Betty Comden and Adolph Green produced six decades-worth of plays, melodies, and lyrics. In addition to Peter Pan, their other acclaimed collaborations include On the Town, Do Re Me!, Singing in the Rain, and Applause, to name but a few. The duo collaborated with famed lyricist Carolyn Leigh, who wrote "Witchcraft" and "The Best Is Yet to Come" with Cy Coleman, on the lyrics to Peter Pan.

Amanda Haley graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and now lives in the Midwest with her husband and their golden retriever. Depictions from her collection of antique toys often show up in her illustrations.

Amanda Shepherd knew she wanted to be an artist “since kindergarten.” She fulfills that goal daily in her Dallas, Texas, home,
which she shares with her husband Garbo and Polly, their “hurricane baby cat.”

Visit Ms. Shepherd on the web at

As a kid, Amy June Bates spent the time that she wasn't reading and drawing trying to keep her six siblings from drawing on her pictures and losing her place in whatever book she was reading. Amy earned her degree from Brigham Young University, and her illustrations grace the pages of many children's books and magazines. She currently resides in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Ana Larranaga graduated from University of Salamanca with a bachelor of Fine Arts for Graphic Design (without touching a computer!). After attending a summer school with the Spanish illustrator Asun Balzola she moved to Scotland with the intention to work for Burger King. Citing her lack of proficiency in English, they declined to hire her. During her 7-year sojourn in the UK Ana's English improved but by that time she had abandoned her former employment goal in favor of children's book illustration.

Arnaud Boutin is an illustrator with a particular fondness for monsters. Born and raised in Paris, he studied multimedia and graphic design at ENSAAMA Olivier de Serres and les Gobelins. Boutin started as a graphic designer for directors Kuntzel+Deygas, created illustrations for magazines and ad agencies, and is now part of an art collective that directs music videos, commercials, and films.

Aron Nels Steinke first studied hand-drawn animation before eventually gravitating towards comics. In 2006 he received a Xeric Grant which propelled him into the self-publishing and cartooning world for good. Aron has published 5 issues of the autobiographical comics series, Big Plans, in which he portrays the more poignant moments in life. Aron's all-ages graphic novel, Neptune, first published in 2009 by Sparkplug Comic Books and Tugboat Press, has been translated and published in French by French publisher Éditions Cà et Là. Aron has published two books with Blue Apple, The Super Crazy Cat Dance and The Super-Duper Dog Park. Aron currently spends his days teaching first and second grade and his weekends dreaming up and drawing his next book. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and three cats.

Artie Bennett is the inspired creator of The Butt Book, a "good-natured hymn of praise to rear ends in all their variety" (The Horn Book). Here Mr. Bennett, in his "number two" picture book, once again combines fascinating facts with rib-tickling rhymes to bring kids an illuminating look at a topic that shouldn't offend us—and is actually quite . . . poopendous!

Barroux studied photography, art, sculpture, and architecture in France at the famous École Estienne and École Boule. He went on to work as an art director in Paris and Montreal. While in Montreal, Barroux began illustrating by creating linocut images, and he is now well known for his children’s book illustrations.

Betsy Snyder has written and illustrated numerous award-winning children's books and created greeting cards, board games, puzzles, scrapbook kits, and much more.

Betsy Thompson shows her striking mixed-media creations in galleries throughout New England. Motherhood, nature, patterns, mid-century furniture, her kitchen, and the nearby sea are among her artistic influences. Ms. Thompson lives with her husband and their two daughters on Maine's rocky coast.

Betty Comden and Adolph Green produced six decades-worth of plays, melodies, and lyrics. In addition to Peter Pan, their other acclaimed collaborations include On the Town, Do Re Me!, Singing in the Rain, and Applause, to name but a few. The duo collaborated with famed lyricist Carolyn Leigh, who wrote "Witchcraft" and "The Best Is Yet to Come" with Cy Coleman, on the lyrics to Peter Pan.

Binny is a textile and surface pattern designer whose hand-drawn and playful illustrations are featured on major Australian and international children’s clothing brands, children’s toys, interior design, books, album covers and greeting cards. With a design background as an agency Art Director and Creative Director, Binny holds an honors degree in Visual Communications.

Chuck Nitzberg loves traveling, music, and going to the beach. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, he modeled Charlie after a beloved pet.

Cynthia Jabar majored in biology and chemistry in college but later turned her attention to art, studying illustration at the Rhode Island College of Design. She has since illustrated 25 children's books.

