Dia L. Michels is an award-winning internationally published science and parenting writer, she is the author or editor of over a dozen books for both children and adults. Her books have been translated into Spanish, Dutch, Hebrew, Chinese, and Korean. A popular speaker, she lectures frequently at conferences, universities, libraries, and schools around the country. She teaches classes on mammal reproduction and lactation at children's and science museums around the U.S. and is a commentator for Public Radio, International. Her articles have been published in People, Parenting, Mothering, Parents, Baby Talk, Family Fun, Nurturing, and the Washington Post. She lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC, with her husband, Tony Gualtieri, their three children, and four cats and a dog. She can be reached at Dia@PlatypusMedia.com.
Andrew Barthelmes, illustrator of If My Mom Were a Platypus, and designer of I Was Born to Be a Brother and many other projects, is a New York based illustrator and graphic designer. A graduate of The School of Visual Arts, his illustrations have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ladies' Home Journal, Street & Smith's Sports, and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to the Platypus book, he also illustrated Herman the Loudmouth. He has been a children's book designer for Random House, Inc. and is currently creating new children's books for Reader's Digest. He lives in Peekskill, NY with his wife Barbara, and new baby, Julia.
Michael J.N. Bowles, photographer, is a prize-winning portraitist. His work has appeared in such major magazines as Forbes and People. He lives in Virginia when he is not traveling to New York, Zimbabwe, and Australia.
Fred Bell draws on memories of childhood with his two sisters for the illustrations in Zack In The Middle. He does his drawings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he lives with his dog and cat. His drawings appear in publications regularly throughout the US.
Akaela S. Michels-Gualtieri lives in Washington, DC with her writer-mother, her scientist-father, a younger brother, a baby sister and three cats. When she is not playing the piano, she is usually doing gymnastics. A world traveler, she has been to Europe and China.
Artist Marcy Dunn Ramsey has two daughters, Jessie, a sculptor, and Rosie, a critic. She is also fortunate to have a patient husband who likes to cook. When she isn't tearing her hair out over deadlines, she does large oil-paintings of nice quiet places to nap in.
Zaydek Michels-Gualtieriloves making clay creatures, racing cars, playing computer games, and working on his solid foil ball. He is a little brother to Akaela and a big brother to Miralah. Though he occasionally works on his catapult designs, he really does love being a brother!
A resident of Jersey City, NJ, Dan Liegey is a professional illustrator and storyboard artist who loves his job. He loves chocolate and candy so much that sometimes he has to remind himself to eat some vegetables. He has been a brother ever since the day he was born.
Mike Speiser's artwork has been featured on the covers of Wild Animal Baby magazine and on fundraising products for science organizations. His paintings have been displayed at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. He is involved with efforts to protect the natural world for future generations. He lives next to the Black Hills of South Dakota. He can be reached atMike@PlatypusMedia.com.