Judy Sierra's original tales in rhyme and her anthologies of folktales have received awards and accolades including seven Children's Choice Awards from the International Reading Association/​Children's Book Council, two Aesop awards from the American Folklore Society, and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Prize from the Association of Booksellers for Children. Four of her books have been listed as Notable Books by the American Library Association, and two—Antarctic Antics and Wild About Books—have been New York Times picture book bestsellers.

Before she became a full-time writer, Judy worked as a children’s librarian, a storyteller, a puppeteer, and a college professor. She grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, and now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband Bob Kaminski, and their poodle, Keiko.