The Author and Illustrator

The Author, Joni Rubinstein

Joni Rubinstein, Children's Book Author

Joni Rubinstein
, M. Ed., is a wife, mother, and an elementary school counselor. Since each of her children turned one, she has read a poem to them on the night before their birthdays. This tradition has been a part of her family for almost 30 years. Five years ago when her oldest daughter's friend had a baby (who calls her Grandma Joni) she decided to write this book as a way to expand on the birthday eve ritual and to create a tradition for another generation.

She hopes that this book becomes a lasting part of your family as well.Joni has produced the videos Healthy Touch: Infant Massage for Teenage Parents and Bonding Through Touch: Infant Massage for Adoptive Families. She is committed to supporting families in creating new traditions that celebrate love, respect, and attachment.


The Illustrator, Juana Martinez-Neal

Juana Martinez- Neal, Illustrator of Children's Books

Juana Martinez-Neal
has been painting sheep and clouds as long as she can remember. She was born in Lima, Peru where she raised no sheep but had plenty of clouds in her Peruvian sky.

The Night Before My Birthday Book is her third picture book and the first one where she got a chance to paint sheep.For more about Juana, visit her web site