Michelle Houts is the award-winning author of several middle-grade novels, picture books, and biographies for young readers including Winterfrost, which was a 2014 Bank Street Best Book and Junior Library Guild selection, and The Beef Princess of Practical County, which was awarded the 2010 IRA Children's Book Award. She lives, works, and plays on a farm in western Ohio, where she is restoring a one-room schoolhouse. While in second grade, she begged her parents for a chemistry kit, but wasn't quite sure what to do when she actually got it. Lucy's Lab allows her to be the scientist she always wanted to be. Elizabeth Zechel is an illustrator and author of the children's book Is There a Mouse in the Baby's Room. Her illustrations appear in books such as Wordbirds by Liesl Schillinger, The Little General and the Giant Snowflake by Matthea Harvey, and cookbooks such as Bubby's Homemade Pies by Jen Bervin and Ron Silver, as well as a variety of magazine and literary journals. She lives in Brooklyn, NY where she teaches Kindergarten.