About the Author
Ann Grifalconi is the award-winning illustrator and/or author of over one hundred books for young adult and children, including Darkness and the Butterfly, Osa's Pride, Flyaway Girl and Not Home. Her many citations and awards include a Caldecott Honor for "The Village of Round and Square Houses; " a Jane Addams Honor for "The Village That Vanished," illustrated by Kadir Nelson; and a Jane Addams Award for "Patrol," by Walter Dean Myers. She is delighted to be working with Jerry Pinkney, one of her favorite illustrators and a friend, too. Ms. Grifalconi lives and works in New York City, when traveling to Africa, Central America or Asia for intensive research for her varied book projects.
Jerry Pinkney is the illustrator of more than a hundred books for children. His exceptional art has won numerous awards including Caldecott Honors, Coretta Scott King Awards and Honors. He has been recognized with numerous other honors, taught illustration and conducted workshops at universities across the country. Books Mr. Pinkney has illustrated include "God Bless the Child," a picture book interpretation of the song first performed by legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, "The Old African," by Julius Lester, and "Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman" by Alan Schroeder. He has worked on other projects dealing with the Underground Railroad for National Geographic and the National Park Service. Mr Pinkney lives and works in a nineteenth-century carriage house with his wife, author Gloria Jean, and is currently a member of the National Council on the Arts.