Loreen Leedy was born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1959. She majored in art in college but wasn't sure what kind of artist to be. She began making polymer clay jewelery and chess sets and selling them at craft shows. The pins, earrings, and chess pieces were whimsical pigs, cats, dragons, and other animals. At the age of twenty-five she began turning her jewelery into book characters. Her first published title was A Number of Dragons, a counting book written in verse. She has written and illustrated about 40 picture books, and is working on one right now in her studio in central Florida. Loreen's husband, Andrew Schuerger, is a scientist who works on space biology research at the Kennedy Space Centre.