Mike Curato was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. He has been drawing ever since he could hold a pencil. In 2012, Mike finally achieved his lifelong goal of becoming a published author & illustrator of children's books when Henry Holt Books for Young Readers (MacMillan) offered him a 3-book deal featuring his character, Little Elliot. The first book in the series, Little Elliot, Big City, debuts August 26th, 2014. Mike currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.