Philip Hoose is a published author of novels, essays, stories, songs, and articles who has won numerous awards. He began writing for adults, but shifted his focus to children and young adults in order to stay up with his own girls. His novel Claudette Colvin was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009 after winning a National Book Award. He's also the co-author of Hey, Little Ant, The Race to Rescue the Lord God Bird, and We Were There, Too! with his daughter Hannah. Among his many awards are the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, the Christopher Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.
He was born in the town of South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in the towns of Angola, Indiana, and Speedway, Indiana. He went to Indiana University and Yale School of Forestry for his education. He currently resides in Portland, Maine.