Jessica Walton is a picture book author, secondary teacher, parent, daughter of a trans parent, and proud queer disabled woman. Introducing Teddy is her first book. Jess wrote it to help explain gender identity in a simple, positive way to her young son. The book started as a Kickstarter project but has now been published by Bloomsbury and translated into nine different languages. Jess lives with her wife and two children in the outer south eastern suburbs of Melbourne.