Jonathan grew up in Pennsylvania where he enjoyed, among many things, hiking, bird watching, and drawing the landscape. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Messiah College he moved to New York City in 2003 to attend graduate school at the School of Visual Arts. He received his first job illustrating for children’s literature when hired by Cricket in 2004. Since then, he’s worked for numerous publishers and his illustrations and writing have received widespread praise. Jonathan currently lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Jonathan’s clients include The New York Times, Cricket Magazine, Scholastic, Simon and Schuster, Henry Holt, Bloomsbury, Houghton Mifflin, Penguin, Sterling and Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His first two authored picture books, At Night and Building Our House, won prestigious Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Award for writing. His illustrations for The Apple Pie that Papa Baked won the Ezra Jack Keats Award for new talent and Publishers Weekly named him a newcomer to watch. He is currently working on his fifth authored picture book.
Semadar Megged, Art Director
Semadar Megged grew up in Israel and had an eclectic higher education — a year in film school; a year studying theater/stage design; three years of fine art — all ended up very relevant to the art of directing picture books. After a couple of years freelancing as a book jacket designer, she entered the world of children’s books as a designer for Dutton, BDD and Putnam, leading to sixteen years at Philomel as art director, working with Loren Long, Patricia Polacco, David Small, Ed Young, Will Hillenbrand, Floyd Cooper and many others. Currently Semadar is dividing her time between part time work at Simon & Schuster and her independent projects for Scholastic and Holiday House, in addition to coaching illustrators and author-illustrators with their picture book dummies.
Christopher A. Brown, Curator, Children’s Literature Research Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia
Christopher A. Brown is the Special Collections Curator for the Children’s Literature Research Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Brown received his M.A. in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2013 and his M.L.I.S. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005.
The Children’s Literature Research Collection (CLRC) is one of the premier repositories for Children’s Literature in the United States. The collection boasts over 85,000 volumes of children’s books from the 1830s through the present day. CLRC’s archives are home to original artwork, manuscripts, and ephemera from the history of children’s books. The collection contains original artwork from leading American illustrators, such as Aliki, Virginia Leigh Burton, Katherine Milhous, and Zachariah OHora as well as the manuscripts of Lloyd Alexander, Scott O’Dell, and Marguerite de Angeli among others. Items from the collection are featured in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Digital Collections.
Aram Kim is an illustrator and designer based in NY. She was born in Ohio, raised in South Korea, and now lives in New York where she earned her M.F.A. in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts. She currently works as a senior designer for children’s and middle grade nonfiction at Roaring Brook Press and Farrar, Straus and Giroux of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. Aside from designing books, she is a children’s book author/illustrator. Aram’s debut picture book Cat on the Bus was called a “beautifully designed visual work” by School Library Journal and included in the Children’s Choice Reading List 2017 by ILA/CBC. Her next picture book No Kimchi For Me!, about family, food, intergenerational connections, was selected as a Junior Library Guild selection as well as Bank Street’s Best Children’s Books of the Year 2018 and 2018 A Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy by The Pennsylvania Center for the Book. Aram is an illustrator and designer of Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 poster. Visit AramKim.com.
Agent Rebecca Sherman, Writers House
Rebecca Sherman is a senior literary agent at Writers House, LLC where she began her career over 17 years ago. She represents a range of children’s, middle grade, and YA fiction and non-fiction, specializing in the representing author/illustrators of picture books, graphic novels, and highly illustrated fiction. Her client list includes: Daniel Salmieri, New York Times bestselling illustrator of Dragons Love Tacos, Grace Lin, recipient of the Newbery Honor for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author/illustrator of the graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo, Andrea Beaty, author of New York Times Bestselling series The Questioneers, SCBWI Eastern PA success story Matt Phelan and many more. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. More information can be found at www.writershouse.com.