Anika Aldamuy Denise is the author of Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré. She first heard the stories of Pura Belpré from her titi Rose, who, like Pura’s family, enjoyed sharing the treasured folklore of Puerto Rico. Today, Anika is the celebrated author of several picture books including Starring Carmen!, Lights, Camera, CARMEN! and Monster Trucks. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Rhode Island. Visit her online at www.anikadenise.com.