Kate Mayes is the bestselling author of the picture books Daddy Cuddle (illustrated by Sara Acton), The Bum Book (illustrated by Andrew Joyner), Count My Kisses, Little One and Count My Christmas Kisses (both illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie and written as Ruthie May), and Stew a Cockatoo: My Aussie Cookbook (illustrated by Leigh Hobbs and written as Ruthie May). She lives in Sydney, Australia. Sara Acton is an award-winning author and illustrator. Sara grew up in the Cotswolds in England and always loved drawing, especially people and other strange creatures. She studied BA Hons Fine Art and trained as an Art Teacher in London. After teaching and practicing art in England and New Zealand Sara moved with her family to Australia. Her first picture book Ben and Duck won the 2012 Children's Book Council of Australia Crichton Award for new illustrators.