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Leah Heilman Schanke is a children's book writer whose multicultural heritage and interest in U.S. history inspire her to write narrative non-fiction and historical fiction books for children.

Leah is the 2019 Marvelous Midwest Scholarship Winner, recipient of a full scholarship from KidLit Nation to attend the SCBWI Midwest Conference. Her picture book biography of a Harlem Renaissance poet was a winner in the 2017 KidLit College Picture Book Contest. For two consecutive years, 2013 and 2014, she was a finalist in the PNWA Literary Contest in the children’s book category.

In 2014 the Children's Book Academy awarded her a full Andrea Davis Pinkney Merit Scholarship. She has also studied with the Storyteller Academy and Kid's Book Revisions. In addition to being a member of The Authors Guild, she is an associate member of SCBWI, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Leah is represented by Allison Remcheck of Stimola Literary Studio.