Laura Bannon (1895 – 1963) was born in Acme, Michigan, and studied at the Michigan State Normal School, and the Art Institute of Chicago, where she later taught. In all, she wrote (or illustrated) over twenty books, her first being published in 1939. She received numerous awards, including the Children’s Reading Round Table of Chicago. Several of her books were about animals, ranging from the unusual (Gregorio and the White Llama) to the more mundane (Hip-Hip the Goat). She wrote about horses and donkeys too, with three books aimed at the younger reader.