Mitali Perkins (mitaliperkins.com) has written many books for young readers, including You Bring the Distant Near, a National Book Award nominee, and Rickshaw Girl, which was adapted into a film. Her newest work for children is a picture book, Bare Tree and Little Wind: A Story for Holy Week. Recently, Mitali shared her love and gratitude for “living children's books” in a nonfiction book for grownups called Steeped in Stories: Timeless Children’s Novels to Refresh our Tired Souls. Mitali and her husband, who served as a pastor for 25 years, live in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have twin adult sons.