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Nicole Neidhardt

Nicole Neidhardt is Diné (Navajo) of Kiiyaa’áanii Clan on her mother’s side and a blend of European ancestry on her father’s side. She is an artist and illustrator whose Diné identity is the heart of her practice. She has a BFA from the University of Victoria and an MFA from OCAD University. She is repped by Jacqui Lipton.... read more

C.J. Hong

C.J. (Chang) Hong is a children’s writer with a passion for promoting literacy. With her stories, she hopes to help foster a love of reading in children. Picture books are her favorite genre for writing, and she was a finalist in that category in the 2019 Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers Writing for Children Competition. She is repped by Jacqui Lipton.... read more

Stefanie Hohl

Stefanie Hohl

Stefanie Hohl loves to write books for kids! She is the author of The Remember Tree, Where is the Star?, and the ABC See, Hear, Do series. She is passionate about discovering better methods for teaching young children and is the founder of Playful Learning Press, a publishing company focused on teaching children through movement. Stefanie has a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, five children, a very silly dog, and two cuddly cats. Stefanie is repped by Jacqui Lipton. .... read more

Colleen Muske

Colleen Muske is a children’s book writer and illustrator. She has been writing poems and drawing horses as long as she can remember. But it wasn’t until she took a picture book illustration class 15 years ago, she knew she had finally found her calling. Her love of nature and animals is an endless source of inspiration for her art and writing. Colleen likes to use dynamic colors, with lots of print and texture in her illustrations, and paints using gouache, watercolor, and Photoshop. She loves to write picture books and middle grade .... read more

Jen Lynn Bailey

Jen Lynn Bailey was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. She loves playing with the sounds and rhythms of words while drawing on snippets and scraps from her life thus far. Jen has measured water quality, air quality, and the quality of treads on her hiking shoes. She loves balancing equations, the keel of her kayak, and the spine of a beautiful book on her knee. Jen holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and her debut picture book, This is the Boat that Ben Built, is forthcoming in March 2022 .... read more

Nedda Lewers

Nedda Lewers

Nedda Lewers grew up in Queens, NY where she spent many Sundays at the local library deciding how many books she could possibly carry on the fifteen-minute walk home. Every summer, she visited Cairo, where her parents are from. She cherishes how that experience has made her perspective richer and more expansive. She strives to create books that take children on fun adventures with characters who are also trying to make sense of the big, complicated world and their place in it.... read more

Colleen Paeff

Colleen Paeff

Colleen Paeff is the author of The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem (illustrated by Nancy Carpenter) and Rainbow Truck, co-authored with Hina Abidi. As a child, she made up stories to entertain herself on long car rides or to impress her friends at recess. Nowadays, she writes those stories down. Sometimes they’re made from her imagination, and sometimes they’re true stories about real people or places, but they almost always start with a wonder.... read more

Shay Fan

Shay Fan is a Taiwanese American children’s book author and emerging screenwriter who got her start writing fanfiction in the fourth grade for The Magic School Bus and The Babysitters Club. When Shay isn’t writing, reading, doodling, or watching TV voraciously she enjoys snowboarding, running, hiking, and many other gerunds. Her recent favorite gerund of all is sleeping. Shay is repped by Kortney Price.... read more

Jessica Owens

Before Jessica Owens was two, her dad had to nail the bookshelf to the wall because he couldn’t keep her off of it. And while she mostly can reach the top shelf without climbing it these days, her appetite for a good story hasn’t let up. She holds a degree in English Literature from Purdue University, and has spent many years volunteering at her local school library. She writes YA and Middle Grade. Jessica is repped by Lori Steel. .... read more

Dana Rau

Dana Rau

After earning her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2015, Dana has taught writing and literature at the University of Hartford, the Highlights Foundation, and the Mark Twain House. When she’s not writing or teaching, she rides roller coasters, watches movies, plays Catan, knits too many scarfs, hikes with her husband, puts together jigsaw puzzles, and collects Funko Pops. Dana is represented by Jacqui Lipton.... read more

Bill Canterbury

Bill Canterbury

Bill Canterbury has been writing for kids ever since he was seven. His “Today’s Weather Now!!!” daily handout for his classmates always forecast earthquakes and asteroids, none of which ever happened. Bill has written and produced over one hundred hours of animated and live-action comedy television shows for both kids and adults. He holds an A.B. degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University... read more

