Author & Illustrator Advocates

Room to Read’s Author and Illustrator Advocates are a network of book creators around the world who have a shared passion for the power of storytelling to bring diverse experiences to life.

We are honored to partner with these bestselling and world-renowned changemakers to build a more inclusive and just world.

Meet the Advocates

Alka Joshi

Born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India, Alka has lived in the U.S. since the age of nine. She graduated from Stanford University and worked in the fields of advertising and PR before starting her own marketing consultancy. In 2011, she obtained her MFA in Creative Writing from the California College of Arts in San Francisco, California.

A New York Times bestseller, The Henna Artist is her first novel and is in series development with Miramax TV. Alka shares her writing and publishing process on her YouTube channel.

"Through books, I’ve traveled to distant lands, met people who speak different languages, and celebrated lives different from my own. It’s my heart’s desire for every child in this world to be able to do that. Through Room to Read, we’re working to help millions of people broaden their horizons."

- Alka Joshi

Christina Baker Kline

A #1 New York Times bestselling author of eight novels, including The Exiles, Orphan Train and A Piece of the World, Christina Baker Kline is published in 40 countries. Her novels have been awarded the New England Prize for Fiction, the Maine Literary Award, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Award, among other accolades, and have been chosen by hundreds of communities, universities and schools as "One Book, One Read" selections.

Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the New York Times Book Review, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, Psychology Today, Poets& Writers, and Salon, among other places. Born in England and raised in the American South and Maine, she lives in New York City and on Mount Desert Island in Maine.

“Books are powerful tools that not only educate but serve as necessary reminders of our shared humanity. Room to Read is creating a world that is brighter and more just as they ensure the next generation of young learners unlock their full potential. I am honored to support world change through educated children as a Room to Read Author Advocate.”

- Christina Baker Kline

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