Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Out of this World Faculty



Jordan Brown

Jordan Brown

Senior Editor, Walden Pond Press and Balzer + Bray at HarperCollins

Jordan Brown is a senior editor with the imprints Walden Pond Press and Balzer + Bray at HarperCollins Children’s Books. In the ten years he has been in children's editorial, he has been fortunate enough to work with such esteemed authors and illustrators as Jon Scieszka, Anne Ursu, Gris Grimly, Steve Brezenoff, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Chris Rylander, Erin McGuire, Laura Ruby, Kevin Emerson, Christopher Healy, Greg Ruth, Dan Wells, Lois Metzger, M. Sindy Felin, and many others. Amongst their books are New York Times bestsellers, ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, an NPR Backseat Book Club Selection, and a National Book Award finalist, in addition to other accolades. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit


Sarah Davies, Agent, Greenhouse Literary AgencySarah Davies

Agent, Greenhouse Literary Agency

Sarah Davies was a children's publisher in London for more than 25 years before moving to the USA in 2007 to launch The Greenhouse Literary Agency. Based in the U.S. and U.K., The Greenhouse represents authors of children's and YA fiction and is very international in outlook. Among Sarah's clients are New York Times Bestseller Brenna Yovanoff, Morris Award winner Blythe Woolston, Megan Miranda, Donna Cooner, Lindsey Leavitt, C.J. Omololu, Martha Brockenbrough, and Caroline Carlson. Sarah is an Association of Authors' Representatives member and has been a fiction editor half her life, bringing a wealth of industry experience to her agenting role. She is open to all genres from young chapter-book series through to powerful YA, and particularly seeks strong voices, unique concepts, and stories that grab the emotions in a fresh way. Sarah says, "Everything I'd more like to tell you about the Greenhouse is in its name. It's where writers grow!" Visit






Sylvie Frank

Sylvie Frank

Editor, Paula Wiseman Books / Simon & Schuster

Sylvie Frank is an editor with imprint Paula Wiseman Books at Simon & Schuster. Since joining Paula Wiseman Books in January 2013, Sylvie has been on the prowl for literary, character-driven middle grade and kid-focused, snappy picture books. She is drawn to original voices across all genres. One of her favorite pastimes is browsing agents’ and illustrators’ websites for new talent. Authors and illustrators Sylvie has had the pleasure of working with include Donna Jo Napoli, Susan Vaught, Tammi Sauer, Amy June Bates, James E. Ransome, Scott Magoon, Jewel, and Melissa Gilbert. As a child, her favorite books were William Steig’s BRAVE IRENE and Roald Dahl’s MATILDA. When she’s not reading, Sylvie can be found running in New York’s Central Park. Recent books she has edited include STORM by Donna Jo Napoli, BREATHE by Scott Magoon, and WHISTLE IN THE DARK by Susan Hill Long. Visit


ellenEllen Hopkins


Ellen Hopkins is a poet and the award-winning author of eleven New York Times bestselling YA novels-in-verse, plus two adult novels. She is a member of the SCBWI board of advisers and the founder of Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit which helps at-risk youth into safe housing and college. Some of her YA titles include PERFECT, GLASS, BURNED and CRANK. Ellen lives near Carson City, Nevada with two dogs, one rescue cat and a whole lot of testosterone (husband, teenaged son and two grandsons). Visit






Marie Middleton


Maria Middleton

Associate Art Director, ABRAMS Kids Books

Originally from Virginia, Maria graduated from Parsons School of Design and began her career in publishing at HarperCollins Children's. Since joining the ABRAMS team in 2007, she has designed and art directed a wide range of childrenʼs and young adult books including the SPLINTERED series by A. G. Howard; The INFINITE MOMENT OF US by Lauren Myracle, Pura Belpré Honor book, PANCHO RABBIT AND THE COYOTE by Duncan Tonatiuh; and EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION by Tonya Bolden. She lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Mozart.




Aaron Headshot 2, croppedAaron Reynolds


Aaron Reynolds is a New York Times Bestselling Author of many highly acclaimed
books for kids, including CARNIVORES, CHICKS AND SALSA, JOEY FLY, PRIVATE EYE, and the Caldecott Honor winning CREEPY CARROTS! He frequently visits schools and his highly participatory presentations are a blast for kids and teachers alike. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife, two kids, four cats, and between three and ten fish, depending on the day. Visit