EMMA WALTON HAMILTON is an author, editor, and arts educator. She and her mother, Julie Andrews, have coauthored many books for young readers, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Very Fairy Princess series, the Dumpy the Dump Truck series (illustrated by her father, Tony Walton), The Great American Mousical, Thanks to You: Wisdom from Mother to Child (another #1 New York Times bestseller), and Simeon’s Gift, which was also adapted for the stage. Their first anthology, Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies, was a New York Times bestseller, and Julie and Emma’s audio recording went on to win a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Children. A second poetry collection, Julie Andrews' Treasury for all Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year, arrives in October. Emma is the Editorial Director of the Julie Andrews Collection, a publishing program dedicated to producing quality books for young readers that nurture the imagination and celebrate a sense of wonder.
An arts and literacy advocate, Emma also wrote Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment, which won a Parent’s Choice Gold Medal. She is one of the founders of Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, New York, where she served as Co-Artistic Director and, later, as Director of Education and Programming for Young Audiences. She is currently a faculty member of Stony Brook Southhampton’s MFA Program in Writing and Literature, and serves as Director of the annual Southhampton Children’s Literature Conference and Executive Director of the Young American Writers Project, an inter-disciplinary writing program for middle and high school students on Long Island.
Emma lives in Sag Harbor, NY, with her husband, producer/actor Steve Hamilton, and their two children, Sam and Hope. She invites you to visit her online at www.emmawaltonhamilton.com.
JULIE ANDREWS EDWARDS is one of the most recognized and beloved figures in the entertainment industry, best known for her performances in The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, and The Princess Diaries. Her legendary career encompasses the Broadway and London stages, blockbuster Hollywood films, award-winning television shows, multiple album releases and concert tours, and bestselling children’s books.
Julie’s dedication to children has been steadfast throughout her career. She began writing books for young readers over thirty-five years ago, and her first two novels - Mandy and The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles – remain in print and in high demand. Her other books include the Little Bo series and a collection of picture books, novels and early readers co-authored with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton. The best-selling mother-daughter team head-up the Julie Andrews Collection publishing program.
Julie’s considerable charitable work has been consistent throughout her career, and in 2000 she was honored with the title of Dame Julie Andrews by Queen Elizabeth II for lifetime achievements in the arts and humanities. Her many other honors include being named "One of the 100 Greatest Britons" by the British Broadcasting Corporation, serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations' UNIFEM program, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, ambassadorships for literacy programs for the American Library Association, and a prestigious Kennedy Center honor.
Learn more about the Julie Andrews Collection titles at JulieAndrewsCollection.com.
CHRISTINE DAVENIER has illustrated many books for children, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Very Fairy Princess series, Miss Lina’s Ballerinas, the Piper Reed series, and The First Thing My Mama Told Me, which was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book. She lives in Paris, France.