Phyllis E. Grann was the first female CEO of major publishing company: Penguin Putnam. She is committed to Literacy Inc. and wrote the original edition of I Will Talk to You, Little One as a vehicle for them to distribute to new parents to share the importance of reading to children.
Tomie dePaola (1934–2020) was one of the most popular children’s book authors and illustrators of our time and the winner of the 2011 Children’s Literature Legacy Award (formerly known as the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award), among other lifetime achievement awards. A Newbery Honor winner, he wrote and illustrated a number of books, including Caldecott Honor book Strega Nona and its companions, as well as Oliver Button Is a Sissy; The Legend of Old Befana; The Clown of God; Michael Bird-Boy; Andy, That’s My Name; and the New York Times bestseller Quiet. A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more at Tomie.com.