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The Authors and Artists of our Children’s Books

Sara Azizi.  Sara Azizi is an author of children's books. Sara enjoys bringing the beauty of foreign lands and especially Persian culture to a wider Western audience. Her abilities as a storyteller are evident in the award-winning book The Knight, the Princess & the Magic Rock, which is her first book to be published outside her native Iran. (Read more on Sara Azizi.)

Durga Yael Bernhard.  D. Yael Bernhard is an author, illustrator, painter, and graphic designer. Ms. Bernhard has written and illustrated many children's books. Ms. Bernhard has traveled extensively, is interested in multi-cultural arts and religions, and, of course, children. She brings all these influences to her work. Her first book with Wisdom Tales is as the illustrator of Never Say a Mean Word Again, written by Jacqueline Jules. Her next one is the upcoming The Dreidel That Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah, written by Martha Seif Simpson. Following that, Ms. Bernhard will bring to Wisdom Tales a book of her own poety and illustrations on fascinating trees of the world. (Read more on D. Yael Bernhard.)

Isabelle Brent.  Isabelle Brent is an internationally known painter and illustrator who has illustrated more than two dozen children’s books, many of which are of traditional fairy tales or stories from the Bible. Ms. Brent is also well known for her designs and illustrations that have appeared on numerous stationery products such as greeting cards, gift wrap, etc. In addition, her paintings have been exhibited in prestigious galleries around the world. Ms. Brent’s most recent book for WTP is The Christmas Horse and the Three Wise Men (available October 2016), which she wrote and illustrated. Earlier, she had illustrated Saint Anthony the Great, a children’s biography of an important figure in the early Christian faith. Saint Anthony the Great was written by Rev. John Chryssavgis and Marilyn Rouvelas. (Read more on Isabelle Brent.)

Joseph Bruchac. Joseph Bruchac is a well-known Native author and storyteller who has written more than 120 books for both children and adults. His work is heavily influenced by his Abenaki ancestry, and he is very active in projects involving the preservation of Abenaki culture and language. (The Abenaki are a tribe of traditionally Algonquian-speaking peoples of northeastern North America.) Dr. Joseph Bruchac has contributed a retelling of a traditional story in The Hunter’s Promise: An Abenaki Tale (coming in September, 2015), which is illustrated by Bill Farnsworth. Dr. Bruchac also contributed the “Foreword” to the book by Paul Goble, Horse Raid: The Making of a Warrior. (Read more on Joseph Bruchac.)

Helen Cann. Helen Cann is an illustrator whose illustrations have appeared in over thirty books. Her first book for Wisdom Tales is Feathers for Peacock, a beautiful, lively, and humorous story from the imagination of author Jacqueline Jules. It tells the tale of how Peacock, and all the other birds, got their feathers. Ms. Cann’s illustrated books have won numerous awards both here in the US and in the UK, where she lives. She is also a fine artist whose art has been exhibited on several continents. (Read more on Helen Cann.)

John Chryssavgis. Father John Chryssavgis is an author of books for children and adults, a translator, an educator, and a Christian theologian in the Greek Orthodox tradition. His specialty has been on the Desert Fathers and Mothers of early Christian history. Father John’s most recent book, co-authored with Marilyn Rouvelas, is a Wisdom Tales children’s biography of St. Anthony of Egypt (available December 2015), which is titled Saint Anthony the Great. (Read more on Fr. John Chryssavgis.)

Winfield Coleman. Winfield Coleman is an artist, writer and editor, lecturer, and ethnological researcher who has worked on books, museum catalogs, and research materials on native peoples and their art for many years. He has illustrated The Thunder Egg (available in July, 2015), a Native American story about a girl who discovers the egg of a thunderbird. The text is by Tim J. Myers. Mr. Coleman always devotes a great deal of time to assuring the historical accuracy of his illustrations, as his beautiful paintings for Thunder Egg will certainly show. (Read more on Winfield Coleman.)

Vivian Arviso Deloria.  Vivian Arviso Deloria is an educator, curriculum developer, and administrator. Ms. Arviso Deloria is Navajo, and has worked with that nation and others to helping young people prepare for the challenges of life. Vivian Arviso Deloria wrote the foreword to Paul Goble's The Woman Who Lived with Wolves (Read more on Vivian Arviso Deloria.)

