Award-winning author of Rise and Shine, Little Child, Leigh Ann Hrutkay obtained a Bachelor's degree in EarlyChildhood Education in 2004 and a Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh in 2011.
Chris Van Allsburg was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 18th, 1949. Chris is also the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, and was the recipient of the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Additionally, he received the Boston Globe Honor for The Polar Express as well as The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Chris has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature.