Maryann Cocca-Leffler grew up in the Boston area and has a bachelor of fine arts in illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She loves visiting schools to promote literacy and share her books with children. She is an award-winning author and illustrator of more than 60 books. Among her awards are The International Literary Association Teacher Pick Book for Janine and the Field Day Finish, The Florida Reading Award and the Hoosier Book Award for Mr. Tanen’s Ties, and Bank Street Best Book for Bus Route To Boston. Her popular Let It seasons series has sold more than 2 million copies. After spending 20 years residing in New Hampshire, Cocca-Leffler now happily lives and works in the Portland, Maine, area.