Elissa Haden Guest is the author of numerous children’s books, including Bella’s Rules, and the award-winning early reader series, Iris and Walter. Honors include an ALA Notable Book, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of The Year, and a PEN Center USA West Literary Award. Elissa holds an MFA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University. She teaches workshops in writing for children & young adults at Stanford Continuing Studies and classes on writing picture books at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Elissa loves visiting schools and inspiring young readers. She lives in San Francisco with her husband. They have two swell children and a hilariously adorable grandson.