Kathi Appelt is the author of more than thirty picture books and the novels THE UNDERNEATH and KEEPER. THE UNDERNEATH was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and a 2009 Newbery Honor Book.
Kathi was born in the front seat of her father's Ford and grew up in Houston. She currently lives in College Station, TX, with her husband Ken and four cats.
Here, she poses with a Tyrannosaurus rex figurine at the hostess's station at Threadgill's in Austin, Texas.