Demi.  Demi is the award-winning author and illustrator of over 130 bestselling children’s books. Lovers of children’s literature will know her writing and illustrations from such books as The Empty Pot, Jesus, Buddha, or The Legend of Saint Nicholas. Demi has contributed to the following Wisdom Tales books: Mahavira: The Hero of Nonviolence, Master of Zen, and The Conference of the Birds (as illustrator); The Fantastic Adventures of Krishna and Saint Francis of Assisi (as writer & illustrator). (Read more on Demi.)

Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa).  Ohiyesa, also known as Charles Alexander Eastman, was the first great American Indian author, publishing 11 books from 1902 until 1918. In his later adult life he was the foremost Indian spokesman of his day. Wisdom Tales has produced a children’s version of Eastman’s Indian Boyhood titled Indian Boyhood: The True Story of a Sioux Upbringing, illustrated by Heidi M. Rasch. Also, selections of his writings appear in The Essential Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa) and Living in Two Worlds: The American Indian Experience. Charles Eastman was the central character (played by Adam Beach) portrayed in the HBO Films production Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. (Read more on Charles Eastman [Ohiyesa].)

Claire Ewart.  Claire Ewart is a well known author and illustrator of children’s books. She has illustrated books for famous authors such as Paul Fleischman (Time Train) and Tomie dePaola (The Legend of the Persian Carpet), but Ms. Ewart has also written and illustrated several books of her own, including One Cold Night, The Giant, and Fossil. Ms. Ewart received the Celebrate Literacy Award from the International Reading Association for her excellent work. Her first book for Wisdom Tales is The Olive Tree, written by Elsa Marston and illustrated by Ms. Ewart. The newest book that she has illustrated for WT is The Green Musician, a charming ancient Persian tale retold by Mahvash Shahegh. (Read more on Claire Ewart.)

Bill Farnsworth.  Bill Farnsworth is a well known illustrator, artist, and art educator. He has illustrated over 50 books, including some that have won various awards. His art has been shown in numerous galleries and received numerous honors and accolades from peers and reviewers. Farnsworth is the illustrator of the upcoming Wisdom Tales book The Hunter’s Promise: An Abenaki Tale (coming in September, 2015), an American Indian story retold by Joseph Bruchac. The story is about a hunter who has to battle magical forces in order to return to his true family. (Read more on Bill Farnsworth.)

Michael Fitzgerald.  Michael Fitzgerald has written and edited over a dozen books and DVDs, which have so far earned almost 20 prestigious awards and recognitions. Fitzgerald was the adopted son of the late Crow Sun Dance Chief, Thomas Yellowtail, and he is very much involved in helping American Indian causes. Fitzgerald's Wisdom Tales books include: Children of the Tipi, A King James Christmas, Christian Spirit, The Essential Charles Eastman, Indian Spirit, Living in Two Worlds, The Sermon of all Creation, The Universal Spirit of Islam, and others. (Read more on Michael O. Fitzgerald.)

Rodney Frey.  Rodney Frey is an educator and writer on world religions, but particularly on North American Indian traditions. He is Professor of American Indian Studies and Anthropology at the University of Idaho, and lives in Moscow, Idaho. Rodney Frey wrote the foreword for Paul Goble’s Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters . (Read more on Rodney Frey.)

Paul Goble.  Paul Goble is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. He has won both the Caldecott Medal and The Library of Congress’ Children’s Book of the Year Award. To date, Paul has illustrated over 30 books, and his unique style is recognized and loved by readers all over the world. Paul Goble's many books sold by Wisdom Tales Press include: All Our Relatives, The Boy & His Mud Horses, The Earth Made New, The Man Who Dreamed of Elk-Dogs, Tipi, The Woman Who Lived with Wolves, and Custer’s Last Battle: Red Hawk’s Account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Paul Goble’s most recent book for Wisdom Tales is Horse Raid: The Making of a Warrior. Another book, Red Cloud’s War: Brave Eagle’s Account of the Fetterman Fight, is coming in June, 2015. (Read more on Paul Goble.)

