Anna Grossnickle Hines was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 13, 1946. She studied art at San Fernando Valley State College. She received a B.A. in human development and an elementary teaching credential from Pacific Oaks College in 1974 and a M.A in 1978. Her first book, Taste the Raindrops, was published in 1983. She has written and/or illustrated more than 60 books including Come to the Meadow, Maybe a Band-Aid Will Help, Remember the Butterflies, Flying Firefighters, and What Joe Saw. Both Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti and Grandma Gets Grumpy were given Children's Choice Awards by the International Reading Association and Children's Book Council.