When we look back at our earlyissues, we see how much we have changed! But thisissuehas some things we turn to again and again. Our wonderful friend Kanjana Yotjan illustrated the yoga pose tadasana, where a bear teaches us to STAND LIKE A MOUNTAIN!Issue2 is also the first time we featured Robb Johnston, who just came out with his third picture book! We feel so lucky that he keeps sharing his work with us. Thisissuealso features two artists from distant corners of the world! Tracey Long from the UK and Lorna Crane from Australia. We love their quirky, inventive work!
40 full-color pages of beauty and life.
The target audience for each magazine is children ages 2-8, 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 age groups.
Lorna Crane is an artist living in the coastal village of Pambula, Australia. She spends time walking along the beach collecting driftwood, feathers, and other interesting objects to make beautiful handmade brushes. Judith Edwards-Whitelives in sub-tropical Brisbane, Australia and is a self-taught painter and scratchboard artist; her favourite subjects are animals. Amanda Ferris lives in Melbourne, Australia. She teaches Mysore-style Ashtanga Yoga and explores inner space. Kanjana Yotjan Hamiltongrew up in Thailand. She moved to New York City where she grew her artistic skill, and currently lives in San Francisco. She loves mountain hikes, morning lakes to swim, summers on the farm, and telling stories of speaking animals to little kids. Joel Henriques, artist and designer, has devoted himself to making arts and crafts both accessible and meaningful. Made by Joel encourages everyone, regardless of economic means, skill level, or age to participate in the collective, creative process. Erin Hüberis an artist living in Indiana with six children, a husband, and two black Labradors. When she’s not telling stories through cut paper and illustrations, she’s making apple pies and enjoying quiet time with her children by the warm fireplace. Abbigail Knowlton Israelsenis an artist who lives in the forest of Indiana. Abbi likes to look for fossils, mushrooms, and geodes with her three children. As a family they love to hike, swing, and draw on the sidewalk. Robb N. Johnston is an artist and author/illustrator of children’s picture books. His two books (so far!) are The Woodcutter and The Most Beautiful Tree and Lelani and The Plastic Kingdom. Lida Larina lives in Russia. Every day Lida walks her best friend—her black dog named Babai. After their walk, Lida draws the sleeping Babai. Sabrina Lee lives in New York City with her husband and two rescue cats. Most days you’ll find her creating in the kitchen, dreaming of country living, playing feline entertainer to Miu Miu and Misha, or simply living life one drawing at a time. Tracey Long is an artist who lives in England, on the Welsh Marshes, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Her quirky watercolours are inspired by second-hand bookstores and very tall tales. Courtney Mandrykis one of the editors of this magazine. She and her husband live with two furry dogs (black and brown), two furry cats (black and white), and two furry kids (strawberry blonde and dirty blond) in Virginia, where they love Furry (Free) Union Country School. Bethann Garramon Merkle lives in Wyoming, where she cooks, gardens, hunts, hikes with her puppy Brio, and hangs out with scientists like her husband. As a writer and illustrator, Bethann best enjoys telling stories about nature and the scientists that study it. Annie Marie Musselmanphotographs wild animals around the world and her own wild children at home in Seattle. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Magazine and Smithsonian Magazine, among others. KC Trommer is a poet and artist who lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, with her five-year-old son, Sam. Nothing makes her happier than listening to music in the living room and making collages and paintings with him. Christine Hartzler Woodruff is one of the editors of this magazine. She lives in Seattle and likes to drive up into the mountains to ski in the powder-soft bunny-tummy snow. She once had a cat named Pearl, whose fur was as soft as a bunny’s and as white as snow.