The Creative Team

About the Author


Traci Swain was born and raised in the South Bronx and spent every summer of her childhood in Talladega, Alabama. Her love of writing began after taking creative-writing courses at a summer camp when she was 12.

Working in the publishing industry for more than a decade allowed Traci to help foster the joy of reading for many students. Finding a Friend was her debut book and became an immediate teacher favorite. Traci hopes her stories will help encourage a love of reading, inspire creativity, and build confidence and self-esteem—all while teaching empathy, inclusion, and kindness.

When Traci isn’t creating books, she spends her time traveling, hanging with family and friends, and checking things off her bucket list. Her biggest feat to date—climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

About the Illustrator


Kadysha was born as Celeste in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her mother taught her how to draw and expand her imagination. Later, she became a journalist and moved to Córdoba, a beautiful place in the heart of the country. It was there she found her love for illustrations and words, and became “Kadysha.” Now she spends her days creating worlds and characters full of moons and dreams.

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