Yumi Heo is an award-winning children's books author and illustrator with more than 30 books in publication. The Lonely Lioness and the Ostritch Chicks was chosen as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books by The New York Times. Ms. Heo was invited to speak at America's Millennium on the Mall sponsored by the White House and the Smithsonian Institution. She has also presented for the International Reading Association Conference and the American Library Association Conference. A permanent installation of 30 faceted glass panels designed by Yumi Heo was commissioned by the MTA of New York City in 1996 as part of a major renovation of the #7 line in Long Island City, NY. She lives near New York City with her family.