Maria Gill writes children's non-fiction often with an environmental message. She has had seven books published, including Save Our Seas, Eco-Rangers Save the Planet and New Zealand Hall of Fame with New Holland. Maria has a background in Primary school teaching and now lives out at Matakana on a lifestyle block writing full-time. Heather Arnold works with many illustration mediums including pencil, coloured pencil, acrylic, water-based oils, pastel, pen and ink and watercolour. Her most recent title Rangitoto was also written by Maria Gill and was shortlisted for the 2010 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. Her first book, Draw New Zealand Birds won the 2008 LIANZA Elsie Locke award for children's non-fiction.