Kay Life received her degree in elementary education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and her B.F.A. in illustration at The Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. In addition to illustrating Hats Off to Hair! written by Virginia Kroll, Muggie Maggie written by Beverly Cleary (Morrow Jr. Books), Poppy's Chair written by Karen Hesse (MacMillan), and three books for Albert Whitman Publishing, Kay has collaborated with other illustrators for such works as Classic Mother Goose (Running Press). Kay lives in Massachusetts, and is the mother of four and grandmother of six.