Jill Bennett trained in education and divides her time between teaching in a primary school and working as an Early Years education consultant in outer London. She is passionate about furthering the role of literature in the classroom and believes 'it is all too easy to forget the unique and fundamental role literature has in developing the imagination.' She is particularly interested in poetry and books with a spiritual dimension, which makes her ideally placed to compile this anthology. Julia Cairns began her career as a fine artist when she moved to Botswana where she worked for nine years. Although she no longer lives there, she continues to be inspired by the joy and hopeful spirit of the African people. Currently she resides in Northern California with her husband, two children and a bevy of farm animals. She also illustrated the recently released We All Went on Safari (2002).