Barbara Helen Berger grew up in Seattle loving to draw and paint. For ten years, she worked as a painter with gallery shows in Seattle and in 1980 she turned her focus to children’s books. She’s the author and illustrator of ten books and the recipient of numerous awards including twice a Washington State Governor’s Writers Award. Grandfather Twilight, her best-known picture book, has been called a goodnight classic and A Lot of Otters won a 1998 PNBA Award. Berger’s personal essays and memoir have appeared in Exhibition, Crone Chronicles, Snowy Egret and in two anthologies. In recent years she’s been a frequent contributor to Parabola, and her artwork has been featured at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum.