Yossi Lapid was born in a small town in Romania where toy stores were absent, but snowmen were abundant. So, it was inevitable perhaps that he would one day write a children's book series about a snowman called Paul. Lapid's multi-volume series titled Snowman Paul won the silver medal in the 2016 Moonbeam Award competition in the best picture book series category. Subsequent volumes in 2017 have won Mom's Choice and Reader's Favorite gold medals. Lapid was previously a college professor with a Ph.D. from Colombia University. He has three children and lives with his wife Susan and a little dog named Sasha in New Mexico.