Born in Brno in the former Czechoslovakia in 1949, Peter Sís is an internationally acclaimed illustrator, author and filmmaker. Sís is the author of more than twenty books and is the seven-time winner of the New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Most recently, in 2007, he published The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, which was awarded the Robert F. Sibert Medal and was also named a Caldecott Honor Book. Peter Sís was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2003. He lives in the New York City area with his wife and children.