Deb Fitzpatrick lives in Fremantle, West Australia and works as a freelance editor and writer. She has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from UWA and teaches professional writing and editing at Curtin University. Previously Deb wrote two young adult novels while living in a shack in the cloud forest of Costa Rica, and backpacking through South America. Both books were awarded Notable Books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. She wrote The Amazing Spencer Gray at a café in South Fremantle.
Phillis Gershator was born in New York City and raised in the California San Fernando Valley. She was an avid reader from the start, enjoying the Oz, Freddy the Pig, and Beverly Cleary books, and she still loves reading children's literature. She graduated from Pratt Institute with a Masters in Library Science. She has worked as a children's librarian with the Brooklyn Public Library and the St. Thomas school system in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She published her first children's book in 1979, and re-established her commitment to writing for children after experiencing the devastation of Hurricane Hugo in 1989. She and her husband, David, have two grown children and still live in St. Thomas.
The children's CD titled This Is the Day! Storysongs and Singalongs includes a song for the book Rata-Pata-Scata-Fata. For more information about her, the CD, and her books, VISIT Phillis Gershator's website here.
Michael Gervais teaches fifth grade in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University where he studied Literacy Education. The Barefoot Champion is Michael’s first book and is inspired by conversations about shoes with his very first class of second graders. When Michael is not writing or teaching, he can be found traveling around the world.
Francesca Greco was born in Foligno, Italy. She learned to draw from her grandmother, whose pictures were full of fantasy. When she was fifteen, her rendering of Alice in Wonderland with the Caterpillar won first prize at the 5th World Biennial for Children's Art. She studied art history at the University of Perugia, and started publishing children's illustration in 1998.
Francesca lives in a big house with her parents, a large black dog named Blu, and a cat named Micia who stays as far away from Blu as possible. Her passion is ballet, which she has been studying since she was four years old.
As a child growing up in New York, it was not unusual to find Bonnie on her fire escape, wrapped in bumpy chenille and curled up with stack of books.
Today, Bonnie is still dedicating her time to preserving the magic of childhood. As a devoted early childhood educator, she brings her passion for kids to life in library workshops designed to exercise creativity, explore emotions and cultivate an enduring love for books. She is ever so grateful to the kids for their honest energy, spirit and thirst to learn. They are her movers and shakers; her inspiration and her every reason to believe that children's books are the most important books written. Bonnie and her husband live on Long Island. They have two grown children and a beloved rescue dog named Rusty.
Janet Halfmann is an award-winning children's author who strives to make her books come alive for young readers and listeners. She has written more than thirty fiction and nonfiction books. The inspiration for Good Night, Little Sea Otter came while writing an article about two young scuba divers exploring an ocean kelp forest. Other recent books are: Star of the Sea: A Day in the Life of a Starfish, Fur and Feathers, Little Skink's Tail, and Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story. Before becoming a children's author, Janet was a daily newspaper reporter, children's magazine editor, and a creator of coloring and activity books for Golden Books. She is the mother of four and the grandmother of four. When Janet isn't writing, she enjoys gardening, exploring nature, visiting living-history museums, and spending time with her family. She grew up on a farm in Michigan and now lives with her husband in South Milwaukee, WI. VISIT Janet Halfmann's website here.
Isabel Hill is an architectural historian, urban planner, photographer, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her passion is teaching children about architecture and the urban environment. Counting Colorful Shapes is Isabel's fourth children's book following Urban Animals, Building Stories, and Urban Animals of Washington, D.C., all published by Star Bright Books. Isabel lives with her daughter, Anna, and their dog, Dot in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Isabel Hill's website here.
Ronald Himler began his career as a children's book artist in 1972, and has illustrated over 160 books and several hundred book covers. He has received more than thirty-five awards, nominations, and citations of excellence including a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators and a Christopher Award. Several of his books have been Reading Rainbow Selections. In addition to illustrating children's books, Ron also makes oil paintings of Plains Indian culture that are exhibited in galleries throughout the country. Ron lives in the desert outside of Tucson, AZ. VISIT Ron Himler's website here.