Overview

Agenda

Speakers

Stephanie Azzarone
Child's Play Communications
Stephanie Azzarone
Owner
Child's Play Communications
Stephanie Azzarone is founder and president of Child’s Play Communications, the first agency to specialize in public relations, influencer management, social media and word-of-mouth communications for products and services targeted to moms. She is the winner of multiple awards including the Bulldog Award for Social Media Innovator of the Year and the Stevie Awards for Lifetime Achievement—Business; Innovator of the Year; and the Grand Stevie Award. Her clients have included leading brands such as Disney, Warner Bros., Hasbro, Spin Master, Heinz, The Wildlife Conservation Society and Sylvan Learning Center. An avid biker and kayaker, Stephanie lives in New York City.
Amy Berkower
Writers House
Amy Berkower
Chairman
Writers House
After graduating from the University of California at Santa Cruz, Amy began her career in publishing as a Gal Friday at Writers House, a full service-literary agency, where she is now chairman. Early on, she founded the company's now-thriving children's department. Over the last thirty years, she has developed a diverse client list including bestselling authors Nora Roberts and Dave Barry, and Newbery Award winners Sharon Creech and Jack Gantos.
Patrick Brown
Goodreads
Patrick Brown
Director of Author Marketing
Goodreads
Patrick Brown is director of author marketing for Goodreads, the largest book recommendation website in the world. He heads the Goodreads Author Program, which now features more than 185,000 authors. He's spoken about publishing and online marketing at Book Expo, the Frankfurt Book Fair, the London Book Fair, Digital Book World, and the LA Times Festival of Books.
Ginger Clark
Curtis Brown Ltd.
Ginger Clark
Literary Agent
Curtis Brown Ltd.
Ginger Clark has been a literary agent with Curtis Brown LTD (New York) since 2005. On the adult side of her list she represents science fiction, fantasy and horror. On the children’s side she represents middle grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction. In addition to representing her own clients, she also handles British Commonwealth rights for the agency’s children’s list. She attends the Bologna Book Fair every year on behalf of her agency, and visits London annually as well. Previously, she worked at Writers House for six years as an assistant literary agent. Her first job in publishing was as an editorial assistant at Tor Books. She is the Chair of the Contracts Committee of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, and a member of its International Committee. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
Erin Clarke
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Erin Clarke
Senior Executive Editor
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Erin Clarke is a senior executive editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, where she edits picture books, middle grade, and young adult. Books she has edited include Markus Zusak’s international bestseller The Book Thief, R.J. Palacio’s international bestseller Wonder and Auggie & Me, Gavriel Savit’s New York Times bestselling YA debut Anna and The Swallow Man, Michaela DePrince’s groundbreaking memoir Taking Flight, and Karen Foxlee’s critically-acclaimed middle grade novel Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy.

Erin loves working on books with strong literary voices that open readers' eyes to new worlds, both near and far. She lives with her husband, a literary translator of German books into English, and two children in Brooklyn, where she loves to read, run, and travel.

Cecilia de la Campa
Writers House
Cecilia de la Campa
Co-Director of Subsidiary Rights
Writers House
Cecilia de la Campa is the Co-Director of Subsidiary Rights at Writers House, a leading full-service literary agency in New York with hundreds of bestselling and award-winning clients. She focuses on children’s and young-adult books for global licensing and oversees the full list for domestic rights channels including audio, theater, film & television, and educational reprinting. Cecilia regularly attends the major international book fairs, and has taken part in various global conferences including the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) and the historic US Publishing Mission to Cuba lead by Publishers Weekly in February 2016. A graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts, Cecilia worked for several years at Simon & Schuster before joining Writers House in 2009.
Julia Eccleshare
the Guardian
Julia Eccleshare
Children’s Books
Editor
the Guardian
Julia Eccleshare is Children’s Books Editor of the Guardian and a freelance writer, critic and broadcaster. Her books include, Treasure Islands: The Woman’s Hour Guide to Children’s Reading, A Guide to the Harry Potter Novels, Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter: Portraits of children’s writers and The Rough Guide to Teenage Books. She is the editor of 1001 Children’s Books to Read Before you Grow Up. She is chair of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and founder and chair of the Branford Boase first novel prize. She won the Eleanor Farjeon Award 2000 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to children’s books. In 2014 she was appointed MBE for service to children’s books and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Worcester.
Kelly Farber
KF Literary Scouting
Kelly Farber
Owner
KF Literary Scouting
Kelly Farber, American literary scout, works on behalf of many formidable foreign publishers finding strong projects from the US and Canada for them to publish in their territories, and is passionate about bringing great books to international readers. After interning at The Gernert Company, she landed a foreign rights job at Sterling Lord Literistic, where she was able to combine her passion and burgeoning knowledge of publishing with her love of travel and international affairs. At Sterling Lord, she was promoted to rights manager for the children's and YA list. Afterward, she worked as a scout for Barbara Tolley & Associates. In 2013, Kelly went forward to found KF Literary Scouting, seizing an opportunity to create a young, energetic business entity in the foreign rights sphere. KF Literary Scouting provides hands on, tailored, targeted book scouting services. She works on behalf of about a dozen publishing houses, differing in focus and scope, but is proud to have several strong children's publishers on the list in competitive territories like Germany, France, Brazil, China, and Spanish-speaking Latin America.
Lisa Fragner
20th Century Fox Animation
Lisa Fragner
Head of Feature Development
20th Century Fox Animation
Lisa Fragner is the East Coast Head of Feature Development, 20th Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios. Ms. Fragner joined Blue Sky in January 2003, tapped by Fox Animation Former Studio President Chris Meledandri and director Chris Wedge (BUNNY, ICE AGE, ROBOTS,) to join their Academy Award winning CGI feature film studio where she was instrumental in the development of the following films: ICE AGE 2 THE MELTDOWN, DR. SEUSS’ HORTON HEARS A WHO, ICE AGE 3 DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS, the RIO films (which Fragner developed exclusively with director Carlos Saldanha over 8 years) EPIC, and CHARLES SCHULTZ’S THE PEANUTS MOVIE. Prior to joining Blue Sky Studios, Ms. Fragner partnered with Steven Beer and Larry Rudolph of Rudolph & Beer, LLP to form a newly established producing/packaging division, R&B FM. R&B FM’s (Rudolph & Beer Film and Music) mission was to produce and package music-convergent feature films and television projects as well as to produce projects for the firm's music celebrity client-base, including Britney Spears. Ms. Fragner’s producing credits while at R&B FM include the feature film THE HEBREW HAMMER by writer/director Jonathan Kesselman, a Contentfilm co-production and official selection at The Sundance Film Festival 2003, and the feature film DEATH OF A DYNASTY by writer Adam “Blue” Moreno and directed by rap impresario Damon Dash, a co-production with Roc-A-Fella Films which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in Spring of 2003. Prior to that, Ms. Fragner worked at Fox Searchlight Pictures, moving up the ranks to eventually become Head of East Coast Production/Development for Fox Searchlight Pictures in New York City where she ran Fox Searchlight East Coast until ankling in January of 2001. Her previous experience includes working with director Alek Keshishian (TRUTH OR DARE, WITH HONORS) at commercial production house Atherton & Associates, acting as in-house production coordinator and bid researcher for their commercials. She holds a BA in History with an additional focus on Drama from Stanford University and an advanced certificate in British Social History from Saint Catherine's College, Oxford University.
Christopher Franceschelli
Handprint Books
Christopher Franceschelli
President and Publisher
Handprint Books
Christopher Franceschelli is president and publisher of Brooklyn-based Handprint Books, now a children’s book imprint at Chronicle Books, as well as partner in SmartInk Books, the packager of high-quality novelty and board books designed for the world market, and the creator and author of a number of board books. He has a lifelong passion for international publishing, beginning his career in subsidiary rights and co-editioning picture books, and subsequently as president and publisher of Dutton Children’s Books. Upon the birth of his daughter, Christopher founded Handprint, where he is the North American editor—and champion of—the books of Hervé Tullet among many others.
Eddie Gamarra
The Gotham Group
Eddie Gamarra
Literary Manager/Producer
The Gotham Group
A former college professor, Eddie Gamarra is a literary manager/producer at The Gotham Group, a multi-faceted management and production company representing some of the most creative and successful screenwriters, directors, animators, authors, illustrators, publishers, and animation studios around the world. With a primary focus on children’s & family entertainment, he works with numerous New York Times best-selling authors and illustrators as well as Oscar, Emmy, Caldecott, and Newbery award winners. In addition to his work at The Gotham Group, Gamarra has served as a consultant for Teen Magazine, National Geographic's TV series Hollywood Science, and MANswers on Spike TV. He is also the Executive Producer of THE MAZE RUNNER from 20th Century Fox based on the NY Times best-selling book series by James Dashner. Dr. Gamarra received his BA from Vassar College, a Masters from NYU and a PhD from Emory University.
Ashleigh Gardner
Wattpad
Ashleigh Gardner
Head of Partnerships
Wattpad
As Head of Partnerships for Wattpad Studios, Ashleigh Gardner creates meaningful promotional and editorial partnerships with the publishing, advertising, and entertainment industries. She also manages the Wattpad Stars program, launched in 2015. The program helps Wattpad writers take their skills to the next level, and gives brand partners an opportunity to tap into an international roster of digital influencers with massive audiences on and off Wattpad.

