Margaret Wise Brown was born on May 10, 1910 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, to Robert Brown, a Vice President at American Manufacturing Company and Maud Brown, a housewife. She attended school in Lausanne, Switzerland for three years, before attending Dana Hall in Wellesley, Massachusetts for two years. In 1928, she began taking classes at Hollis College in Virginia. In 1935, Brown began working at the Bank Street Cooperative School for student teachers. Two years later, her writing career took off with the publication of "When the Wind Blows." Over the course of fourteen years, Brown wrote over one hundred picture books for children. Some of her best known titles include Goodnight Moon, Big Red Barn and Runaway Bunny. Margaret Wise Brown died on November 13, 1952 of an embolism following an operation in Nice, France.
Children's book illustrator Clement Hurd was born on January 12, 1908. He studied architecture at Yale Univesity and painting in Paris with Fernand Leger. He illustrated Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, many of his wife Edith Hurd's books, and The World Is Round, which is the only children's book written by Gertrude Stein. He died on February 5, 1988.