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Craig Hatkoff is the author of the award-winning, No. 1 New York Times best-selling picture book "Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship," which was published in 2006 and became an international phenomenon. His other acclaimed picture books about real animals with real-world issues include "Owen &; Mzee: The Language of Friendship," "Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World" and "Looking for Miza: The True Story of the Mountain Gorilla Family Who Rescued One of Their Own." His newest picture book, "Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again" (2009), is the inspiring true story of a rescued baby dolphin that learned to swim using a prosthetic tail. Winter's story delivers an important message of hope, friendship and universal acceptance. Hatkoff is the founder of Turtle Pond Publications and co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival. He lives in New York.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Craig Hatkoff