Before joining Wattpad, Ashleigh was director of content management at Kobo, where she focused on expanding Kobo’s existing catalogue, while developing new ebook stores in international markets. Prior to Kobo, she was manager of digital development at Dundurn Press.

Ashleigh graduated from York University with a Philosophy and Law degree.

Grégoire Halbout
Comprehensive Publishing
Grégoire Halbout
Licensing Agent/Consultant
Comprehensive Publishing
An Associate Professor in English, film & media studies, and journalism – at the François Rabelais University (Tours, France). Research: classical Hollywood cinema (The Hollywood Screwball Comedy, 1934-1945. Sex, Love and Democratic Ideals, Artois Presses Université, 2013). Also looking into cultural industries, the non-political public sphere, and social media.

A lecturer at Sciences Po University in Paris and Reims.

Grégoire Halbout is also a licensing agent/consultant (Comprehensive Publishing). His background includes experience as a licensor, licensee, marketing and media executive, and publisher. He has worked in licensed brands based on filmed entertainment, TV Shows, and publishing. Grégoire was a publisher at the Paris based Marie Claire Group ; also VP Publishing International at Nick Viacom CP: during this tenure, he has completed a major assignment and set up the Nick international publishing business (Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob).

His consultancy, Comprehensive Publishing, focuses on media brand publishing development: books, magazines, and benchmark research (Zodiak Kids CP Paris, the Prisma Media Group, The Moulin Rouge, the Steinkis Publishing Group, Parragon …).

Rachel Hecht
Rachel Hecht Children’s Scouting
Rachel Hecht
Owner
Rachel Hecht Children’s Scouting
After attending Kenyon College, Rachel Hecht lived in London and worked in a genre bookshop on Charing Cross Road before relocating to New York. There, she fell in love with the international side of book publishing while working in foreign rights at Anderson Literary Management and Foundry Media, where she was foreign rights director for Children’s Books. Rachel served as children’s book scout at Mary Anne Thompson Associates for seven years, fusing her passion for foreign rights and children’s literature as she sought to match the best English-language projects with a roster of international publisher and film clients. She founded Rachel Hecht Children’s Scouting in 2016, the first children’s and YA-focused scouting agency in the U.S.
Allison Hellegers
Rights People
Allison Hellegers
Director
Rights People
Based in New York City, Allison joined the Rights People team as a Director in June 2009, selling translation rights and North American rights as a co-agent. Allison handled all international rights for Alloy Entertainment and was previously a literary scout with Barbara Tolley & Associates. She has worked in children’s publishing for 15+ years and has been an active volunteer in the writing and mentoring community in New York.
Neal Hoskins
Bologna Children's Bookfair
Neal Hoskins
Digital Media Hall Consultant
Bologna Children's Bookfair
Neal Hoskins is the Digital Media Hall consultant for the Bologna Children's bookfair and has been working with them since 2011 on the new and mixed media parts of the fair. He has also worked with cleints such as The European Commission, Oxford University Press, The 2012 London Olympics and Foyles of London on a variety of ground- breaking publishing and retail projects.
Joelle Hobeika
Alloy Entertainment
Joelle Hobeika
Vice President of Book Development
Alloy Entertainment
Joelle Hobeika is the Vice President of Book Development at Alloy Entertainment, where she develops original concepts, helps authors plot and shape their stories, and sells properties to publishers. She began her career at Alloy over ten years ago, during which time she has had the pleasure of working with numerous talented authors including National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicola Yoon; New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno; New York Times bestselling author Kass Morgan; New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee; and critically-acclaimed author Meredith Russo.
Xiaoyan Huang
Everafter Books
Xiaoyan Huang
Founder and Publisher
Everafter Books
Xiaoyan (Renee) Huang has worked in the book publishing industry for more than 20 years. She is the founder and publisher of Everafter Books, and was the Founder and GM of Macmillan-Century, a joint venture based in China invested by Macmillan Group.

She got her Master’s degree in Publishing in Vancouver and served as a Chinese Book Publishing Consultant for ACP (The Association of Canadian Book Publishers) and AECB (The Association for the Export of Canadian Books) before moving back to China to work in the Chinese book publishing industry.

Everafter Books is invested by Trustbridge, a large equity-fund firm that owns many leading cultural and publishing brands in China. Trustbridge acquired Holiday House in July 2016. Established in August 2015, Everafter has published 40 books/series, won a few awards, reached the breakeven point and has built itself as a well-known children's book brand in China.

Debra Joester
The Joester Loria Group
Debra Joester
President and CEO
The Joester Loria Group
Debra Joester, President and CEO of The Joester Loria Group, is the architect of dozens of award-winning strategic brand extension programs.

Joester held the position of President at Hamilton Projects, Inc. for 10 years, during which time she led the New York-based international licensing agency to its top position within the industry. Joester was responsible for the licensing success of the firm’s most important programs including the Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge divisions, Dr Scholl’s, Miller Brewing Company, The United States Postal Service, Coppertone and other blue chip accounts. In the entertainment arena, Joester was early to recognize the potential of pop culture breakout “South Park”, establishing a successful global licensing programs that broke new ground.

At JLG, founded by Joester and Joanne Loria in 1999, she drove the global success of the Jeep brand for over a decade, and developed brand extension successes for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, the Constellation beer brands including Corona and the Kellogg family of brands. Joester continued to execute successful programs for pop culture properties, including the re-launch of Care Bears resulting in $3 billion in sales for the brand, the first major licensing program featuring a YouTube sensation for Annoying Orange, and more recently for YouTube’s top-rated SMOSH. Simultaneously, Joester has elevated the global licensing success for The World of Eric Carle, and its centerpiece The Very Hungry Caterpillar, refreshing the program with new creative, global DTR’s, promotional partnerships and a live show that has garnered exceptional reviews.

