Hala Tahboub is a children’s book writer and illustrator. She started her creative journey as an architect and interior designer. Hala won the SCBWI Canada East chapter’s Storyteller Award for Illustration in 2019, and she was the SCBWI’s December Featured Illustrator in 2020. Her debut author-illustrated picture book is about a motley crew who discover a ladder towering high in the sky, and the boy who is determined to ascend first, no matter what is up top. Born in Jordan, Hala now lives in Quebec. She believes in kindness, coffee, chocolate, and in the immense power of stories.