Issue Ten - Root and Star
Issue Ten - Root and Star
Issue Ten - Root and Star
Issue Ten - Root and Star
Issue Ten - Root and Star

Issue Ten

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Born Free

July/August 2017

Welcome to the world of Root & Star, the magazine for the WHOLE child—the wise, the wild, the strange, & the sweet.

We bring heartfelt literature and art to children all year long. Hooray!

Welcome to the HORSE issue!
Here is what we’ve wondered:
If you saw a horse and you couldn’t touch it, was it ever really there?
Is there a star inside of an apple?
How are you and horses alike?
What is the key to happiness?
We found some keys here! Come join us in the HORSE issue, available now!

40 full-color pages of beauty and life.

Here is a horse mask to share! Print it out, then attach string on the sides so you can become a horse! Run free!


 The target audience for each magazine is children ages 4–8, 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.

Root & Star is published six times per year. Join us with one issue, or SUBSCRIBE here!

Issue 10 Contributors

  • Meredith Ackroyd (Starlight poem) is a poet who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia. She loves to read books that are full of magic, make pottery, garden, and spend time in nature with her husband and daughter. 
  • C. M. Andrews (Counting Fireflies poem) is a writer and teacher who lives on a small farm at the top of a tall hill in rural New Hampshire. In the summer, she enjoys exploring tide pools and mountaintops with her husband and son.
  • Don Black (Born Free lyrics) is an English lyricist who has written the words for several famous movie theme songs. 
  • Jeremy Charbonneau (Hello/Goodbye) is a graphic designer and illustrator from Seattle, WA. He is allergic to many pets, but he used to have a beta fish named Butterfly. His favorite crayon of all time is red-orange. 
  • David Gregal Jr. (Ask Arden art) lives in Washington, DC. At the end of the day, he loves reading books with his wife and two kids before bedtime. 
  • Christine Hartzler is one of the makers of this magazine. She is a mother, writer, and editor who just moved to Santa Fe. Her family is excited to see the sunrises, the sunsets, the stars, and maybe even the wild horses that live in the New Mexico desert. 
  • J.D. Ho (I Am a Horse text) is a rock. With rocky thoughts. Living on a rocky mountain. With other rocks. 
  • Abbigail Knowlton Israelsen (Visual Encyclopedia, Move art) is an artist who lives in the forest of Indiana. Abbi likes to look for fossils, mushrooms, and geodes with her three children. 
  • Jonathan James (Horse mask): interdimensional space squirrel; illustrator. 
  • Lida Larina (Cover, Root & Star comic) lives in Russia. Every day, Lida walks her best friend—her black dog named Babai. After their walk, Lida draws the sleeping Babai.
  • Courtney Mandryk is one of the makers of this magazine. Once, she hurt her hand and could not use it for over a year, and now it has magic powers (though it looks like a normal hand). She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and Ann Arbor, Michigan. 
  • Mark McDevitt (Fireflies art) of Methane Studios is a screen printer who has a graphic design studio not far from Atlanta, Georgia. 
  • Bethann Garramon Merkle lives in Wyoming, where she cooks, gardens, hunts, hikes with her dog Brio, and hangs out with scientists like her husband. As a writer and illustrator, Bethann best enjoys telling stories about nature and the scientists who study it. 
  • Sofi Naydenova (How to Be Happy art) is an illustrator who makes joyful illustrations and short animations about life, human relationships, and funny characters, but she also shows conceptual pieces with subjects covering ecology and veganism. Her work has been shown in Hungary, Germany, Russia, and Japan. 
  • Atabey Sanchez-Haiman (Aesop quote graphic) is a Puerto Rican artist and scientist who lives in Providence, Rhode Island with her son. They spend their days drawing, reading, laughing, and going for walks. 
  • Eija Sumner (Named for the Land Called Home) is a writer and illustrator. She lives with her family in North Idaho, and she is working on her MFA in Children's literature.