Publishing has been an important segment of licensing programs developed by Joester. For properties ranging from Care Bears to SMOSH and Annoying Orange, a full spectrum of books and graphic novels have driven significant sales, while cookbooks have been a key licensing component for food brands Kellogg’s and Entenmann’s.

In recognition of her contributions to the licensing industry, Joester was inducted into the Licensing Hall of Fame in 2014 and will be honored by the TJ Martell Foundation in 2016 as a recipient of The Women of Influence Award. Joester actively supports a number of not-for-profit organizations primarily focused on children’s health and welfare, and serves on the Board of Kids In Distressed Situations/Fashion Delivers.

Charles Kim
The Museum of Modern Art
Charles Kim
Associate Publisher
The Museum of Modern Art
Charles Kim is Associate Publisher at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, where he oversees the Publications department's intellectual property and copyright matters, digital strategy, international collaborations, and sales and marketing for a list of twenty-five titles annually. Kim also serves on museum-wide committees on digital policy, online education, diversity, branding, and human resources. He established the Museum's children's books line four years ago--the only line of children's books published by a museum in the United States. MoMA's award-winning children's books have featured subjects such as Henri Matisse, René Magritte, Edgar Degas, Jacob Lawrence, and Sonia Delaunay, and included full-color reproductions of artworks by these artists. MoMA kids' book authors and illustrators include Maira Kalman, Daniel Handler, Frank Viva, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, and Christopher Myers, as well as several MoMA curators. Kim previously served for nine years as Editor in Chief and Director of Publications at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Barbara Marcus
Random House Children's Books
Barbara Marcus
President and Publisher
Random House Children's Books
Barbara Marcus has spent most of her career in the area of Children’s Publishing and Media and is considered a leading business and marketing strategist in the areas of children’s content and distribution.

Barbara is currently President and Publisher of Random House Children’s Books, the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher and part of Penguin Random House, whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Random House Children’s Books publishes many of the world’s bestselling and most highly acclaimed authors for young people today- including R.J. Palacio, James Dashner, Nicola Yoon, Jennifer Niven, Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Paolini, Philip Pullman, Dr. Seuss, Louis Sachar, and Richard Scarry- and is home to many of the most recognizable licenses and characters in the world, such as Babar, the Berenstain Bears, Disney, Little Golden Books, Nickelodeon, Pat the Bunny, Sesame Workshop, and Magic Tree House.

Prior to coming to Random House, Barbara was Advisor to Open Road Integrated Media in the area of children’s digital publishing and general strategy. She also was Strategic Innovations Advisor to the Penguin Books USA focusing on new ventures and publishing opportunities. Ms. Marcus is on the Board of Jumpstart, a children’s software and technology company, and she also serves on the Advisory Board of First Book; the Board of Directors of Graham Windham; the Board of Directors of the Women’s Forum of New York; and the Executive Publishing Board of UJA.

Before her tenure at Penguin and Random House, Barbara was President, Scholastic Children’s Book Publishing and Distribution where she was responsible for all children’s consumer book publishing and distribution in the United States, through school-based book clubs, school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs, school-based book fairs and the retail channel for over 20 years. During her tenure she led the expansion of the business from approximately 50 million in revenue to over 1 billion in revenue. After J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for publication in the United States in 1998, Barbara also led the publishing effort for six out of the seven Harry Potter titles.

Leonard Marcus
Leonard Marcus
Writer and Consultant
Leonard Marcus is one of the world’s leading writers about children’s books and the people who create them. His own critically acclaimed books include Show Me a Story!; Dear Genius; Golden Legacy; The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth; and the just-published Comics Confidential. A founding trustee of the Eric Carle Museum, Leonard curated the New York Public Library’s landmark exhibition “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.” He teaches at NYU and the School of Visual Arts, and lectures throughout the world, most recently at the national libraries of China, Singapore, and New Zealand.
Mary McAveney
Open Road Integrated Media
Mary McAveney
Senior Vice President
Open Road Integrated Media
A seasoned executive, Mary focuses on the strategy and execution of comprehensive digital solutions that seek to grow customer interest and to drive revenue increases for authors and publishers. With more than 25 years of experience, Mary has advanced from managing title-specific marketing, brand building, and team structure to running product marketing and connecting consumer insights across channels to optimize efforts and product positioning. With extensive experience across marketing and business development disciplines, Mary brings insight to all areas of the business. Her knowledge and focus on data-driven tactics, content marketing and branding, along with her deep background in publishing, have enabled her to successfully optimize scalable solutions for a high volume of products.

Currently Senior Vice President of Marketing at Open Road Integrated Media, Mary’s previous positions include Vice President Marketing, Simon & Schuster; Vice President Marketing, Zondervan; Director of Marketing HarperCollins Publishers, as well as numerous consulting positions with media companies, internet start-ups and publishers.

Suzanne Murphy
HarperCollins Children's Books
Suzanne Murphy
President and Publisher
HarperCollins Children's Books
Suzanne Murphy is President and Publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books, overseeing the publishing operations of the Children’s Division. She joined the company in 2015. Murphy has more than 20 years of experience in publishing. Prior to joining HarperCollins, she was VP, Publisher at Disney Publishing Worldwide, where she oversaw the publishing campaigns of many best-selling and beloved books for children and young adults. She also oversaw the expansion of the Disney franchise publishing programs and lead new IP content initiatives. Prior to joining Disney, Murphy was VP, Group Publisher, Scholastic Trade Publishing, where she led the publishing and promotion campaigns for major best-sellers, including the final books in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and the multi-platform series The 39 Clues. Prior to her time at Scholastic, Murphy held positions in children's publishing at Simon & Schuster and Random House.
Daniel Nayeri
Workman Publishing
Daniel Nayeri
Director of Children's Publishing
Workman Publishing
Daniel is the director of children’s publishing at Workman Publishing Company where he oversees a team of designers, editors, and inventors in the pursuit of creating “art objects for great and terrible children.” Before that, he was digital editorial director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, editor at Clarion Books, and before that, a professional pastry chef. Daniel was born in Iran and spent a couple of years as a refugee before immigrating to Oklahoma at age eight with his family. He is the author of several books for young readers, including STRAW HOUSE, WOOD HOUSE, BRICK HOUSE, BLOW: Four Novellas, and HOW TO TELL A STORY.
Neal Porter
Neal Porter Books at Roaring Brook Press
Neal Porter
Publisher
Neal Porter Books at Roaring Brook Press
Neal Porter has been in and around the children’s books for more than 35 years, holding marketing, editorial, or executive positions at houses such as Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Atheneum, Orchard, Dorling Kindersley, and Walker Books UK. In 2000 he helped to found Roaring Brook Press, where he is Publisher of Neal Porter Books. Authors and illustrators he has worked with include Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Philip C. and Erin E. Stead, Nick Bruel, Yuyi Morales, Jason Chin, and Antoinette Portis. Books he has edited have received many awards and honors including the Caldecott Medal, four Caldecott Honors, three Geisel Honors, three Sibert Honors, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, three Pura Belpré Awards, the Coretta Scott King Award, and numerous ALA Notable Citations. In 2015, he was awarded an Eric Carle Honor in the category of Mentor for his contribution to picture books.
Susanna Reich
Susanna Reich
Author
Susanna Reich is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults, and Immediate Past Chair of PEN America’s Children’s Book Committee. At PEN she curated and moderated panels of U.S. and foreign authors for the World Voices Festival of International Literature, organized public dialogues between children’s book translators, and fostered relationships with editors and publishers of translated children’s books.

