Karina Yordanova

Karina Yordanova

Website: https://www.karinayordanova.com/ | Instagram: @doodlesofkari

Represented by Kaitlyn Sanchez

Karina Yordanova has been dreaming about illustrating children’s books all her life! After graduating with a BA in Animation from Plymouth College of Art, she helped create the official coloring book for a “A Christmas Carol” for one of the UK’s leading touring theatre companies, Le Navet Bete, before starting her own business with digital art products and commissioned art pieces. She has been an illustrator full time since 2018, working with clients ranging from the BBC to eBay. Karina is Bulgarian and would love to share her knowledge of Eastern European themes and folk stories with a new generation.

Maryam Khalifah

Maryam Khalifah

Website: http://www.maryamartillustration.com | Instagram: @maryamart.illustration

Represented by Kaitlyn Sanchez

Maryam is inspired by nature and the use of light to create atmosphere. She enjoys using mixed media and will often include scanned fabric, sequins, glitter, and photographs to build up layers of texture. Coming from a multiracial background, Maryam is a huge proponent of seeing those from similar minority backgrounds represented in her artwork; as such, she loves illustrating diverse and multiracial characters like herself. Maryam is half Mauritian and half English. Her ancestors on her mother’s side of the family are from India and settled in Mauritius so they are Indo-Mauritian. On her mother’s side of the family there are Christians, Buddhists, and Sufi Muslims (a spiritual sect of Islam).  When she’s not illustrating, she can be found enjoying walks through her local forest (conveniently located opposite her house!), going to yoga classes, and diving into a wonderful book with a good cup of tea.

Heather Bell

Heather Bell

Website: https://heatherbellbooks.com/ | Twitter: @heatherbell37 | Instagram: @heather.bell37

Represented by Kaitlyn Sanchez

As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, Heather loves to portray diverse characters and gets especially excited for any story that reveals the world from a new or different perspective, as shown in the books she’s illustrated like Mac and Cheese and the Personal Space Invader and her upcoming book with Amicus Ink, Simply Skye. She wholeheartedly believes that hidden within our everyday lives is a secret realm glimpsed through books, music, and children’s laughter. Holding a BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute, she is a member of SCBWI, a Children’s Book Academy graduate, and a mommy.

DK Ryland

DK Ryland

Website: https://dkryland.com | Twitter: @RylandDk | Instagram: @dkryland

Represented by Kaitlyn Sanchez

DK is an author/illustrator whose debut picture book, GIRAFFE IS TOO TALL FOR THIS BOOK, comes out in 2023 with Page Street Kids. She loves to draw animals and nature and enjoys quirky and subversive humor. Before becoming an author/illustrator DK filmed wildlife in Africa, was a collegiate and professional athlete, and taught middle school English. In 2019, she received a PBChat mentorship with Cori Doerrfeld, and in 2020, she was a PB Party finalist. DK lives in San Diego with her super awesome husband, two brilliant kids, and far too many pets.  Just kidding—there’s no such thing as too many pets.

Mesa Schumacher

Mesa Schumacher

Website: https://imaginationillustration.mesaschumacher.com | Instagram: @mesa_imaginationillustration

Represented by Katherine Wessbecher

Mesa is a children’s book author and illustrator by night. By day, she is a scientific and medical illustrator, animator, and infographic designer. She got her start in illustration working on archaeological sites drawing artifacts and reconstructing buildings, and from there she moved into scientific illustration, infographics, and medial illustration, earning an M.A. in Medical Art from the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. She is passionate about the details of science and nature, travel, exploration, and the meetings of minds and cultures and is a real big research nerd. Her favorite thing is taking big and complicated ideas and making them easy to understand. She currently lives in Fiji with her husband and two kids, though she has called many places home.

Robin Hann-León

Robin Hann-León

Website: https://robinhannleon.com | Twitter: @robinhann | Instagram: @thepageishalffull

Represented by Katherine Wessbecher

Before turning to children’s book writing and illustration, Robin worked in Lima, Peru, as a photographer and art director. An experienced digital restoration artist, Robin has worked with a wide range of clients including Harley Davidson, the DuSable Museum, the La Salle Bank, and Loyola University.  She currently lives in Illinois with her husband, two sons, and Peruvian cat and has a passion for image making and literature. Se habla español.

Lisa Bentley

Lisa Bentley

Website: https://lisabdraws.co.uk/ | Instagram: @lisabdraws

Represented by Katherine Wessbecher

Lisa Bentley is an illustrator and author of picture books. As a child she was obsessed with reading and would always choose books that invited her in with an exciting book jacket or beautiful illustrations.  She has a vivid imagination and has, for as long as she can remember, used this to write her own stories and illustrate them. As soon as she was able, Lisa picked up a pencil and began to draw and she’s hardly put one down since.