KELLY CUNNANE received the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for her picture book "For You Are a Kenyan Child, " which the "New York Times" described as "entrancing . . . [an] inviting introduction to a different culture." Her book "Chirchir Is Singing" was an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book. Kelly has lived and taught in Kenya and Mauritania and currently lives in Beals, Maine.
HODA HADADI is a children's books illustrator living and working in Tehran, Iran. She has illustrated more than forty books for children and has won numerous international prizes, including the New Horizons Bologna Ragazzi Award and the Grand Prix of Belgrade. This is her first U.S. picture book.