Tara Lazar writes quirky, humorous picture books, often featuring magical places that everyone will want to visit! Her most recent book 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story was honored with the 2018 Irma S. & James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature from Bank Street College of Education. Her other titles include The Monstore (2013), I Thought This Was a Bear Book (2015), Little Red Gliding Hood (2015), Normal Norman (2016), and Way Past Bedtime (2017). She’s a co-chair of the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature conference and a former picture book mentor for We Need Diverse Books. Tara lives in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters, and a skateboarding hamster named Ace.