At Raab Associates, Inc., from 2000-2012, Susanna served on publicity and marketing campaigns for American and international clients including Annick, Bloomsbury, Caillou, Charlesbridge, Frances Lincoln, the Julie Andrews Collection, Kane Miller, Kids Can Press, National Geographic, Pan Asian Publications, Sounds True Audio, Tanglewood Press, TOON Books, and Wizards of the Coast. Individual authors she worked with include Avi, Chris Grabenstein, Dan Greenburg, Robie Harris, Gail Carson Levine, Jane Yolen, and Ed Young.

Among Susanna’s books are Fab Four Friends: The Boys Who Became the Beatles; Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat; José! Born to Dance; Painting the Wild Frontier: The Art and Adventures of George Catlin; and the forthcoming Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Folk Music and the Path to Justice. Her honors include the Tomás Rivera Award, International Latino Book Award, NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor, ALA Notable, and YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, children’s book author Gary Golio.

Photo by Laurel Golio

Dolores Prades
Emília Institute, Brazil
Dolores Prades
International Consultant, Founder, Head
Emília Institute, Brazil
Dolores Prades has worked as a publisher and manager focused on literature and reference books for children and youth since 2000. With an academic background in Social Sciences, a Master's in Political Science and a PhD in Economic History, she has conducted research about Children’s and YA Literature and taken part in national and international discussions and reflexion seminars on Children’s and YA Literature in the last few years.

From this experience, She has not only gained wide knowledge of the children’s and YA literature market, but also close relations with the authors, illustrators, publishers, critics, institutional leaders, schools, and others in the global children's publishing field.

She is currently Visiting Professor of the Master of Books and Children’s and Young Adult Literature at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She also coordinates the Caribbean and Latin American Chair of Reading and Writing in Brazil. She is a founder and publisher of Emília Magazine and has been a curator and coordinator for the Conversas ao Péda Página Seminars since its first edition, in 2011. She is a founder and director of Laboratório Emília de Formação. She served as a member of the Jury of The Hans Christian Andersen Awards for 2016. She is also an editorial consultant.

Sara Sargent
HarperCollins Children’s Books
Sara Sargent
Executive Editor
HarperCollins Children’s Books
Sara Sargent is an Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she publishes platform-driven fiction and nonfiction in the picture book, middle grade, and young adult categories. Previously she was an Editor at Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Sara has worked with New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines, New York Times bestselling author Rosamund Hodge, and National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti, as well as actress Lily Collins and social media influencer Matthew Espinosa. Sara received her Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern University. You can find her online at sarasargent.wordpress.com. Sara lives in Brooklyn.
Tara Sorensen
Amazon Studios
Tara Sorensen
Head of Kids Programming
Amazon Studios
Tara Sorensen is Head of Kids Programming for Amazon Studios overseeing development and production of original kids series. During her time, she has shepherded such Amazon Original Kids Series as the Annecy, Annie and multi-Emmy Award-winning preschool series Tumble Leaf, animated preschool series Creative Galaxy and Wishenpoof, and live-action series including Emmy-nominated Annedroids, DGA Award nominee and Humanitas Prize winner Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and Just Add Magic.

Sorensen joined Amazon from National Geographic, where she was Vice President, Kids Programming for the Emmy Award-winning Toot & Puddle for Nick Jr. and Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies for PBS. Prior to that, Sorensen was Vice President, Kids Programming for Sony Pictures Family Entertainment and headed the development of Dragon Tales for PBS; Jackie Chan Adventures and Men in Black for Kids' WB!; Stuart Little and the Emmy Award-winning Harold and the Purple Crayon for HBO Family. Previously, Sorensen worked at Nelvana and spearheaded development for Rolie Polie Olie and Franklin.
Tiffany Tasker
SuperAwesome
Tiffany Tasker
Global Brand & Business Dev. Manager
SuperAwesome
Tiffany Tasker is Global Brand & Business Development Manager at SuperAwesome, the #1 global kids marketing platform, reaching over 300M kids every month across US, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. SuperAwesome is used by hundreds of brands to safely engage with kids across digital platforms.

Tiffany has built SuperAwesome's book publishing division to become the leading digital partner for publishers seeking to develop digital identities for their brands on a global scale.

Alice Wilder
Alice Wilder
Dr. Alice serves as the educational advisor responsible for developing the Amazon Kids Original Programming learning approach and is helping implement Amazon's unique educational point of view into the development of new series. In this role, she is also an Emmy Award winning Co-Executive Producer and Head of Educational Development for Tumble Leaf; Co-Executive Producer and Head of Educational Development for The Stinky and Dirty Show and Wishenpoof; Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Creative Galaxy, on Amazon Instant Video. In addition, she is the Chief Learning Officer for Speakaboos, a kid-centric, cross-publisher literacy platform. She also is the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids the "School House Rock" of financial literacy for 7-12 year olds, airing in Asia on Cartoon Network.

Dr. Alice is co-creator and head of research and education for Super WHY! on PBS Kids, and served as a Producer and the Director of Research and Development for Nick Jr.'s Blue's Clues. And she is a senior fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media. She continues to advise the Kids & Creativity group in Pittsburgh, bringing kids and their point of view to help support educators, technologists, and makers as Kidsburgh creates a model and movement around the integration of the arts, sciences, and technology to inspire creative learning and play.

Her groundbreaking work in formative research was cited in The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Alice bases her work in formative research on the philosophy that ‘the only way to understand what children are capable of doing, what appeals to them, and what they know, is to ask them!'

Dan Yaccarino
Dan Yaccarino
Artist, Writer, Producer
Dan Yaccarino is an internationally acclaimed artist, writer, and producer who has created many children’s books and commercial illustrations as well as his own animated television series. He has exhibited his work in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Bologna.

Dan has written and illustrated over fifty children’s books, most notably, Doug Unplugged, The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau, and Every Friday.

Dan’s work in children’s books has garnered a host of prestigious awards and many of Dan’s books have been translated into foreign editions including Japanese, Korean, Italian, Spanish, and French.

Dan’s animated television series, Oswald, premiered on the Nickelodeon network to high praise and ratings as well as a Parent’s Choice Award Recommendation. His animated series, Willa’s Wild Life, won an Emmy. Dan is he also the designer behind Nickelodeon’s Emmy-winning animated series, The Backyardigans.

Dan is also a highly sought after public speaker and has spoken at Pixar and Blue Sky studios, as well as had the honor of being invited to the White House to read his books and participate in the annual Easter festivities.

