Barbara Bietz was born and raised in Southern California. She received both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in education from the University of Arizona. Barbara is Chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She conducts writer’s workshops for adults and children and her work has appeared in numerous magazines, including a monthly column for FamiliesOnlineMagazine.com and children’s book reviews for Jewish Book World. She lives in Oak Park, California with her husband, two children, and three dogs.