MARY QUATTLEBAUM loved playing pirates, reading ghost stories, and planting seeds in the family garden when she was a kid. And pirates, ghosts, and a garden are all featured in her books: Pirate vs. Pirate, Jo MacDonald Had a Garden, The Hungry Ghost of Rue Orleans, Jackson Jones and the Curse of the Outlaw Rose, Mighty Mole, and Super Soil. Quattlebaum is the author of 20 award-winning children's picture books, including the Nat Geo Kids picture book Brother, Sister, Me and You, plus books of poetry, chapter books, and novels. She teaches in the Vermont College MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults and at the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and is a frequent presenter at schools and conferences. She regularly writes for KidsPost and reviews children's books for the Washington Post and Washington Parent. Her work also appears in children's magazines such as Cricket, Spider, Ladybug, Highlights, and Scout Life.