Stephanie Azzarone
Owner
Child's Play Communications
Stephanie Azzarone
Owner
Child's Play Communications
Stephanie Azzarone is founder and president of Child’s Play Communications, the first agency to specialize in public relations, influencer management, social media and word-of-mouth communications for products and services targeted to moms. She is the winner of multiple awards including the Bulldog Award for Social Media Innovator of the Year and the Stevie Awards for Lifetime Achievement—Business; Innovator of the Year; and the Grand Stevie Award. Her clients have included leading brands such as Disney, Warner Bros., Hasbro, Spin Master, Heinz, The Wildlife Conservation Society and Sylvan Learning Center. An avid biker and kayaker, Stephanie lives in New York City.
Amy Berkower
Chairman
Writers House
Amy Berkower
Chairman
Writers House
After graduating from the University of California at Santa Cruz, Amy began her career in publishing as a Gal Friday at Writers House, a full service-literary agency, where she is now chairman. Early on, she founded the company's now-thriving children's department. Over the last thirty years, she has developed a diverse client list including bestselling authors Nora Roberts and Dave Barry, and Newbery Award winners Sharon Creech and Jack Gantos.
Patrick Brown
Director of Author Marketing
Goodreads
Patrick Brown
Director of Author Marketing
Goodreads
Patrick Brown is director of author marketing for Goodreads, the largest book recommendation website in the world. He heads the Goodreads Author Program, which now features more than 185,000 authors. He's spoken about publishing and online marketing at Book Expo, the Frankfurt Book Fair, the London Book Fair, Digital Book World, and the LA Times Festival of Books.
Ginger Clark
Literary Agent
Curtis Brown Ltd.
Ginger Clark
Literary Agent
Curtis Brown Ltd.
Ginger Clark has been a literary agent with Curtis Brown LTD (New York) since 2005. On the adult side of her list she represents science fiction, fantasy and horror. On the children’s side she represents middle grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction. In addition to representing her own clients, she also handles British Commonwealth rights for the agency’s children’s list. She attends the Bologna Book Fair every year on behalf of her agency, and visits London annually as well. Previously, she worked at Writers House for six years as an assistant literary agent. Her first job in publishing was as an editorial assistant at Tor Books. She is the Chair of the Contracts Committee of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, and a member of its International Committee. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
Erin Clarke
Senior Executive Editor
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Erin Clarke
Senior Executive Editor
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Erin Clarke is a senior executive editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, where she edits picture books, middle grade, and young adult. Books she has edited include Markus Zusak’s international bestseller The Book Thief, R.J. Palacio’s international bestseller Wonder and Auggie & Me, Gavriel Savit’s New York Times bestselling YA debut Anna and The Swallow Man, Michaela DePrince’s groundbreaking memoir Taking Flight, and Karen Foxlee’s critically-acclaimed middle grade novel Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy.

Erin loves working on books with strong literary voices that open readers' eyes to new worlds, both near and far. She lives with her husband, a literary translator of German books into English, and two children in Brooklyn, where she loves to read, run, and travel.

Cecilia de la Campa
Co-Director of Subsidiary Rights
Writers House
Cecilia de la Campa
Co-Director of Subsidiary Rights
Writers House
Cecilia de la Campa is the Co-Director of Subsidiary Rights at Writers House, a leading full-service literary agency in New York with hundreds of bestselling and award-winning clients. She focuses on children’s and young-adult books for global licensing and oversees the full list for domestic rights channels including audio, theater, film & television, and educational reprinting. Cecilia regularly attends the major international book fairs, and has taken part in various global conferences including the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) and the historic US Publishing Mission to Cuba lead by Publishers Weekly in February 2016. A graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts, Cecilia worked for several years at Simon & Schuster before joining Writers House in 2009.
Julia Eccleshare
Children’s Books
Editor
the Guardian
Julia Eccleshare
Children’s Books
Editor
the Guardian
Julia Eccleshare is Children’s Books Editor of the Guardian and a freelance writer, critic and broadcaster. Her books include, Treasure Islands: The Woman’s Hour Guide to Children’s Reading, A Guide to the Harry Potter Novels, Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter: Portraits of children’s writers and The Rough Guide to Teenage Books. She is the editor of 1001 Children’s Books to Read Before you Grow Up. She is chair of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and founder and chair of the Branford Boase first novel prize. She won the Eleanor Farjeon Award 2000 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to children’s books. In 2014 she was appointed MBE for service to children’s books and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Worcester.
Kelly Farber
Owner
KF Literary Scouting
Kelly Farber
Owner
KF Literary Scouting
Kelly Farber, American literary scout, works on behalf of many formidable foreign publishers finding strong projects from the US and Canada for them to publish in their territories, and is passionate about bringing great books to international readers. After interning at The Gernert Company, she landed a foreign rights job at Sterling Lord Literistic, where she was able to combine her passion and burgeoning knowledge of publishing with her love of travel and international affairs. At Sterling Lord, she was promoted to rights manager for the children's and YA list. Afterward, she worked as a scout for Barbara Tolley & Associates. In 2013, Kelly went forward to found KF Literary Scouting, seizing an opportunity to create a young, energetic business entity in the foreign rights sphere. KF Literary Scouting provides hands on, tailored, targeted book scouting services. She works on behalf of about a dozen publishing houses, differing in focus and scope, but is proud to have several strong children's publishers on the list in competitive territories like Germany, France, Brazil, China, and Spanish-speaking Latin America.
Lisa Fragner
Head of Feature Development
20th Century Fox Animation
Lisa Fragner
Head of Feature Development
20th Century Fox Animation
Lisa Fragner is the East Coast Head of Feature Development, 20th Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios. Ms. Fragner joined Blue Sky in January 2003, tapped by Fox Animation Former Studio President Chris Meledandri and director Chris Wedge (BUNNY, ICE AGE, ROBOTS,) to join their Academy Award winning CGI feature film studio where she was instrumental in the development of the following films: ICE AGE 2 THE MELTDOWN, DR. SEUSS’ HORTON HEARS A WHO, ICE AGE 3 DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS, the RIO films (which Fragner developed exclusively with director Carlos Saldanha over 8 years) EPIC, and CHARLES SCHULTZ’S THE PEANUTS MOVIE. Prior to joining Blue Sky Studios, Ms. Fragner partnered with Steven Beer and Larry Rudolph of Rudolph & Beer, LLP to form a newly established producing/packaging division, R&B FM. R&B FM’s (Rudolph & Beer Film and Music) mission was to produce and package music-convergent feature films and television projects as well as to produce projects for the firm's music celebrity client-base, including Britney Spears. Ms. Fragner’s producing credits while at R&B FM include the feature film THE HEBREW HAMMER by writer/director Jonathan Kesselman, a Contentfilm co-production and official selection at The Sundance Film Festival 2003, and the feature film DEATH OF A DYNASTY by writer Adam “Blue” Moreno and directed by rap impresario Damon Dash, a co-production with Roc-A-Fella Films which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in Spring of 2003. Prior to that, Ms. Fragner worked at Fox Searchlight Pictures, moving up the ranks to eventually become Head of East Coast Production/Development for Fox Searchlight Pictures in New York City where she ran Fox Searchlight East Coast until ankling in January of 2001. Her previous experience includes working with director Alek Keshishian (TRUTH OR DARE, WITH HONORS) at commercial production house Atherton & Associates, acting as in-house production coordinator and bid researcher for their commercials. She holds a BA in History with an additional focus on Drama from Stanford University and an advanced certificate in British Social History from Saint Catherine's College, Oxford University.
Christopher Franceschelli
President and Publisher
Handprint Books
Christopher Franceschelli
President and Publisher
Handprint Books
Christopher Franceschelli is president and publisher of Brooklyn-based Handprint Books, now a children’s book imprint at Chronicle Books, as well as partner in SmartInk Books, the packager of high-quality novelty and board books designed for the world market, and the creator and author of a number of board books. He has a lifelong passion for international publishing, beginning his career in subsidiary rights and co-editioning picture books, and subsequently as president and publisher of Dutton Children’s Books. Upon the birth of his daughter, Christopher founded Handprint, where he is the North American editor—and champion of—the books of Hervé Tullet among many others.
Eddie Gamarra
Literary Manager/Producer
The Gotham Group
Eddie Gamarra
Literary Manager/Producer
The Gotham Group
A former college professor, Eddie Gamarra is a literary manager/producer at The Gotham Group, a multi-faceted management and production company representing some of the most creative and successful screenwriters, directors, animators, authors, illustrators, publishers, and animation studios around the world. With a primary focus on children’s & family entertainment, he works with numerous New York Times best-selling authors and illustrators as well as Oscar, Emmy, Caldecott, and Newbery award winners. In addition to his work at The Gotham Group, Gamarra has served as a consultant for Teen Magazine, National Geographic's TV series Hollywood Science, and MANswers on Spike TV. He is also the Executive Producer of THE MAZE RUNNER from 20th Century Fox based on the NY Times best-selling book series by James Dashner. Dr. Gamarra received his BA from Vassar College, a Masters from NYU and a PhD from Emory University.
Ashleigh Gardner
Head of Partnerships
Wattpad
Ashleigh Gardner
Head of Partnerships
Wattpad
As Head of Partnerships for Wattpad Studios, Ashleigh Gardner creates meaningful promotional and editorial partnerships with the publishing, advertising, and entertainment industries. She also manages the Wattpad Stars program, launched in 2015. The program helps Wattpad writers take their skills to the next level, and gives brand partners an opportunity to tap into an international roster of digital influencers with massive audiences on and off Wattpad.

Before joining Wattpad, Ashleigh was director of content management at Kobo, where she focused on expanding Kobo’s existing catalogue, while developing new ebook stores in international markets. Prior to Kobo, she was manager of digital development at Dundurn Press.

Ashleigh graduated from York University with a Philosophy and Law degree.

Grégoire Halbout
Licensing Agent/Consultant
Comprehensive Publishing
Grégoire Halbout
Licensing Agent/Consultant
Comprehensive Publishing
An Associate Professor in English, film & media studies, and journalism – at the François Rabelais University (Tours, France). Research: classical Hollywood cinema (The Hollywood Screwball Comedy, 1934-1945. Sex, Love and Democratic Ideals, Artois Presses Université, 2013). Also looking into cultural industries, the non-political public sphere, and social media.

A lecturer at Sciences Po University in Paris and Reims.

Grégoire Halbout is also a licensing agent/consultant (Comprehensive Publishing). His background includes experience as a licensor, licensee, marketing and media executive, and publisher. He has worked in licensed brands based on filmed entertainment, TV Shows, and publishing. Grégoire was a publisher at the Paris based Marie Claire Group ; also VP Publishing International at Nick Viacom CP: during this tenure, he has completed a major assignment and set up the Nick international publishing business (Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob).

His consultancy, Comprehensive Publishing, focuses on media brand publishing development: books, magazines, and benchmark research (Zodiak Kids CP Paris, the Prisma Media Group, The Moulin Rouge, the Steinkis Publishing Group, Parragon …).

Rachel Hecht
Owner
Rachel Hecht Children’s Scouting
Rachel Hecht
Owner
Rachel Hecht Children’s Scouting
After attending Kenyon College, Rachel Hecht lived in London and worked in a genre bookshop on Charing Cross Road before relocating to New York. There, she fell in love with the international side of book publishing while working in foreign rights at Anderson Literary Management and Foundry Media, where she was foreign rights director for Children’s Books. Rachel served as children’s book scout at Mary Anne Thompson Associates for seven years, fusing her passion for foreign rights and children’s literature as she sought to match the best English-language projects with a roster of international publisher and film clients. She founded Rachel Hecht Children’s Scouting in 2016, the first children’s and YA-focused scouting agency in the U.S.
Allison Hellegers
Director
Rights People
Allison Hellegers
Director
Rights People
Based in New York City, Allison joined the Rights People team as a Director in June 2009, selling translation rights and North American rights as a co-agent. Allison handled all international rights for Alloy Entertainment and was previously a literary scout with Barbara Tolley & Associates. She has worked in children’s publishing for 15+ years and has been an active volunteer in the writing and mentoring community in New York.
Neal Hoskins
Digital Media Hall Consultant
Bologna Children's Bookfair
Neal Hoskins
Digital Media Hall Consultant
Bologna Children's Bookfair
Neal Hoskins is the Digital Media Hall consultant for the Bologna Children's bookfair and has been working with them since 2011 on the new and mixed media parts of the fair. He has also worked with cleints such as The European Commission, Oxford University Press, The 2012 London Olympics and Foyles of London on a variety of ground- breaking publishing and retail projects.
Joelle Hobeika
Vice President of Book Development
Alloy Entertainment
Joelle Hobeika
Vice President of Book Development
Alloy Entertainment
Joelle Hobeika is the Vice President of Book Development at Alloy Entertainment, where she develops original concepts, helps authors plot and shape their stories, and sells properties to publishers. She began her career at Alloy over ten years ago, during which time she has had the pleasure of working with numerous talented authors including National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicola Yoon; New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno; New York Times bestselling author Kass Morgan; New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee; and critically-acclaimed author Meredith Russo.
Xiaoyan Huang
Founder and Publisher
Everafter Books
Xiaoyan Huang
Founder and Publisher
Everafter Books
Xiaoyan (Renee) Huang has worked in the book publishing industry for more than 20 years. She is the founder and publisher of Everafter Books, and was the Founder and GM of Macmillan-Century, a joint venture based in China invested by Macmillan Group.

She got her Master’s degree in Publishing in Vancouver and served as a Chinese Book Publishing Consultant for ACP (The Association of Canadian Book Publishers) and AECB (The Association for the Export of Canadian Books) before moving back to China to work in the Chinese book publishing industry.

Everafter Books is invested by Trustbridge, a large equity-fund firm that owns many leading cultural and publishing brands in China. Trustbridge acquired Holiday House in July 2016. Established in August 2015, Everafter has published 40 books/series, won a few awards, reached the breakeven point and has built itself as a well-known children's book brand in China.

Debra Joester
President and CEO
The Joester Loria Group
Debra Joester
President and CEO
The Joester Loria Group
Debra Joester, President and CEO of The Joester Loria Group, is the architect of dozens of award-winning strategic brand extension programs.

Joester held the position of President at Hamilton Projects, Inc. for 10 years, during which time she led the New York-based international licensing agency to its top position within the industry. Joester was responsible for the licensing success of the firm’s most important programs including the Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge divisions, Dr Scholl’s, Miller Brewing Company, The United States Postal Service, Coppertone and other blue chip accounts. In the entertainment arena, Joester was early to recognize the potential of pop culture breakout “South Park”, establishing a successful global licensing programs that broke new ground.

At JLG, founded by Joester and Joanne Loria in 1999, she drove the global success of the Jeep brand for over a decade, and developed brand extension successes for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, the Constellation beer brands including Corona and the Kellogg family of brands. Joester continued to execute successful programs for pop culture properties, including the re-launch of Care Bears resulting in $3 billion in sales for the brand, the first major licensing program featuring a YouTube sensation for Annoying Orange, and more recently for YouTube’s top-rated SMOSH. Simultaneously, Joester has elevated the global licensing success for The World of Eric Carle, and its centerpiece The Very Hungry Caterpillar, refreshing the program with new creative, global DTR’s, promotional partnerships and a live show that has garnered exceptional reviews.

