Graham Allison, founding dean of Harvard's modern John F. Kennedy School of Government, is the director of the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs and the Douglas Dillon Professor of Government. The author of Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis, he served as special adviser to the secretary of defence under President Reagan and as assistant secretary of defence under President Clinton.
Julie Andrews is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment, best known for her performances in The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, and The Princess Diaries. Julie has been a celebrated children's book author for over thirty years, and her works include Mandy, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and the Little Bo series. Her memoir, Home, was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.
Jabari Asim is the author of several adult and children's books, including Preaching to the Chickens which was named one of the NYT Best Illustrated Books of 2016 and Fifty Cents and a Dream-an NAACP Image Award Nominee, CCBC Choice, School Library Journal Editor's Choice, and Kirkus Best Book. He is an associate professor at Emerson College in Boston and executive editor of The Crisis, the magazine of the NAACP. He recently was honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
Chris Barton lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two young sons, who inspired Shark VS. Train while bantering with Daddy. Tom Lichtenheld is the illustrator of What Are You So Grumpy About?, What's with This Room? and the New York Times bestseller Duck! Rabbit! He is a creative director at an advertising firm.
Samantha Berger has written numerous picture books including Crankenstein, A Crankenstein Valentine, Witch Spa, Snoozefest, and Martha Doesn't Say Sorry, which won a Parent's Choice Award Honor. When she isn't writing, she's doing voice-overs, traveling the world, and helping rescue dogs. Samantha splits her time between New York City and California, and she invites you to visit her online at samanthaberger.com.
Sam Bowring is a stand-up comedian, television writer, game designer and author. His books include the critically acclaimed Broken Well Trilogy and the Strange Threads Duology. He also writes for children, with titles such as THE LITTLE BAD WOLF and SAM THE CAT. He lives in Sydney, and he likes croissants a lot. Too much, perhaps. For comedy clips and more info about Sam, visit www.sambowring.com.
Richard Brooks specialized in military history and theory of war at Oxford. He is the author of a number of books, including The Long Arm of Empire: Naval Brigades from the Crimea to the Boxer Rebellion.
Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and creative producer of the number-one children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also created a second book series featuring D.W., Arthur's little sister, as well as numerous other books for children.
Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year.
Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer and the author of the bestseller Underwater Dogs, Underwater Puppies, and Underwater Babies. His photographs of babies and animals have been featured in international media. He lives in California.
Danny Danziger has written fourteen books on a range subjects, including The Year 1000 which went to number one and stayed on the bestseller list for seven months. Danny's weekly Sunday Times column, 'Best of Times, Worst of Times', won many accolades and awards over 12 years.
Helen Dardik is a professional illustrator and a surface pattern designer based in Ottowa, Ontario. Born by the Black Sea, she lived in Siberia for a time and then moved to Israel, where she studied art and design. She later got a graphic design degree and found work as a designer and illustrator in Canada.
Sally was born in Tasmania in 1953. She got a BA in politics and history before going to live in Australia where she had a variety of jobs including in television and radio. She then got a Diploma of Journalism and is married with two children.
As a literary agent over the past 14 years, James Donovan has sold several bestselling nonfiction titles; previous to that he was a bookstore chain buyer and a trade book editor.
Tony Geraghty is a former member of the Parachute Regiment and a distinguished author of contemporary history. His books include the world bestselling Who Dares Wins and The Irish War, which so enraged the Government that he was arrested and prosecuted (unsuccessfully) under the Official Secrets Act. He lives in Herefordshire.
Jill Howarth began her career as a senior designer and art director at Hasbro Toys then transitioned into full-time illustration. Her previous illustrated children's books are Jingle Bells and The ABCs of Christmas. She lives in Westborough, MA.
Colonel John Hughes-Wilson, who retired from the British Intelligence Corps after 30 years' service that included the Falklands, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and the desert as well as the jungles of Whitehall, is an author, broadcaster and lecturer, who specialises in military history and intelligence.
Alice Kuipers is British but lives in Canada. She is the award-winning author of four young adult novels, and she tries her best to help Violet and Victor when they want writing tips for their books.
Alan Levy is editor of the English-language newspaper The Prague Post and has published many previous works, including his highly acclaimed eyewitness account of the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. He lives in New York.
Damien Lewis has spent twenty years reporting from war and conflict zones around the world. In 2006 he was chosen as one of the 'nation's 20 favourite authors' in the Government's Quick Read initiative. His books have won the Index on Censorship Award, and been nominated for many others.