ELISA KLEVEN is an illustrator and/or author of nearly thirty picture books. Her joyful collage artwork and gentle stories celebrate friendship, creativity, and a love for nature and the imagination. Elisa's picture books grow out of her childhood desire to find and create magical worlds, and include "The Paper Princess," " The Lion and the Little Red Bird," "Ernst," "The Puddle Pail," " A Carousel Tale," " Sun Bread," " The Apple Doll," " De Colores" by Jose-Luis Orozco, and" Abuela" by Arthur Dorros. Elisa's books have been named ALA Notable Books, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and Junior Library Guild Selections. Elisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Paul, daughter, Mia, and son, Ben.