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“Two of my books published this January! “Just Help!” Written By Sonia Sotomayor Illustrated by Angela Dominguez & “I’m Hungry! ¡Tengo Hambre!” Written and Illustrated by Angela Dominguez” — Angela Dominguez











Angela was born in Mexico City and grew up in the great state of Texas. She now resides on the east coast with her boyfriend, Kyle, and their petite dog, Petunia. She is also the author and illustrator of several books for children and a two-time Pura Belpré Illustration Honoree. Her debut middle grade novel, Stella Díaz Has Something To Say, was a New York Public Library and a Chicago Public Library pick for Best Books for Kids, Sid Fleischman Award winner, and an ALA Notable. She recently illustrated Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s newest picture book, Just Help! How to Build a Better World. When Angela is not in her studio or visiting schools, she teaches at the Academy of Art University, which honored her with their Distinguished Alumni Award in 2013. Angela is a proud member of SCBWI, PEN America, and represented by Wernick and Pratt Literary Agency. As a child, she loved reading books and making a mess creating pictures. She’s delighted to still be doing both.

Learn more about Angela on her website


“My first book entirely illustrated by me, ANTARCTICA: THE MELTING CONTINENT, will be out this April. Plus, my upcoming graphic novel with HarperCollins, THE TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO GEOZOOLOGY, set for 2024 publication, was announced last month!” — Angela Hsieh

Angela is a Taiwanese American illustrator and author whose life choices can mostly be explained by her love of goofy animals. Her clients include the New York Times, Scientific American, NPR, and Pop-Up Magazine. She illustrated ANTARCTICA: THE MELTING CONTINENT (What on Earth Books, April 2022) and is currently writing and illustrating THE TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO GEOZOOLOGY (HarperCollins, 2024), a graphic novel about adventure and discovery, about the way that language and distance shape relationships, and about giant animals.
Learn more about Angela on her website or find her on Twitter and Instagram.


“I’m excited to share that in January I received in the mail a box with copies of two of my work-for-hire books published by Capstone!” — Dionna L. Mann

Find out more about Dionna and her books here.


“I signed a contract with Brandylane/Belle Isle Books for my Save the Trees manuscript.”

— Leslie Eva Tayloe

Leslie Eva Tayloe graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada and later earned a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland. She retired from the federal government in an analyst position and then became a substitute teacher for three years for elementary school children. Currently, Leslie writes full time. She and her partner, Michael live on a farm in Virginia with two cats and a dog. With a combined family, Leslie and Michael have four adult children, and three grandchildren.

Learn more about Leslie on her website or find her on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook


“My YA novel SAVING SOPHIE will be published April 2022 from Fire and Ice Publishing.” — Debbie Schrack

Debbie Schrack has spent her professional life working with children and young adults. She has a B.S in Special Education from the University of Virginia, and an M.Ed. from George Mason University. Although the character Sophie in her debut novel SAVING SOPHIE is fictional, she is a composite of many of the struggling learners Debbie has taught over the years. Debbie lives with her family in Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. Debbie finds personal fulfillment in creating new things, whether it be a novel, a painting, or a batch of croissants. She loves animals, and horses are her special passion. When she’s not writing or horseback riding, Debbie is a sucker for musicals, enjoys visiting art galleries, and desperately wants to travel more. She also loves hanging out with her three children, who she will always consider her most amazing creations.

Learn more about Debbie on her website or find her on Twitter and Facebook


I signed with agent Liz Nealon at Great Dog Literary.” — Luce Williams

Learn more about Great Dog Literary and find Luce on Twitter and Instagram


MUSHROOM RAIN is being released by Sleeping Bear Press March 15, 2022 by me, illustrated by Jamie Green — Laura K Zimmermann

Laura K. Zimmermann is a college professor by day and children’s writer by night. She has published numerous academic articles as well as nonfiction stories in children’s magazines. MUSHROOM RAIN is her first picture book. When she’s not writing, Laura can be found teaching and conducting research at Shenandoah University or wandering through nature with her Goldendoodle, Tivy. You can find Laura online at and on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest at @LauraK_PBwriter.

Learn more about Laura on her website or find her on Twitter or Instagram