Children's books became important to me when I first became a parent. Story-telling is important an activity for parents to connect with their children and help develop their imagination.
My children used to make me read "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" over and over again. I used to make the noises of the trolls or of the goats clop, clop, clopping across the bridge.
When my grandchildren became old enough, we would play a game in which one person would start a story, and then hand off to the next person so that everyone contributed to the story to create a wonderful, silly tale that everyone enjoyed.
Reading to children at schools and libraries still energizes me to this day. Being a children's book author helps to keep me young.
Jennie M. Bragaw was born in Fresno, California, and spent much of her childhood in the San Joaquin Valley, where she was often pulled from school to work in the fields. She has lived and traveled throughout the United States and Europe.
Jennie has worked as an elementary school teacher and raised children of her own. She participated in panels regarding children's literature at the Latino Book and Family Festival at Cal State University, San Bernardino. She travels extensively throughout California reading her books to children and donating her books to libraries, schools and homes for children.
NZUJI DE MAGALHÃES is a Los Angeles-based artist originally from Angola, Africa. Her work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City; Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and the Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh. She earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Irvine.