Gerald Hausman.  Gerald Hausman is an author, editor, a teacher, and a storyteller. He is the author of many picture books, sixteen of which have won awards. Mr. Hausman has written the story for the upcoming illustrated Wisdom Tales book The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood. His friend Ramon Shiloh painted the beautiful pictures for the book. Gerald co-edited the book The Image Taker, which is a Wisdom Tales book for teens. (Read more on Gerald Hausman.)

Kim Jacobs.  Kim Jacobs is an artist and author with a number of children’s books already to her name. Her newest book, which she both wrote and illustrated, is Princess Sophie and the Six Swans: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm. Earlier, Ms. Jacobs provided the glowing illustrations to Princess Rosie’s Rainbows, written by Bette Killion. Kim Jacobs is widely known for her warm and detailed illustrations, which are found not only in children’s books, but also in fine art prints, greeting cards, calendars, toys, and many other items. (Read more on Kim Jacobs.)

Manoj Jain.  Manoj Jain is a writer and a physician who is active in informing the West about the religion of Jainism and the life of its founder, Mahavira. Dr. Jain has written Mahavira: The Hero of Nonviolence (coming in July, 2014). His powerful but simple narrative, and the glowing paintings of Demi, tell the story of Mahavira and make a wonderful introduction to the religion of Jainism, which is founded on non-violence, compassion, and forgiveness. (Read more on Manoj Jain.)

Jacqueline Jules.  Jacqueline Jules is an award-winning author who has written many children’s books, but she is also a poet, a teacher, and a school librarian. Ms. Jules has written over twenty books for children on many different themes. Her first book for Wisdom Tales was the multi-award-winning Never Say a Mean Word Again: A Tale from Medieval Spain, illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard. Jacqueline Jules’s newest book for us is Feathers for Peacock, illustrated by Helen Cann. It tells the story of how Peacock, and all the other birds, came to be feathered as we see them today, in a humorous and imaginative tale that will make for great bedtime reading! (Read more on Jacqueline Jules.)

Bette Killion.  Bette Killion  is a writer of poems, stories, and articles for children. For Wisdom Tales, she has written Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep (illustrated by Beatriz Vidal), and Princess Rosie's Rainbows (illustrated by Kim Jacobs). Ms. Killion has had 800 children’s poems, stories and articles published in well-known juvenile magazines. Her books include picture books for young readers, many of which were published by HarperCollins. Bette Killion is also known for her retelling of such classic fairy tales as Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and others. (Read more on Bette Killion.)

Robert Lewis.  Robert Lewis is an award-winning Native storyteller, author, and artist of Cherokee, Navaho, and Apache descent. Robert works for the Cherokee Nation as a school and community specialist and conducts outreach classes and services in art, culture, and storytelling. He is also Adjunct Professor of Art at Northeastern State University, where he teaches classes in art and native crafts. He has contributed forewords to the books Pine and the Winter Sparrow (an American Indian story retold by Alexis York Lumbard and illustrated by Beatriz Vidal) and to Paul Goble’s Red Cloud’s War: Brave Eagle’s Account of the Fetterman Fight (coming in June, 2015). (Read more on Robert Lewis.)

Rosemary Apple Blossom Lonewolf.  Rosemary Apple Blossom Lonewolf is an American Indian artist, lecturer, and teacher, enrolled in the Santa Clara Pueblo (Tewa) tribe, located in northern New Mexico, USA. Ms. Lonewolf will contribute the foreword to the Wisdom Tales book Whispers of the Wolf, written and illustrated by Pauline Ts’o. Rosemary’s artwork can be found in, among other places, the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the New Mexico Museum of Indian Art & Culture. Ms. Lonewolf is also a gifted lecturer and teacher. She has been a Ceramic Instructor and Artist in Residence at Harvard University and lectured at Princeton University. She has even taught in China! (Read more on Rosemary Apple Blossom Lonewolf.)

Alexis York Lumbard.  A busy mother of three, Alexis York Lumbard is also an author of children’s books and an avid student of the art of telling a meaningful story well. Alexis’s books published by Wisdom Tales are: the upcoming Pine and the Winter Sparrow (available February 2015), illustrated by Beatriz Vidal; Everyone Prays, illustrated by Alireza Sadeghian; Angels, illustrated by the well-known artist Flavia Weedn; and her first book for Wisdom Tales, The Conference of the Birds, illustrated by Demi. Alexis already has other books being prepared for publication, including another project with Demi, which many readers will be happy to learn. (Read more on Alexis York Lumbard.)

