James Rice, in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, has produced fifty-plus childrenís books, among them illustrations for an addition to the Night Before Christmas series, Gullah Night Before Christmas. With more than a million and a half copies of his books in print, he ranks among the nationís best-selling creators of childrenís books.
Sarah Kirwan Blazek, born in County Wexford, Ireland, is now a teacher in Chicago, Illinois, and retains dual citizenship in both Ireland and the United States. She also is the author of An Irish Night Before Christmas and A Leprechaun's St. Patrick's Day, as well as the narrator of the companion audiocassette, which is a compilation of these two books. All are published by Pelican.