Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators





DJ Corchin is an author and illustrator who grew up outside of Chicago, IL. He attended DePaul University and received his Bachelors of Music Education.

After graduating, he was cast as a feature performer in the Tony and Emmy Award-Winning Broadway show, “BLAST” to play multiple instruments including riding a unicycle while playing the trombone. 

It was talking to kids as part of the show’s educational promotional group and becoming a high school band director that he gathered stories from all over the country which evolved into The Band Nerds Book Series. 

DJ, with a life-long love of kid lit, began writing and self-publishing picture books after an encounter with writer, John Hughes who taught him he was a writer the moment he put pen to paper. 

In 2019, Sourcebooks acquired DJ’s entire self-published library. The deal was featured in Publishers Weekly. His debut picture book with Sourcebooks, A Thousand NO’s, illustrated by Dan Dougherty launched to wonderful reviews and won the Eric Hoffer Award Winner for Best Children’s Book. Since then Sourcebooks has published The I Feel… Children’s Series, The Band Nerds Book Series, Do You Speak Fish?, and If You See A Unicorn, It Is Not Yours To Keep with many more to come. 

He writes and draws from his home in Chicago, IL where he lives with family.  Click for more about DJ



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Nivair H. Gabriel is a reader, writer, editor, and aerospace engineer who loves intersectional feminism and Indigenous futurism. She edits children’s books at Albert Whitman & Company and reviews books for children and teens at Kirkus Reviews. She received her MA/MFA in children’s literature and writing for children from Simmons College and her BS in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has flown in zero gravity, and it was amazing. Nivair’s MS Wishlist




Eileen Robinson has worked with children’s writers all over the world for over twenty years. Former Executive Editor at Scholastic and Editorial Director at Harcourt, she has acquired published works from the U.K. and Italy, and created original works for the U.S. markets. One of the very few African-Americans to own an imprint, she is the founder of Move Books, and consultant and editor for Reycraft Books. She also serves on the Connecticut Digital Library Board helping connect new voices with readers, as well as working to amplify the voices of people of color. Click for more on Reycraft Books     Click for more on Move Books





Kortney Price is “seeking PB -YA of all shapes & sizes,” from dark and spooky to light and fluffy. She is currently closed to queries (but Boutique Critique attendees may submit to her post-event), her pronouns are she/her, and she is based in St. Louis. She tweets about “bookish things & my dog.”  Kortney graduated with a B.A. in English from Greenville University in 2014. Since then she has interned  with several prominent literary agencies and worked as an agency assistant and associate at several leading kid lit agencies. She found her home with Raven Quill in January of 2020 and is building up her list of wonderfully talented authors.  Kortney MS Wishlist



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