Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Meet the Faculty

Associate Agent,  Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency – Cari Lamba, January 4 and July 18

Cari Lamba is an Associate Literary Agent at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. She is actively seeking to represent fiction and non-fiction picture books, middle grade commercial fiction, as well as adult commercial fiction with a special interest in mysteries. Prior to officially joining the team of agents, Cari interned for the agency for eight years. Cari graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. She has experience as a bookseller and working in libraries. Cari has been published in Writer’s Digest Magazine and has taught webinars for Writer’s Digest as well.



Agent, Marie Lamba,Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency – October 24

Marie Lamba ( is author of the young adult novels What I Meant… (Random House), Over My Head and Drawn, and of the picture books Green, Green: A Community Gardening Story (Farrar Straus Giroux) and A Day So Gray (Clarion). Her work appears in more than 100 publications including national magazines such as Writer’s Digest, Garden Design and RWR.  She has worked as an editor, an award-winning public relations writer, a book publicist, and has taught classes on novel writing and on author promotion.

As a Literary Agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency, Marie represents fiction and non-fiction for children and for adults. Overall, books that are original, moving and/or hilarious are especially welcome. In non-fiction, she’s especially looking for works that are inspiring and hopeful. For more info and submission guidelines, please visit


Illustrator/Author – Mônica Carnesi, First Meeting January 4, 2020

Mônica Carnesi is a librarian by day and author/illustrator by night (and weekends!) She works as Children’s Material Selector for the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Mônica is the author/illustrator of Little Dog Lost (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012) and Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear (Nancy Paulsen Books 2014). She draws, paints and doodles constantly and is happily building her own personal library of picture books from all over the world. Working in pen and ink, watercolor, and color pencil media, Mônica uses loose lines and white space to aim for art with a simple, uncluttered look.





Executive Editor, HarperCollins, Jill Davis – October 24, 2020

Jill Davis was born in Queens, New York, but grew in Sharon, Massachusetts in a bird sanctuary. She was a French major at UMASS Amherst and lived in Paris in 1987 and 1988. She began her career as a nanny, working for a literary agent and a journalist in New York City, where she discovered that she loved the idea of reading manuscripts and going to book parties. Her first office job was at Family Circle Magazine, where she spent a lot of time sewing pillows in the crafts department and wandering into the test kitchen. Her career in children’s books began at Crown and Knopf back when Frances Foster was there, and then she spent ten years at Viking, where she published Elizabeth Partridge’s award-winning biographies. She had shorter stints at Bloomsbury and FSG, and began to focus more on picture books; and has been at HarperCollins since 2013, where she finds that she loves to do a little bit of everything. She has an MFA in writing for Children and Teens from Hamline University, and wrote her thesis on the subject of Quirk in three middle grade novels. She adores everything French and loves publishing a variety of books, including funny, poignant picture books; clever board books, passionate narrative non-fiction for all ages, own voices for all ages, and graphic novels and graphic chapter books. Recent highlights include It Began with a Page, Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep; Everybody Says Meow, Big Papa and the Time Machine; Catherine’s War; On a Magical Do-Nothing Day; Girl Mans Up; the Olga series by Elise Gravel; and the Baby Scientist board book series. Forthcoming is How Women Won the Vote by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, which was an incredible experience. Please feel free to ask her about suffrage.


Designer, Sterling Children’s Books, Julie Robine – July 18, 2020

Julie Robine is a designer at Sterling Children’s Books. Her work spans board books to YA, including picture books, graphic novels, and novelty formats. She loves books that tackle real issues of today with heart and humor, with a strong message and some laughs along the way. Most of all, she looks for books that respect and entertain their young audiences- children are much more sophisticated than given credit for. She is also a freelance illustrator and understands the unique balancing act between illustrator and designer and the crucial connection between the two. Before joining the team at Sterling, she was a designer at Simon&Schuster, and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration.