Libby Gleeson grew up in a number of country towns in Australia. She trained as a teacher, but gave it up to travel and to write. She lived in Europe and England for five years, but has since returned to Australia, where she writes full-time. Libby has written more than thirty books for young readers, including picture books, junior fiction, fiction for older readers and nonfiction. Libby’s work has received high acclaim both internationally and in Australia and has won many awards. Her books have been short-listed nine times for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and Libby has won several times with Hannah Plus One (Fiction for Young Readers Book of the Year 1997), An Ordinary Day (Picture Book of the Year 2002) and Amy and Louis (Early Childhood Book of the Year 2007). Libby received the prestigious Lady Cutler Award for Services to Children’s Literature in 1997. Some of Libby’s other books include the picture book Cuddle Time, illustrated by Julie Vivas, and the illustrated fiction title Happy Birthday x 3.