Born and raised in suburban Wyckoff, New Jersey, Melissa Sweet studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute. She has worked at various types of commercial art, and has created posters, greeting cards, and one-of-a-kind handmade books. Since entering the world of children's books, she has published over 60 titles. Her lighthearted, gentle cartoon illustrations have graced a wide range of children's books from board books to series fiction to more serious nonfiction subjects, all very successfully. She received a Caldecott Honor for her work in A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams.