Reptile Club

Kids Can Press

Maureen Fergus

Maureen never planned on becoming an award-winning author of books for kids of all ages. As a kid, her favorite subjects in school were science and math; she dreamed of becoming a doctor or an airline pilot. At university, she got degrees in science and business; afterwards, she had jobs in the aerospace, bio-pharmaceutical and financial services industries. She even taught business at college! It wasn’t until after she’d had her first baby that Maureen even thought about writing. The first time she sat down to give it a try, the most amazing thing happened: as she reached her hands toward the keyboard, it felt as though she were slipping on a pair of gloves that had been waiting for her since forever. She knew in a heartbeat that she was meant to be a writer, and from that moment until this, she has never stopped writing. Maureen finds writing exhilarating, frustrating, satisfying, exhausting and hard. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. Her novels include Exploits of a Reluctant (But Extremely Goodlooking) Hero, The Gypsy King trilogy and Ortega, which won the McNally Robinson Book for Young People award. Her picture books include the critically acclaimed Buddy and Earl series, InvisiBill and The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, which won the Ontario Library Association Blue Spruce Award. Her books have been nominated for such prestigious national awards as the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Joan Betty Stuchner — Oy Vey! — Funniest Children’s Book Award. Maureen lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her husband, three kids and Buddy the wonder dog.

Facebook: @MaureenFergusAuthor
Twitter: @maureenfergus

Ellis Elina

Elina was born in Ukraine and never in a million years thought that she would end up in Cambridge, UK, illustrating books for children. In fact, Elina had a degree in economics and was determined to be a business lady. But life decided differently, and Elina’s passion for drawing won out over her passion for economics. Recently, Elina graduated with an MA in children’s book illustration from Anglia Ruskin University. She has also won a couple of prestigious competitions, including the Macmillan Prize 2017 for the best picture book. Now Elina dedicates all her time and efforts to imagining stories and drawing pictures. She works both digitally and using traditional media. She creates her own books and illustrates books for others. For her, there is no greater reward than knowing that her stories and drawings make people smile.

Instagram: @elinaellis
Facebook: @elina.ellis