J.P. Mitchell

“Link vision to opportunity through the power of words…”


 J.P. Mitchell is an educator, author and speaker.  A wife, mother and daughter, she believes that a huge part of her assignment in the world is to help children see their own greatness in the mirror of adults who love them.  She has served children as a classroom teacher and in other education roles for 21 years. 

J.P. believes that children’s literature is a way to both beautify and change the world.  She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a grateful participant in the Highlights Foundation’s legacy.  Most recently, she has discovered the beautiful Courage to Create community, as well.  Connecting with author minds and celebrating the work of other creators is a source of great joy.  In her family life, J.P. Mitchell enjoys outdoor adventures, music making and travel with her husband and two children–including the daughter who inspired Sweet Fire

You can find J.P.’s latest adventures on Facebook and Instagram @JPMitchellwrites.


Fuuji Takashi

Fuuji Takashi is a children’s book illustrator and character designer based in the Philippines. She is best known for illustrating Mariah Carey’s first children’s book, The Christmas Princess. Her works have been featured in both local and international news. You can check out more of her works from her Instagram page @fuujitakashi.


Laurie L. Young

Laurie L. Young has over 20 years’ experience as an Art Director and Book Designer for children’s trade and licensed products. She has created innovative design and formats for companies such as Mattel, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon, and others.