Daniel Cleary is an accomplished custom-made clothing designer and tailor who also created the art and story for the Balloon Toon's title Prickles vs. the Dust Bunnies, hailed by School Library Journal as "reminiscent of Mo Willems' Pigeon stories." He lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Dave Miller, aka "The Cartoon Dude", has been a professional illustrator for more than 20 years, and has worked in a variety of artistic disciplines, including comic books, music video, story-boarding, caricatures, and product design. He opened the CBM School of Cartooning and Illustration, which offers classes that focus on showing young artists what is possible with a good pencil and an imagination.

Deborah Zemke puts words and pictures together in unexpected and lively ways. The author/illustrator of a dozen children’s books, including the popular Doodles at Dinner books and placemats, Deborah brings a serious sense of silliness to her work. She is a frequent contributor of Critter Crackups to Ranger Rick magazine, the designer of the font ITC ZemkeHand, and the illustrator of forty books for children and adults. She lives in Missouri with her husband, daughter, and dog, under the petulant watch of a treeful of squirrels.

Dianne Ochiltree is an award-winning author of numerous books for young readers, from toddlers to teens. She shares her enthusiasm for reading and creative writing, encouraging young readers to become young writers in author visits to schools and libraries. She and her husband live in Sarasota, Florida.

Born in Long Island NY, all Doreen ever wanted to do was draw and ice skate! 

For school, she attended Carnegie Mellon University as a fine arts major, then moved on to New York’s School of Visual Arts, where she received her degree in illustration and cartooning. 

In between, she sold ice cream at Disney World and ran errands for MTV.

After graduation, she worked at Marvel Comics as a production assistant where she met her lovely husband. After a few years working alongside super heroes, she went on to do product design at Russ Berrie. Now, she works as a freelance illustrator and designer from the comfort of her home (in fuzzy slippers)... with her daughter and puppy Baxter Blue Cheese by her side!

Follow Baxter's tweets at @baxterpuppy.

Having completed her studies in graphic design, Elise Gravel found herself quickly swept up into the glamorous world of illustration. Her old design habits drive her to work a little text here and there into her drawings, and she loves to handle the design of her assignments from start to finish. Elise has won two Applied Arts Awards and a Grafika award, and she was short-listed for Mister Christie’s Book Award. She has written and illustrated several books for children in both French and English, including Super-Dude, Super-Gizmo, Super-Thingamagig, Le Catalogue des Gaspilleurs, and J’élève mon Monstre.
Elise lives with her family in Montreal, Canada.

Ethan Long grew up in Pennsylvania and attended the Ringling School of Art and Design. His early list of prominent clients included Nickelodeon Studios, Scholastic, Barnes and Noble and Harcourt. Ethan's career then led him into children's books. He also decided to try his hand at an animated television series and created "Tasty Time With ZeFronk!", a short-form animated preschool series currently airing on Playhouse Disney. His work has earned many awards and has been included in the prestigious Society of Illustrators shows in Los Angeles and New York.

Born in Cambodia, Huy Voun Lee arrived at her present home in New York City at age six. Her amazing cut-paper illustrations have been featured in a range of picture books, receiving praise for "fill[ing] the pages with color and movement" (School Library Journal, starred review). She is also adept at origami and has created many children's art projects. Ms. Voun Lee lives in New York City.

After graduating from The Art Institute of Boston, where he majored in art, Jamison gradually established a routine of sleeping very little and wandering around with a notebook, searching for ideas, those being one of the few things that he feels one can never have enough of.

Janet Halfmann is an award-winning children's book author who grew up on a Michigan farm and later became a journalist before forging a career in books for kids. She created coloring and activity books for Golden Books, and her books on animals and nature can be found in the Smithsonian and have informed and inspired many a budding entomologist, future farmer, aspiring veterinarian, etc.

Jenni Desmond's expressive, elegant illustrations provide a pitch-perfect accompaniment to this theater-set story. The sketches for Backstage Cat began during a week-long visit to Blue Apple's offices and included a tour of the nearby Paper Mill Playhouse. Ms. Desmond lives in London, England.

Jessica Secheret was born in a small French town on a spring day in 1978. As a child, felt pens, colored pencils, paint and brushes were her constant companions. When Jessica had finished "decorating" every wall in her family's house, her parents realized that art school should be their daughter's next venue. Ms. Secheret then studied furniture design at Paris's Ecole Boulle and went on to stints in architecture firms. Eventually she hung up her ruler and compass, and decided to become an illustrator. 

