AnnieMarie E. Chiaverilla is a fun-loving author and illustrator who reaches the child in all of us. AnnieMarie was inspired by the enchanting fields and farms around her childhood home. Following her passion for art, AnnieMarie graduated from Michigan State University with a BFA in Graphic Design. She now shares her talents by writing and illustrating all her characters in the Partridge Playhouse.
Heiner Hertling is the author of the book Your Brush with Nature and illustrator for many childrenís books, including A Pirateís Quest. Heiner embraces the visual arts in many different forms, may it be colorful oil paintings, sensitive watercolors or pastels, monumental bronze or wood sculptures and even jewelry and is a member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists and founder of Michigan Plein Air Painters. Heinerís book Your Brush with Nature has become a PBS production that has given him a stage to share his knowledge of Plein Air skills internationally.
Tammi Landry-Gilder is a blogger and author of children's books Stink Moves In, and most recently, The Adventures of Mr. Distracted. She lives with her husband, two sons, three dogs, one lizard, and too many fish in a tank to count. Tammi is a regular contributor to the lifestyle magazine, Her View From Home, and has had featured articles in Scary Mommy, The Mighty, and LifePosts, by The Huffington Post.
Audrey Lorber writes books for preschoolers. A well-known photographer/videographer in Michigan, she has been published in various magazines and textbooks. Besides photography and writing, Audrey enjoys watercolor and acrylic painting and traveling. She is currently working on her next book which will feature aquarium life.
Michael Glenn Monroe - Blessed with natural ability Michael enjoys being a successful Wildlife Artist, illustrating childrenís books, and traveling the nation speaking to children about wildlife, conservation. Working with authors gives him a chance to use his imagination while creating the characters that inhabit his books. A Wish to be a Christmas Tree has become a holiday favorite. The book was written by his wife Colleen and has been read on television by both Katie Couric and Mitch Albom. In 2002 Michael was chosen to paint the official Easter Egg of Michigan which represented the state in a White House display. His realistic wildlife paintings have earned him the honor of Michigan Wildlife Artist of the Year, 1997 Michigan Duck stamp, Minnesota Deer Hunters Artist of the Year, and 2000 Ducks Unlimited Stamp to name just a few.His most recent honor was being chosen to paint the 2007 Holiday for the White House and the Friends and Family Christmas bulb personally given away by the President and Mrs. Bush. He was invited to visit the White House with his family.
Michele Roger is a harpist, author and illustrator. She owns Michigan Conservatory where she teaches harp and strings. In her spare time, she writes and paints. She has authored the Mr. Kiwi series of children's books. This November, she released a second series comprised of her first story and music book combination, The Harp and the Storm Tamer. The story/music book series teaches younger children to play instruments and read music while motivating them to practice via a captivating story. In Spring, 2018, look for the next book, Violet the Fairy and the Tiniest Violin.
Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick are professional wildlife photographers who make their home in Michigan. Their photographs have been represented in national and international publications since 1984. The photography in Carl and Jeanís childrenís books is incredible to behold. When you add the heartwarming stories and educational lessons each story contains, you can understand why these books have earned nearly 100 awards and are loved by parents, teachers, grandparents and children across the globe.