Julia Eccleshare is a writer, broadcaster, and lecturer as well as Children's Books Editor of the Guardian. She was nonfiction and picture book editor at Penguin/Puffin Books from 1978 to 1980 and fiction editor at Hamish Hamilton children's books from 1980 to 1984. She has chaired the Nestles Smarties Book prize for the past eight years. She won the Eleanor Farjeon Award 2000 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to children's books.
Rachel Noonan is the daughter of David and Jill Wright - this is the first book that she has co-authored. She lives in Norwich, Norfolk.
David Wright began his career as a geography teacher, before moving into teacher training. Together with his wife, Jill, and son and daughter, he has travelled the world extensively, researching new material for educational and children's books. David and Jill Wright are the authors of the highly successful Philip's Children's Atlas, now in its 12th edition.