Mr. Jo was born in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province, in 1941. After losing his eyesight in an accident in 1961, he graduated from the Graduate School of Special Education at Dongguk University in 1992. In 1999, he became the principal of the Seoul Hanbit School for Blind Children. He won the Literature Award of the Disabled in 2001 for his children’s short story The Squirrel and the Acorn. He also wrote Mosquitoes Are Good in 2005.
Ms. Chae was born in Hambaek, Gangwon Province, in 1962 and graduated from Sungkyunkwan University majoring in French literature in 1984. She wrote picture books like Daughters Are Good, Pants with Red Stripes, and Today Is the Day We Make Gimjang in My House. Children’s storybooks she wrote include Goblins Are Swarming Over a House in the Mountains, My Classmate Young-dae, Riding a Bike with My Uncle, and The Electrical Pole Man. She also wrote The Dictionary of Beautiful Values and five books for the ‘School of Beautiful Sentiments’ series.
Mr. Choe was born in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province. He traveled for a while around northern Manchuria and the Gobi region of Mongolia before settling in as a teacher back in Korea. His teaching career included positions at Jeonju High School, Jemulpo High School, and Daegun High School and as the principal of Shinmyung Girls’ High School, where he retired. He wrote a poetry book for children, Mujigae (Rainbow), a poetry book for teenagers, Pureun-nundongjae-gringrim (A Painting Drawn on a Blue Pupil), and poetry collections such as Wonjeong, Sanmaek (Mountain Range), and Sunsusidae (The Age of Innocence).
Mr. Hong was born in Seoul in 1929. In 1992, he won the inaugural Children’s Culture Award in the art division from the Foundation for Children’s Culture. Presently a freelance illustrator, he is a member of the Korea Rainbow Illustrators Group, the Korean Publishers Association, and the Foundation for Children’s Culture. Books he worked on are Building a House, The Myth of Dangun, Jeong-bae and the Baby, Where’s Dad?, Jaeminegol Village, as well as five books in J’aimimage’s ‘Selection of Folk tales’ series.