Elementary: Sherri Rinker
Sherri Rinker is the author of FIVE New York Times bestselling picture books, including the #1 bestselling Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Series (Chronicle Books). She also authored Steam Train, Dream Train and the nonfiction picture book biography Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton (HMH, illust. by John Rocco). Some of her other titles include The 12 Sleighs of Christmas (Chronicle, illust. by Jake Parker), Tiny and the Big Dig (Scholastic, illust. by Matt Myers) and Celebrate YOU! (Balzer+Bray, illust. by A.N. Kang). Her first middle-grade novel, Revver The Speedway Squirrel, debuts fall 2020 (Bloomsbury, illust. by Alex Willan) with a sequel scheduled for 2021.
Sherri lives in the Chicago area with her husband, two sons, and one fluffy dog. Inspired by her sons, family life and her 25-year career as a graphic designer, Sherri writes in hopes of making the world a little more fun and encouraging early readers, one book at a time.
In addition to writing, Sherri loves to read, collect antique oil paintings, cook, garden and travel.
Middle & YA: Nic Stone
Nic Stone is an Atlanta native and a Spelman College graduate. After working extensively in teen mentoring and living in Israel for several years, she returned to the United States to write full-time.
Nic's debut novel for young adults, Dear Martin, was a New York Times bestseller and a William C. Morris Award finalist. She is also the author of the teen titles Odd One Out, a novel about discovering oneself and who it is okay to love, which was an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Rainbow Book List Top Ten selection, and Jackpot, a love-ish story that takes a searing look at economic inequality. Clean Getaway, Nic's first middle-grade novel, deals with coming to grips with the pain of the past and facing the humanity of our heroes.
Nic lives in Atlanta with her adorable little family.
Secondary+: Laura Packer
Laura Packer knows the way to the truth is through a good story and that this universal artform creates empathy, builds bridges, and has the power to change the world. Author of the award-winning From Audience to Zeal: The ABCs of Finding, Crafting, and Telling a Great Story, Laura commits to help others find their voice. Laura crafts her work for the audience in front of her and is dedicated to meeting people where they are.
Recipient of the 2020 Storytelling World Award; the 2018 Minnesota GrandSlam Champion; best in Fringe in Kansas City in 2016 and 2018; the J. J. Reneaux Mentoring Grant from the National Storytelling Network in 2016; 2012 League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling Brother Blue Award; finalist in the 2009 and 2010 Boston Story Slam series; winner of the 2010 National Storytelling Network Oracle Award.
Laura holds a degree in Folklore and Mythology from Boston University and can be reached through www.laurapacker.com and www.thinkstory.com.
KATE 2020 reservation deadline: Oct. 16, 2020!
Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita
400 W. Douglass Avenue
Wichita, KS 67202