Elizabeth (Liz) Gilbert Bedia is the author of Bess the Barn Stands Strong (Page Street Kids) named one of the “Superlative Books of 2020” by BookPage, Arthur Wants a Balloon (Trigger Publishing), Balloons for Papa (HarperCollinsUS) – a 2022 SCBWI Crystal Kite Finalist, and A Dinosaur’s Day picture book series from DK Children/Penguin Random House. After working as a researcher, educator and audiologist, Liz now spends her days creating heartfelt and humorous stories for children. Liz lives in central Iowa with her husband, two children and two enormous, yet lovable dogs. For more information: