Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Meet the Faculty!



Michael Rex is the creator of over 45 books for children, including the #1 Bestseller GOODNIGHT GOON and the popular Fangbone! series that has been turned into an animated show that runs on Netflix. He has written and drawn picture books, illustrated chapter books and graphic novels. In 2020 he will have two picture books published. FACTS VS. OPINION VS. ROBOTS will be out in February and is his first non-fiction work. WE’RE GOING ON A GOON HUNT will be out in August for the Halloween season. He is active on Instagram (fangbone_rex) where he posts cartoons, sketches and workshops book ideas.


He travels the country and abroad visiting schools to talk about his work as a writer and illustrator, has a master’s degree in Arts Education K-12, and taught high school art in the Bronx for three years. He lives in Leonia, NJ, with his wife, two teenage boys and a dog.

Visit Mike online at

 fangbone_rex (Instagram) / @Fangbone (Twitter)




Suzanne Morris is an author, illustrator, and designer with a BFA from Parsons School of Design. She makes her marks by hand, using pencils, ink, watercolor, and collage with digital retouching. A TRAPEZOID IS NOT A DINOSAUR!, is her debut picture book.(Charlesbridge, 2019) Suzanne lives in northern New Jersey.


Visit Suzanne online at

@smorrisart (Twitter) / @suzannelmorris (Instagram)




Heather Stigall is a picture book-obsessed wife and mother of five (six, if you count the dog). She was born and raised a Jersey girl but has called eastern Pennsylvania her home for most of her adulthood. Before starting her own family, she applied her degrees in Child Development, Psychology-based Human Relations, and Social Work toward working with children and families as a counselor and educator. Currently, she’s the Critique Group Coordinator and Meet & Greet Coordinator for the Eastern PA SCBWI Chapter.  When she’s not critiquing, reading, writing or revising, you can find her working out, sewing, baking, or making home improvements. But she’s probably dreaming up stories while doing all of those things. 


Visit Heather online at 

 @Heather_Stigall (Twitter)  / @HeatherPierceStigall (Facebook)





Virginia loves children, art and everything picture books! She also likes to keep busy! If you need to find her, she’s probably 1) at her desk writing or creating collage illustrations; 2) in the classroom connecting with children or 3) volunteering in her local community.

Virginia is the Library Coordinator for Crossing Cooperative Nursery School; a volunteer art educator with Art Goes To School; and summer art instructor at AOY. She’s also the Lower Bucks Chair of the Fresh Air Fund and the human member of an ATD Certified Therapy Dog Team with her rescue pup Skye. Virginia is a member of SCBWI and currently serves as the Eastern PA Field Trip Coordinator.


Visit Virginia online at 

 @VirginiaLawManning (Facebook) / virginialawmanning (Instagram)