regular comics club for young readers in her Queens, NY neighborhood. Her Norma and Belly comic strip appears weekly on Sundayhaha.com, a free kids comics newsletter that she started with Jen de Oliviera in March 2020.

(from https://www.mikasongdraws.com/about)

2nd-3rd Grade

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Kevin Sherry is not only the talented author/illustrator of I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean, Acorns Everywhere!, and Turtle Island, among many other books for kids, but he is also a chef, puppeteer, and cyclist. You can find him in his awesome fort in Baltimore, Maryland, working, playing, and always creating.

(from https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/238407/kevin-sherry/)

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4th-5th Grade

Jessica Khoury is the author of many books for teens and young readers. Her stories have been translated into over a dozen languages and have been finalists for awards like the South Carolina Junior Book Award, the Ignyte Award, the Maine Student Book Award, the Oklahoma Sequoyah Masterlist, the Amelia Bloomer Project, and many more. Her bestselling middle grade debut The Mystwick School of Musicraft was named one of the Best Audiobooks of 2019 by Audible and is one of the Top 20 Most Listened-To children's books of all time.​

In addition to writing, Jess is also a fantasy cartographer and illustrator. Her artwork has appeared in NYT Bestsellers, video and tabletop games, and of course her own books.

Jess currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and daughters. She spends free time hiking in the mountains, playing video games, and sketching new characters for new stories. (from https://www.jessicakhoury.com/bio)

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Middle School

Steve Sheinkin is an acclaimed author of fast-paced, cinematic nonfiction histories, including Fallout, Undefeated, Born to Fly, The Port Chicago 50, and Bomb. His accolades include a Newbery Honor, three Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, a Sibert Medal and Honor, and three National Book Award finalist honors. He lives in Saratoga Springs, New York, with his wife and two children. (from https://us.macmillan.com/author/stevesheinkin)

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