The Authors & Illustrator


Phillip & Hannah Hoose, 2006


Father and daughter team, Phillip and Hannah Hoose wrote the song, “Hey, Little Ant” together in 1992 when Hannah was 9-years-old.  Their popular recording led to the story’s publication as a children’s book in 1998.

Phillip Hoose is the author of many award-winning books for young adults and adults including the Sibert Medal honoree The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, Green Earth Book Award winning Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, the National Book Award winner Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice, National Book Award finalist We Were There Too! Young People in US History, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award winning The Race To Save The Lord God Bird and a baseball memoir for adults and young readers, Perfect Once Removed. For nearly 37 years, Phil was a staff member of The Nature Conservancy, working to protect habitats of endangered species– including ants. He is a founding member of the Children’s Music Network and a performing musician.

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Hannah Hoose teaches first and second grade in Seattle, Washington.  Her favorite subject to teach is writing, and she loves to read mysteries.  In her free time, Hannah loves learning cool tricks on the trampoline, playing piano, dancing, biking, eating vegan food, watching theater, falling off her unicycle, and hanging out with her friends and family.  She lives with two spoiled rabbits named Elphaba and Mighty O Donuts.


Debbie Tilley

Debbie Tilley


Debbie Tilley’s other books include Dinosaur Dinner, Riddleicious, Riddleightful, Oops!, Gallaudet’s Children’s ASL Dictionary and Boy Were We Wrong About the Human Body by Kathleen Kudlinski (Dial, 2015).  She lives in Escondido CA with her daughter.

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