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Vern Kousky

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Vern Kousky is the author and illustrator of Otto the Owl Who Loved Poetry, which received the Frostburg State University Children's Literature Centre Book Award as well as a Parents' Choice Recommended Award, and The Blue Songbird, which was one of's Seven Loveliest Children's Books of 2017. Visit him on the web at

Eileen Spinelli

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Eileen Spinelli is no stranger to the Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers list. Since her debut in 1991 with Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, an IRA/CBC Children's Choice book and Christopher Award winner, she has gone on to author numerous picture books, poetry collections, and chapter books, including the best-selling When Mama Comes Home Tonight, and the critically acclaimed Sophie's Masterpiece. Eileen lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.