Jeannine Atkins, a former high school English teacher, is the author of three other picture books, including "A Name on the Quilt," illustrated by Tad Hills. Intrigued by the mix of legends and facts surrounding Mary Anning, the author visited Lyme Regis, and there conceived her interpretation of the events leading to Mary Anning's lifelong search for fossils. Jeannine Atkins lives with her family in Whately, Massachesetts.
Michael Dooling has illustrated numerous books for children. Among them are "George Washington: A Picture Book Biography" by James Cross Giblin and O. Henry's "The Gift