EMMA WALTON HAMILTON is a best-selling children’s book author, editor and arts educator. With her mother, actress/author Julie Andrews, Emma has co-authored over thirty children’s books, seven of which have been on the NY Times Bestseller list, including THE VERY FAIRY PRINCESS series (#1 Bestseller), JULIE ANDREWS’ COLLECTION OF POEMS, SONGS AND LULLABIES, the JULIE ANDREWS’ COLLECTION OF POEMS, SONGS AND LULLABIES series, SIMEON’S GIFT, THE GREAT AMERICAN MOUSICAL, and THANKS TO YOU: WISDOM FROM MOTHER AND CHILD. Emma’s own book, RAISING BOOKWORMS: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment, premiered as a #1 best-seller on Amazon.com in the literacy category and won a Parent’s Choice Gold Medal.
Emma is a faculty member of Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and Literature, where she serves as Director of the Children’s Literature Fellows program and the annual Children’s Literature Conference. Emma also works as a freelance children’s book editor, and hosts the Just Write Children’s Books home-study courses in and resources for writing picture books, chapter books and middle grade and young adult novels, as well as for school author visits (School Visit Wizard.) She is a contributor to the Huffington Post in the parenting and books categories, and a member of SCBWI and The Author’s Guild. Visit her at emmawaltonhamilton.com
JULIE HEDLUND is an award-winning children’s book author, founder of the 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge, blogger, and a regular speaker at SCBWI and other industry events.
Her first picture book, A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS (Little Bahalia Publishing, 2013) was also published as an interactive storybook app and was the recipient of the 2014 Independent Book Publisher’s Association Benjamin Franklin Digital Gold Award. Her storybook app, A SHIVER OF SHARKS, Little Bahalia Publishing, 2013, was a 2014 Digital Book Award winner.
Julie’s next book, MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN, releases in September 2014 from Little Bahalia. Julie is a monthly contributor on author/illustrator Katie Davis’ Brain Burps About Books children’s literature podcast, a PAL member of SCBWI, and a contributing editor on the subject of 21st Century Publishing for Children’s Book Insider. Visit her at juliehedlund.com.