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As some of the chief individuals responsible for capturing children's imaginations, authors of children's literature are dealt a noble but heavy task. APB's children's literature speakers have proven time and time again that they are more than capable of rising to the occasion to produce beautiful and inspirational works. Whether they set their readers' imaginations ablaze with tales of witches and fairies or reach for their heartstrings, APB's speakers on children's literature have made their mark in the literary world.

Children's Literature

Musician & Activist

Part of the legendary musical trio Peter, Paul and Mary, Yarrow is also a devoted activist whose educational nonprofit, Operation Respect, helps assure children a welcoming environment conducive to learning.

Children's Book Author & Creator of "Arthur"

As the creator of everyone's favorite aardvark, author and illustrator Marc Brown has captured children's imaginations for generations through his Arthur series.

"Maria" on Sesame Street & Author

Those who grew up learning their ABC's with Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Kermit and the Cookie Monster will immediately recognize Manzano as the bilingual "Maria" on Sesame Street. Manzano attributes her appeal to the fact that she acts the...

Motivator & Philanthropist

Justine Simmons, star of MTV's hit reality show Run's House, is an accomplished author, jewelry designer, and philanthropist who speaks on family and motivation.

Award-Winning Actress & Best-Selling Author

Speaker Jamie Lee Curtis has demonstrated her versatility as an actress with roles in such films as Halloween. She is also the author of eight children's books.

Adventurer / Entrepreneur / Author

Hillary is a powerful and dynamic speaker who takes his audience "with him" on one of his many extraordinary experiences: to the summit of Mt. Everest; traversing Antarctica to the South Pole; feeding a pod of sharks; or making a terrifying...

Filmmaker

One of America's most outspoken social critics, Lee is an all-around respected and talented filmmaker. Director of critically acclaimed, social conscious films including Inside Man, Malcolm X, and Do the Right Thing,his work is...

Author, Producer & Activist

Tonya Lewis Lee is an accomplished author, producer and rights activist. She is the founder of a multi-media company and has co-authored with husband Spike Lee several children's books including Please Baby Please and Giant Steps to...

Author & Documentary Filmmaker

Speaker Esmeralda Santiago is an award-winning author and founder of Cantomedia, a production company known for its documentaries. She supports community-based programs.

Television Host, Author & Comedian

The legendary host of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, his “everyman” style and personality have helped him earn millions of fans worldwide. He has been touted as one of the nicest entertainers in show business and the hardest working -- a...

Star of Seinfeld

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind show featuring stand-up comedy, music and more with Jason Alexander, the award-winning Seinfeld star.

Hip-Hop Artist & Actor

LL COOL J is an entertainer who has succeeded in crossing into all mediums of entertainment. Already a talented actor currently starring in NCIS: Los Angeles, two-time Grammy Award winner and NAACP Image Award winner, LL continues to...

Poet / Performer / Filmmaker

Author of "Reinventing the Enemy's Language" and "Women Who Fell From the Sky". Recording artist with her band Poetic Justice.

Best-Selling Author

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The...

Co-CEO, Archie Comic Publications

Nancy Silberkleit is co-CEO of Archie Comic Publications, one of the most successful, longest-running brands in the history of the comic industry. Her vision is that the comic book, as a graphic novel, is a valuable tool for developing literacy...

World Renowned Multicultural Visual Artist

Synthia Saint James is a world renowned multicultural visual artist, an award winning author and/or illustrator of 17 children’s books. She is most celebrated for designing the first Kwanzaa Stamp for the USPS in 1997 and for the international...

Author, LGBTQ Rights Advocate

Jessica Herthel is the co-author of the critically acclaimed children’s picture book, I Am Jazz. Today Jessica travels around the country primarily speaking to students, parents, teachers, counselors, and superintendents about using the...

Disney Animator, Author & Illustrator

A 38 year veteran of Walt Disney Feature Animation, Glen Keane trained under Walt Disney’s 9 Old Men. Glen Keane went on to create many beloved Disney characters, such as The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Beast, Tarzan, and Rapunzel. In 2012,...

Social Worker, Activist & Author

Maryum Ali, affectionately known as May May, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest child of boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s nine children.

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