Susan Wojciechowski, born in New York, was a children's
librarian and schoolteacher for many years before becoming a
successful author. Susan is best known for her first picture book,
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, which won numerous
honours including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal, and was
adapted into a feature film. About her writing, Susan says, "As a
mother, librarian, and former teacher as well as a children's
author, I have always felt the need to touch the minds of children.
Through my writing, I try to reach children in a special way, by
portraying them as real people - warts and all - and showing them
that they are more or less alike, despite their differences."
P.J. Lynch has won many awards including the Mother Goose Award, the Christopher Medal three times, the Irish Bisto Book of the Year Award, and the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal on two occasions - first for The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski, and again for When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest. In recent years, P.J. Lynch has been commissioned to design posters for Opera Ireland and the Abbey Theatre, as well as designing stamps for An Post. He lives in Dublin with his wife and their three children.
Lynch provides the illustrations for another Christmas favourite, Susan Wojciechowski's The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, which carries a message of hope and redemption that resonates deeply at this time of year. * The Irish Times *