Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) was born and educated at Knole. She and her husband Harold Nicolson created the famous garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent.
Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, as well as the illustrator of many other picture books, including Crankenstein by Samantha Berger. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets.
Charles Santore is a nationally acclaimed illustrator whose works appear regularly in magazines. His honors include the Library of Congress's 2009 National Book Festival Artist, the Society of Illustrators' Award of Excellence, and the Hamilton King Award. His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and in many private collections. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Suzanne Slade holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and worked on NASA's Delta IV rockets. Her recent titles include The Inventor's Secret, Friends for Freedom, With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School, and Climbing Lincoln's Steps. She lives in Illinois with her husband, and she invites you to visit her online at suzanneslade.com.
Beck Stanton is the co-creator of the Books That Drive Kids Crazy series and a mother, primary school teacher, and the creative director/owner of mybabymoments.com.au. She has worked extensively with children throughout her teaching career and in roles that include before-and-after school care center director, nanny, and youth and children's worker.
Matt Stanton is the co-creator of the Books That Drive Kids Crazy series and the co-creator of the bestselling Fart Monster picture book series, and has sold more than 100,000 copies of his books abroad. He is also the creative director of HarperCollinsPublishers Australia and New Zealand.
Elisa Strauss is the founder and head designer of Confetti Cakes in New York City. A former designer for Ralph Lauren, Strauss is famous for her imaginative and elaborate cakes. Her work has been featured in dozens of magazines, as well as on Good Morning America, the Today show, Martha: The Martha Stewart Show, The View, and the Food Network