Faculty

We have been fortunate enough to work with some extraordinary people over the years.
Here are our current faculty members:

Kelly Delaney is an Associate Editor at Random House/Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, where she acquires and edits picture books and middle grade and young adult novels. Kelly has a master’s degree in Publishing: Digital and Print Media from NYU. Kelly is always on the lookout for quirky humor, bright characters, and writers that don't underestimate their readers. You can follow her on Twitter at @kellyunderwater. Kelly co-teaches the Craft and Business of Writing Children's Picture Books with Mira Reisberg and has some workinars in the Membership Site.

Hillary Homzie is the author of many, many chapter books and middle grade novels, some of which have won awards and also been adapted for television series. Hillary holds a master's degree in education from Temple University and a master’s of arts degree from Hollins University in children's literature and writing. Besides teaching at the Children's Book Academy, Hillary is a visiting professor of children’s literature and writing at Hollins University. Visit her on the web at www.hillaryhomzie.com and follow her on twitter @HillaryHomzie Hillary co-teaches the following courses - Middle Grade Mastery with Rachael Stein and Mira Reisberg and The Chapter Book Alchemist with Mira.

Rachael Stein is a voracious reader and acquiring Editor at Sterling Books for Children. There, she works on books for kids of all ages, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult and both fiction and nonfiction. Some of the amazing authors she works with are Linda Sue Park, Gary D. Schmidt, Kate Milford, Ronald L. Smith, and Sarah Beth Durst. Previously, Rachael worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/ Clarion Books, Scholastic, Lee & Low Books, Macmillan, and the agency Fox Literary. For more bookish fun, you can follow her on Twitter: @rachaeljstein.

Jennifer Swanson is the author of over thirty award-winning books including nonfiction and fiction titles. Jennifer has worked with many publishers including Capstone Press, ABDO Publishing, Britannica, National Geographic, and Charlesbridge. With a Masters Degree in K-8 Education, she is also an expert in showing others how to become sought after writers too. Jennifer's most recent endeavor is co-hosting an outstanding nonfiction conference with expert guests in Florida next May 2019. Click here to find out more. Jennifer co-teaches our instant-access Writing for Love and Money course with Mira. This course will only be available through December 31st 2019.

Marsha Diane Arnold is a multi-award winning author with over one million books sold. Called a "born storyteller" by the media, Marsha's stories have been called "wacky," "whimsical," "inspiring," "beguiling," "heartwarming," "uplifting," and "great read-alouds." Marsha co-teaches our fabulous instant access course -Writing Wonderful Character-Driven Picture Books. Visit Marsha at www.marshadianearnold.com

Andrea Miller is our awesome Craft and Business of Illustrating Children's Books co-teacher. Along with being a published illustrator, she is also an art director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt books for children. Find out more about Andrea here https://blkdiamond.art/about/

Julia Maguire is an Editor at Knopf Books for Young Readers. Prior to that, she worked at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. She currently edits picture books and middle grade and YA novels. Julia received her degree in communications from the University of Massachusetts and her Masters in Publishing from NYU. She started her publishing career interning at Bloomsbury Children’s Books in 2006 and has worked on picture books ever since. Julia has taught our picture book writing and illustrating courses in the past and co-created some wonderful webinars.

Miranda Paul is the award-winning author of 12 books including One Plastic Bag, Water is Water, 10 Little Ninjas, and The Great Pasta Escape. Her books have been named to several Best of lists and have been translated into multiple languages. Miranda is a frequent presenter at schools and libraries. Along with Ariel Richardson and Mira Reisberg, they co-created the wonderful workinar Rules to Break to Make Your Picture Book. Unfortunately, this awesome offering will only be available until November 2019, after which it will either be reconfigured or will disappear forever. Find Miranda at http://mirandapaul.com/

Ariel Richardson is an editor at Chronicle Books where she primarily acquires and edits board books, picture books, and novelty books. She has a master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College in Boston. Ariel co-created our Rules to Break to Make Your Picture Book workinar.

Mira Reisberg is the Director of the Children's Book Academy and an award-winning children's book illustrator and author. With a PhD in Education and Cultural Studies focused on children's books, she has worn just about every hat in the industry. Besides running the Academy, Mira is also an acquiring editor and art director at Clearfork Publishing/Spork where she has acquired, edited and art directed many of her former students. Mira has been instrumental in helping many authors and illustrators get published and teaches the fabulous Let's Get Funny: Writing Humor for Kids instant access course. She co-teaches way too many of the courses to mention. Find out more about Mira at http://www.mirareisberg.com/

Jed Alexander self-published his first picture book Almost Wordless, which was later acquired by a traditional publisher. Since then he has written, illustrated and traditionally published Red. Jed co-teaches our instant access Self-Publishing with Crowdfunding course with Dr. Mira. If you are interested in going that route, this is the way to do it. Visit Jed at http://jedalexander.com (which needs updating).

Leda Chung is a published illustrator currently living in jolly old England. Leda teaches our awesome instant access Fun with Photoshop for Children's Book Illustrators course. Find her wonderful work at https://www.ledachung.com/illustration

Bri Davey is a children's book illustrator, letterpress printer, calligrapher, dog mom, and a huge believer in the power of creativity. She recently discovered creating as her life's purpose and will be teaching our Hand Lettering and Calligraphy course. Find out more about Bri right here!

Catherine Felt is an avid writer of fantasy and historical young adult fiction. She lives in California with her beloved husband and a very barky chihuahua. Catherine has been using Scrivener for many years and swears by the software, having found it immensely helpful to organize what was formerly unwieldy binders full of material. She is our wonderful teacher in our Rock Your Writing With Scrivener course! Find out more about Catherine right here!

Sharismar Rodriguez is an exquisite art director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Children. Previously, she taught our Craft and Business of Illustrating Children's Books course and co-created the instant access Steal This! workinar with Mira Reisberg. This workinar teaches students how to draw from history, mythology, art history and all sorts of places to radically improve their writing and illustrating!