Mary Lyn Ray is a conservationist and author of several picture books for children. Ray’s texts are often praised for their lyricism and emotional depth,
and in her works she frequently focuses on humankind’s relationship with
nature. Among her critically acclaimed titles are Pumpkins, Shaker Boy, and Welcome, Brown Bird. Ray was born in Louisiana and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. She currently lives in a 150-year-old farmhouse in New Hampshire.