JULIE HEDLUND

JULIE HEDLUND

Hi everyone! I’m children’s author Julie Hedlund, founder of the 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge, also known as the “fearless leader.” Why did I start this challenge? I…

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KELLI PANIQUE

KELLI PANIQUE

Kelli Panique – Kelli Panique is our 12 x 12 Community Wizard. With a flash of her wand, she is here to help & answer your questions about using your…

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CAROL MUNRO

CAROL MUNRO

Carol Munro – I'm a freelance writer with a marketing/advertising background, focusing now on picture books because...well...c'mon! What's more challenging or rewarding?  

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ELAINE KIELY KEARNS

ELAINE KIELY KEARNS

Elaine Kiely Kearns is a picture book and middle grade writer. Armed with a master's degree in Education, she spends her time perusing the internet for golden nuggets of information…

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REBECCA FYFE

REBECCA FYFE

Rebecca Fyfe is a wife and a mother of seven, an American living in England, a health and fitness advocate, a blogger, an author and indie publisher. www.chapterbookchallenge.com  

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KIRSTI CALL

KIRSTI CALL

Kirsti Call is a homeschooling mom of five.  Her debut picture book, The Raindrop Who Couldn't Fall, came out December 2013.  Her family band, Calling Out, plays songs written by…

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MICHELLE CUSOLITO

MICHELLE CUSOLITO

Michelle Cusolito is a former naturalist, teacher, and curriculum developer. She grew up in Southeastern Massachusetts and has lived in Cebu, Philippines and Dublin, Ireland.  She has also camel trekked…

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TERESA ROBESON

TERESA ROBESON

Teresa Robeson writes nonfiction to science fiction for all ages surrounded by her family and chickens. She was Jane Yolen's nonfiction mentee in the 2017 WNDB Mentorship program, and is…

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RYAN ROBERTS

RYAN ROBERTS

Ryan Roberts is a picture book writer and self-proclaimed “picture book geek".  She is also a veterinarian, who originally majored in English/Creative Writing.  She is especially drawn to humorous books…

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KIRSTEN LARSON

KIRSTEN LARSON

Kirsten W. Larson first joined 12 x 12 in 2012, and her debut picture book biography, WOOD, WIRE, WINGS (Calkins Creek, 2020), was her March 2014 manuscript. She’s also sold…

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MARIE MANLEY TUCKER

MARIE MANLEY TUCKER

Marie Manley Tucker is an artist, graphic designer, illustrator/author and mom. During school, she would flip her papers over and draw flowers instead of doing the work. She will read…

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CARRIE FINISON

CARRIE FINISON

Carrie Finison has been a member of 12x12 from the start. Her poems and stories have appeared in Babybug, Ladybug, High Five, and Highlights magazines, and her rhyming manuscripts have…

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JO HART

JO HART

Jo Hart, a mum of four and former teacher with a major in Writing, lives in rural Australia and has been a member of 12x12 since its first year. She…

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JAMIE L.B. DEENIHAN

JAMIE L.B. DEENIHAN

Jamie L.B. Deenihan was a first grade teacher and certified reading specialist for over a decade. After her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015, she took time…

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LEANNE SHIRTLIFFE

LEANNE SHIRTLIFFE

Leanne Shirtliffe was already a published picture book author when she joined 12 x 12 in 2015. Searching for a critique group, inspiration, and a community, she found that...and so…

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KATELYN ARONSON

KATELYN ARONSON

Katelyn Aronson joined 12x12 in 2016, and considers it the best move she ever made for her writing career. She grew up in Southern California and worked as a manager…

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KATRINA MOORE

KATRINA MOORE

Katrina Moore writes and teaches in New Jersey.  Earning her M.A. in elementary education, she's been a teacher for almost a decade in Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York.  Her mission…

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REBEKAH LOWELL

REBEKAH LOWELL

Rebekah Lowell is an author/illustrator with a curiosity for the natural world. Growing up in a house built by her father, surrounded by a field of wildflowers, combined with being…

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HANNAH BARNABY

HANNAH BARNABY

Hannah Barnaby worked as a children's book editor, independent bookseller, and book reviewer before becoming the first children's writer-in-residence at the Boston Public Library. Her first young adult novel, WONDER…

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MELISSA KOOSMANN

MELISSA KOOSMANN

Melissa Koosmann writes picture books, poetry, nonfiction, novels, and never-ending to-do lists. She works part time as a freelance education writer and overtime as a mom. She’s represented by Sara…

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