My Author & Illustrator Friends in Bookstores

One of the most exciting things about getting more involved in the kidlit community is the number of people I know who I count as friends and mentors whose books are sitting on bookstore shelves. Going into a bookstore is a completely different experience now, because the books are truly like friends.

For example, amazing mentors in the Nevada SCBWI mentor program:

Jim Averbeck (his new MG thriller A HITCH AT THE FAIRMONT):

Ellen Hopkins (her YA verse novels CRANK and others. Be sure to check out her Indiegogo campaign to fund the filming of the play, CRANK, to benefit Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit helping youth at risk):

Talented picture book authors and illustrators I've met in person or befriended online:

Brooke Boynton Hughes (illustrator of CUPCAKE COUSINS, by Kate Hannigan), who I met at David Diaz's Lost Weekend last fall:

Lori Nichols (author-illustrator of MAPLE):

Debbie Ridpath Ohi (picture book illustrator, and illustrator of new covers for Judy Blume classics):

Corey Rosen Schwartz (her latest fractured fairy tale, NINJA RED RIDING HOOD, is on the same shelf as WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE):

And others I've interacted with online and learned from:

Cynthea Liu (author of WOOBY & PEEP), who ran a great writing contest last spring, Red Light Green Light:

Drew Daywalt (horror film maker and NY Times bestselling author of THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT), who we interviewed on the website I help run, (in which he reveals that he was raised by a family of anchovies):

Actually, many of these friends have also been featured in interviews (check them out: Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Brooke Boynton Hughes, Lori Nichols, Jim Averbeck).

I imagine that it is such a thrill to see one's books in the stores and hope to experience that thrill myself one day.

What about you? Whose books would you like to be displayed next to?

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