About Anna Jane Hays
Anna Jane Hays has had first hand experience with seven preschoolers–her own two children and five grandchildren–as well as over 30 years experience in creating educational picture books, storybooks, and print activity books for preschoolers.
She joined Children’s Television Workshop in 1970 and used her creativity and expertise to help develop publishing based on SESAME STREET, the then-new, innovative, PBS preschool educational television series. She was first Managing Editor of the Sesame Street Magazine start-up and developed original Sesame Street Book publishing in partnerships with Golden Press and Random House.
After 29 years at SESAME STREET she retired as vice president/editor-in-chief of Book Publishing at Children's Television Workshop. Anna Jane continues her work in children’s publishing and has since published several storybooks and picture books with Random House, including SILLY SARA, THE PUP SPEAKS UP, and several other Step Into Reading and Sesame Workshop titles.
Anna Jane Hays received her A.A. at Stephens College, Columbia, MO and her B.A. in Honors English at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. She pursued a variety of post-graduate academic studies including Writers Workshops at New York University and Columbia University.
Author of numerous books for U.S. and European publishers, Anna Jane continues her work in children's publishing as an editor, writer, and consultant. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
About Valeria Petrone
Valeria Petrone has illustrated numerous picturebooks, including Luther’s Halloween (by CariMeister) and Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin (byMary Serfozo), and does editorial illustration forseveral Italian and UK magazines. She livesin Milan, Italy.