Tad Carpenter is a designer, author, teacher, and illustrator of many books for young readers. The New York Times Book Review raved of his Zoom! Zoom!, “Any child obsessed with trucks or backhoes or trains or steam shovels should get a jolt of pleasure from the vehicular energy on display here.” He lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Visit him online at TadCarpenter.com.
<p>Tadgh Bentley is a picture book author and illustrator originally from the UK, now living in the Hocking Hills of Ohio with his wife, Emily, and puppy, Atticus. He is also the author-illustrator of <em>Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups</em>; <em>Samson: The Piranha Who Went to Dinner</em>; and <em>Little Penguin and the Lollipop</em>. You can visit him online at www.tadghbentley.com.</p>
Tad Hills is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the Rocket and Duck & Goose series, including the New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read; Rocket Writes a Story; R Is for Rocket; Duck & Goose; Duck, Duck, Goose; Duck & Goose Go to the Beach; and Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo! He also created various board books in these series, including Rocket’s Mighty Words; Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin; the ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book What’s Up, Duck?: A Book of Opposites; Duck & Goose: Here Comes the Easter Bunny!; and several Step Into Reading titles, including Drop It, Rocket! and Rocket’s 100th Day of School. The Boston Globe declared Hills’s work “charming, funny, simple, and surprising” and dubbed him “a master of the light comic touch.” Tad lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, two children, and his real-life dog, Rocket, who has not yet learned to read. Visit Tad online at tadhills.com, and follow him on Twitter at @tadhills.
Taeeun Yoo has twice received the prestigious New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award. She has illustrated many books, including Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, which has been published in twelve countries. The New York Times called it a “sunny, smart, tongue-in-cheek tale.” Other books include So Many Days and Only a Witch Can Fly, both by Alison McGhee, and Round by Joyce Sidman, which received four starred reviews. Taeeun was also the recipient of the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Society of Illustrators’ Founders Award. She lives in South Korea with her family.
TAIA MORLEY has worked as a toy and game designer and is an illustrator whose work appears in books and magazines and on packaging. Her books include <i>My New Big-Kid Bed</i> and some titles in the Let's Read and Find Out series. She is married to a wonderful guy, and they have four pretty great kids and one old brown dog. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit her on the web at taiamorley.com.
TALITHA SHIPMAN graduated with an MFA in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008. She’s illustrated several books since then including You Are My Little Pumpkin Pie, Everybody Says Shalom, and Applesauce Day. Talitha lives in Indiana with her husband, daughter, and dog.
Taltal Levi was born in the Galilee, Israel. She graduated from Lucerne University of Arts and Design with a degree in illustration, and currently works and lives in Basel, Switzerland. From a young age she used drawing as a tool to liberate herself from reality’s hardship and dullness. Taltal loves telling stories about characters who embrace their vulnerabilities and overcome obstacles. Her narratives incorporate fantasy elements and draw inspiration from nature, animals and her own childhood memories. For more information visit: www.taltallevi.com
Tamara Ellis Smith earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Richmond, Vermont, with her family. This is her first novel. Visit her on the Web at tamaraellissmith.com.
<b>Tamara Levitt</b> is an author, producer, speaker, and mindfulness educator. She works as head of content at Calm, the mindfulness meditation app. She leads the creative strategy for Calm's content library and oversees production of the company's original content offering. Tamara writes, produces, and narrates Calm's mindfulness meditation programs. Tamara is also founder of Begin Within Productions, where she produces mindfulness based multi-media content. Her experience as a meditation practitioner exceeds over twenty years of study and practice. She is based in Toronto, Canada.
<b>Dr. Tamara Pizzoli</b> is an African American educator born in Texas. For the past few years, she has run a boutique publishing house known as The English School House from Rome, Italy, where she lives with her four young children.