Artist, Author, Illustrator
Where’s Baby? was named a Geisel Honor Book, given annually by the American Library Association to the authors and illustrators of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published the United States. It also had the honor of joining Dolly Parton’s wonderful nonprofit Imagination Library, becoming a Junior Library Guild selection, and a Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year 2021.
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.
Coming in 2022:
Baby Squeaks comes out May 31, 2022 with Tundra Books. A funny book friend for Where’s Baby?, this next book is about a baby mouse that learns to talk… and never stops. Perfect for the very young (and their caretakers)!
Another book about animals homes by Randi Sonenshine, The Lodge that Beaver Built, comes on October 11, 2022 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.