About

Authors & Illustrators for Children is an organization of authors and illustrators of children’s books who are dedicated to enhancing the world for children.

VALUES

  • Authors & Illustrators for Children values a government that cares for children’s needs and plans for the needs of future generations.
  • We believe children have the right to quality education, health care, and a clean environment.
  • We believe that children should be encouraged to think and dream, and that the freedom to express their ideas and dreams is a human right.
  • We believe personal responsibility should be taught by example at all levels.

HISTORY

2012

Stand With Us For Our Children’s Future

Our 2012 campaign focused on the reelection of Barack Obama in a three-pronged approach: 1) via our 30-second TV spot in swing states (primarily Florida), 2) through an intensive Internet campaign (both paid ads and through social networking), and 3) by encouraging our members to work for local candidates who supported Obama’s efforts to address the critical issues of healthcare, education, the environment, and personal rights.

2008

The characters we create inspire our readers. The character he possesses will inspire a nation. Join over 1300 authors and illustrators for children.

Vote for Barack Obama.

Our focus in 2008 was the creation of a television ad which we placed on TV stations in swing states (primarily Ohio). Our 2008 campaign for Barack Obama attracted more than 1,300 authors & illustrators to join.

2004

We Create Children’s Books Because We Care About Children-That’s Why We’re Voting For John Kerry

Created in 2004, AIC supported the John Kerry for President campaign because we believed he was the candidate that best represented our values.  Over 400 Authors & Illustrators lent their names to an advertisement which was placed in national publications targeted at teachers and librarians, as well as newspaper and periodical ads in swing states.

PEOPLE

April Halprin Wayland

Co-founder

April writes, teaches, plays the fiddle, attempts to train her doofus dog, and hikes. Her main talent is collecting very smart friends who are changing the world.

Bruce Balan

Co-founder

Bruce intends to continue writing, sailing, and changing the world as best he can.

Lee Wind, M.Ed.

Advisory Board Member in Charge of Communications and Social Media, Spokesperson

Lee is a writer and blogger for LGBTQ and Allied kids, teens, and caring adults. A social media expert, he’s out to make the world a better place by telling—and amplifying—great stories that inspire people to action.

Bruce Coville

Advisory Committee

Bruce divides his time between writing strange books for wonderful children (or perhaps wonderful books for strange children, he’s never sure which) and trying to convince friends, family, and random acquaintances that politics may be messy and dirty, but opting out is not an option, since it means abandoning your responsibility to the future of our children.

Janet Wong

Advisory Committee

Janet is a poet whose dream is to have kids all over the country talking with their grandparents and parents about election issues (and even filling out absentee ballots together).

Gabrielle Raumberger

Creative Director

Gabrielle was born under the sign of Libra, and Gabrielle’s scales tilt from the serious to the child-like at any given time. Put her in the kitchen and you’ll get a delicious meal with whatever ingredients are at hand. In her home studio she loves painting her doodles, but in her quiet time, she’ll be meditating for the enlightenment of every sentient being.

Kevan Atteberry

Facebook Guy

Kevan is an illustrator and writer of children’s books. He is also an animator and designer and political geek. His bucket list includes, “make a positive difference in the world.” And “see a baby manatee.”

Rebecca O'Connell

Twitter Tweeter

Rebecca writes books for babies, children, and teens. She is a librarian, a mom, and a Pittsburgher.

Barney Saltzberg

Logo Design

Barney the author and illustrator of nearly 50 books for children, including Beautiful Oops!,  Arlo Needs Glasses, Andrew Drew and Drew, and the bestselling Touch and Feel Kisses series with over a million copies in print. Additionally, he’s recorded four albums of music for children.

Maurie J. MANNING

Legend of LinkedIn & Titan of Tumblr

Maurie writes and illustrates children’s picture books and runs her own small business.  As the mother of two children of color, her passion is to promote diversity through her work.

Michelle Parker-Rock

Advisory Committee

Michelle loves stories so much she would eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if she could. As a writer of books for young readers, an award-winning educator, and a literacy advocate, she is a champion for children, families and making our diverse world a safe and nurturing place—one word, one story, and one vote at a time.

Leonard Marcus

Advisory Committee

Leonard is one of the world’s leading writers about children’s books and the people who create them. He speaks about his work throughout the world, most recently in China and New Zealand.

Mira Lopez

Instagram Installer

Mira is a high school student; she enjoys spending her time reading classic novels, watching movies, and writing. Her favourite way to pass time is to play relaxing music and cuddle up with a good book. As a part of AIC, Mira hopes to influence young people to participate in politics and get involved within their communities.”

EVELYN COLEMAN

Pinterest Person-of-Interest

Evelyn, a children’s book author for more than 20 years, is the author of numerous award-winning books including White Socks Only, Freedom Train, and American Girl books. Born in the South during the Jim Crow era, her work shows her continuous efforts to promote justice, equality and love for all people.

Susan Raab

Advisory Board

Susan is president of Raab Associates, an internationally recognized agency that specializes in marketing books, products and initiatives aimed at improving the lives of young people. Clients have included Scholastic, National Geographic, and many bestselling authors and illustrators. She also reports on publishing, education and human rights issues as a wire service correspondent and is host of New Books Network’s Children’s podcast channel.

Janni Lee Simner

Store Tsar

Janni is the author of the young adult Bones of Faerie trilogy and the contemporary YA fantasy Thief Eyes, as well as of four books for younger children, more than 30 short stories, and the script for the video game The Huntsman: Winter’s Curse.

& OUR MANY MEMBERS!