The Creative Team

Caldecott Medalist Ed Young is the illustrator of over eighty books for children, many of which he has also written. In 2016, the Society of Illustrators honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Born in Tientsin, China, Ed Young grew up in Shanghai and later moved to Hong Kong. As a young man, he came to the United States on a student visa to study architecture but turned instead to his love of art. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Young has taught at the Pratt Institute, Yale University, Naropa Institute, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 1990, his book Lon Po Po was awarded the Caldecott Medal. He has also received Caldecott Honor Medals for The Emperor and the Kite (1967) and Seven Blind Mice (1992)  Numbers of his books have been selected as American Library Association, New York Times, and other “Best Illustrated” lists. Young has twice been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award for the body of his work. He lives in New York State.


Barbara DaCosta’s first children’s book was the bestselling Nighttime Ninja, was praised by reviewers in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly, among others. It received the Children’s Choice Award 2013, American Library Association Notable Book, Publishers Weekly Best Illustrated, Read Kiddo Read finalist, and other honors. Booklist wrote, “With measured pacing, careful design, and a beautifully symbiotic partnership of word and image, this enormously appealing, timeless story promises to delight preschool audiences and families alike for years to come.” Kirkus Reviews wrote, “Debut picture-book author DaCosta pens the quietly suspenseful quest of a ninja on a late-night mission…to the kitchen! Succinct language full of vivid verbs describing the action sets the mood for Young’s lushly textured illustrations composed with cut paper, cloth, string and colored pencil.” She lives in Minnesota.