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A Dash of Play and a Sprinkle of Surprise #KidLitCon2019 Panel!

A Dash of Play and a Sprinkle of Surprise #KidLitCon2019

A Dash of Play and a Sprinkle of Surprise

Creators Nancy Tupper Ling, Isabel Roxas, Oge Mora, and Janet Bates discuss the inspiration, exercises, and rituals they incorporate into their creative practices in order to keep things fresh for their readers and themselves. Where do we discover/uncover ideas for our stories?  How do we add spice to our revision/edits? How do we bring creativity into the marketing of our books?

Isabel Roxas


She will do speed critiques of illustrator portfolios

Isabel Roxas is an illustrator, ceramicist, dreamer and avid reader.

She has illustrated several picture books and middle-grade covers for young readers, including Goodnight Songs by Margaret Wise Brown (Sterling Books, 2014), Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê (Disney-Hyperion, 2016) Hello Universe by Erin Entrada-Kelly (Greenwillow Books 2017), and Day at the Market by May Tobias-Papa (Adarna House, 2008).

She recently launched Little Big Time Press a small imprint that produces small-format zines, comics, and artist books for children.

Nancy Tupper Ling


She will do Speed Critiques for picture book manuscripts.

Nancy Tupper Ling is a children’s author, poet, and librarian. Her latest book, The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful was published by Putnam Young Readers in September 2018. Her books have received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, and her poem, White Birch, was the winner of the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize.

Janet Bates


Janet Costa Bates writes middle grade, picture books, chapter books and poetry. Her picture book, Seaside Dream, received Lee and Low’s New Voices Honor Award. She is a long-standing member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Fun fact: The Boston Public Library chose ‘Seaside Dream’ to be included in its mural for its recently redesigned Children’s Room.

Oge Mora


Oge Mora is a painter residing in Providence, RI. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a degree in Illustration. She’s a fan of all things colorful, patterned, or collaged, and she enjoys creating warm stories that celebrate people coming together.  Thank You, Omu! is her very first book.

Moderator: Kirstin Cappy


Kirsten Cappy of Curious City is an advocate for children’s literature and its creators, schools, libraries, and mighty literacy. Curious City creates projects that engage young readers in the written word through play, conversation, and social action.  These tools, created in partnership with authors, illustrators, and publishers, are available free to librarians, educators, and literacy organizations at

Kirsten Cappy Curious City

Join us March 22-23 for KidLitCon 2019!

A Dash of Play and a Sprinkle of Surprise #KidLitCon2019

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