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October 22, 2010

Authors of Animal-Related Books Coming to the Book Fair

Miami Book Fair International is a huge, fascinating event, Nov. 14-21. You might want to check out these authors, who've done books about critters.

John Adkins is an artist, author, illustrator, professor and Chair of Arts & Philosophy at Miami Dade College. He has been a working artist for over 20 years with exhibitions in: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta. His illustrated children’s book, Animals Get Scared Too, Just Like You! (Jalzo Artist), taps into children’s innate fascination with animals to show that all living things—even animals—get scared sometimes.  Through examples richly illustrated, the book shows children that, just as animals can adapt to fear, so can they.  In the process of enjoying the book, children will see that imagination and creativity are powerful antidotes to fear and that being scared just isn’t quite as scary as it used to be. 

Doug Alderson, former associate editor of Florida Wildlife magazine and current Florida Paddling Trails Coordinator for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, is the author of several books about Florida’s unique ecosystem:  New Dawn for the Kissimmee River, Waters Less TraveledThe Ghost Orchid Ghost and Other Tales from the Swamp.  His latest book Encounters with Florida’s Endangered Wildlife (University Press of Florida), combines adventure and natural history as Doug tracks a host of endangered animals in order to report firsthand about the encroached-upon lives and fragile habitats of these indigenous creatures.
Let’s Have A Bite! A Banquet of Beastly Rhymes (The Overlook Press) is a collection of thirty-three children’s poems about animals naughty and nice. Written by Robert Forbes and featuring illustrations by master cartoonist Ronald Searle, the playful rhymes and charmingly intricate illustrations are intended to please readers from seven to seventy. Forbes serves as president of the lifestyle magazine, ForbesLife, and is the author of Beastly Feasts! Searle’s highly influential career as a cartoonist and illustrator spans more than sixty years, during which he has published or illustrated more than thirty books.


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