Esmé Shapiro is an author and illustrator of books for children. Her most recent book is Alma and the Beast. She grew up amongst the succulents and coyotes of Laurel Canyon, California. She currently resides in a plant-filled apartment in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Esmé is a past recipient of both the Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship and the SILA West 53 Gold Award-Phillip Hayes Scholarship. She has exhibited at The Society of Illustrators and her work has been featured in Taproot, Quill and Quire, and Plansponsor Magazines. Her first book, OOKO, was nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award and was # 1 on the National Post Best Seller’s List.