Susan Taylor Brown served on the faculty for the Highlights Foundation Chautauqua Conference, is a past instructor for the Institute of Children's Literature, and has been the recipient of several grants from the Arts Council Silicon Valley for teaching poetry to incarcerated teens. She is the author of several books for children, including Robert Smalls Sails to Freedom and the ALA Children's Notable novel in verse Hugging the Rock. She lives in San Jose, California, with her husband, her rescued German Shepherd dog, and over 8,000 books. When she's not writing or reading, she can usually be found working in her native plant garden creating a habitat for wildlife.
Jeni Reeves is a painter and children's book illustrator with a background in communication and fine arts. Her illustrated picture books include authors' stories about world culture, history, biography, and folklore. Travel and study fuel Jeni's work, as does an abiding interest in history and language.