Kevin Pope

Kevin Pope’s illustrations and cartoons have appeared in alternative publications, global advertising campaigns, and numerous books. His comic panel, Inside Out, was syndicated nationally, and those designs were also licensed for use on merchandise. As an animator, he worked as the head character designer for the NBC prime-time show Sammy, Mad Magazine’s Project X, and as a content developer for DC Entertainment. He works and resides in the hills of southern Indiana.

Leslie Stall Widener

Illustrator Leslie Stall Widener was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a legacy of her maternal grandmother. She has illustrated for numerous educational publishers and children's magazines. Her portfolio includes three books for young readers, including Greg Rodgers' Chukfi Rabbit's Big, Bad Bellyache, which received a starred review in The Kirkus Reviews and was selected for the Alaska Spirit of Reading program. She lives with her husband, Terry, in McKinney, Texas.

Jen and Nat Whitman


Jen and Nat Whitman tell stories in tandem for family audiences as The Whitman Tellers. The Whitmans, who teach in elementary schools around the globe, are passionate about bringing the joy of storytelling into classrooms everywhere.

Kitty Harvill


Kitty Harvill, a native of Clarksville, Tennessee, holds dual residency in the United States and Brazil. Her work is included in corporate, museum, and private collections in the U.S., Brazil, Germany, and Singapore. She has illustrated several children’s picture books, including Sitting Down to Eat by Bill Harley, which was named an American Bookseller Pick of the List, a Notable Social Studies Trade Book by the National Council of Social Studies, and included in Newsweek’s Best Kids’ Books of the Year. Her collaboration with Darcy Pattison, Abayomi, was named an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the National Science Teachers' Association.

Gary Zaboly


Gary Zaboly specializes in historical illustration and writing focusing on American frontier history. He has authored many articles as well as seven books, including A True Ranger: the Life and Many Wars of Major Robert Rogers, An Altar for Their Sons: The Alamo and the Texas Revolution in Contemporary Newspaper Accounts (winner of the Summerfield G. Roberts Award), and The American Colonial Ranger: The Northern Colonies, 1724–1764. He is a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians and a founding board member of the Alamo Battlefield Association. He lives in New York City.