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Pat Kittelson - Author

Pat Kittelson lives in Missoula, Montana; she has a master’s degree in Library Science with a specialty in the history of children’s picture books. Pat is a backyard beekeeper and enjoys working in her garden, knitting, making jam and of course reading picture books. She has lived in Western Samoa working as a Peace Corps Volunteer and in New Zealand working as a librarian and knitting sweaters.


Author Statement


I believe that life creates a series of good stories.  We share stories and we learn from them.  We tell stories when we have no other words to express compassion, sorrow, love, and happiness.  When I meet a person, I know that inside that person exist many, many, good stories - some to share and some to hold.  I like to take stories of real people making a difference and re-tell them in a way that highlights scientific creativity.


IIllustration Brooke Connor 

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IIllustration Brooke Connor 

Brooke Connor, Illustrator

Bixley Baines and the Beehive Fence

Bixley Baines and the Recycled Crayons

Bixley Baines and the Thirsty Chickens

Brooke Connor was born an artist yet with only right-brained skills, she completed a master's degree in chemistry and spent 28 years exercising her left brain. Now that that's done, it's back to her right brain and she's never going back.

For years she drew in black and white, unable to find a medium to deliver color in a satisfactory manner. Then she gave magic markers another try. In the old days, they were heavy, opaque, and bled. Since then the industry has made huge strides in providing a full color palette, a choice of brush-like tips, chiseled, or fine point, and even the ability to refill the inks. 

Brooke makes colorful and unique illustrations, paintings, and fiber art pieces that are created from the shapes within the form and filled with exaggerated color and pattern.

Back in the 1970's Brooke met Pat Kittelson while working at Bryce Canyon National Park.  They collaborated on two children's books for the National Park Service Natural History Association. 

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