is one of the most prominent and influential media figures today. His films include the critically acclaimed School Daze;
Academy Award nominee Do the Right Thing; Malcolm X; Clockers;
and 25th Hour.
Born in Atlanta, Spike attended Morehouse College and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned his master of fine arts degree in film production. Spike and his wife are the authors of Please, Baby, Please,
their first picture book with Simon & Schuster. They live in New York City with their two children.Tonya Lewis Lee
is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Virginia School of Law. As a children's television producer she has worked with Disney, Nickelodeon, and Noggin/The N, where she was the executive producer of the award-winning documentary I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education
and the critically acclaimed miniseries Miracle's Boys.
She is also the author of Gotham Diaries,
her first novel.Sean Qualls
has created art for magazines, newspapers, advertisements and children's books. His work is a mixed media combination of painting, drawing, and collage. Sean is the illustrator of Before John was a Jazz Giant,
which received the Coretta Scott King Honor award; The Baby on the Way
(FSG), a New York Times Notable
Book, Powerful Words
(Scholastic); Poet Slave of Cuba
(HENRY HOLT), a BCCB Blue Ribbon Book; How We Are Smart
(Lee & Low) and Dizzy
(Scholastic) an ALA Notable, Kirkus
Best Book, BCCB Blue Ribbon Book, School Library Journal
Best Book of the Year, Booklist
Editors' Choice, Horn Book
Magazine Fanfare Book, and a Child
Magazine Best Book. His first book with Simon and Schuster is Little Cloud and Lady Wind
(Spring 2010) by Toni and Slade Morrison. He lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn, New York.