Here's a list of our actual judges (Please note: David Hasselhoff is not on this patrol)! Thanks so much to Teresa, Heather, Sara, and Susan for generously donating their time--and thank you to everyone who submitted!
We'd love to make this an annual event!
Karen M. Greenwald
Karen M. Greenwald’s bylined articles have appeared online and in print, including in The Washington Post. She edited FEMA National Advisory Council cybersecurity expert’s "infosec" book on building a secure Internet culture. Karen has won multiple international awards for: STEM creative, writing, video, graphic design, branding, rebranding, self-promotion, education creative, and book cover design. She is a member of SCBWI, and participates in 12x12, StoryStorm, NFFest and ReFoReMo. Karen is passionate about telling the stories of “unsung heroes.” Her debut picture book, A Vote for Susanna, The First Woman Mayor will be published by Albert Whitman, 2021. Karen is also a non-practicing attorney who runs a branding boutique. If you hear a dog barking while reading this, yes—that’s hers!
You can follow her on Twitter @kgreen_write
Jennifer Buchet is an award-winning kidlit author and marketeer, pre-k educator and a regular feature contributor to Cricket Magazines including AppleSeeds and FACES. She is an active member of many writing communities including SCBWI, 12x12, and the Children’s Book Academy. Her debut picture book, Little Medusa’s Hair Do-Lemma (Clear Fork Publishing) launches late 2020. When she's not writing enchanting kidlit tales, she's stirring up magic in the kitchen.
You can follow her on Twitter @Yangmommy.
Teresa Robeson was born in Hong Kong, raised in Canada, and now lives on a mini-homestead in southern Indiana with her scientist husband, younger son, and quirky chickens (quirkier than even her family). She draws upon her Chinese heritage, Canadian-American sensibilities, as well as her background in science and love of nature when she writes. Teresa’s picture book biography, Queen of Physics (Sterling Publishing) debuted in 2019 and won the 2020 APALA Picture Book Award, in addition to being named the NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended Book. Her second book, Two Bicycles in Beijing (Albert Whitman), released in April of this year.
Sara Fajardo is a Peruvian-American writer who grew up in Salinas, California. A former bilingual teacher she now works as a multimedia journalist for humanitarian aid organizations and agricultural research centers. She is passionate about the Andes, agrobiodiversity, and the history of the potato. She is based out of Lima, Peru.
She is represented by Nicole Geiger of Full Circle Literary.
Heather is an active children's author who has been creating stories since the third grade! She earned her degree in fine arts from Florida State College at Jacksonville and holds a career as an I.T. professional. Her picture books include Rex The...We Don't Know (Pelican, 2020), The Ant Farm Escape! (Pelican, 2019) & You May Just Be A Dinosaur (Pelican, 2015). She's an active member of the SCBWI and also is a volunteer judge for Rate Your Story,
Susan Johnston Taylor
Susan is the author of Ride Across Time, a historical fiction graphic novel published by Teacher Created Materials. Her nonfiction articles for kids and teens have appeared in magazines including Boys' Life, Cicada, Dramatics, and FACES. She's a Writing Barn fellow and was named a finalist for the 2020 Cynthia Leitich Smith Writing Mentor Award through the Austin, Texas chapter of SCBWI. Learn more at www.staylorwrites.com.