GWENDOLYN ZEPEDA is the author of three bilingual picture books for children: " I Kick the Ball / Pateo el balon "(Pinata Books, 2011); "Growing Up with Tamales / Los tamales de Ana "(Pinata Books, 2008), a 2009 Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended Title; and "Sunflowers / Girasoles " (Pinata Books, 2009), winner of the Texas Institute of Letters' Austin Public Library Friends Foundation Award for Best Children's Book. She lives and works in Houston, Texas.
April Ward is the illustrator of Butterflies on Carmen Street/Mariposas en la calle Carmen (Pinata Books, 2007) and Juan and the Chupacabras/Juan y el Chupacabras (Pinata Books, 2006). Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and has been working in children's book publishing ever since. She currently lives in San Diego, California.