Jan Gallagher is a freelance writer and editor with 15 years of experience in education and in publishing (sometimes simultaneously). She serves as director of communications of the Literacy Assistance Center in New York City.
Lori Z. Ragsdale is a children's librarian at the Carrollton Public Library in Carrollton, Texas. She holds a master's degree in youth librarianship from the University of North Texas. Before turning to librarianship, she taught elementary school for 14 years.