Jake Tebbit trained as a graphic designer and has an MA in Children’s Book Illustration. Living and working in a farmhouse on a hilly farm in England, Jake knows and loves sheep and other farm animals. He illustrated Pirates in the Library also published by Star Bright Books. He enjoys singing, playing traditional British folk music, and he travels when he can.
Kyra Teis learned her distinctive paper-collage technique from her father, Dan Teis, an esteemed contemporary artist and academic. She is the recipient of a Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Magazine Merit Award (1997). Kyra draws inspiration from her extensive travels, her husband and young daughter. She enjoys designing creative workshops for school visits and speaking to students about making stories and images of their own. Kyra lives near Albany, New York. VISIT Kyra Teis' website here.
Michael Thompson was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia where he now lives with his own family. Michael has drawn pictures for as long as he can remember and still has his first Teddy bear! He is an M.D. specializing in geriatric medicine. The Other Bears was completed in his spare time.
Cornelius Van Wright is an award-winning illustrator. He works with his wife, Ying-hwa Hu (also an illustrator), on many assignments. Their work has been exhibited at the Bologna Book Fair and The Society of Illustrators Original Art Show. He lives in New York City with his wife and their two children. VISIT Cornelius Van Wright's website here.
Richard Watson is the author of three novels: Under Plowman's Floor, The Runner, and Niagara. He co-wrote the classic American caving adventure book, The Longest Cave, which has been in print since 1976. Watson's biography of Descartes, Cogito Ergo Sum, was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of '25 Books to Remember from 2002.' He is an Honorary Life Member of the National Speleological Society, and has been exploring caves for more than fifty years.
Anne Weston lives in a remote corner of Costa Rica where she and her husband, Patrick, have established a rainforest preserve. She enjoys hiking and taking care of her pet chickens, turkeys, and geese. She also writes mysteries set in the rainforest, many of which have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. "I like to weave bits of folklore into my mystery stories," Anne says.
Anne Weston's rainforest preserve is available for use by universities and school groups. For more information, VISIT Anne Weston's website here.
Brian Wildsmith was raised in a small mining village in Yorkshire, where, he says, "Everything was gray. There wasn't any color. It was all up to my imagination. I had to draw in my head..."
Since those early days, Wildsmith has created more than 200 picture books, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. In 1962 he was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal, Britain's highest honor for a distinguished picture book. Wildsmith is deservedly known as one of the greatest living children's book illustrators.
The Brian Wildsmith Museum, which showcases his illustration work, was founded in Japan in 1994. VISIT Brian Wildsmith's website here.