Joe Bluhm – Finding the next artistic challenge

Joe Bluhm is an artist, designer, writer, and director who illustrated the New York Times-bestselling picture book, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore with William Joyce.

The Magician’s Secret celebrates the power of imagination, the magic of make-believe and the bond between a grandfather and his grandson.

Dear Sister is a wickedly funny, heartwarming, and deeply honest collection of letters from an older brother to his little sister. This book hits home for me. I have yet to read it all the way through without having wet eyes.

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Ebony Glenn

Ebony Glenn

Ebony Glenn is an Atlanta based illustrator who enjoys bringing stories to life with whimsical imagery.

Holly Hatam

Holly Hatam

Holly Hatam is an illustrator whose art always makes me smile and whose books inspire me. She lives in Whitby, Ontario.

Stevie Lewis

Stevie Lewis

Stevie Lewis is an illustrator who has been living on the road in a van (she mostly built out herself!) for the past three years, furthering her passion art and the outdoors.

Catia Chien

Catia Chien

Catia Chien is an award-winning children’s book illustrator from Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is currently working in New York City. She graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 2004.

Vanessa Brantley Newton

Vanessa Brantley Newton

Vanessa Brantley Newton is a diversity expert and storyteller whose illustrated many books for young readers, including Mary Had a Little Glam.