Robert Kimmel Smith is an award-winning author. Born in New York, Smith had rheumatic fever at age 8 and spent 3 months in bed reading and dreaming. It was then that he had his first thoughts of becoming a writer. But he says he started writing stories for young readers “by accident.” He told his daughter bedtime stories and then he wrote them. Winner of numerous awards, including the Parents’ Choice Award and the Mark Twain Award. His children’s books include Chocolate Fever, Jelly Belly, Bobby Baseball, The War with Grandpa, Mostly Michael and The Squeaky Wheel. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.