We are thrilled to present KidLitCon 2019 Keynote Speakers. Come and hear LeUyen Pham and Varian Johnson on March 22-23, 2019!
New York Times Bestseller LeUyen Pham is the creator of over one hundred books for kids. Her books include The Princess in Black series by Shannon and Dean Hale, Grace for President, by Kelly DiPucchio, Freckleface Strawberry by actress Julianne Moore, and Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace, now a Disney Channel series.
Her own books include Big Sister, Little Sister, A Piece of Cake, and The Bear Who Wasn’t There. She recently collaborated with Mo Willems on his Elephant and Piggy Present series with her title The Itchy Book. She has also illustrated several graphic novels, including Real Friends by Shannon Hale.
LeUyen lives in California with her lovely husband (who is also an artist), her two adorable boys, and a cat named Sardine. More information can be found on her website.
Varian Johnson is the author of nine novels, including The Parker Inheritance, which received four starred reviews and was named a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, a Junior Library Guild selection and a Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List pick among other accolades.
His middle grade caper novel, The Great Greene Heist, has been named to over twenty-five state reading and best-of lists. In addition, Varian has written numerous novels and short stories for YA audiences. He was born in Florence, South Carolina, and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received a BS in Civil Engineering. He later received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he now serves as a member of the faculty. Varian lives outside of Austin, TX with his family. To learn more, visit his website.