Leslie Helakoski is the author and sometimes illustrator of 15 picture books. Known for their humor and wordplay, her books have have received starred reviews and many state book awards. Woolbur received awards in Florida, South Carolina, and Michigan and was on 14 state book lists as well as being a Great Lakes Great Books finalist. Big Chickens received starred reviews and was selected by the Junior Library Guild and the Michigan Reads program. Her most recent release, Are Your Stars Like My Stars? was chosen for the Ultimate List of Diverse Books for Children. Last year it was also the top-selling fiction book in the state of Michigan for January-February, according to independent bookstores. Upcoming books are When the Rain Came Down, Back to the Woods, and Gator’s Good Idea. Leslie was recognized as a Regional Advisor Emeritus, after 11 years serving the Michigan chapter of SCBWI. She teaches picture book workshops around the country, including PB&J (Picture Books and All That Jazz) at Highlights for the past six years. She divides her time between Northern Michigan and Southern Louisiana.