Natasha Khan

Natasha Khan is a Pakistani expat mom raising two boys with her husband in Saudi Arabia. She spends an inexcusable amount of time window shopping for books on the internet and playing the New York Times Spelling Bee. She is passionate about her country, her people, and her food... read more

Thushanthi Ponweera

Thushanthi Ponweera is a children’s author and poet. She lives in Sri Lanka where she grew up reading and falling in love with stories about children in foreign countries. She hopes that someday readers will fall in love with stories about children in Sri Lanka... read more

Nydia Armendia-Sánchez

Nydia Armendia-Sánchez

Nydia Armendia-Sánchez is a California-based picture book author. Of Guatemalan and Basque roots, she highlights diversity in all her creative endeavors... read more

Melissa Mwai

Melissa Mwai

Melissa H. Mwai is a picture book Author-Illustrator. Her middle initial stands for Hernández, representing her Afro-Puerto Rican heritage. Melissa wants underrepresented kids see themselves in her stories... read more

Laura Shovan

Laura Shovan

Laura Shovan is a children’s author, educator, and Pushcart Prize-nominated poet. Her chapbook, Mountain, Log, Salt and Stone, won the inaugural Harriss Poetry Prize... read more

Deborah Diner

Deborah Diner

Deborah Diner has always loved books and words, and wanted to be a writer even before she could read. Some of her earliest memories are of dictating stories to her mother, who typed them up and bound them into her first published books..... read more

Leslie Widener

Leslie Stall Widener

Leslie Stall Widener, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, grew up in Tulsa and was a regular at her neighborhood library and the summertime bookmobile, although she had a problem with the limited number of books she was allowed to take home.... read more

Bookish Buzz

MOONWALKING receives starred reviews


5/9/2022: Congrats to Lyn Miller-Lachmann and Zetta Elliott for their starred reviews from leading trade journals for MOONWALKING, a novel-in-verse about an unlikely interracial friendship in 1980s Brooklyn amid the flowering of graffiti, hip hop, and punk rock. The New York Times writes that it “eloquently tackles race, culture, and life on the spectrum.” 

New release in the SHE PERSISTED series


5/5/2022: Congrats to Lyn Miller-Lachmann, whose new book, TEMPLE GRANDIN, part of the SHE PERSISTED series, was released last month.

New release in the SHE PERSISTED series


5/5/2022: Congrats to Lyn Miller-Lachmann, whose new book, TEMPLE GRANDIN, part of the SHE PERSISTED series, was released last month.

Ellen Mulholland

RQ Author Ellen Mulholland to be Author Mentor


5/3/2022: Ellen Mulholland will be an author mentor for RogueMentor, a Twitter mentoring program run by Natalie Lockett. She will mentor MG writers in Round 2, which opens May 27-30. Check out her MSWL!

HOW TO WRITE A MYSTERY wins Agatha award


4/29/2022: How to Write a Mystery: A Handbook from Mystery Writers of America by MWA, including Raven Quill's own C.M. Surrisi, with editors Lee Child and Laurie R. King, won the Agatha Award for best nonfiction book in 2021. 

COMING OF AGE: 13 B'NAI MITZVAH STORIES


4/28/2022: Laura Shovan, author of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Bimah" in this short story collection from Albert Whitman, will be hosting an in-person book launch at Baltimore's Ivy Bookshop today at 6 pm with author Nancy Krulik and Jewish educator Julie Wohl.

Mary E. Cronin

Commentary by Mary E. Cronin featured

"Stop Calling us Groomers and Quit Making Us Your Prey," an article about the targeting of LGBTQ+ teachers by RQ author Mary Cronin, was published in The Advocate magazine online.

Now available in paperback!

A PLACE AT THE TABLE, by Raven Quill author Laura Shovan and Saadia Faruqi, is now available to pick up in paperback.

NOW AVAILABLE!

