Emma Bland Smith is a children’s librarian and professional writer. Her first picture book, Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West, won Bank Street College’s Cook Prize and Northland College’s SONWA award. She is also the author of To Live on an Island and the Maddy McGuire, CEO, chapter book series, as well as several more forthcoming nonfiction picture books. Many of her books feature real-life animals—wolves, dogs, pigs, even alligators. She lives with her husband, their two kids, one cat, and one dog in San Francisco, California. Visit her at emmabsmith.com.