Artist, Author, Illustrator
The Lodge That Beaver Built, written by Randi Sonenshine and illustrated by me, is out September 27 with Candlewick Press. As in Randi’s first book, The Nest That Wren Built, this informative verse about the life of beavers is modeled after The House That Jack Built, and is a Junior Library Guild selection.
The predecessors of these books, out in 2020, Where’s Baby? published by Tundra Books, and The Nest That Wren Built, written by Randi Sonenshine and published by Candlewick Press, have received some lovely accolades:
Where’s Baby? was named a Geisel Honor Book by the American Library Association. It also had the honor of joining Dolly Parton’s wonderful nonprofit Imagination Library, was a Junior Library Guild selection, and a Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year 2021. Where’s Baby? is out overseas with Terre di Mezzo (Italy), Albin Michel (France), Kagaku Dojin (Japan), Theineman-Esslinger Verlag (Germany), and Walker Books (UK).
The Nest That Wren Built, a nonfiction nature picture book by Randi Sonenshine and illustrated by me, was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year 2021, was featured in the Wall Street Journal for children’s nature books, and was chosen for The Society of Illustrators The Original Art exhibition, showcasing the best illustrated children’s books of 2020.
No, No, Baby! – the third Baby book with Tundra Books, will be coming in February 2023, and The Den That Octopus Built, the third book about animal’s homes by Randi Sonenshine, will be out with Candlewick Press in 2024.
I grew up in South Florida, following my mother, who was an avid birder and field trip leader for the Audubon Society, through the fields and swamps, surrounded by people who knew about birds and plants, insects, marine life, and the tropical environment.
I loved to draw and loved nature and I thought I would illustrate field guides when I grew up. After studying art and scientific illustration I found that as much as I love it, there is not a lot of room for character and fun in scientific illustration. I went to work illustrating all kinds of things – newspapers,magazines, stickers, advertisements, educational material, posters, t-shirts… then I wrote and illustrated my first picture book, Possum’s Harvest Moon, which became a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start. Picture books are the perfect forum for education, humor, design, story, and for opening doors onto our amazing natural world.