Biography for Sleep Tight, Little Bear

Random House, Inc.
MARTIN WADDELL is the recipient of the 2004 Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his contribution to children's literature. Of SLEEP TIGHT, LITTLE BEAR, he says, "I visited the last of my children to leave home, one of my own Little Bears. He had an empty house, but proudly showed me a new bed and a new table and a new chair . . . like the playhouses we had made when he was very small. After that, what else could I do but write the story?" Martin Waddell lives in Northern Ireland.

BARBARA FIRTH has illustrated many award-winning picture books, including the Little Bear series, which has sold more than six million copies worldwide. "I admire that Big Bear allowed Little Bear to be alone," she says. "But I was also glad that Little Bear was able to think of Big Bear's feelings, and ended up right where he belonged!" Barbara Firth lives in Middlesex, England.