About Us

Our Authors, Illustrators & Designer

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Erik Brooks

Erik Brooks, illustrator of The Scritchy Little Twitchell Sisters, is the author and illustrator of The Practically Perfect Pajamas and Octavius Bloom and The House of Doom. He has two younger brothers and thus has profound personal experience with sibling rivalry. Erik visits schools and coaches cross-country running and skiing when he is not working on books. He lives in Winthrop, Washington, with his wife and daughter. You can visit Erik's web site at www.erikbrooks.com.

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Laura Aimee Garn

Laura Aimee Garn, author of Bella Basset Ballerina and The Scritchy Little Twitchell Sisters, has worked as a dictionary illustrator, a graphic designer, a creative director in the cosmetics and jewelry industries, a floral designer, and as a freelance writer. Aimee is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and holds M.F.A. degrees in graphic design from Yale University and in writing from Columbia University. Aimee is President of the Board of NYC-Parents in Action, a volunteer organization that provides services and information to parents of children in New York independent schools to help prevent teenage substance use. Aimee lives in New York City with her two daughters, Louisa and Emma, and her husband.

Jeffrey Greene

Jeffrey Greene, author and illustrator of Pynx, is a professional artist who began his training at the age of nine with personal instruction by the painter Harry Litchfield and continued his fine art studies at S.U.N.Y Binghamton. His illustrated children's books include Backyard Bear, written by Jim Murphy (selected as a "Pick of the List" book by Publisher's Weekly); Shadowplay, by Penny Harter; Just My Dad and Me, by Leah Komiko; Red Ribbon, by Sarah Weeks (selected by the Children's Book Council for a 1995 award in the field of children's social studies); and The Rain, by Michael Laser. He has taught children's book writing and illustrating at Parsons School of Design and in private workshops and has contributed illustrated stories to many children's magazines. He lives in New York City.

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Jacquie Hann

Jacquie Hann, author and illustrator of Kick Block Punch, has written and illustrated many children's books, including the critically acclaimed That Man Is Talking To His Toes and Up Day Down Day (a Junior Literary Guild Selection). She teaches children's book illustration and writing at The New School, holds private workshops, and has lectured extensively throughout the country on the subject of writing and illustrating children's books. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Jacquie is a third degree black belt in tae kwon do, and teaches karate to children. She has a son, Adam, and a daughter, Maya, and lives in New York City with her husband. Everyone in her family has attained the rank of black belt. You can visit Jacquie's website at www.jacquiehann.com.

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Jacqueline Kachman

Jacqueline Kachman, book designer, is the principal of Kachman Design, located in Phoenix, Arizona. Jacqueline graduated from The Cooper Union and did graduate studies at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland. After working for numerous companies in NYC, she founded Kachman Design, which afforded her the opportunity to be creative without boundaries. Her company offers a full range of graphic design services including corporate identity, educational material and children's books.

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Valerie Sokolova

Valerie Sokolova, illustrator of Bella Basset Ballerina, was born in Lvov, Ukraine. She later moved to Minsk, Belarus, where she graduated from the Belarus State Institute of Theater and Art. Valerie has illustrated over thirty children's books in Russia, and has published books in the United States, including King Arthur's Courage, The Golden Books Treasury of Christmas Joy and Thankful Together. Valerie now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband Alex, daughter Nikkie, and a friendly wild gecko in the basement. You can visit Valerie's website at www.valeriesokolova.com.