Atinuke was born in Nigeria and spent her childhood in both Africa and the United Kingdom. She is the author of the best-selling Anna Hibiscus series and many books for children, including three picture books illustrated by Angela Brooksbank: Baby Goes to Market, B Is for Baby, and Catch That Chicken! She started her career as an oral storyteller of tales from the African continent; now she draws on her recent Yoruba ancestry to write about contemporary life in Nigeria. She is the recipient of many awards, including a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor and a Children’s Africana Award. Atinuke lives in West Wales.