Meet Our Authors

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Julie Koon

Julie Koon is an author-illustrator of books for children. She is also an elementary school counselor, where she helps kids learn how to navigate their feelings and the big wide world. She lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband and three children. Julie has taken many rides on the Struggle Bus in making this book, and is excited to share it with the world.

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Kari Allen

Kari Allen is an elementary teacher at a local independent school where every day she gets to share stories with kids. She has an MA in the Teaching of Writing and one of her favorite things is to help kids fall in love with words. Kari feels happiest with her toes in the water and a book in her hand. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two book-loving boys. 

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Patricia M. Stockland

Patricia M. Stockland has written more than eighty books for children and young adults. She also enjoys writing poetry, exploring the library shelves with her two children, and baking way too many cookies. She lives with her family in Minnesota.

Meet Our Illustrators

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Tatjana Mai-Wyss

Tatjana Mai-Wyss has always loved books, so bringing stories to life with her art is the best job she can imagine. She has been lucky enough to illustrate a number of books for children. She practiced for Maddie and Mabel by growing up with a little brother herself, and then having two girls of her own. See more of Tatjana’s artwork at

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Amy Jindra

Amy Jindra is a Cleveland, Ohio native that has a dedicated passion for illustration.
Ever since she can remember, she has been drawing everything and anything. Over the years, Amy has developed and honed her eclectic and unique style. She works both traditionally with pencil, pen and paper, and also digitally to create her works. She enjoys developing characters and scenes that tell a story, create a connection, and warm the heart. Amy loves collaboration and working as a team to create the best end product.She believes that an artist is never done learning, developing, and evolving and looks forward to new opportunities and artistic adventures. Amy is fueled and inspired by the arts, family and friends, and good sushi.