Elise is a poetry enthusiast, a certified yoga instructor, a former social worker, and--most importantly--she loves cats and dogs equally and thinks you should, too. She is currently nuts about YA books with a sci-fi twist, although she is equally passionate about books for a younger crowd. Among her favorites for younger readers, she is likely to recommend Sophie's Chickens by Phoebie Wahl, It's Okay to be Different by Todd Parr, A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara, The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney, and--of course--Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. And that is only the beginning of the list! Elise grew up in a small town in Michigan, where her entire extended family still lives. She and her sister are the only ones to venture outside that mitten of a state, and they both live on a coast (although different coasts). She currently lives with her cuddly cat and boyfriend in San Francisco, and loves to garden and volunteer in her spare time.