Biographies

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Biographies

Joshua S. Brunet

Illustrator of Cat in the Night.  
Joshua S. Brunet has been a freelance illustrator for more than 15 years and has worked for a variety of magazines and children’s book publishers. He lives with his wife and four children in Shawnee, Oklahoma, where he is an Assistant Professor of Art at Oklahoma Baptist University. For more information about Josh and his art, visit libbyford.com/brunetgallery.

Anne Coe

Illustrator of Here Is the Southwestern Desert.
Anne Coe lives in the Sonoran Desert, where she need only look out her window to see scenes like those portrayed in Here Is the Southwestern Desert. Anne’s work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and has been exhibited in shows throughout the United States and Latin America. She teaches painting and drawing at Central Arizona College. For more information visit www.annecoe.com.

Madeleine Dunphy

Author of The Turtle Dove’s Journey: A Story of MigrationCat in the NightThe Peregrine’s Journey: A Story of Migration, At Home with the Gopher Tortoise: The Story of a Keystone Species and all of the books in the Here Is the … series. 
Madeleine Dunphy is an educational consultant who teaches children about endangered environments. She has studied and visited many of the world’s ecosystems, and was inspired to write books about our world’s great diversity of life. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, Chris, and their daughter, Gwendolyn. For more information about Madeleine, her books, and her school presentations visit www.mdunphy.com.

Janet Fox

Author of Volcano Dreams: A Story of Yellowstone.
Janet Fox is an author, mom, outdoor enthusiast, and former teacher. She has an MS in marine geology and an MFA in Writing for Children. Her award-winning books, written for children and young adults, have won her fans of all ages. She’s been to the bottom of the ocean in a submersible and has spent many years in Yellowstone National Park “geyser gazing” with her son and geophysicist husband. She lives in Bozeman, Montana. You can find out more about Janet, her books and her school presentations at www.janetsfox.com.

Marlo Garnsworthy

Illustrator of Bristlecone: The Secret Life of the World’s Oldest Tree, The Turtle Dove’s Journey: A Story of Migration and Volcano Dreams: A Story of Yellowstone. Coauthor of Pika Country: Climate Change at the Top of the World.
Marlo Garnsworthy is an Australian-American author, illustrator, editor, science communicator, and naturalist. Her published works include fiction and nonfiction, though nonfiction and science are her passion. She has traveled extensively, frequently accompanying scientists working in the field, and spent two months on a scientific research expedition, sailing on an icebreaker from Antarctica through the planet’s roughest seas, in the Southern Ocean. She lives in Wakefield, Rhode Island. You can learn more about Marlo, her books, and her school presentations at www.wordybirdstudio.com.

Kara Hagedorn

Author of Hawk Mother: The Story of a Red-Tailed Hawk Who Hatched Chickens.  
Kara Hagedorn loves animals. In college she studied zoology. She has worked as a wildlife biologist for Cornell University, Morro Bay National Estuary Program, Topaz Solar Farm and New York State Parks, where she was also a naturalist and environmental educator for 12 years. She lives in Santa Margarita, California, with her husband, two horses, and Sunshine the hawk. To find out more about Kara and her school presentations, please visit www.hawkmother.com.

Dan Hartman

Photographer of Pika Country: Climate Change at the Top of the World.  
Dan Hartman has lived on the border of Yellowstone National Park for 38 years. Over that time he has seen what loss of habitat can do to a single species. Through his photographs and writings, he has worked to bring awareness to the plight of wildlife. Dan lives in Silvergate, Montana. For more information about Dan and his photographs, visit www.wildlifealongtherockies.homestead.com.

Kristin Kest

Illustrator of The Peregrine’s Journey: A Story of Migration.
Kristin Kest grew up in a large family of artists and scientists. Not surprisingly, she developed a love for nature through drawing and painting. To her mother’s amusement, she often returned from her daily bike rides with everything from pinecones and shells to bugs and dead birds. She has illustrated more than twenty children’s books having to do with natural science. She lives in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania with her life partner, Sandy, and their cats, Romeo, Oscar and Jack. Kristin has a BA from York College of Pennsylvania and is now working on her masters in fine art at MICA. For more information about Kristin and her books, visit http://www.kestillustration.com/.

Tom Leonard

Illustrator of Here Is the African Savanna, Here Is Antarctica and Here Is the Coral Reef.
Tom Leonard’s beautiful paintings have graced the pages of many children’s books including One Small Place by the Sea and One Small Place in a Tree by Barbara Brenner. His stunning artwork has been praised by Booklist as having “great visual flair,” and School Library Journal wrote that his colors “delight the eye.” He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Rose, and teaches at the University of the Arts. For more information visit www.tomleonardillustration.com.

Wayne McLoughlin

Illustrator of Here Is the Wetland.
Since childhood, Wayne McLoughlin had a love of the outdoors that informed both his professional works and leisure-time activities. Wayne illustrated a wide variety of children’s fiction and nonfiction including the bestselling Warrior series by Erin Hunter. Wayne died in 2015. To find out more about Wayne’s beautiful books and illustrations visit www.blueloonfinearts.com

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Author of At Home with the Beaver: The Story of a Keystone Species. Coauthor of Pika Country: Climate Change at the Top of the World.

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent is the author of more than 100 books for children. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for Nonfiction, the New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award, and the Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award. She lives in Missoula, Montana with her husband Greg. To find out more about Dorothy and her books, please go to www.DorothyHinshawPatent.com.

Alan James Robinson

Illustrator of Here Is the Arctic Winter.
Alan James Robinson started the Cheloniidae Letterpress in Easthampton, Massachusetts, with the aim of preserving the fine art of bookmaking. A fine artist specializing in wildlife imagery, Alan’s work appears in many rare and fine print collections around the world. He lives in West Hatfield, Massachusetts. For more information about Alan’s work visit www.alanjamesrobinson.com.

Michael Rothman

Illustrator of Here Is the Tropical Rain Forest and At Home with the Gopher Tortoise: The Story of a Keystone Species.
Michael Rothman is a noted natural science illustrator whose work has appeared in the science section of the New York Times, among other publications. He has illustrated many children’s books including, Inside the Amazing Amazon by Don Lessem, Jaguar in the Rain Forest by Joanne Ryder, and The Mystery of Mars by Sally Ride & Tam O’Shaughnessy.  Michael has participated in numerous research expeditions to Brazil and French Guiana with scientists from the New York Botanical Garden. He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut, with his wife, Dorothy, and their daughter, Nyanza. For more information visit www.michaelrothman.com.

Michael Runtz

Photographer of At Home with the Beaver: The Story of a Keystone Species
Michael Runtz is the author and photographer of the renowned book, Dam Builders: The Natural History of Beavers and Their Ponds. He teaches Natural History and Ornithology courses at Carleton University, and has received numerous awards, including the Council of Canadian University Biology Chairs Distinguished Public Science Education Award. He lives in Ontario, Canada. This is his first book for children.

Alexandra Siy

Author of Bristlecone: The Secret Life of the World’s Oldest Tree.
Alexandra Siy is the author of more than twenty notable books for children, including Mosquito Bite, Voyager’s Greatest Hits, and Cars on Mars, and the winner of many awards, including the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award, the NSTA Best STEM Book award and an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor. Alexandra shares her passion for science, photography, and books with students of all ages as a teacher and visiting author. She lives in Feura Bush, New York State. Please visit www.alexandrasiy.com and www.bristleconebook.com