After 25 years of teaching in inner-city schools, Melanie Moore founded the Book Bus, a mobile bookstore in Cincinnati. Moore uses 100 percent of the profits from the store—which is housed in a 1962 Volkswagen pickup truck—to buy new children’s books for schools and organizations in low-income areas. Learn more at

Brian Wray was born in Cincinnati and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of Traveling Rose, Fen's Drop of Gray, and Maia and the Very Tall Wall. His first two books, Max’s Box and Unraveling Rose, were Foreword INDIES Gold winners for "Picture Books, Early Reader." Visit  

Mike Helm has made pictures since he was kid and has always wanted to make a picture book. He has worked as a designer, videographer, and musician and is the author of the novel Ex Post Facto. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit his website at

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