Alaya Dawn Johnson
- Author of The Summer Prince, which was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award, as well as several fantasy novels for adults.
- alayadawnjohnson.com | Twitter @alayadj | Facebook
- Winner of the 2014 William C. Morris YA Debut Award for her novel Charm & Strange
- stephaniekuehn.com | Twitter @stephkuehn | Tumblr | Facebook
- Winner of the 2010 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award Winner for her novel The Rock and the River
- keklamagoon.com | Twitter @KeklaMagoon
Walter Dean Myers
- The 2012–2013 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and winner of the Margaret Edwards Award for lifetime achievement.
- Author of When I Was the Greatest and My Name Is Jason. Mine Too.
- iamjasonreynolds.com | Twitter @JasonReynolds83
- Author of numerous contemporary YA novels and series including the Ni-Ni Girl Chronicles and Hollywood High
- www.ninisimone.com | Twitter @IamNiNiSimone | Facebook
Sherri L. Smith
- Author of Orleans, Fly Girl, Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet and more.
- www.sherrilsmith.com | Twitter @Sherri_L_Smith | Facebook
- Winner of the Margaret Edwards Award for lifetime achievement, the Coretta Scott King Award, and a three-time Newbery Honor author.
- www.jacquelinewoodson.com | Twitter @JackieWoodson | Tumblr | Facebook
- A playwright, director, and author of the YA novels Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy and Sunday You Learn How to Box.