Nicole Xu is an illustrator who was born in Shanghai, China, and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. She attended Rhode Island School of Design and has worked with numerous newspaper and magazine clients. Her work often explores themes of loss, healing, and empathy. Her debut picture book All of a Sudden and Forever is an Orbis Pictus Recommended Book. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her dog. See more of her art at www.nicole-xu.com.