Coauthor and Illustrator Akili Raphael is eleven years old with an interest in learning about different cultures and people. He enjoys martial arts, basketball, writing, illustrating stories, and learning languages. He is joined by his six-year-old sister, Asha Raphael, as guest illustrator in this book. She enjoys singing, dancing, reading, and drawing.
Coauthor Harriet Lewis, PhD, is the mother of Akili Raphael and Asha Raphael. She is a social researcher whose focus of inquiry includes human rights, international development, and interfaith social action. Dr. Lewis served in the US Peace Corps and enjoys traveling and learning.