Maria T. Middleton is an Art Director for Random House Children’s Books. Maria began her career at HarperCollins and spent nearly a decade designing award-winning books for ABRAMS Kids. In that time, she has worked on a wide range of projects, from board books to non-fiction to young adult novels, most notably: Shine and The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle; the Splintered series by A. G. Howard; the Inspector Flytrap series by Tom Angleberger & Cece Bell; the Hi! series by Ethan Long; and Funny Bones by Duncan Tonatiuh. Maria is drawn to out-of-the-box thinking, hand-lettered typography, and quirky but lovable characters. She’s a southerner at heart, a New Yorker by choice; a fan of serial commas, strong coffee, and the color red.