Publishing has been an important segment of licensing programs developed by Joester. For properties ranging from Care Bears to SMOSH and Annoying Orange, a full spectrum of books and graphic novels have driven significant sales, while cookbooks have been a key licensing component for food brands Kellogg’s and Entenmann’s.

In recognition of her contributions to the licensing industry, Joester was inducted into the Licensing Hall of Fame in 2014 and will be honored by the TJ Martell Foundation in 2016 as a recipient of The Women of Influence Award. Joester actively supports a number of not-for-profit organizations primarily focused on children’s health and welfare, and serves on the Board of Kids In Distressed Situations/Fashion Delivers.

Charles Kim
Associate Publisher
The Museum of Modern Art
Charles Kim
Associate Publisher
The Museum of Modern Art
Charles Kim is Associate Publisher at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, where he oversees the Publications department's intellectual property and copyright matters, digital strategy, international collaborations, and sales and marketing for a list of twenty-five titles annually. Kim also serves on museum-wide committees on digital policy, online education, diversity, branding, and human resources. He established the Museum's children's books line four years ago--the only line of children's books published by a museum in the United States. MoMA's award-winning children's books have featured subjects such as Henri Matisse, René Magritte, Edgar Degas, Jacob Lawrence, and Sonia Delaunay, and included full-color reproductions of artworks by these artists. MoMA kids' book authors and illustrators include Maira Kalman, Daniel Handler, Frank Viva, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, and Christopher Myers, as well as several MoMA curators. Kim previously served for nine years as Editor in Chief and Director of Publications at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Barbara Marcus
President and Publisher
Random House Children's Books
Barbara Marcus
President and Publisher
Random House Children's Books
Barbara Marcus has spent most of her career in the area of Children’s Publishing and Media and is considered a leading business and marketing strategist in the areas of children’s content and distribution.

Barbara is currently President and Publisher of Random House Children’s Books, the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher and part of Penguin Random House, whose parent company is Bertelsmann AG, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Random House Children’s Books publishes many of the world’s bestselling and most highly acclaimed authors for young people today- including R.J. Palacio, James Dashner, Nicola Yoon, Jennifer Niven, Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Paolini, Philip Pullman, Dr. Seuss, Louis Sachar, and Richard Scarry- and is home to many of the most recognizable licenses and characters in the world, such as Babar, the Berenstain Bears, Disney, Little Golden Books, Nickelodeon, Pat the Bunny, Sesame Workshop, and Magic Tree House.

Prior to coming to Random House, Barbara was Advisor to Open Road Integrated Media in the area of children’s digital publishing and general strategy. She also was Strategic Innovations Advisor to the Penguin Books USA focusing on new ventures and publishing opportunities. Ms. Marcus is on the Board of Jumpstart, a children’s software and technology company, and she also serves on the Advisory Board of First Book; the Board of Directors of Graham Windham; the Board of Directors of the Women’s Forum of New York; and the Executive Publishing Board of UJA.

Before her tenure at Penguin and Random House, Barbara was President, Scholastic Children’s Book Publishing and Distribution where she was responsible for all children’s consumer book publishing and distribution in the United States, through school-based book clubs, school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs, school-based book fairs and the retail channel for over 20 years. During her tenure she led the expansion of the business from approximately 50 million in revenue to over 1 billion in revenue. After J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for publication in the United States in 1998, Barbara also led the publishing effort for six out of the seven Harry Potter titles.

Leonard Marcus
Writer and Consultant
Leonard Marcus
Writer and Consultant
Leonard Marcus is one of the world’s leading writers about children’s books and the people who create them. His own critically acclaimed books include Show Me a Story!; Dear Genius; Golden Legacy; The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth; and the just-published Comics Confidential. A founding trustee of the Eric Carle Museum, Leonard curated the New York Public Library’s landmark exhibition “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.” He teaches at NYU and the School of Visual Arts, and lectures throughout the world, most recently at the national libraries of China, Singapore, and New Zealand.
Mary McAveney
Senior Vice President
Open Road Integrated Media
Mary McAveney
Senior Vice President
Open Road Integrated Media
A seasoned executive, Mary focuses on the strategy and execution of comprehensive digital solutions that seek to grow customer interest and to drive revenue increases for authors and publishers. With more than 25 years of experience, Mary has advanced from managing title-specific marketing, brand building, and team structure to running product marketing and connecting consumer insights across channels to optimize efforts and product positioning. With extensive experience across marketing and business development disciplines, Mary brings insight to all areas of the business. Her knowledge and focus on data-driven tactics, content marketing and branding, along with her deep background in publishing, have enabled her to successfully optimize scalable solutions for a high volume of products.

Currently Senior Vice President of Marketing at Open Road Integrated Media, Mary’s previous positions include Vice President Marketing, Simon & Schuster; Vice President Marketing, Zondervan; Director of Marketing HarperCollins Publishers, as well as numerous consulting positions with media companies, internet start-ups and publishers.

Suzanne Murphy
President and Publisher
HarperCollins Children's Books
Suzanne Murphy
President and Publisher
HarperCollins Children's Books
Suzanne Murphy is President and Publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books, overseeing the publishing operations of the Children’s Division. She joined the company in 2015. Murphy has more than 20 years of experience in publishing. Prior to joining HarperCollins, she was VP, Publisher at Disney Publishing Worldwide, where she oversaw the publishing campaigns of many best-selling and beloved books for children and young adults. She also oversaw the expansion of the Disney franchise publishing programs and lead new IP content initiatives. Prior to joining Disney, Murphy was VP, Group Publisher, Scholastic Trade Publishing, where she led the publishing and promotion campaigns for major best-sellers, including the final books in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and the multi-platform series The 39 Clues. Prior to her time at Scholastic, Murphy held positions in children's publishing at Simon & Schuster and Random House.
Daniel Nayeri
Director of Children's Publishing
Workman Publishing
Daniel Nayeri
Director of Children's Publishing
Workman Publishing
Daniel is the director of children’s publishing at Workman Publishing Company where he oversees a team of designers, editors, and inventors in the pursuit of creating “art objects for great and terrible children.” Before that, he was digital editorial director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, editor at Clarion Books, and before that, a professional pastry chef. Daniel was born in Iran and spent a couple of years as a refugee before immigrating to Oklahoma at age eight with his family. He is the author of several books for young readers, including STRAW HOUSE, WOOD HOUSE, BRICK HOUSE, BLOW: Four Novellas, and HOW TO TELL A STORY.
Neal Porter
Publisher
Neal Porter Books at Roaring Brook Press
Neal Porter
Publisher
Neal Porter Books at Roaring Brook Press
Neal Porter has been in and around the children’s books for more than 35 years, holding marketing, editorial, or executive positions at houses such as Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Atheneum, Orchard, Dorling Kindersley, and Walker Books UK. In 2000 he helped to found Roaring Brook Press, where he is Publisher of Neal Porter Books. Authors and illustrators he has worked with include Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Philip C. and Erin E. Stead, Nick Bruel, Yuyi Morales, Jason Chin, and Antoinette Portis. Books he has edited have received many awards and honors including the Caldecott Medal, four Caldecott Honors, three Geisel Honors, three Sibert Honors, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, three Pura Belpré Awards, the Coretta Scott King Award, and numerous ALA Notable Citations. In 2015, he was awarded an Eric Carle Honor in the category of Mentor for his contribution to picture books.
Susanna Reich
Author
Susanna Reich
Author
Susanna Reich is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults, and Immediate Past Chair of PEN America’s Children’s Book Committee. At PEN she curated and moderated panels of U.S. and foreign authors for the World Voices Festival of International Literature, organized public dialogues between children’s book translators, and fostered relationships with editors and publishers of translated children’s books.

