About the Authors

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Betsy Bird is the youth materials collections specialist for the New York Public Library and the author of Giant Dance Party, illustrated by Brandon Dorman. She has also written a non-fiction text for library students, called Children’s Literature Gems: Choosing and Using Them in Your Library Career. In addition to writing for The Horn Book, she is the creator of the blog A Fuse #8 Production. Betsy was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and now lives with her family in New York City.


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Julie Danielson is a regular contributor to Kirkus Reviews and BookPage and has also written for The Horn Book. At her blog, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, she has featured and/or interviewed hundreds of picture-book creators. Julie, who lives with her family in Tennessee, also teaches picture books as a Lecturer for the School of Information Sciences’ graduate program at the University of Tennessee, where she got her library degree in 2002.




Peter D. Sieruta was an author, book critic, and frequent reviewer for The Horn Book. He wrote young adult fiction in his lifetime and contributed to several reference books in the field of children’s literature. His blog, Collecting Children’s Books, served as a major inspiration for Wild Things! Sadly, Peter passed away in 2012, though all his contributions to Wild Things! had been completed. He was a relatively private person, but Betsy and Julie love this (older) picture of him and want to share it here.

Betsy and Julie are represented by Stephen Barbara.