Artist, Author, Illustrator
No No, Baby! is out with Tundra Books, and has joined Dolly Parton’s nonprofit Imagination Library in Canada! In this story, an enthusiastic baby red squirrel livens things up in the quiet forest. The predecessor of this third baby animal book, Baby Squeaks, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2022 :
“The gift of gab proves deeply funny in Hunter’s (Where’s Baby?) earnest portrait of early language acquisition. Baby Mouse starts out as a quiet infant, but after the diminutive mammal utters a first word, then a second, language flows suddenly and inexorably forth….”
The first book in this silly series for the very young, Where’s Baby? received a Geisel Honor Award from the American Library Association, joined Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (US), was a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of 2021, and was, with the rest of the series, a Junior Library Guild selection.
The Lodge that Beaver Built written by Randi Sonenshine and illustrated by me, is out with Candlewick Press. As in our 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 Nest That Wren Built was a Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of 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. Our third book, The Den That Octopus Built, will be coming March 2024, also with Candlewick Press.
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.