Welcome to the world of Root & Star, the magazine for the WHOLE child—the wise, the wild, the strange, & the sweet.
How do you turn a bird into a dog? How do you make curtains out of pasta? How do you keep flies as pets? Read with us as we find out the answers!
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.
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Amanda Beresford (Tears poem) is a writer and pastor who lives with her family in between the swamps and mountains of Virginia, in Charlottesville. She and her two daughters enjoy feeling the wind in their hair and the grass in between their toes.
Clinton G. Bowers (Peter Pan Map) grew up in the deserts of Arizona, fighting bushes and cacti, pretending he was fighting off monsters and bad guys. These days he tries to draw those fantasies on paper to share with others.
Jennifer Davis (Hello/Goodbye) is a painter from Minnesota, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Her paintings are inspired by furry critters, scary movies, and vintage toys.
Desirée De León (Visual Encyclopedia) is a Neuroscience PhD student and illustrator.
Heather Feinberg (Ammi) 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.
Amy Friend (covers) grew up on the outskirts of Windsor, Ontario, Canada where the Detroit River meets Lake St.Clair. Friend has exhibited nationally and internationally.
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.
J.D. Ho (Worms!) is a rock. With rocky thoughts. Living on a rocky mountain. With other rocks.
Aimee Hagerty Johnson (Wondering and Knowing) 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) 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. Her daughter recently drew an X-ray of herself hiding behind a tree.
Bethann Garramon Merkle (Invisible Journeys) 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.
Atabey Sánchez-Haiman (Worms!) is an artist, scientist, shop owner, and mother. Her favorite colors are yellow, orange, and red because the combination of these three colors makes her smile. She spends her days with her son drawing, playing, and enjoying the sunshine. She has a little pop art store called Giraffes and Robots, where she sells “Pop Art that Makes You Smile.”
Elizabeth Ames Staudt (cute kid photo) is a writer. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she and her husband can’t resist taking too many photos of their wondrous goofball toddler.
Studio on Fire (Birds of Sadness print) is a letterpress print shop in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Susan Watts (fairy houses) lives in the woods with her family of three, and their dog makes four. She loves being inspired by nature, creating What you say matters to me. things with her son—and the dog along to supervise.
Christine Hartzler Woodruff is one of the makers of this magazine. Christine is a poet who loves to wonder, and her husband is a scientist who loves to know. Their children are a mix of both (so far!)