Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2022 Florida Regional Conference Faculty


Regional Conference Faculty

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Aneeka KaliaAssociate Editor, Viking Children’s Books

Aneeka Kalia is an Associate Editor at Viking Children’s Books. She acquires and edits stories across all ages and formats but particularly focuses on picture books and graphic novels. She enjoys contemporary/realistic middle grade and YA, and character driven picture books. She likes books that can make her laugh, no matter what the age range or format is. When Aneeka’s not editing, she loves to play soccer and tennis, hike, try out all of Brooklyn’s coffee shops, and try her hand at cooking.

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Brett Duquette Executive Editor, Little Bee Books

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Chris KronesEditor, Clarion Books

Chris Krones is a writer who has been a children’s book editor for more than a decade and holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons University. Chris lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Eileen Robinson Executive Editor, Reycraft Books

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TBA Editor


Art Directors:

Laurent Linn Art Director, Simon & Schuster

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Jaqui Lipton Literary Agent and Founder, Raven Quill Literary Agency

Jacqui Lipton is a publishing attorney/consultant and literary agent. She is the founder of Raven Quill Literary Agent and has previously agented and interned at several leading kidlit agencies. She has taught and consulted on legal issues related to publishing, intellectual property and contract law in Australia, the UK, and the U.S. She is the author of “Law and Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers” (University of California Press, 2020) and contributes regular columns on publishing law for the SCBWI Bulletin, Luna Station Quarterly, Catapult and Savvy Authors. Her latest book, “Our Data, Ourselves: A Consumer Guide to Digital Privacy” is forthcoming from University of California Press (fall 2022). Jacqui lives in Ohio with a family of three kids and three kitties.

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Miranda Paul Agent and Author Co-Chair of We Need Diverse Books, Erin Murphy Literary

Miranda Paul is an award-winning author of more than fifteen books for children. She has received starred reviews and Junior Library Guild distinction for several titles, including One Plastic Bag, Water is Water, I Am Farmer, Nine Months, and Little Libraries, Big Heroes. Her book, Whose Hands Are These? was an ILA Teacher’s Choice and her edited poetry collection, Thanku: Poems of Gratitude, was a 2020 ALA Notable title for all ages. Her most recent collaboration with Baptiste Paul, Peace, was simultaneously published in Spanish (Paz) and German (Frieden). Miranda is a frequent presenter at schools around the world, and has presented at the Library of Congress Young Readers Center with environmental activist Isatou Ceesay. She is a co-founding member of We Need Diverse Books and an agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency, Inc. More at

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Saritza Hernández Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Known as the first literary agent to represent marginalized creators in the digital publishing space, Saritza is a self-proclaimed geek who loves escaping into worlds and stories from all walks of life. Her love of great storytelling is what has driven her work in the publishing industry for the past 18 years and her passion for amplifying queer and BIPOC voices is what continues to drive her today. An avid romance and science-fiction reader, and strong advocate of the LGBTQ+ community, she enjoys fresh voices in YA and adult genre fiction. She specializes in romance and young adult fiction by and for diverse audiences.

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Baptiste Paul Author

Baptiste Paul grew up in St. Lucia, where at age seven he propagated a root cutting that still produces breadfruit for his community. He holds an Environmental Studies degree and is the author of several books, The Field which received multiple starred reviews, To Carnival — A Celebration in St. Lucia (2021) and Climb On (2022). He is also the co-author of, I Am Farmer, Adventures To School, and Peace, with Miranda Paul. Learn more at

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Bruce CovilleAuthor

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Dan Santat Author-Illustrator

Dan Santat is a #1 New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of over one hundred titles, including The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, which won the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 2015. Other titles include, Are We There Yet? and After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again). He is also the creator of the Disney animated hit, The Replacements. Visit him at

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Rajani LaRocca Author

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. She also cohosts the STEM Women in KidLit Podcast.

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Pat Zietlow Miller Author

Pat Zietlow Miller knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her seventh-grade English teacher read her paper about square-dancing skirts out loud in class and said: “This is the first time anything a student has written has given me chills.” Pat started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage. Then, she joined an insurance company and edited its newsletter and magazine. Now, she writes children’s books full time. She has 13 books currently available and 10 more under contract. Her first book, SOPHIE’S SQUASH, won the Golden Kite Award for best picture book text. It also won an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor and a Crystal Kite Award. BE KIND was on the New York Times bestseller list for 10 weeks. Pat has one wonderful husband, two delightful daughters and two pampered cats. She lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

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Additional Critique Faculty:

Joyce SweeneyAgent, The Seymour Agency

Joyce Sweeney is a young adult novelist and agent at The Seymour Agency, specializing in picture books and middle grade. She has published fourteen novels, two chapbooks of poetry and one non-fiction book on plotting. She worked for over 25 years as a developmental editor and mentor and has helped more than 75 mentees achieve traditional publishing contracts.

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Sarah FiskAgent, The Tobias Agency

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Deena Fleming Associate Art Director, Abrams

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TBA Critique Faculty