Elly Mattson Van Diest is an artist and illustrator who specializes in watercolors. Her paintings are widely held in private and public collections. A native Minnesotan, former public school teacher and graphic designer for the Great River Regional Library system, she lives in a century home near the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Douglas Wood has been called Minnesota’s “renaissance man” – author, artist, musician, naturalist, wilderness guide. As a writer of books for children and adults he has almost two million copies in print, including the classics OLD TURTLE and GRANDAD'S PRAYERS OF THE EARTH. Among his many honors and awards have been the Christopher Medal, ABBY Award, International Reading Association Book of the Year, Minnesota Book Award, Midwest Publishers Association Book of the Year, Parent’s Choice Award, Barnes and Noble Star of the North, and World Story Telling Award.