Alison Lester is an Australian author and illustrator who has published over 25 children's picture books. Her books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life, and encourage children to believe in themselves. Alison won the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Award for Are We There Yet? and the CBCA Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award for One Small Island. Other picture books include Kissed by the Moon, Running with the Horses, Sophie Scott Goes South and My Dog Bigsy. She was an Australian Children's Laureate in 2012, a position she shared with Boori Monty Pryor, and was awarded the Dromkeen Medal in 2016 for her outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children's and young adult literature. Alison lives on a farm in Victoria, and spends part of every year traveling to schools in remote areas, using her books to help children and adults write and draw about their own lives.