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.
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.