Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2020 Regional Conference: First Books Panel



Gladys Jose, who moves from her position as Assistant Regional Advisor to Illustrator Coordinator, is an illustrator, storyteller, and graphic designer. She is the illustrator of Fresh Princess, inspired by Will Smith and written by Denene Millner (HarperCollins, 4/2019), The Elephants’ Hide-and-Seek Handbook (Sourcebooks, 3/2020) and several other forthcoming books. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, specializing in graphic design. She has worked with clients such as Scholastic Book Fairs, Tangerine Press (a Scholastic imprint), SunDance Graphics, and many others. She is married to Reno Fabii and has a tiny person, two-year-old Miranda, who has now taken on the role of creative director at Gladys’s home studio. Learn more about Gladys here:



Tim McGlen teaches at a Montessori school in Indian Harbour Beach, where he enjoys seeing children discover their potential as learners, creators, friends, mentors, teammates, and community members.  When he’s not teaching or writing, you can find him working out stories on his bicycle, cooking up flag football plays, or experimenting with flavors in the kitchen. His debut picture book, Antonino’s Impossible Dream, was published in April 2019.





Kristina Miranda
writes YA novels for teens and tweens about empowered girls in fun situations that usually involve a dog or a horse, and a worthy crush. She’s also a former Language Arts, Spanish, ESOL, and at-risk student educator. If she’s not writing, she’s probably cheering wildly at a soccer game or taking in a new foster dog. Her novel Scripted Unscripted (May 14, 2019) is about a 16-year-old girl who’s trying to shed her reputation as the dog sitter to the stars on a studio lot in Hollywood. Kristina lives in South Florida with her human family and a pack of adorable canines. For more information, visit her website at




Gail Shepherd’s debut middle grade novel, The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins,published in March 2019 from Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin to multiple starred reviews. Gail received her creative M.A. from the University of Florida in poetry. She has spent her life writing in lots of genres: comic serial magazine stories, food writing, crime reporting, coverage of local politics, book and movie reviews, essays and poems. More recently, she worked extensively in the K-12 education industry, supporting teachers and schools. She’s a fourth generation Floridian on her mother’s side, and she lives in South Florida now with her little family, her dogs Charlie and Cookie, and an awful lot of mosquitos. You can visit Gail online at with Gail onTwitter, Goodreads, Facebook, and Instagram.



Adriana Hernández Bergstrom is a Cuban-American mixed-media illustrator and designer born and raised in Miami, FL. She studied fine art & theatrical set design at the University of Miami and industrial design at RISD (’08). She loves languages and speaks English, Spanish, and German. Adriana is the recipient of the We Need Diverse Books Mentorship (2019) and Walter Dean Myers Grant (2018). She is the illustrator of Boomer at Your Service (Author Vanessa Keel, Spork (Clear Fork), 2019). She looks forward to sharing more of her stories and art with kids and kids-at-heart. Adriana is represented by the literary agency Wernick & Pratt. You can find more of Adriana’s work on her website at or on Instagram or Twitter as @adriprints.