Timothy D. Bellavia (1971 - ) was born in Buffalo, New York. He is an alumnus of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His first picture book, "We Are All The Same Inside," (circa. 2000) earned him a Christopher Award nomination, and an opportunity to present his doll-making curriculum on the International Day of Tolerance at the United Nations. The New York City Department of Education realized the value of the curriculum and awarded Mr. Bellavia's T.I.M.M.E. Company (d.b.a. We Are All The Same Inside ® Sage doll-making workshop) a contract. This contract has allowed Bellavia to amplify the company's mission to teach tolerance to New York City's school children while integrating the arts into the literacy curriculum.