Elsa Marston.  Elsa Marston is the author of almost two dozen fiction and non-fiction books for children. Her most recent book for Wisdom Tales is The Olive Tree, which is illustrated by Claire Ewart. Ms. Marston’s earlier contribution to WT was the award-winning book The Compassionate Warrior: Abd el-Kader of Algeria, a biography of a great Algerian freedom fighter and spiritual figure who was widely admired in the West for his nobility and compassion. (Read more on Elsa Marston.)

Joe Medicine Crow.  Dr. Joe Medicine Crow is the former Crow Tribal Historian and the oldest living man of the Crow tribe. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the U.S.A.’s highest civilian honor) from the President in 2009 at the White House. Dr. Medicine Crow wrote the Introduction to All our Relatives and the foreword to Earth Made New: Plains Indian Stories of Creation. (Read more on Dr. Joe Medicine Crow.)

Timothy J. Myers.  Tim J. Myers is an author of children’s and adult books who has published over ten books for children. Besides being an author, Myers is also an artist, a songwriter, and a storyteller, as well as an educator in English and education at the university level. For Wisdom Tales, Tim has written The Thunder Egg (available in July, 2015), a Native American story of a girl who discovers the egg of a thunderbird. The book will be illustrated by Winfield Coleman. (Read more on Tim J. Myers.)

Seyyed Hossein Nasr.  Seyyed Hossein Nasr (b. 1933) is University Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University. Seyyed Hossein Nasr is one of the world’s most respected writers and speakers on Islam and its mystical dimension, Sufism. Dr. Nasr wrote the foreword to the children’s book, The Conference of the Birds. (Read more on Seyyed Hossein Nasr.)

Heidi M. Rasch.  Heidi Rasch is an artist and illustrator of children’s books. She is currently working on two books for Wisdom Tales: Her first will be Indian Boyhood: The True Story of a Sioux Upbringing (author: Charles Eastman, Ohiyesa), to be followed by Beautiful Peacemaker, another compilation of writings from Eastman. Her vivid illustrations are noted for their attention to capturing the spirit of people and animals and frequent playfulness. (Read more on Heidi M. Rasch.)

Marilyn Rouvelas.  Marilyn Rouvelas is the author of several books for children. She is the co-author, with Father John Chryssavgis, of the Wisdom Tales book Saint Anthony the Great (available December 2015). The book, illustrated by Isabelle Brent, is an inspiring biography for children of an important figure (ca. 251–356) in early Christian history and one of the best known of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. (Read more on Marilyn Rouvelas.)

Alireza Sadeghian.  Alireza Sadeghian is a professional painter and illustrator. In addition to his design and illustration work, he has also taught children’s art classes. He holds a degree in the preservation and restoration of historic sites and monuments, and lives in Isfahan, Iran with his wife and two children. The award-winning book The Knight, the Princess & the Magic Rock is his first book to be published outside his native Iran. (Read more on Alireza Sadeghian.)

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Catherine Schuon.   Catherine Schuon is a gifted artist and translator, fluent in English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian. She has been painting since she was a young child. Nine of her paintings are included in A King James Christmas. She has collected children’s books her entire life and especially enjoyed the children’s books of the illustrator Carol Barker. Catherine Schuon also is the co-editor of A King James Christmas (Read more on Catherine Schuon.)

Mahvash Shahegh.  Mahvash Shahegh is an author, educator, researcher, and translator. She has written a book that will be published by Wisdom Tales under the title The Green Musician (coming in August, 2015). It is a children’s book that is being illustrated by Claire Ewart. The Green Musician was translated and adapted from a major Persian epic poem that is over a thousand years old, but offers an excellent story that will soon enchant children outside of Persia! (Read more on Mahvash Shahegh.)

Ramon Shiloh.  Ramon Shiloh is an American author and illustrator. He has worked on numerous projects to support minority issues, including those of Native youth. Shiloh wrote and illustrated the book Guidance through an Illustrative Alphabet. Ramon Shiloh illustrated the Wisdom Tales book The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood (coming in 2013), which was written by Gerald Hausman. Shiloh’s vivid illustrations give life to the animals in the story, who survive a great flood. (Read more on Ramon Shiloh.)

