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  • Lois Lowry is the author of Number the Stars and The Giver (both Newbery Medal winners), among 30 other books for children and young adults.
    (Listen to audio version read by YWP Director, Marya.)

  • Sharon G. Flake writes for children and young adults, and is the author of nine novels, including The Skin I'm In. She has been the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award and the YWCA's Racial Justice Award.
    (Listen to audio version read by Communications Manager, Katharine.)

  • Lemony Snicket is the author of several children's books, including A Series of Unfortunate Events (his best-known work) and All the Wrong Questions.
    (Listen to audio version read by Editorial Intern, Nick.)

  • Avi is a Newbery winning author of more than 75 books including Crispin: The Cross of Lead and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.
    (Listen to audio version read by Operations Director, Shelby.)

  • Jerry Spinelli is an author of over 30 novels for young adults, including Maniac Magee, Wringer, and Stargirl.
    (Listen to audio version read by YWP Intern, Kristen.)

  • Walter Dean Myers is the author of Monster (Printz Award and National Book Award finalist), Fallen Angels, and Slam, among 80 other books for children and young adults. In 2012, he was named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

  • Kate DiCamillo is the author of The Tale of Despereaux (Newbery Medal), Because of Winn-Dixie (Newbery Honor), and The Tiger Rising (National Book Award finalist).

  • John Green is the New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, and Turtles All the Way Down

  • Scott Westerfeld is the author of the Uglies, Leviathan, and Midnighters series.

  • Roxane Gay is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women, and the New York Times bestselling Hunger.

Educator Resource Library

Thousands of educators participate in NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program and we know you've tweaked and added to and invented and flipped up over and around all the resources we offer to make them even better. Here's the place to share those adapted (or brand new) YWP lessons and student materials, and, better yet, download them for your own classes! 

Email EMAIL ADDRESS with your YWP resource (or several!) and we'll upload and tag it so that teachers around the world can benefit. (Or, Click here to submit your YWP resources (or several, etc.. maybe we'll shout them out???)