William Joyceis an author, a filmmaker, and an illustrator whose work has garnered critical and commercial praise across a range of children s media. He is the author of the picture books Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo, The Leaf Men, and Santa Calls; the Guardians series; and the Guardians of Childhood series. He has won three Emmy Awards for his animated series Rolie Polie Olie, and the animated short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which he codirected, won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. Joyce s illustrations have also appeared numerous times on the cover of the New Yorker, and his paintings are on exhibit at museums and art galleries across the United States. He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana."