Author Catherine (Cat) Ann Russell
Catherine (Cat) Ann Russell started her own digital multimedia company in 2002 called Spike Productions after a career as a professional research scientist at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Moved to action in 2019 to help address the infant and child famine crisis in Yemen, Cat spearheaded the Basketful Relief Project (BRP) to support emergency famine relief efforts through the publication and sale of children’s books. She has recently published four children’s stories through the BRP: The Little Book of Why, Get to Bed!, The Pond of Reflection, and The Hyrax Song – the first two books in The Pearls Of Wisdom Series. Cat lives in Lyons, CO on a hobby farm with her husband, Ed, and several farm animals including two burros named Nikki and Norman.
Illustrator Brooke Connor
Brooke Connor of Brooke Connor Design lives and works in Boulder, CO. She retired from a career as an environmental chemist after 28 years of left-brained activities, and now is a full-time right-brained illustrator. Brooke specializes in alcohol marker illustrations of birds and wildlife. Her style can be described as extremely colorful, imaginative, and whimsical. Other publications include works with her friend and author, Patricia Kittelson, including, Bixley Baines and the Beehive Fence, Bixley Baines and the Recycled Crayons, A Kid’s Guide to Bryce Canyon, and Cedar Breaks for Kids.
Illustrator Morgan Grace Quist Sooy
Morgan Grace Quist is a nurse and artist who lives in the mountains of Colorado. She grew up adventuring in the outdoors: kayaking down rivers, pitching tents in the woods, climbing tall mountains, and catching lizards on the trails. The beauty of the natural world heavily influences her artistic pieces, and you’ll often find her lost in the Colorado landscape with a paintbrush in hand.