Martha Seif Simpson.  Martha Seif Simpson is an author of children’s books and a professional librarian who has also written several books for others in that profession. Ms. Simpson wrote the wonderful holiday story The Dreidel That Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah (coming in October, 2014), which has been illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard. It is about a man who runs a toy shop and who encounters a dreidel that seems to refuse to spin for certain children! As he interacts with his customers, he comes to have a deeper understanding of the significance of Hanukkah. (Read more on Martha Seif Simpson.)

Charles Trimble.  Charles “Chuck” Trimble is an American Indian author, journalist, and advocate, and a national leader in Indian affairs. He wrote the Foreword to the Wisdom Tales edition of Indian Boyhood: The True Story of a Sioux Upbring. This is an illustrated and adapted version of Charles Eastman’s book, aimed at children. Charles Trimble was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2013 and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He is now retired and lives in Omaha, Nebraska. (Read more on Charles Trimble.)

Pauline Tso.  Pauline Ts’o is an author, illustrator, photographer, and co-founder of Rhythm and Hues Studios, a computer animation and visual effects company that has won multiple Academy Awards . Pauline Ts’o has written and illustrated the upcoming Wisdom Tales book Whispers of the Wolf. It is a beautiful picture book set around 500 years ago among the Pueblo Indians of the desert Southwest. A heartwarming and atmospheric tale, it weaves together themes of community, tradition, self-esteem, and respect for all life, creating a realistic portrait of a culture that continues to exert a vibrant, living influence today in the Southwest. (Read more on Pauline Ts’o.)

Pirkko Vainio.  Pirkko Vainio is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. She contributed the flowing, vibrant paintings for Natasha Yim’s lovely story in The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty, bringing to life a far-away, long-ago world of separated lovers, sympathetic villagers, magical events, and a helpful goddess. Pirkko Vainio was born in Finland and studied at the Academy of Art in Helsinki. She has written and illustrated over 30 children’s books, which have been translated into 15 languages. (Read more on Pirkko Vainio.)

Beatriz Vidal.  Beatriz Vidal is a painter, illustrator, designer, and teacher. Ms. Vidal has illustrated two books for Wisdom Tales: Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep (written by Bette Killion), and Pine and the Winter Sparrow (retold by Alexis York Lumbard). Ms. Vidal has illustrated many books for children, including Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, Rainbow Crow, and The Magic Bean Tree, among others. Beatriz Vidal’s paintings have been exhibited in many shows in the United States, in her native Argentina, in Italy, and in many other countries abroad. (Read more on Beatriz Vidal.)

Flavia Weedn.  Flavia Weedn has written and illustrated 17 books including 10 for children and her lines of greeting cards, translated into many different languages, are sent by over 18 million people each year. Flavia’s original paintings have sold the world over to fine art collectors and can be found in the Smithsonian Institute archives, the AT&T Collection, and numerous private exhibits. Her books are used in school systems and self-esteem programs throughout the world. Flavia illustrated the book Angels for Wisdom Tales. (Read more on Flavia Weedn.)

Albert White Hat.  Albert White Hat, Sr. (1938 – 2013) was a Sicangu (Rosebud) Lakota educator, author, linguist, tribal and spiritual leader, and respected elder.  His awards include the 2007 Governor's Award in South Dakota. where he received the Living Indian Treasure Award “for his many contributions to Native American art forms. Chief White Hat wrote the foreword to The Boy & His Mud Horses.  (Read more on Chief Albert White Hat.)

Natasha Yim.  Natasha Yim is an American Chinese author of fiction and nonfiction works for children and young adults. Turning to memories of her youth in Hong Kong, she recalled an old legend and created a lovely children’s book for Wisdom Tales — The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty, illustrated by the awarding-winning artist and illustrator Pirkko Vainio. Natasha’s story-telling, joined with Pirkko’s flowing, vibrant paintings, bring to life a far-away, long-ago world of separated lovers, sympathetic villagers, magical events, and a helpful goddess. (Read more on Natasha Yim.)



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