Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Spring 2020 Weekend on the Water Faculty

Anu Ohioma is an assistant editor at Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s Books. She primarily works on the New York Times bestselling nonfiction series Who Was?, What Was?, and Where Is? She also acquires and edits chapter books and middle grade and young adult contemporary fiction. Anu is a council member for the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature. Follow Anu on Twitter @aohioma.




Sherri L. Smith is the author of seven award-winning young adult novels, including the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist, Flygirl, the 2017 SCIBA YA Award winner, Pasadena, and the bestselling middle grade historical fantasy The Toymaker’s Apprentice.  Her books appear on multiple state lists and have been named Amelia Bloomer and American Library Association Best Books for Young People selections. Sherri has worked in comics, animation, and construction. Currently, she teaches in the MFA Writing program at Goddard College and for Hamline University’s Children’s Writing MFA. Her latest book is Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen?— part of the New York Times-bestselling Who Was? series. She returns to World War II as a topic with her next novel, The Blossom and the Firefly, in February 2020. Learn more at

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