Artist, Author, Illustrator
Where’s Baby? came out in 2020 with Tundra Books – Penguin Random House Canada, Walker Books in the UK, Albin Michel in France, Terre di Mezzo in Italy, Kagaku Dojin in Japan, and in Germany with Theineman-Esslinger Verlag.
Where’s Baby? received a Geisel Honor Award from the American Library Association, given annually to the authors and illustrators of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in the United States. Also, it was a Junior Library Guild selection and was chosen for Dolly Parton’s wonderful nonprofit Imagination Library.
“Hunter’s simple but lively pen and colored pencil drawings allow the deadpan humor to ring out. The dramatic irony paired with Papa’s earnest calls of “Ba-by!” make this a winner for interactive reading, and Baby’s final request, “Can we do that again?” will ensure this fun and gently instructive story is repeated.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
And The Nest that Wren Built, a nature picture book written by Randi Sonenshine and illustrated by me, published by Candlewick Press in 2020, chronicles the construction of a wren nest in verse modeled after “The House that Jack Built”. It was a Junior Library Guild selection and a Kirkus Reviews starred review! The illustrations for The Nest that Wren Built were chosen for The Society of Illustrators Original Art Show, showcasing the best illustrated children’s picture books of 2020!
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.