Kid Lit Panel: The Path to Publication

Children's book authors Valerie Bolling, Lisa Rogers, Janae Marks & illustrator Jeanette Bradley will join An Unlikely Story in a virtual Kid Lit panel where they will share their path to publication, how to get an agent, and anti-racism and diversity in children's literature. Discover the road to publishing success and more in this Kid Lit panel, perfect for writers, readers and students! 

We encourage audience questions to be submitted before the event. When you register below, there is an "Ask a question" button where you can type in any questions you have for the panelists. When you purchase Valerie Bolling, Lisa Rogers, Janae Marks or Jeanette Bradley’s books through An Unlikely Story you will receive a signed bookplate from that author/illustrator, while supplies last. In order to receive your bookplate, please include that you would like a signed bookplate in the “order comments” section when checking out on our website.

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Valerie Bolling is a graduate of Tufts University and Columbia University, Teachers College. She has been an educator for 27 years and a writer since age 4. She and her husband live in Connecticut and enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, going to the theater... and dancing. Let's Dance! is her debut picture book. Learn more about Valerie at

Lisa Rogers is an elementary school librarian and former reporter and editor. She holds degrees from The College of William and Mary, Boston College, and Southern Connecticut State University. She is the author of 16 Words: William Carlos Williams and the Red Wheelbarrow, and received the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. A native of the New Jersey shore, she lives in Massachusetts with her family and hound dog. Learn more about Lisa at

Janae Marks graduated from the New School with an MFA in writing for children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she’s spending time with her husband and daughter at home in Connecticut. From the Desk of Zoe Washington is her debut novel. Visit Janae online at

Jeanette Bradley has been an urban planner, an apprentice pastry chef, and the artist-in-residence for a traveling art museum on a train. She is the author and illustrator of Love, Mama. Jeanette lives in Rhode Island with her wife and kids.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Let's Dance! Cover Image
By Valerie Bolling, Maine Diaz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781635921427
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Astra Young Readers - March 3rd, 2020

Hound Won't Go Cover Image
By Lisa Rogers, Meg Ishihara (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807534083
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - April 1st, 2020

16 Words: William Carlos Williams and
By Lisa Rogers, Chuck Groenink (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781524720162
Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 24th, 2019

From the Desk of Zoe Washington Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062875853
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 14th, 2020

No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History Cover Image
By Lindsay H. Metcalf (Editor), Keila V. Dawson (Editor), Jeanette Bradley (Editor), Jeanette Bradley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781623541316
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Charlesbridge - September 22nd, 2020

When the Babies Came to Stay Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984835451
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2020

Love, Mama Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626729490
Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 2nd, 2018