James Cloyd Bowman(1880—1961) was born in Ohio. After completing his graduate studies at Harvard, he taught English at Iowa State College and later became the head of the English department at Northern State Teacher's College in Michigan. He wrote many award-winning books for children, includingThe Adventures of Paul Bunyan. Laura Bannon(1895—1963) was born in Michigan. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago, where she later taught in the children's art program. She wrote and illustrated over thirty books and won the Children's Reading Round Table award for her contribution to children's literature.