Gilda Berger was born in the New York City borough of the Bronx on June 30, 1935. She earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education from New York's City College and became a special education teacher. Her many years addressing the special needs of youngsters with learning and physical disabilities have contributed to her success as a writer: Berger specializes in making difficult or complex topics accessible and clear to children of all ages and abilities. Her variety of interests can be seen in the topics she has written about over the years - they range from the disabilities she has dealt with in her work to societal issues such as drug addiction to animal and human biology. Her introduction to the stories and customs of the Jewish holidays, Celebrate!, received considerable critical acclaim. Since 1957, Gilda Berger has been married to author Melvin Berger. They are the parents of two children, and live in East Hampton, New York, where they enjoy walking on the beach. The Bergers have often collaborated in their writing, and are the co-creators of the Scholastic Question-and-Answer Books, a series of books on science topics for elementary-aged children.