Verna Allette Wilkins was born in Grenada. She is the founder of Tamarind Books, a publishing company she set up in 1987 to produce books to give children of colour a sense of self and personal value. It is now an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s Books UK. Verna is the author of forty picture books and eight biographies of young people, which have been chosen for Children’s Books of the Year and included in the National Curriculum Reading Lists for Schools. She has received many awards, among them the British Book Industry Decibel Award for Multicultural Publishing in 2008. Verna was honoured by Newman University Birmingham as a Doctor of Letters for her work as a “Champion of Children’s Literature”. Verna is currently writing a series of picture books and a memoir. She lives in Middlesex.