.Designer and Author & Illustrator Kristen Balouch has created a dozen books for children including Ezra Jack Keats Award winner MYSTERY BOTTLE and the Golden Kite winner THE KING & THE THREE THIEVES. She has collaborated on projects from exclusive designed toys and furniture for the Guggenheim Museum, fabric collections for Birch Fabrics, fine art shows in New York City, and teamed with various licensing partners. She lives in a tiny top-floor apartment in Brooklyn. She likes cooking for friends and family, wandering to scout out good food, gardening, and swimming and kayaking in Lake George.