Cassie Allen explores her interests in biology and mythology through her illustrations. She works primarily in pen and ink with digital color, but also experiments with painting and printmaking. A graphic designer by day, Cassie blends her drawing practice and design experience with children’s books, as well as comics and zines she has completed as personal projects.
Constance Anderson is the illustrator and writer of the children’s picture book Smelling Sunshine, a story about one world doing an ordinary chore of hanging laundry (Star Bright Books, 2013). Her newest picture book, A Stick Until..., follows a stick on its transformational journey as a tool (Star Bright Books, July, 2017). Her writing reflects her interest in connecting people to one another, and to the environment.
Constance often combines paint and paper in her narrative images, a process reminiscent of hours spent as a child making paper dolls and the stories that went with them. Her illustrations have appeared throughout the San Diego Zoo, in science journals, cookbooks, and children’s magazines, and at California galleries and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay area where she...
Lorna Balian was born and raised in Wisconsin. She studied art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, where she met her husband, John. Together, they renovated an old brick schoolhouse where they raised six children. Lorna's children's book career began when she decided to write and illustrate stories for her young children. She published her first book, Humbug Witch in 1965. Her long and celebrated career of creating books continues to be inspired by her fourteen grandchildren. Lorna still lives in Wisconsin with her husband.
Ian Benfold Haywood studied Fine Art at the Nottingham School of Art. He specialized in painting, and later went on to study Illustration for Children at the University of North Wales with distinction. He has lived as a painter in Spain, worked as a community artist, and has been a teacher. For several years he was the marketing manager for a large Japanese company, and still runs his own small business trading with companies from around the world. Ian has published over thirty books. He recently won the silver medal at the Nestle Book Awards for Catcall, as well as the London Book Fair's Best Illustration prize in 2010. His work ranges from flap books for the very young to picture books and teen fiction chapter heads and interiors. He is represented by the Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency. VISIT Ian Benfold Haywood's website
Annie Beth Ericsson is an illustrator and designer with dual passions for visual art and children's literature. A Communications Design graduate of Pratt Institute, she is the published illustrator of two Star Bright Books board books (What's In My Garden? and What's In My Toybox?). Annie now designs trade hardcover books with Putnam/Nancy Paulsen Books (Penguin Young Readers Group) by day, and illustrates children's apps for iPhone/iPad by night with Smart Cookie Studios. You can find her on Twitter, her website, or her blog, Walking in Public.
Jonathan Brown had early aspirations to become an illustrator, hoping to draw for a living like his hero Charles Schulz. While studying illustration and design in college, he drew political cartoons for the campus newspaper, and discovered an avenue to pursue his dream. For the next twenty years, he drew for weekly and daily newspapers in Utah, winning several awards for his cartoons.
Giora Carmi spent fourteen years as a freelance graphic designer in Israel. During that time, Giora illustrated over two hundred book covers and fifteen children's books. He came to the United States in 1985 and established himself as an illustrator for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. In the U.S. he continued to pursue his interest in children's books, illustrating twenty-eight books, two of which he also wrote.
In 2004, Carmi received a degree from NYU in art therapy. He now works as an art therapist with troubled teens in Bergen County, NJ. He has two daughters, a son and one grandson from a previous marriage. He lives with his life partner, Anita Gold, in New York City.
Miriam Cohen is an avid champion of the emotional rights of children, and is interested in their "immense vulnerability, and their need to be nurtured, encouraged, and allowed to unfold naturally." She has spent many hours in classrooms reading, listening, and talking with children, "not as a lecturer, but as a fellow writer." The time she has spent in the company of children is one reason why her books ring true, and why young readers hear themselves in the voices of her characters.
Miriam and her husband live in Brooklyn, New York. They have three children. Their son Adam, an award-winning photographer, collaborated with Miriam on Eddy's Dream.
Estelle Corke spent much of her childhood drawing. Her passion for drawing led to studying graphic design in college, and opened a career in advertising and magazine publishing. Eventually, she made her way to children's books. Estelle lives in England and is published worldwide. Beach Socks is her first book for Star Bright Books.