Betty MacDonald was born Anne Elizabeth Campbell Bard in Boulder, Colorado, in 1908. The daughter of a mining engineer, she spent her early years in some of the mining towns of Idaho, Montana, and Mexico. When she was nine, her father took the family-his wife and five children-to Seattle, where Betty lived until shortly after her marriage. Among her books for children are Nancy and Plum, originally published in 1952, and the beloved classics Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Mrs. Piggle-Wigglersquo;s Magic, Mrs. Piggle-Wigglersquo;s Farm, and Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. Mary GrandPreacute; is perhaps best known for creating the jackets and illustrations for the Harry Potter books. She has also illustrated The Blue Shoe, a novel for young readers by Robert Townley, as well as many fine picture books, including Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat by Jennifer Armstrong and Lucia and the Light by Phyllis Root. You can read more about Mary GrandPreacute; and her work at www.marygrandpre.com. From the Hardcover edition.
Hilary Knight was born on November 1, 1926. He is the son of artist-writers Clayton Knight and Katherine Sturges. He was born in Hempstead, Long Island and grew up in the town of Roslyn. When he was six the family moved to Manhattan where he has lived ever since. He is the illustrator of over fifty books, nine of which he also wrote. He is best known as the illustrator of Kay Thompson's Eloise (1955) and others in the Eloise series. He lives in an apartment in midtown Manhattan which also serves as his studio and library. His illustrations are available for purchase at two galleries--the Giraffics Gallery (East Hampton, New York) and Every Picture Tells a Story (Santa Monica, California).