Qaunaq Mikkigak was an Elder, artist, and throat singer from Cape Dorset, Nunavut. She was born in 1932 in the Cape Dorset area and grew up on the land in a traditional Inuit community. She was featured in the books Inuit Women Artists: Voices from Cape Dorset and Cape Dorset Sculpture. She collaborated with author Joanne Schwartz on picture book versions of two traditional Inuit tales, The Legend of the Fog and Grandmother Ptarmigan.
Joanne Schwartz's first picture book Our Corner Grocery Store was a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist. Joanne had the honour to collaborate with Inuit Elder Qaunaq Mikkigak on two picture book versions of traditional Inuit tales, The Legend of the Fog and Grandmother Ptarmigan. Her recent picture book Town is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and TD Canadian Children's Literature Award and was a Governor General's Literary Award nominee. Joanne has been a children's librarian for more than thirty years. She lives in Toronto.
Qin Leng lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. Her picture books include Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki (APALA Award, Governor General's Literary Award finalist); Away by Emil Sher and A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O'Leary (both USBBY Outstanding International Books); When I Found Grandma by Saumiya Balasubramaniam (Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award finalist) and I Am Small, which Qin has written and illustrated. Visit www.qinillustrations.com.