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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) and Smile, Sophia (Feiwel & Friends). She is a picture book mentor for WriteMentor and Queer KidLit as well as a Climate Science Alliance affiliated artist. 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.

Long bio: 

Skylaar is the author-illustrator of Lloyd Finds His Whalesong (Page Street) and Smile, Sophia (Feiwel & Friends). She is a picture book mentor for WriteMentor and Queer KidLit as well as a Climate Science Alliance affiliated artist. Skylaar specializes in art inspired by nature, the ocean, and science. Her ilustration 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.

Kirkus review

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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