KATE COOMBS has written a number of works, including picture books, novels, and poetry collections. Water Sings Blue, a collection of ocean poetry, awarded the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Prize in 2012. She's a former teacher who has worked in both K-12 and higher education. Her favorite hue is the blue-green at the crest of an ocean wave, and she enjoys stepping on dried leaves simply to hear them crunch. Visit katecoombs.com for more information.