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Steven L. Layne serves as director of the Master of Education in Literacy program at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he is also an associate professor of education and literature. Dr. Layne's collection of Pelican books includes several titles in the signature Night Before Christmas Series, including Preacher's Night Before Christmas, The Teachers' Night Before Christmas, and The Principal's Night Before Christmas. He is also the author of the gift books Verses for Dad's Heart and Verses for Mom's Heart and two young-adult thrillers, This Side of Paradise and Mergers. This is Layne's second picture book collaboration with illustrator Ard Hoyt, the first being the widely successful Love the Baby. Layne lives with his wife and their four children in Illinois.
Born in Temple, Texas, Ard Hoyt is the illustrator of nine picture books, including the New York Times bestseller I'm a Manatee, by John Lithgow, and Steven Layne's Love the Baby. Hoyt lives in Arkansas with his wife and five daughters.