Learn more about Big Chickens, the 2007 Michigan Reads!

Leslie Helakoski, Big Chickens authorLeslie Helakoski was born on March 21, 1960 in Abbeville, Louisiana. She and her five siblings often played in the woods where they encountered scary things like big ditches, cow pastures and wild waterways (er, bayous).

Leslie received a bachelor's degree in Advertising Design from the University of Louisiana and an associate degree in Media Illustration from Northern Michigan University. She always wanted to be an artist but she didn't know she would become a writer. After many happy years in advertising, she turned her mind to illustrating children's books and ended up writing them instead.

Henry Cole, illustrator.