LESLEA NEWMAN is the author of seventy books for readers of all ages. She has received many literary accolades, including poetry fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and has served as Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts, from 2008 to 2010. In addition to creating her own books, Newman teaches writing for children and young adults at Spalding University's brief-residency MFA in Writing program. She wrote this book to celebrate all the "sparkle boys" she knows. Newman lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her spouse, Mary Vazquez. MARIA MOLA studied art in Barcelona, Spain, and later at art schools in the United States. She has illustrated picture books for several European publishers and is just breaking into the US picture book market. Mola was drawn to the story in Sparkle Boy because it addresses a socially important topic. She lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband and their two sons.