Jon Scieszka attended Albion College and received a master's degree from the writing program at Columbia University. Before becoming a full-time writer, Scieszka worked as an elementary school teacher. He is well known for his collaborations with illustrator Lane Smith, which have resulted in such titles as THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS, MATH CURSE and the "Time Warp Trio" series. The pair's THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIRLY STUPID TALES was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 1993. Scieszka was anointed the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in 2008.