Phil Bildner is a former New York City public school teacher who lives in Newburgh, New York. He spends much of his year visiting schools and libraries around the country and world. He is the author of over twenty books including the middle grade novel A Whole New Ballgame
and picture books Marvelous Cornelius
, The Soccer Fence
, The Hallelujah Flight
, and Twenty-One Elephants
. Along with Loren Long, he is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Sluggers series. Visit him online at PhilBildner.com.
C. F. Payne has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the New York Times
by astronaut Mark Kelly, the Texas Bluebonnet winner Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy
, written by Phil Bildner, and the New York Times
bestsellers The Remarkable Farkle McBride
, both by John Lithgow. He teaches at the Columbus College of Design, where he is the chair of the Illustration Department. Payne lives with his wife and children in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit him online at CFPayne.com.