B. G. Hennessy is the author of MY BOOK OF THANKS, THE ONCE UPON A TIME MAP BOOK, and the Dinah Dinosaur Brand New Readers. Of BECAUSE OF YOU, she says, "Each of us, even the youngest child, makes a difference. Helping children understand that their choices determine what kind of a difference they will make is at the heart of this book." Hiroe Nakata was born and grew up in Japan, where her grandfather encouraged her to draw. A graduate of the Parsons School of Design, she is the illustrator of MY BOOK OF THANKS and of LUCKY PENNIES AND HOT CHOCOLATE by Carol Diggory Shields. "BECAUSE OF YOU has a message for every one of us," she says. "It makes me proud that I am a part of the world."