Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Faculty Bios

Sara Sargent
Sara Sargent is an Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she publishes fiction and nonfiction in the picture book, middle grade, and young adult categories. Previously she was an Editor at Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Sara has worked with New York Tikes bestselling authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, StacyPlays, Laurie Hernandez, Abbi Glines, Ainsley Earhardt, Rosamund Hodge, and Lisa Maxwell; internationally bestselling author Lily Collins; National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti; and social media influencers StacyPlays, Matthew Espinosa, and Arden Rose. Sara received her Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern University. She lives in Brooklyn.
Patrick Collins
PATRICK COLLINS is the Creative Director for Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. Patrick art directs and designs picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels. Some of the recent picture books he has worked on are: Pass Go and Collect $200  illustrated by Steven Salerno; My Pet Wants a Pet illustrated by Eric Barclay; The Boy and the Blue Moon illustrated by Ashley Crowley; A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider—The Story of E. B. White illustrated by Lauren Castillo; and Brave Enough for Two by Jonathan Voss. Recent novel projects include: Blooming at the Texas Sunrise MotelDear Hank Williams, and Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree. Patrick studied art at Northeastern University in Boston.
 Patricia Nelson
Patricia Nelson is a literary agent with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, representing all genres of young adult and middle grade fiction, as well as select adult fiction. Recent children’s sales include books placed with Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Bloomsbury, Candlewick and Simon & Schuster, among others. She holds master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Southern California and previously taught literature and writing at the college level.


Caroline Starr Rose

Caroline Starr Rose is an award-winning middle grade and picture book author whose books have been ALA-ALSC Notable, Junior Library Guild, ABA New Voices, Kids’ Indie Next, Amazon’s Best Books of the Month for Kids, and Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections. In addition, her books have been nominated for almost two dozen state awards lists. In 2012 Caroline was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start Author for her debut novel, May B. She spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico and taught social studies and English in four different states. Caroline now lives with her husband and two sons in New Mexico. You can find her online at


List of Publications:

  1. May B. (MG, historical, verse) (Schwartz and Wade / Random House Children’s books, 2012)
  2. Blue Birds (MG, historical, verse) (Putnam / Penguin Young Readers Group, 2015)
  3. Over in the Wetlands: A Hurricane on the Bayou Story (picture book, rhyme) (Schwartz and Wade / RHCB, 2015)
  4. Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine (historical adventure) (Putnam / PYRG, 2017)


Chris Eboch


Chris Eboch is the author of over 60 books for children, including nonfiction and fiction, early reader through teen. Her novels for ages nine and up include The Eyes of Pharaoh, a mystery in ancient Egypt; The Well of Sacrifice, a Mayan adventure; The Genie’s Gift, a middle eastern fantasy; and the Haunted series, about kids who travel with a ghost hunter TV show, which starts with The Ghost on the Stairs. Her writing craft books include You Can Write for Children: How to Write Great Stories, Articles, and Books for Kids and Teenagers, and Advanced Plotting.

Shirley Duke

Shirley Duke is the author of one picture book, a YA horror, a book for librarians, and over 60 nonfiction books for children. She also freelance writes for book packagers and teacher guides for Simon & Schuster, Peachtree Publishers, and individual authors. She’s also worked as an editor and science consultant. A former teacher, she taught every grade except first and 12th, mostly in science and ESL. She’s presented at ALA, TLA, and Reading Recovery to teachers and librarians and visited many schools and libraries.

Her books include:

No Bows! Peachtree

Unthinkable Darby Creek Press

Teaching STEM and Common Core with Mentor Texts: Collaborative Lesson Plans, K-5 ABC-Clio

Survival in the Forest (2019) Heinemann