Cornelia Maude Spelman, a former therapist who worked with children and families, now devotes her time to writing. She lives with her husband in Illinois. Nancy Cote feels like the luckiest person in the world because she writes and illustrates children's books, including The Borrowed Hanukkah Latkes and The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow. Her unique style has garnered numerous awards, such as the Sydney Taylor Notable Book Award and a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children. She lives in a historic village along a quiet river in New England.