Joe Cepeda earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach, then went on to Cornell University to study Engineering. He is a superb artist who has also illustrated more than 35 book jackets and children's books. Hey, Hey, Hay! was illustrated by Joe. Up and I Dig are two I Like to Read books that he both wrote and drew. Joe was awarded the Pura BelprÃ¨ Honor by the American Library Association, as well as the George G. Washington University's Recognition of Excellence Award.
The Stone Center for Children's Literature is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting children's literature He resides in the state of California.