Melanie Florence has been writing full time since 2010 and has written a bunch of books, but she’s probably best known for her picture books, Missing Nimama and Stolen Words, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and the 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award respectively.#In her spare time, Melanie plays guitar, collects vinyl, listens to really loud rock music, gets tattoos and drinks too much coffee. She lives in Toronto with her family.
Robert Tinkler is a writer, podcast producer and voice actor. He has worked on animated and live-action series for Disney, Netflix, PBS, Cartoon Network and Corus Entertainment. For his performance in the hit PBS series Cyberchase, he received a Daytime Emmy–Award nomination. Robert lives with his family in Toronto, Ontario.
Nicola Jones is an award-winning science journalist with a background in chemistry and oceanography who lives in the wilds of Pemberton, British Columbia. She writes about all science from anthropology to quantum physics, with environmental issues at the heart of it all. While she normally writes features for grown-ups, she has also published for children in the magazine Current Science. In 2019, she gave a TED Talk about noise pollution in the ocean.
Kate Jenks Landry
Kate Jenks Landry wrote her first story when she was five years old, and she’s been crafting fictional worlds ever since. A graduate of the creative writing program at the University of Toronto, she works as an educator and writer of stories for young readers. Beatrice and Barb is her debut picture book. Kate lives with her husband, their two daughters and their dog in Kitchener, Ontario.
Thọ Phạm left Vietnam alone at the age of 12, joining tens of thousands of refugees on boats and ships. After a two-month-long journey at sea and landing at a refugee camp in Palawan, Philippines, he was eventually adopted by a Canadian elementary school teacher. Thọ lives in Ottawa with his family.