Dan Paley is an author of books for children. His work includes Luigi and the Barefoot Races (Tilbury House, 2015), Rubio and Julienne, A Sweet and Cheesy Tale (Tilbury House, 2018) and two forthcoming nonfiction picture books— a biography of the revolutionary artist nun and social justice hero, Corita Kent (Candlewick Press), and a picture book about wildfire in the age of climate change and the elite wildland firefighters who brave them (Chronicle Books). Dan is the program manager at the Center for Population, Inequality, and Policy at UC Irvine. He studied social geography at West Chester University near his home town, Philadelphia, and science writing at Johns Hopkins University. Dan is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the National Association of Science Writers (NASW). He lives in Irvine, California with his family. Maniac Magee is the book that made him want to be an author and continues to inspire his work today.