This month we are doing “Children’s Books: Authors and Illustrators” in the gallery. The walls are covered with illustrations and the tables with delightful children’s book. Each Saturday this month starting at 1pm, a few authors/illustrators are in the gallery to do story time with the public.
Meet today’s authors…
Susan Morales is the author of “The Crow Who Was Not Asked to Stay.” It was illustrated by Seth Pierre. It’s a poetic picture book about an unexpected friendship. The rhythm of the poem and the wonderful artwork on the pages flow together harmoniously.
Susan wrote this book for young children ages three through seven but it has also proven to appeal to bird and poetry lovers of all ages. It’s a book that will be read over and over again.
Susan Scott Morales is a novelist (A Barroom View of Love, published by Burns Park Publishers) and a retired psychotherapist who has written about mental health for Huffington Post Healthy Living and AnnArbor.com.
Debbie Taylor is the author of “Sweet Music in Harlem.” It was illustrated by Frank Morrison. It has received several awards from various book organizations. “Sweet Music in Harlem” is an action-packed read inspired by an historic photograph from Harlem’s jazz heyday. Readers everywhere will enjoy both the story line and wonderful artwork of this fun-filled book.
C.J. (the main character) needs to act fast. A photographer from Highnote magazine is on his way to photograph Uncle Click, a well-known jazz musician, but Uncle Click’s signature hat is missing. Now it’s up to C. J. to hunt down the hat in time for the photo shoot. Little does C. J. know that his whirlwind search through Harlem sets in motion the making of a magical moment of friendship and music.
Debbie Taylor holds degrees from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University and Ohio Dominican College. She works at the University of Michigan and has had stories published in children’s literary magazines including Spider, Cricket, Pockets and New Moon Magazine. Taylor is committed to a number of national, regional and local literacy projects. Taylor and her husband live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Learn more about Debbie Taylor and “Sweet Music in Harlem” on her website.
Lori Taylor is both the author and illustrator of the “Holly Wild” Fiction Series geared toward 7-12 year olds. The series thus far has taken Holly Wild on adventures to Beaver Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes and the Porcupine Mountains. Included in her travels are her best friends, Sierra and Tierra Hills.
The Holly Wild books are loaded with illustrations, activities, science and nature, and of course, a fun captivating storyline that will grab readers of all ages. In the first chapter of the first book, “Bamboozled on Beaver Island” we meet Kenny, Holly Wild’s corn snake.
Yes, that’s Kenny in the picture with Lori Taylor. She shares her pet snake with Holly in the books. Not only that, but Lori literally tromps out through the wilderness and maps out all of Holly’s adventures.
Lori Taylor grew up in Clarkston, MI on five acres of “natural playground” as she calls it. It inspired her and gave her the lifelong passion for the outdoors that she so loves. Her artwork reflects it. And now it lives in the Holly Wild stories. You can learn more about Lori, her art and her books on her website. Grab additional info about Lori and her Holly Wild books on her loaded with goodies website.
Be sure to check out our next Saturday’s line up of authors and illustrators.