About the Author
Jennifer Swender is a graduate of Yale University and received her master’s from Teachers College at Columbia University. Like Mr. Vann, Jennifer was also a teacher. She has worked in New York City and Houston public schools and is a Teach for America alumna. She now works and lives with her husband, Paul DeBois Jacobs, in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Jennifer Naalchigar has been dreaming and doodling in her diaries from a young age–just like Mika. Unlike Mika, Jennifer showed limited promise in math, but she has thoroughly enjoyed exploring Mika’s personality and reflecting her thoughts, fears, and dreams through her diary entries.
After working in publishing for several years, Jennifer turned her attention to illustrating full-time. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her husband and daughter.