Cheryl Blackford is the author of LIZZIE AND THE LOST BABY (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016) and the picture book HUNGRY COYOTE (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2015), winner of the 2015 Moonbeam Award for picture books. Cheryl grew up in the city of Hull, in Yorkshire, England and graduated from the University of Durham with a BSc in Geology. She immigrated to the US with her husband and children and now lives in Minnesota. After a successful career in technical writing Cheryl went back to her teaching roots and her love of children’s books and began writing her own stories. She has now published five books for elementary- and middle-school-aged children.