At Raab Associates, Inc., from 2000-2012, Susanna served on publicity and marketing campaigns for American and international clients including Annick, Bloomsbury, Caillou, Charlesbridge, Frances Lincoln, the Julie Andrews Collection, Kane Miller, Kids Can Press, National Geographic, Pan Asian Publications, Sounds True Audio, Tanglewood Press, TOON Books, and Wizards of the Coast. Individual authors she worked with include Avi, Chris Grabenstein, Dan Greenburg, Robie Harris, Gail Carson Levine, Jane Yolen, and Ed Young.

Among Susanna’s books are Fab Four Friends: The Boys Who Became the Beatles; Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat; José! Born to Dance; Painting the Wild Frontier: The Art and Adventures of George Catlin; and the forthcoming Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Folk Music and the Path to Justice. Her honors include the Tomás Rivera Award, International Latino Book Award, NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor, ALA Notable, and YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, children’s book author Gary Golio.

Photo by Laurel Golio

Dolores Prades
International Consultant, Founder, Head
Emília Institute, Brazil
Dolores Prades
International Consultant, Founder, Head
Emília Institute, Brazil
Dolores Prades has worked as a publisher and manager focused on literature and reference books for children and youth since 2000. With an academic background in Social Sciences, a Master's in Political Science and a PhD in Economic History, she has conducted research about Children’s and YA Literature and taken part in national and international discussions and reflexion seminars on Children’s and YA Literature in the last few years.

From this experience, She has not only gained wide knowledge of the children’s and YA literature market, but also close relations with the authors, illustrators, publishers, critics, institutional leaders, schools, and others in the global children's publishing field.

She is currently Visiting Professor of the Master of Books and Children’s and Young Adult Literature at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She also coordinates the Caribbean and Latin American Chair of Reading and Writing in Brazil. She is a founder and publisher of Emília Magazine and has been a curator and coordinator for the Conversas ao Péda Página Seminars since its first edition, in 2011. She is a founder and director of Laboratório Emília de Formação. She served as a member of the Jury of The Hans Christian Andersen Awards for 2016. She is also an editorial consultant.

Sara Sargent
Executive Editor
HarperCollins Children’s Books
Sara Sargent
Executive Editor
HarperCollins Children’s Books
Sara Sargent is an Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she publishes platform-driven fiction and nonfiction in the picture book, middle grade, and young adult categories. Previously she was an Editor at Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Sara has worked with New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines, New York Times bestselling author Rosamund Hodge, and National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti, as well as actress Lily Collins and social media influencer Matthew Espinosa. Sara received her Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern University. You can find her online at sarasargent.wordpress.com. Sara lives in Brooklyn.
Tara Sorensen
Head of Kids Programming
Amazon Studios
Tara Sorensen
Head of Kids Programming
Amazon Studios
Tara Sorensen is Head of Kids Programming for Amazon Studios overseeing development and production of original kids series. During her time, she has shepherded such Amazon Original Kids Series as the Annecy, Annie and multi-Emmy Award-winning preschool series Tumble Leaf, animated preschool series Creative Galaxy and Wishenpoof, and live-action series including Emmy-nominated Annedroids, DGA Award nominee and Humanitas Prize winner Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and Just Add Magic.

Sorensen joined Amazon from National Geographic, where she was Vice President, Kids Programming for the Emmy Award-winning Toot & Puddle for Nick Jr. and Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies for PBS. Prior to that, Sorensen was Vice President, Kids Programming for Sony Pictures Family Entertainment and headed the development of Dragon Tales for PBS; Jackie Chan Adventures and Men in Black for Kids' WB!; Stuart Little and the Emmy Award-winning Harold and the Purple Crayon for HBO Family. Previously, Sorensen worked at Nelvana and spearheaded development for Rolie Polie Olie and Franklin.
Tiffany Tasker
Global Brand & Business Dev. Manager
SuperAwesome
Tiffany Tasker
Global Brand & Business Dev. Manager
SuperAwesome
Tiffany Tasker is Global Brand & Business Development Manager at SuperAwesome, the #1 global kids marketing platform, reaching over 300M kids every month across US, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. SuperAwesome is used by hundreds of brands to safely engage with kids across digital platforms.

Tiffany has built SuperAwesome's book publishing division to become the leading digital partner for publishers seeking to develop digital identities for their brands on a global scale.

Alice Wilder
Alice Wilder
Dr. Alice serves as the educational advisor responsible for developing the Amazon Kids Original Programming learning approach and is helping implement Amazon's unique educational point of view into the development of new series. In this role, she is also an Emmy Award winning Co-Executive Producer and Head of Educational Development for Tumble Leaf; Co-Executive Producer and Head of Educational Development for The Stinky and Dirty Show and Wishenpoof; Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Creative Galaxy, on Amazon Instant Video. In addition, she is the Chief Learning Officer for Speakaboos, a kid-centric, cross-publisher literacy platform. She also is the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids the "School House Rock" of financial literacy for 7-12 year olds, airing in Asia on Cartoon Network.

Dr. Alice is co-creator and head of research and education for Super WHY! on PBS Kids, and served as a Producer and the Director of Research and Development for Nick Jr.'s Blue's Clues. And she is a senior fellow at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media. She continues to advise the Kids & Creativity group in Pittsburgh, bringing kids and their point of view to help support educators, technologists, and makers as Kidsburgh creates a model and movement around the integration of the arts, sciences, and technology to inspire creative learning and play.

Her groundbreaking work in formative research was cited in The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. Alice bases her work in formative research on the philosophy that ‘the only way to understand what children are capable of doing, what appeals to them, and what they know, is to ask them!'

Dan Yaccarino
Artist, Writer, Producer
Dan Yaccarino
Artist, Writer, Producer
Dan Yaccarino is an internationally acclaimed artist, writer, and producer who has created many children’s books and commercial illustrations as well as his own animated television series. He has exhibited his work in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Bologna.

Dan has written and illustrated over fifty children’s books, most notably, Doug Unplugged, The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau, and Every Friday.

Dan’s work in children’s books has garnered a host of prestigious awards and many of Dan’s books have been translated into foreign editions including Japanese, Korean, Italian, Spanish, and French.

Dan’s animated television series, Oswald, premiered on the Nickelodeon network to high praise and ratings as well as a Parent’s Choice Award Recommendation. His animated series, Willa’s Wild Life, won an Emmy. Dan is he also the designer behind Nickelodeon’s Emmy-winning animated series, The Backyardigans.

Dan is also a highly sought after public speaker and has spoken at Pixar and Blue Sky studios, as well as had the honor of being invited to the White House to read his books and participate in the annual Easter festivities.

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Diane Roback, VP and Children’s Book Editor, Publishers Weekly (Chair)
Ginger Clark, Literary Agent, Curtis Brown Ltd.
Betsy Groban, Arts advocate and former children's book publisher
Elena Pasoli, Exhibition Manager Bologna Children's Book Fair
Elena Phillips, Italian Trade Commission
Neal Porter, Publisher, Neal Porter Books, Roaring Brook/Macmillan
Kate Wilson, President, Nosy Crow


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