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Kathryn Lay loves the unusual. She was inspired to write this book by the giant pumpkin exhibit at the Texas State Fair. Fall being her favorite season, she wanted to write a sweet family story without the spooky aspect of most Halloween books.
Lay teaches writing classes online for Coffee House for Writers. She received the 2005 Golden Spur Award for Crown Me! and has taken part in the Texas Book Festival. She is a past Texas regional advisor of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Her work has been included in Guideposts, Family Circle, Cricket, Spider, Highlights for Children, Woman's Day, US Kids, Pockets, Jack & Jill, SCBWI Bulletin, The Writer, Writer's Digest, Boys' Life, Children's Book Insider, Spellbound, Wee Ones, Hopscotch, Teen Power, Teen Life, and Children's Playmate, among others.
Katy Bratun's art has appeared in more than thirty picture books as well as advertisements, greeting cards, puzzles, posters, museum banners, stickers, kids' craft projects, and game boards. She enjoys talking about the creation of picture books with children in schools and libraries. Bratun is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and belongs to the Picture Book Artists' Association.