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Credit: Alexis Amann

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Credit: Daniel DePaolo

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Credit: Daniel DePaolo

Bios

Short bio: 

Skylaar is the author-illustrator of Lloyd Finds His Whalesong (Page Street Kids) and Smile, Sophia (Feiwel & Friends). She is a picture book mentor for WriteMentor as well as an affiliated artist with the Climate Science Alliance. Skylaar is represented by Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. You can find out more about her on Twitter and Instagram at @skylaara and on skylaaramann.com.

Long bio: 

Skylaar is the author-illustrator of Lloyd Finds His Whalesong (Page Street Kids) and Smile, Sophia (Feiwel & Friends). She is a picture book mentor for WriteMentor as well as an affiliated artist with the Climate Science Alliance. She writes and draws stories about the ocean, science, and kids with big feelings. Her illustration clients include Surfrider, Pinna, Sitka Sound Science Center, Kaiser Permanente, Adventure Children's Museum & Scientific American. Skylaar lives in Oregon, where she enjoys exploring the shoreline, playing video games, making things, and occasionally playing the ukulele. She is represented by Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. You can find out more about her on Twitter and Instagram at @skylaara and on skylaaramann.com.

Books

Lloyd Finds His Whalesong

Page Street Kids

Lloyd can’t sing. The rhythm of the whalesong guides the whales through danger and connects them to each other. But Lloyd is too quiet to join in. If he can’t sing, how can he be a part of the pod?

Then one day he finds a magical, mysterious object with supersonic seaweed strings! This could be his chance to be part of the song. He practices and practices, nervously preparing to show the other whales. But before he can perform for them, a disruptive, noisy boat approaches and scatters the pod. Lloyd’s powerful new instrument may be the only thing that can reunite them―if he can find the courage to share his unique song.

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Praise for Lloyd

"Along with an introduction to the science of whale song and how noise pollution affects it, readers will learn that everyone can contribute in their own way. Though this lesson is familiar, it is notable and refreshing in that Lloyd does not uncover an innate special power but rather employs a tool to support him. A sweet story buoyed by beautiful illustrations." —Kirkus Reviews

"Many young readers are sure to find a connection to Lloyd, especially those who are struggling to find their own voices. Back matter includes information about whales, how they communicate, and noise pollution, plus a ukulele composition that readers can play on their own." —Booklist

Smile, Sophia

Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan

Sophia loves finding fossils and digging up dinosaur bones. But she doesn’t love the way all the grownups just want her to smile. What does smiling have to do with the very serious business of being a scientist?!

She’ll smile when she has something to smile about!

In this picture book by Skylaar Amann, a young girl shows that being strong, and smart, and really good at what she does is more than enough―and if she smiles, it’s because she wants to!

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Praise for Sophia

"The book gives full respect to Sophia’s refusal to perform an emotion.... Body language and facial expressions are skillfully deployed, with Sophia’s classmates and teachers’ loose energy contrasting with her arms-crossed awkwardness at school, while power poses and wide-eyed wonder easily convey the strength and joy she feels at the dig site." —BCCB

"Boldly colored illustrations bring rich visuals to the story. Although the idea that children should be honest about their feelings is completely gender neutral, the adult topic of gender-based harassment, nodding to the “Stop Telling Women to Smile” movement, is handled with perfect age-appropriateness." —School Library Journal

Everybody Needs a Hole in the Ground

Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan

Coming in 2024!