About Author and Illustrator

Author: Leslie Tryon 

Leslie Tryon

Leslie Tryon is the author of the clever, charming and inventive Albert series and several other books for young readers. She is the illustrator of Alma Flor Ada’s Dear Peter Rabbit and With Love, Little Red Hen. She has received an ALA Notable book recognition, a Parents Choice Honor and an Ezra Jack Keats Award for Excellence in the Arts. Leslie has written that she might have begun her career as an author and illustrator much earlier if she hadn’t become a dancer first. With her experience as a tapper, Leslie has stepped into her own world of dance with The Thumbtack Dancer.

Illustrator: Jan Spivey Gilchrist


Jan Spivey Gilchrist is the award-winning illustrator-author of seventy-four children’s books. Dr. Gilchrist illustrated the highly acclaimed picture book The Great Migration: Journey to the North, written by Eloise Greenfield. This book was recognized with a Coretta Scott King Honor, named a Junior Library Guild Best Book, was an NAACP Image Award nominee, a CCBC Best Book, and a Georgia State Children’s Book Award nominee. Jan received a Coretta Scott King Award for her illustrations in Nathaniel Talking and a Coretta Scott King Honor for her illustrations in Night on Neighborhood Street, both written by Eloise Greenfield. In The Thumbtack Dancer, Jan brings Gus’ moves to life and puts his talent on display.