Yuyi MoralesBorn in Yelapa, Mexico, where she currently resides, Yuyi Morales lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she still maintains close relations with booksellers and librarians. Professional storyteller, dancer, choreographer, puppeteer, and artist, she has won the prestigious Pura Belpré Award for Illustration five times, for Just a Minute (2003), Los Gatos Black on Halloween (2006), Just in Case (2008), Niño Wrestles the World (2013) and Viva Frida (2014), also a Caldecott Honor Book. She also illustrated Sherman Alexie’s Thunder Boy Jr., a New York Times Bestseller.
Angie ThomasAngie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. Thomas’s searing debut novel, The Hate U Give, was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, received eight starred reviews, and is soon to be a major motion picture. Her next novel, On the Come Up, about a teen girl whose dream of a career in rap music turns into a desperate necessity, will be published by Balzer + Bray in 2019.