Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators





Matthew Salesses is a novelist, scholar, and Korean adoptee who has written and spoken widely about adoption, race, and parenting for many national venues including NPR’s Code Switch, The New York Times’ Motherlode, VICE, Salon, The Rumpus, The Kenyon Review, the Center for Asian American Media, and The Good Men Project, on PBS, at Brown University, the Texas State, and Our Lady of the Lakes MFA programs; he has also spoken at adoption events and conferences, and at the Tin House, Kundiman, Writers @ Work, and Boldface writing conferences.

His acclaimed first novel The Hundred-Year Flood was an Amazon Bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of September, and a Kindle First pick; an Adoptive Families Best Book of 2015; a Millions Most Anticipated of 2015; a Thought Catalog Essential Contemporary Book by an Asian American Writer; and a Best Book of the season at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker, among others. Buzzfeed also named him one of 32 Essential Asian American Writers in 2015. His latest works are Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear and Craft in the Real World.

Matthew is an Assistant Professor of English at Coe College and teaches in the Low-residency MFA Program at Ashland University.


Ronica Davis Ronni Davis grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where she tried her best to fit in—and failed miserably. After graduating from The Ohio State University with a BA in Psychology, she worked in insurance, taught yoga, and became a cat mom.

Now she lives in Chicago with her husband Adam and her son Aidan. By day she copy edits everything from TV commercials to billboards, and by night she writes contemporary teen novels about brown girls falling in love. When she’s not writing, you can catch her playing the Sims or Animal Crossing, eating too much candy, or planning her next trip to Disney World.







Candace Fleming is the author of more than forty books. Among her nonfiction titles are Giant Squid, Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart, and The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia.  2020 titles include The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh which won the 2021 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction, and Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera, winner of the 2021 Sibert Medal.  She is also the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Orbis Pictus Award, as well as a two-time recipient of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Nonfiction, the ALA Sibert Honor, and SCBWI’s Golden Kite Award.








Keir Graff is the author of funny and fantastical middle-grade adventure novels including The Tiny Mansion, The Phantom Tower (a Chicago Tribune Best Children’s Book), and The Matchstick Castle (an official Illinois Reads selection). He also writes books for grown-ups—some of them under fake names! A longtime resident of Chicago, he lives near the shore of Lake Michigan with his wife Marya, sons Felix and Cosmo, and cats Toothless and Totoro. Follow him on Instagram at @matchstickcastles and find out more at



Sherri Duskey Rinker is the author of SIX New York Times bestselling picture books, including the #1 bestselling Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Series (Chronicle Books). She also authored Steam Train, Dream Train. Some of her other titles include the nonfiction picture book biography Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton (HMH, illust. by John Rocco), The 12 Sleighs of Christmas (Chronicle, illust. by Jake Parker), Celebrate YOU! (Balzer+Bray, illust. by A.N. Kang), and It’s So Quiet (Chronicle, illust. Tony Fucile) and the Revver the Speedway Squirrel (Chronicle, illust. By Alex Willan).

Construction Site: Road Crew, Coming Through (Chronicle, illust. By AG Ford) and Construction Site: Merry and Bright (Chronicle, illust. By AG Ford) will be released October 12th, 2021.

Revver The Speedway Squirrel: The Big Race Home (Bloomsbury, illust. by Alex Willan) will be released November 11th, 2021.

Sherri lives in the Chicago area with her husband, two sons and one fluffy dog. Inspired by her childhood love of books, her sons, and her 25-year career as a graphic designer, Sherri writes in hopes of making the world a little more fun and encouraging early readers, one book at a time.

Shirin Shamsi writes for the most interesting and most important people in the world, children! Shirin has lived on three continents and sees herself as a global citizen. Through sharing stories from her heritage, she hopes to inspire an appreciation for all the diversity of our beautiful planet. A member of SCBWI since 2010, and has several picture books on contract and in the works!








 Patricia Toht is a picture book author, poet, and school library associate, who once owned a children’s bookshop before turning a love of books into a love of writing.