“When my daughter was little,” she recalls, “we went to the Oro Valley library every day after school. Children’s books were little lifesavers. We loved these books. I started to wonder if I could do this.
Alexander discovered the online publishing industry. She developed a business and writing plan that incorporated national curriculum standards for age groups. She cold called the agents. It worked. “All in a Drop” was listed as one of the New York Public Library’s Book of the Year in 2019.
Gall and Adam Rex, both author-illustrators of popular picture books, have taken more conventional paths.
Gall was a gifted illustrator who studied writing at UA.
“I thought I would make more money as a writer,” he explained. “Then I realized they weren’t making any money either. “
Like Alexander, Gall is oriented towards non-fiction. His latest entry, published in August, is “Jumbo”, marking the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747. Last year he published “Go for the Moon”, a story about Apollo 11 and the moon landing.
Rex’s love for children’s books blossomed in high school while working for a Waldenbooks store in Phoenix.
“I hung out in the children’s books section,” he said. “I fell in love with picture books.” Now he’s producing them. His latest is “On Account of the Gum”, published in October.