Congratulations to Lynn Becker, whose debut picture book, MONSTERS IN THE BRINY, illustrated by Scott Brundage, published on April 15th! School Library Journal says it's School Library Journal says, "Fans of cryptozoology and the high seas will love the exuberant illustrations… Alliteration, rhyming, and clever wordplay support language arts lessons… A fun musical maritime adventure, perfect for interactive read-aloud sessions.” 🐙

COVER REVEAL

Title: Just Wild Enough: Mireya Mayor, Primatologist
Work Author: Marta Magellan
Illustrator: Clémentine Rocheron
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Revealed: April 16, 2022
Publication: September 1 , 2022

Primatologist Mireya Mayor is living proof that courage and determination can make the impossible possible. For Mireya Mayor, even as a young child whose house was filed with cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, a chicken, and a snapping turtle, nothing was quite wild enough. Older, she traded her pom-poms as a cheerleader for the National Football League for the swamps of the South American jungle. The first woman wildlife TV reporter for National Geographic, she traveled the world, but things still weren't quite wild enough. It was only when Mireya went to Madagascar that things FINALLY got wild enough. This biography of the woman who convinced the prime minister of Madagascar to make the mouse lemur’s rain forest a protected national park is an inspiring―and wild story.

COMING OF AGE: 13 B'NAI MITZVAH STORIES


4/19/2022: Out today: This short story collection from Albert Whitman features a story from Raven Quill's own Laura Shovan. Pick up the book and check out "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Bimah" today!

Dionna L Mann

Dionna Mann named Honor winner in Magazine Merit Competition


4/5/2022: Dionna Mann's entry into the SCWBI 2021 Magazine Merit Award Competition, "Snot-Copter: Drone at Work" from the February 2021 issue of Spider, was named the Honor winner of the Nonfiction category.

"When I Cry" appears in IMPERFECT II


4/1/2022: Laura Shovan's poem, "When I Cry," is included in IMPERFECT II, an anthology for middle schoolers.

COVER REVEAL

Title: Music Mavens: 15 Women of Note In the Industry
Work Author: Ashley Walker and Maureen Charles
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Revealed: March 31, 2022
Publication: November 15, 2022

Music Mavens transports readers around the world (and beyond)—to a jazz performance in Genoa, an instrument lab in London, a Tokyo taiko dojo, a New York City beatbox battle, and even a film scoring session aboard the Starship Enterprise, to name a few. Along the way, it spotlights artists whose work spans musical genres and industry roles, including composing and songwriting, performing and conducting, audio engineering, producing, and rock photography. In Music Mavens, 15 extraordinary women reveal how they turned their passions into platforms and how they use their power to uplift others. Their musical resumes will inspire, but the way each artist lives her life is the real story.

LOOK, GRANDMA! NI, ELISI! to be featured on Reading Rainbow Live


3/4/2022: Art Coulson's picture book, LOOK, GRANDMA! NI, ELISI!, illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight, will be featured on the premiere of Reading Rainbow Live, which is a tribute to the original Reading Rainbow, the joy of reading, and a generation of fans who are hoping to pass the “learning is magic” torch forward. You can watch it on demand on March 6th! https://readingrainbowlive.com

A PLAN FOR THE PEOPLE an NCSS-CBC List


3/2/2022: Congrats to RQ author Lindsey McDevitt, whose book about Nelson Mandela's hope for his nation, A PLAN FOR THE PEOPLE, made the 2022 NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books list! It also made the School Library Journal list in November. Congratulations!

Find us!

Agent Lori Steel will be presenting on the magic of revision and how to approach it with an artist’s eye and a carpenter’s skill.

Pitch your manuscript to one of the Raven Quill agents via a ten minute Zoom meeting. 

Agent Jacqui Lipton will be presenting and taking pitches at this Florida Regional SCBWI annual conference.

In this intimate workshop, authors can receive a written critique of a picture book manuscript from  Agent Lori Steel, plus get the opportunity to speak to Lori individually in the live group call that follows critiques. 

What's on our mind

Agents and clients talk shop across the web

Interview: Writing in Partnership with Others

Agent Jacqui Lipton's monthly Luna Station Quarterly column explores methods and strategies for writing with other people and organizations - as well as legal considerations to keep in mind. Whether you're co-authoring, writing for hire, or collaborating in another way, navigating partnerships can be a tricky but ultimately creatively rewarding experience!