The Authors Leila Boukarim was born in Lebanon, raised in several countries, and now resides in Singapore. She spends her time writing stories that inspire empathy and encourage meaningful discussions between children and caregivers. Leila has published six other picture books for children. Shameer Bismilla is a trained early childhood specialist. He is passionate about literacy instruction and how books can nurture the whole child. This inspired him to co-author The Boy and the Box and The Girl and the Box to create the reader’s journey and challenge societal expectations. Shameer coaches and mentors teachers in literacy instruction as an adjunct lecturer at the National Institute of Early Childhood Development. He also teaches at the German European School in Singapore.The Illustrator Barbara Moxham was born in Munich, Germany and raised in Sydney, Australia. She currently calls Singapore home. After completing a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications and a Master of Art in Painting and Drawing, she worked as an art director and a graphic designer. Her incurable book addiction and becoming a mum led her to picture book illustration.