While this is our last issue, its theme is Circles, and circles are never-ending.
We can't deny that we are sad, because we LOVE to make this magazine, but mostly we have hope! We can't wait to see what the next adventure is going to be! We will keep you updated on what will next unfold. You, too, have so many more adventures yet to come.
As you explore this issue, you will find:
Circles of kindness
A song that has no end
Things that look like other things
Food that grows out of kitchen scraps
All the seasons circling on a farm The moon!
We are quite sure that you will turn the last page, and you will look up and see circles everywhere! And as you see circles, we hope that you will also look up and see kindness, and magic, and love--for it is what these pages are made of.
Issue 24 includes a pop-up Ammi you can print and cut out to make a little Ammi. Download it here!
Issue 24 Contributors
Maggie Ainsworth (Circles Everywhere text) is a mother of three, writing from her experience as an adoptive mother raising a trans-racial family and working with special needs children. She writes with a desire to point children to the beauty of the world around them.
Katelyn Aronson (Pancaking text) is a children’s author who divides her time between France and Switzerland. Her debut picture book, Piglette, releases from Penguin Random House in May 2020, followed by Poo-Dunit? A Forest Floor Mystery from Candlewick in 2021.
Michela Degioannis (I Gave My Love art; Moon art) was born on a small Italian island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea called Sardegna. When she was a child, she wanted to be a zoologist. Now that she is an illustrator, insects are one of her favorite subjects. She just published her first book, Water Child (Il bambino d’acqua).
Daria Doroshchuk (How to Never Throw Anything Away art) lives near the sea. She loves to create watercolor artworks and fairy illustrations.
The Far Woods (Patched) is two sisters, Sonya and Nina Montenegro, who make art together on a farm in Portland, Oregon.
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.
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.
J.D. Ho (Fairy Rings photos; Stone Soup text) is a rock. With rocky thoughts. Living on a rocky mountain. With other rocks.
Jackie Hosking (Moon poem) is an Australian poet and picture book author with two titles at Walker Books, two in the wings with Larrikin House, and one recently accepted by Scholastic. Jackie’s poetry has appeared in The Caterpillar, Spider, and numerous anthologies.
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.
Mindi Leatham (Circles Everywhere activity) is an author, artist, and bibliophile who lives in sunny Arizona with her husband, their son, and the cat who adopted them.
Courtney Mandryk is one of the makers of this magazine. Quote: When true simplicity is gained /To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed / To turn, turn will be our delight / Till by turning, turning we come ‘round right. (Shaker song by Elder Joseph Brackett)
Judi Marcin (Small Enough story) lives in Portland, Oregon. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. When she’s not writing, you can find her searching for inspiration in a bookstore or hanging out in a tea shop. She finds the natural world fascinating and is always up for an adventure. Some of her favorite things are dark skies, tasty tacos, chocolate treats, and romping baby goats.
Erin McInerney (Fairy Rings story) graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in English and Writing. She likes cartoons, Victorian Novels, plants, and kickboxing.
Lyn McNamee (Farming Circles poem) is a writer and teacher who lives in New Zealand with her farmer husband, lots of sheep, ducks, dogs, and one shy little cat.
Sofi Naydenova (Stone Soup art) is an illustrator who seeks inspiration in daily moments, nature, and people. She loves children, and enjoys creating new mind-blowing stories with them. She draws for Root & Star to help children embrace their power of imagination.
Katrina Roberts (Mission art; Archipelagoes) 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.
Brooke Rothshank (Welcome art) creates miniature paintings at her home studio in Goshen, Indiana. She is currently working on a year-long project illustrating one important word each week.
Mariya Volgushina (Farming Circles art; Small Enough art) is a freelance illustrator who has recently been painting mainly for children’s books and magazines. She graduated from the University of Shipbuilding, and studied Interior Design for Yachts and Ships.
Susan Watts (Friendship mandala photos) lives in the woods with her family and two dogs. She loves being inspired by nature and creating things with her son.
Christine Hartzler Woodruff (Circles Everywhere art) lives in the high desert of New Mexico, with her husband, two young sons, and puppy.