Join Kanika and Vanessa each Thursday at 7 pm EST on IG Live for conversations with BIPOC authors about their journey, what inspires them and what diverse representation in children's books mean to them.
This week we are rewinding back our conversation with Deborah C. Mortimer, author of "Zorah and the Very Big Question." She spoke about her early writing influences, what she hopes inspires young readers from Zorah's journey, and her push for diversity and inclusion.
Meet us on IG or Facebook LIVE at 7pm EST this Thursday.
Deborah is a lawyer, blogger, and former homeschool parent with a passion for writing, inspired by her son and young nieces and nephews. Deborah decided to turn her passion for writing short stories and poems into crafting children's books, particularly books featuring diverse characters.
Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area, where she practices medicine and writes award-winning books for young readers. She’s always been an omnivorous reader, and now she is an omnivorous writer of fiction and nonfiction, novels and picture books, prose and poetry. She finds inspiration in her family, her childhood, the natural world, math, science, and just about everywhere she looks.
Pablo Cartaya is an award-winning author whose books have been reviewed by The New York Times, featured in The Washington Post, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal, and featured on many Best Books of the Year and state award lists. He is the author of the critically acclaimed middle-grade novels The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora (a 2018 Pura Belpre Honor Book) and Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish (currently in development as a feature film adaptation).
Meg Medina is an award-winning and New York Times best-selling author who writes picture books, as well as middle grade and young adult fiction.
When she’s not writing, Meg works on community projects that support girls, Latino youth, and/or literacy. She is a faculty member of Hamline University’s Masters of Fine Arts in Children’s Literature and lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.