Richard Michelson is a prize-winning poet whose work has been praised by Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel as "deeply moving." His many children's books include Ten Times Better, A Book of Flies: Real and Otherwise, and Animals That Ought to Be, all illustrated by the late Caldecott Honor artist Leonard Baskin, and Grandpa's Gamble, illustrated by American Book Award winner Barry Moser.
Like Aaron in Too Young for Yiddish, Richard grew up in Brooklyn, New York, rooted for Sandy Koufax, and learned to appreciate his Jewish heritage later in life. He now lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children. Richard is the owner of R. Michelson Galleries, which represents many of the country's most prominent children's book illustrators.