Natasha Donovan is an award-winning illustrator originally from Vancouver, British Columbia. She is a member of the Métis Nation of British Columbia. Natasha now lives on a tiny farm along with several wonderful creatures – both of the human and the nonhuman variety – in Deming, Washington.
After starting her career as an investment banking analyst, Karen Ng now works in social impact investing, helping people and organizations to invest their money in a way that creates positive change in the world. She holds an MBA from the University of Oxford and a BS in Government and Economics from the London School of Economics. Originally from Hong Kong, she now lives with her husband in London, England, where she volunteers for local women’s and refugees’ charities.
After earning a BA from Dartmouth College and an MS in Education from Northwestern University, Kristen Liepmann taught in elementary school for seven years before obtaining an MBA from the University of Oxford. She believes that education and children are the key to positive change and currently works in an education nonprofit in San Jose, California.
Loretta Garbutt was raised in a musical family in Toronto, Ontario. Her mother was a singer and piano teacher, her brothers all budding young musicians, so it was no wonder Loretta found the theater. She then spent over 30 years performing in television commercials.#While working for a recording studio, Loretta discovered voice acting and loved it instantly. She went on to voice many commercials, CBC radio dramas and animated cartoons such as Madeline, Babar, Maxie’s World, Julius Jr. and the ongoing show Max and Ruby. She especially enjoyed the villains and demons she voiced for the popular Sailor Moon series.#Loretta developed her keen understanding of the world of children’s books while working as a storyteller, bookseller and reviewer at Mabel’s Fables Children’s Bookstore in Toronto. Here she developed a passion for literacy and the thrill of putting books into the hands of tomorrow’s~big readers.#Meanwhile, with all those animation and story characters in her head, plus a riveted audience (her two children and husband), Loretta began writing stories and squirrelling them away for future young readers to enjoy.
Debbie Zapata is a children’s book author who believes that kids need characters who look like them and who overcome obstacles and make a difference in the world. She also works as a therapist helping families who have children with special needs. She also partners with school districts on diversity and inclusion. Debbie and her family live in Austin, Texas. Up and Adam is her debut picture book.