Tiffany Haddis, one of the stars of NBC's The Carmichael Show, has co-starred opposite Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key in the 2016 film Keanu. She has made an appearance in the feature film Mad Families and starred in the feature film Girls Trip, opposite Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah. She has made guest appearances on Chelsea Lately, My Name Is Earl, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Def Comedy Jam, and New Girl, among others. Her first Showtime stand-up comedy special debuted in 2017.
Jerdine Nolen is the beloved author of many award-winning books, including Big Jabe; Thunder Rose, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book; and Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life, a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, all illustrated by Kadir Nelson. She is also the author of Eliza's Freedom Road, illustrated by Shadra Strickland, which was an ALA/YALSA Best Fiction Nominee for Young Adults; Raising Dragons, illustrated by Elise Primavera, which received the Christopher Award; and Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, illustrated by Mark Buehner, which was made into a movie by the same name. Her other books include Calico Girl, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and Irene's Wish, illustrated by A.G. Ford, which Kirkus Reviews called "delightful and memorable" in a starred review. Ms. Nolen is an educator and lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Jessica Gibson is a freelance illustrator based in Detroit, Michigan. She has been drawing whimsical, expressive characters and concept art since she first picked up a pencil. She is inspired by a love of animals, nature, and picture books. Jessica loves how children's books transport readers into a magical, inviting, and fantastic world, and she makes sure every project has a real sense of fun.