Deborah Hopkinson is the author of picture books, short fiction, and nonfiction. Her award-winning works include Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, winner of the 1994 International Reading Association award, as well as Apples to Oregon and A Band of Angels, both winners of the Golden Kite award and ALA Notable books. Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek was also an ALA Notable. Her 2009 books include Home on the Range, Keep On!, Stagecoach Sal, and a picture book on Michelle Obama. She lives in Oregon and is a vice president at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.