Hope Anita Smith is the author of The Way a Door Closes, the prequel to Keeping the Night Watch. A professional story-teller, Hope teaches poetry-writing workshops to all grade levels. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
E.B. Lewis has illustrated over 35 books for young readers, including Coming on Home Soon, for which he received a Caldecott honor, and His Talkin' About Bessie, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award. He teaches illustration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and lives in Folsom, New Jersey.