“Some days Mama is bright like the yellow part of a rainbow. Other days, Mama is flat like the scratched surface of our wooden table. So I tell Mama a story...” A young girl spins a tale about a misunderstood dragon as she navigates her way through her mother’s unpredictable emotions.
Andi Diehn lives with her family and too many pets in rural New Hampshire. She earned an MFA from Vermont College and has published 11 books for children, plus many articles, essays, and short stories for adults. Being part of a family that knows the struggle of maintaining mental health has been an ongoing lesson in resilience and courage.
Ángeles Ruiz was born in Barcelona, Spain, on a cold winter night. When she was a child, reading was her favorite subject at school. That was where her passion for creating magical stories and picture books started. Her mom was an artist who painted landscapes on canvas. She dearly remembers playing and painting in her mom’s studio surrounded by paintbrushes and paint tubes. Ángeles paints with both traditional and digital brushes using textures and colors in her work to evoke magical environments and emotions. She has illustrated several books for children, including The Lost Kitten by Leyla Torres and Valentina and Monster, and which she also wrote and illustrated. She lives with her husband, her little daughter, and a gray and white cat named Gus in a red brick house in front of the forest near the Mediterranean Sea. When not illustrating, she loves to explore nature, go to the library, and spend time with her family.