About the Creators

CAROL-ANN HOYTE, creator and co-editor

Carol-Ann Hoyte is an emerging Canadian children’s poet who made her debut in February 2008. To date, most of her poems have appeared in School Magazine Australia which is considered Australia’s premiere literary magazine for children. She has also had poems published in Smories.com (England), Stories for Children (United States), R.E.A.L. Magazine (Canada), Anansesem: Caribbean Children’s Literature Magazine (United States), and Sheree Fitch’s book, Breathe, Stretch, Write (Pembroke Publishers, 2010). When she is not immersing herself in poetry, she works full-time as assistant librarian at a boys’ private school. Carol-Ann loves novels in verse, limericks, and riddle poems and lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


With nearly 400 poems, articles, and stories in various children’s magazines and anthologies to her credit, Heidi is also a song lyricist and children’s book reviewer. Her debut book, Come to My Party and Other Shape Poems, (Henry Holt, 2004) received starred reviews and was nominated for the Monarch Award, Mockingbird Award, and Great Lakes’ Great Books Award. Her newest books are What Kinds of Seeds are These? and Whose Nest is This? Since 1995, Heidi has actively volunteered in various capacities for The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; most recently as Assistant Regional Advisor in Illinois. She is a former instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature, and currently serves as a writer-in-residence for several Chicago Public schools. “Heidi Bee” has visited hundreds of schools and libraries; her instructional yet playful poetry presentations inspire students to become better readers, writers, and poets. www.HeidiBRoemer.com

KEVIN SYLVESTER, illustrator

Kevin Sylvester is an award winning illustrator, writer and broadcaster. His series The Neil Flambé Capers is a bestseller and critical success. Students across the Canadian province of Ontario picked Neil Flambé and the Marco Polo Murders as the Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award winner for fiction in 2011. Book #2, Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction, was released in fall 2010. Books #3 and #4 will be released in 2012. British super-chef Gordon Ramsay calls the series “Good Fun”. Kevin has also written and illustrated the picture book Splinters as well as the non-fiction titles Gold Medal for Weird and Sports Hall of Weird. He has been a broadcaster on CBC, Canada’s national radio network, and has covered eight Olympic Games. He also produced documentaries on topics ranging from racism in hockey to the history of church bells in Canada. Kevin lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.