Jessie Hartland is an illustrator, cartoonist, artist, packaging designer, and window display designer with a worldwide clientele. She is the author and illustrator of Clementine in the City and the illustrator of Messing Around on the Monkey Bars, The Perfect Puppy for Me and Drawing with Scissors. She lives with her family in New York City and Bellport, Long Island.

Joanne Ingis makes her Blue Apple Books debut with Diary of a Pet Turkey. She home schools her sons, and the turkey in her story was one of their hands-on science projects. Joanne lives in New Jersey with her family.

Kanako Usui's books for the American market include Mr. Watanabe is Late!, whose "playful and eye-catching" illustrations were praised as having "marvelous energy [and] a lot of inventive humor." (School Library Journal) She lives in Japan.

By felicitous coincidence (or was it destiny?) Karla Gudeon's parents named her after a children's book author. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design. Karla Gudeon lives with husband and their two "amusing" sons.

Leslie Kimmelman has written nearly 20 well-regarded children's books, including several that feature Jewish themes and celebrations. She also contributes to Sesame Street Workshop productions.

Libby Koponen is a novelist (Blow Out the Moon) and children's book author who contributed to Ed Young's recent picture book memoir. Ms. Koponen loves cooking and yoga and has ridden horses on every continent except Antartica. She lives in Stonington, Connecticut.

Lisa Campbell Ernst grew up in Oklahoma, spent nine years in New York City, and now lives in Kansas City, Missouri. She has written and illustrated more than twenty children's books.

Liz Murphy has fulfilled her twin childhood ambitions to be a mother and to paint and make art "all day long." She is a graduate of the Kingston Art College, where she majored in graphic design.She lives with her husband and their sons in Montclair, NJ.

Luana Rinaldo has written and illustrated many picture books for babies and children. Her work has been translated into more than 14 languages. Luana's illustrations have also appeared in magazines and on greetings cards and children's clothes. Luana lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.

Marilyn Sadler earned a degree in art but quickly discovered that writing was her true and most satisfying calling. She has since authored over thirty children's books, including several leveled readers for Random House and picture books for Golden Books.

Melissa Conroy, author of Poppy's Pants, began sewing when she was in second grade and hasn't stopped since that time. She is the designer and producer of woOberry dolls, which has a line of characters, each with its own name and story. 

Michael Slack's first children's books--Monkey Truck, Ick--The Game, and Knuckleheads, give a pretty good clue that this is a guy with a taste for the imaginative and zany. He brings his high-energy and good-humored style to the bewildered barnyard denizens of this silly-smart story.

Mike Austin is an award winning-illustrator and graphic designer. Originally from Pennsylvania, he now lives in Hawaii with his wife, illustrator Jing Jing Tsong, their two children, and a cat named Milo. His first digital children's book app A Present for Milo has garnered raves and recognition on NPR, USA TODAY and MSNBC. A Present for Milo is the recipient of both the Parents' Choice and Mom's Choice Awards.

Mike Herrod is the creator of the Balloon Toons title Doggie Dreams, as well as Comics to Go and Monster Comics, which help aspiring artists fashion their own cartoon creatures and adventures.

Mike Moran is a School of Visual Arts graduate whose diverse lists of clients includes Major League Baseball, Disney, and the Grammys. In addition to exploring this book's subject matter via the Web, Mr. Moran gleaned further insight during daily walks with his very large dog.

Natalie Marshall graduated with an honors degree in graphic design and went on to work as a corporate designer in London and New York. She then returned to her hometown of Melbourne, Australia, where she illustrates children's books and designs a range of products under her own Little Red Owl label.

Nicola O'Byrne was born in Swaziland and has since lived in Papua New Guinea, Singapore, and Kenya. She studied illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art and has recently earned a master's degree in printmaking from Camberwell College, University of the Arts.

A graduate of UCLA and Art Center College of Design, Noah Woods is the author/illustrator of Tom Cat and received Gold and Silver Medals from the Society of Ilustrators. Woods has created painitings for UNICEF, Apple, Mircrosoft, and AT&T.

Pranas T. Naujokaitis is a cartoonist who currently hails from Savannah, GA and is the founder of Ghost Car Press, which publishes mini-comics that focus on quality, craft and innovative packaging. He has a degree in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Ryan Sias is a writer and illustrator. He storyboarded 20th Century Fox and Bluesky Studio’s movie Robots and worked on the Children's Television Workshop show Pinky Dinky Doo. His cartoons have appeared in Mad Magazine, Nickelodeon Magazine, and Found Magazine.

SAMi is a mysterious artist/world traveler whose current sources of inspiration
include Fire Island and an adorable dog named for a breath mint.

Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss are graphic designers at the two-person design studio Werner Design Werks, Inc. in St. Paul, Minnesota. Whose clients include Moét Hennessey, Target, Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day, Levi's and Melcher Media. Their studio has had remarkable international impact with its commitment to simplicity, honesty and practicality in design and has garnered WDW many graphic design awards as well as a place in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Musée De La Poste, Victoria and Albert Museum, Musée des Arts Decoratifs and the Cooper Hewitt Museum.

Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss are graphic designers at the two-person design studio Werner Design Werks, Inc. in St. Paul, Minnesota. Whose clients include Moét Hennessey, Target, Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day, Levi's and Melcher Media. Their studio has had remarkable international impact with its commitment to simplicity, honesty and practicality in design and has garnered WDW many graphic design awards as well as a place in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Musée De La Poste, Victoria and Albert Museum, Musée des Arts Decoratifs and the Cooper Hewitt Museum.

Read Blue Apple Books President Harriet Ziefert's Remembrance of Simms Taback here.

Simms Taback was born in New York City in 1932. He grew up in the Bronx. In 1953 Simms graduated from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art. After a period of service in the U.S. Army, he worked as an art director at CBS Records and The New York Times, and later as an advertising art director at William Douglas McAdams.

In 1963, Simms formed a successful design studio in partnership with Push Pin Studios co-founder Reynold Ruffins. He worked as an illustrator, writer, art director and graphic designer, and taught at the School of Visual Arts and Syracause University.

Simms was a founding president of The Illustrators Guild, which later merged and became the New York Graphic Artists Guild, of which he was a founding member and president. He continued his tireless efforts as an advocate for artists’ rights with his service as author, editor and production supervisor for the Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing and Ethical Guidelines.

Among the 40+ childrens books he wrote and/or illustrated, Simms’ books have won many awards, including the prestigious Caldecott Medal for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat.

Simms received a Caldecott Honor for There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, one of two books designated as New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, and the Children’s Book of the Year selection from The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).

He also received several Notable Book designations from the American Library Association, Parents’ Choice Gold awards, and the Sidney Taylor Award.

Simms was a lifetime member of The Society of Illustrators and The Graphic Artists Guild.

A father of three and grandfather of five, Simms and his wife Gail moved in 2006 from their home in the Catskill mountains to their new home town of Ventura, California.

When Simms was not busy working on children’s books, he could often be found enjoying long walks along the beaches of Ventura with his dog Buddy, out and about exploring new and interesting variations of all things chocolate, and with his lovely wife Gail, staying current with most every new motion picture.

On December 25, 2011, Simms died peacefully in his home, surrounded by family and friends.

Smiljana Coh studied film animation at Zagreb, Croatia's the Academy of Fine Arts and was selected as the winner of the Academy's prestigious annual award given to its most successful graduate student. Her art combines traditional and digital illustration techniques. Ms. Coh is also the mother of two big brave men-in-the-making, her sons Mihael and Paolo.

Susan Pearson has written more than thirty books for children over the past thirty years, including picture books, chapter books, and collections of verse. She lives in Plainfield, MA.

Tanya Roitman earned an MFA from the Estonian Academy of Arts and began her art career working for the St. Petersburg Russian Circus.

Todd H. Doodler is a well-known “pop artist,” and in addition to writing and illustrating the best-selling Bear in Underwear books, he is the author/illustrator of The Zoo I Drew, Girls Are Weirdos But They Smell Pretty! and Boys Are Stupid, Throw Rocks at Them! Doodler lives in California.

Tom Slaughter is the illustrator of several books for children. In addition to his work as a book illustrator, he has also designed posters, playbills, watches, and T-shirts. Tom's artwork has been shown in solo exhibitions around the world. He has worked in collaboration with Durham Press, and his prints are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He lives New York City.

Travis Foster attained a degree in illustration at the Ringling College of Art and Design. He made a stellar children's book debut with Blue Apple's What's New at the Zoo?, praised by Kirkus as "a riot...of hues. Foster's ingenious illustrations feature antic cartoonish animals in an explosion of color...for a 3-D, retro effect. A handful of pages have flaps with surprises underneath, a special treat for very young readers. Fresh and vintage at the same time." (starred review)

Yasmeen Ismail is an award-winning, London-based artist and animator with a particular emphasis on children’s illustration and character design. She is also interested in paper craft, typography, and collage and helmed her own illustration and animation production company.

Yukiko Kido creates digital artwork in the Japanese anime style and loves working with bright colors. Ms. Kido lived in New York City for more than ten years but recently returned to her native Japan, where she lives with her husband and son.