The HOME issue was conceived as a place to consider coziness and insularity, and it does, but I thought we would be printing actual interiors of houses. In the end, the art that came to us had more to do with the whole world being our home. That feels right, and it feels important right now on our planet. Read this in a big house, in a tiny house, in a tent, in the yard, in a library, and, if you feel safe and loved, as we hope these pages help you to feel, then you are home.
The target audience for each magazine is children ages 3–8, or children who are being read to and/or are just learning to read—but because children are never far from their siblings and caregivers, we created a magazine that can be enjoyed by all ages, from 1 to 100.
Thank you for allowing us to bring heartfelt literature and art to children—and adults. Hooray!
Issue 23 Contributors
Meredith Ackroyd (Star Deep Earth Dark poems) is a poet who makes her home in a hollow of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. She lives with her husband and two daughters in a house where the phoebes and wrens nest each spring.
Maggie Ainsworth (Root & Star! text) is a mother of three, writing from her experience as an adoptive mother raising a trans-racial family, as well as her experience working with special needs children. She writes with a desire to point children to the beauty of the world around them.
Jennifer DeVille Catalano (You Are Home poem) is a writer, photographer, and educator who is always on the lookout for light. She lives someplace serendipitous with her husband, two young children, three cats, and a multitude of wildflowers.
Heather Feinberg(Ammi text) is a mother, counselor, writer, educator, and the founder of Mindful Kids, a nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas, whose purpose is to help children (and the child inside us all) discover their voices, access their power, and, most importantly, connect to their inner knowing.
Nadira Filatova (Sky People art) is an artist. She lives in Moscow, Russia and dreams of seeing the whole world.
Tatiana Garmendia (Ammi art) moved to three different countries and ten homes before she was eleven years old. Now she lives in her forever home on the outskirts of Seattle–drawing, painting, and listening to the rain from open windows.
David Gregal Jr.(Ask Arden art) lives in Maryland. At the end of the day, he loves reading books with his wife and three kids before bedtime.
Megan O. Hoffman (Messy House poem) writes picture books, middle grade, and young adult books. She draws on her weird and wonderful experiences to inspire her stories.
Erin Hüber (Inside the Studio) is an artist living in Indianapolis, Indiana, telling stories through cut paper and paintings.
Abbigail Knowlton Israelsen (Cover art) is an artist who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Abbi likes to look for fossils, mushrooms, and geodes with her four children.
Aimee Hagerty Johnson(Upon Viewing the Moon) has always loved to do all kinds of art. Some of her favorite things to draw are horses, sweaters, coffee pots, trees, and telescopes.
Lida Larina(Root & Star comic)is an amazing artist who lives in Russia. She has contributed to every issue of this magazine.
Kirsten Leestma (In My Yard poem) is a teacher, reader, and writer. She shares her home (and her yard) with her dog named Pigeon.
Carolyn Long (Backyard Home story) lives in Barboursville, Virginia with Alan and their cat, Maggie.
Courtney Mandryk is one of the makers of this magazine. She likes to sleep in Virginia in a golden tent behind her house with her two children (to whom she sings, Home is wherever I’m with you.
Lucia Para (Eggplant boats) is an elf-looking creature who loves to spend time in the woods. She grew up in Italy and now lives on a green island in England, near foxes and red squirrels. Imagination makes her life full of adventures, and colors are always with her, if not as paints, in her clothes. When she is tired of drawing, she likes to invent quirky recipes.
Amy Rice (Grounded art) is inspired as much by childhood memories of growing up on a Midwestern farm as by the urban community in which she now lives. She is influenced by bicycles, street art, gardening, and random found objects.
Courtney Riggin (Grounded poem) is a stay-at-home mom who likes to pose as an author and artist during naptime. She was a reading teacher in her pre-children life and has a Master’s in Children’s Literature.
Katrina Roberts (Messy House art) writes and draws in a blue house bordered by creeks and a pasture of Appaloosas in the Pacific Northwest. Among her loves are all plants, poems, oceans, cheeses, thrifting, her three children and partner, seven cats, a rabbit, their gigantic Great Pyrenees pup, volunteering, and the library. She aims to try or make something new every day.
A.M. Sharpe (Sky People text) resides in Boulder, Colorado and enjoys having her head in the clouds.
Stories from Your Auntie (Man Who Keeps Everything) is a collaboration between friends Donna Amey Bhatt who writes, and Emily Mayor who draws. Their aim is to create tales that young people love to hear and not-so-young people like to read.
François Vigneault (Neighbors) is an American-born illustrator, cartoonist, and teacher (not necessarily in that order) living in Montréal, Québec. His most recent graphic novel is 13e Avenue, the first volume in a French-language YA series written by Geneviève Pettersen and published by La Pastèque.
Ewe “Ew” Wensheng (In My Yard art) is a concept artist who makes all sorts of art for all forms of storytelling, be it drawings for comics or character designs for movies. He also enjoys a good, scary film from time to time.