Meet Our Authors and Illustrators

Authors
Conrad J. Storad
Author-Conrad Storad

Conrad is the award-winning author of more than 40 science and nature books for children and young adults. Since 1995 he has done author presentations and writing workshops at more than 1,100 schools for more than 930,000 students in 17 states. His goal is to read to 1 million students. His picture book titles for Bobolink Media have won many awards.

His Bobolink Media titles include: Fang and Stinger (An Arachnid Story); Desert Night Shift (A Pack Rat Story); Life in the Slow Lane (A Desert Tortoise Tale); Don’t Ever Cross That Road! (An Armadillo Story); Lizards for Lunch (A Roadrunner’s Tale); and Don’t Call Me Pig! (A Javelina Story).

Some awards and honors for Conrad’s Bobolink titles:

  • 1999 – PMA Benjamin Franklin Award – Honorable Mention for
    Don’t Call Me Pig! (A Javelina Story)
  • 2001 – Judy Goddard Award -Arizona Children’s Author of the Year
    Libraries Limited, Ltd. and the Arizona Library Association
  • 2003 – Southwest Children’s Books of the Year for
    Don’t EVER Cross That Road! (An Armadillo Story)
  • 2005 – Arizona Governor’s Choice Award (A Book for Every First Grader) for
    Don’t Call Me Pig! (A Javelina Story)
  • 2006 – Southwest Children’s Books of the Year for
    Life in the Slow Lane (A Desert Tortoise Tale)
  • 2006 – Arizona Young Reader’s Award – Finalist for
    Don’t Ever Cross That Road! (An Armadillo Story)
Lorraine Lynch Geiger

Author of our title: A Wild and Woolly Night. Mother of five, grandmother of fifteen, Mrs. Geiger is a prize winning poet and has published a young adult novel titled Trouble at the Blueberry Patch.

She and her husband run a family alligator leather business. She resides in Sebring, Florida and spends part of the year living in Newfoundland, Canada, where she was born.

Charline Profiri

Author of our title: Counting Little Geckos. Charline is an award winning children’s author and a former elementary school teacher. Her publication credits include Highlights for Children, Highlights High Five, My Friend, Pockets, and The Institute of Children's Literature Rx for Writers. She enjoys sharing her book and love of writing during presentations at schools, libraries, conferences, book festivals and bookstores.

Charlene has been named the 2016 winner of the annual Judy Goddard/Libraries Children's Author Award.

Charline has lived in five states (AZ, CA, WI, NM, NY) and Saudi Arabia, traveled in fifteen countries and now lives in Tucson, AZ. To learn more about her, visit her website www.cprofiri.com where you will also find a free Teaching Guide for Counting Little Geckos with 50 activities.

Susan K. Mitchell

Author of our title: Stone Pizza. Susan K. Mitchell is a full-time preschool teacher and mother of two young daughters. Stone Pizza is her first published picture book. As a mother, teacher, and writer, she adds a dose of humor into everything around her. Susan has written for numerous children’s magazines and is the author of another picture book, The Rainforest Grew All Around. She also writes non-fiction books, such as a biography of actor Will Smith. In addition to writing for children, Susan writes monthly for Style & Living magazine in Houston.

She currently resides north of Houston, Texas, with her husband, two daughters, one German Shepherd, two kittens and an adopted pet squirrel with a weight problem. Everything is now as she likes it…silly and fun!

Jillian Lund

Author/Illustrator of our title: Have You Ever Seen a Jackalope? She also wrote and illustrated Way Out West Lives A Coyote Named Frank (Dutton, 1993) and its sequel, Two Cool Coyotes (Dutton, 1999). She is the illustrator for Dee Lillegard's Tortoise Brings The Mail (Dutton 1997). Her designs can also be found on t-shirts and greeting cards. In 2005 she designed and executed the Manizoo, a large play sculpture-sandbox decorated with her ceramic tiles, for the community of Manitou Springs, Colorado.

Stephen Lester

Author of our title: Big Horns Don't Honk. Stephen Lester has had a lifelong love of the outdoors and books. He has worked as a news writer, reporter and editor, as well as a corporate communications executive and consultant. His years of living in and exploring the west, especially the desert southwest, led him to try his hand at communicating about the fascinating things to be discovered there. This is his first children’s book.

Illustrators
Sherry Rogers

Illustrator of our title: Counting Little Geckos. Sherry Rogers spent twelve years as a corporate graphic designer and artist before "leaving it all behind" for the freelance world. All of Sherry’s art begins traditionally with pencil and paper, but she paints in Photoshop. Sherry has illustrated eight trade books and three educational books. To find out more about sherry please visit her online at www.sherry-rogers.com.

Beth Neely and Don Rantz

Illustrators of our titles: Don’t Call Me Pig and Lizards for Lunch. Beth Neely and Don Rantz met in Flagstaff, Arizona at Northern Arizona University. Both studied Fine Art. At NAU they also discovered a mutual love for the outdoors, gardening, cooking, reading, art and each other. They married in 1993 and began their artistic collaboration. They now live and work in a small historical bungalow in Prescott, Arizona. They share the house with their two cats and backyard menagerie of raccoons, skunks and coyotes. Members of a small herd of javelinas are frequent visitors. One thing is for certain, Beth and Don will never call them pigs!

Sharon Vargo

Illustrators of our title: A Wild and Wooly Nigh. Sharon Vargo is the illustrator of many wonderful books for children and the author and illustrator of Senor Felipe’s Alphabet Adventure. Her whimsical acrylic paintings have also appeared in magazines, limited edition prints and murals. Originally from New Jersey, she is a graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and now lives in Carmel, Indiana, with her husband Chris and pet frog Romeo. Their four grown sons still keep life Wild and Wooly. You can visit her online at www.sharonvargo.com.

Nathaniel P. Jensen

Illustrator of our titles: Life in the Slow Lane, Don’t Ever Cross That Road, Desert Night Shift and Big Horns Don’t Honk. Nathaniel P. Jensen grew up in Austin, Texas, attending Pflugerville Schools and obtaining a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Since 1990 he has been a working artist in Austin, where as a public artist he has painted murals as tall as 60 feet; as an illustrator he has created award-winning graphic illustrations for national, state and city publications; as a painter he has exhibited in venues large and small throughout the city; and as an art activist he has worked passionately to bring Austin arts to the forefront of community consciousness.

McNevin Hayes

Illustrator of our title: Stone Pizza. McNevin Hayes was born in Detroit, Michigan. Over the years he has been a line cook, vacuum cleaner salesman, professional seashell washer, stagehand, special effects animator, scenic painter, and bookstore manager. He is currently writing, painting and teaching. His artwork has appeared in magazines, CD liner notes, murals and in galleries.