Featured Authors & Illustrators
Elisa Parhad is a writer and photographer in Los Angeles, by way of Seattle, Albuquerque, Austin and Japan. Whether at home or abroad, she travels with a camera, curiosity and an anthropological eye towards art, design, cultural heritage and history. Elisa's first children’s book, "Los Angeles Is..." (Cameron Books), came out in April 2018. She is also the author/photographer of “New Mexico: A Guide for the Eyes,” (winner of the New Mexico Book Award, 2010), “Southern California: A Guide for the Eyes” (INDIEFab Finalist, 2016), and well as published in the Los Angeles Times, Delta Sky magazine, BBC Travel, FACES magazine, and Western Art and Architecture. She lives with her husband and their two young boys in Pasadena, California.
Alexandria Giardino lives in northern California, where she teaches writing, practices karate (she's a black belt!), and rides her mountain bike all over Mt Tam. Alex grew up in the Bay Area, but she has also lived in great big cities, from New York to Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Santiago, Chile. In addition to her books, her writing has appeared in the Village Voice Literary Supplement, Ms., Marie Claire, The American Poetry Review, and on air at KQED. Her first picture book, Ode to an Onion, inspired by the poet Pablo Neruda, is a Junior Library Guild Selection for 2018. Two more children's books are forthcoming in 2020.
Jessica is an illustrator currently based in Cambridgeshire, England. She makes her work using a combination of scanned watercolour washes and Photoshop, sometimes throwing in the odd pencil mark too! She has worked with several clients, most recently Hachette, Frances Lincoln and Walker Books. Jessica also makes her own work which she sells through her online shop and at markets across the UK.