Leslie Stall Widener was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a legacy of her maternal grandmother. She has illustrated for numerous educational publishers and children's magazines. Her portfolio includes three books for young readers, including Greg Rodgers' Chukfi Rabbit's Big, Bad Bellyache, which received a starred review in The Kirkus Reviews and was selected for the Alaska Spirit of Reading program. She lives with her husband, Terry, in McKinney, Texas.