After working as a graphic designer for many years, she decided to be a children’s books illustrator. She applied to the MFA Illustration program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Wonder Bear was her thesis project and she was contacted by Dial Books to publish it. Tao works in silkscreens and water-based inks. She have only illustrated for the 3-5 age.
42. Rukhsana Khan
Rukhsana Khan was born in Lahore, Pakistan. When she is three years old, she immigrated to Canada. She has eleven books published and others under contract. She tells tales of India, Persia, the Middle East, as well as her own stories. Khan's work has been featured at international conferences in Denmark, Mexico, Singapore, Italy, and South Africa, and has presented all across Canada and the U.S.
Tricia Tusa has written and illustrated several books for children, including Maebelle's Suitcase and Stay Away from the Junkyard, both Reading Rainbow books. She lives in Houston, TX.
44. Melissa Sweet
Melissa Sweet has illustrated nearly 100 children’s books, which include board books, picture books and nonfictions. She is known for her collages and paintings that have published in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Madison Park Greetings, Smilebox and for eeBoo Toys.
45. Mike Curato
Mike is a freelance illustration and graphic designer. He graduated from Syracuse University in 2003.