David FitzSimmons is a freelance writer and photographer, whose award-winning Curious Critters children’s picture books have sold over 100,000 copies. A former school teacher and university professor, he travels widely presenting programs on writing, nature, and photography. David, his wife, and their three daughters live in rural Ohio. You can see more of David’s work at www.davidfitzsimmons.com.


Richard Cowdrey has illustrated over fifty children’s books, including the New York Times best-selling Marley series. Richard’s love of nature and country life inspires much of his artwork. He lives in Ohio with his wife, and they have four children and seven grandchildren. When not painting in his rural Ohio studio, Richard enjoys visiting schools, sharing his love of illustration. You can see more of Richard’s work at www.rcowdrey.com.