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.
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.
Liz Climo grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Los Angeles after college to work as a character artist on The Simpsons. She started a comic blog, LizClimo.tumblr.com, where Rory and his dad first appeared in 2012. Liz currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Colin, and their daughter, Marlow.
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.
Robert Harvey has been a columnist for the Daily Telegraph, assistant editor of The Economist and an MP. He is the author of many books, including a highly popular biography of Lord Cochrane.He is a former member of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, was assistant editor of The Economist, and foreign affairs leader writer for the Daily Telegraph. His books include The Undefeated: The Rise, Fall and Rise of Modern Japan, Portugal: Birth of a Democracy, Liberators and Cochrane. Robert lives in Powys, Wales.
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.
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.
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.
E. B. Lewis
E.B. Lewis is the illustrator of two Corretta Scott King Honor Books, including The Bat Boy and His Violin by Gavin Curtis and Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman by Nikki Grimes