Library of Michigan
Leslie Helakoski grew up in Louisiana and after living and working in many states, she now lives in southern Michigan. She says "As a child, when I dreamed of doing something, I was told "Of course you can do it!" This quote from Lewis Carroll is on my desk: "Why sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Lee Harper says "I always loved to draw. When I was a second grader my best friend's dad used to bring home piles of manila paper from his work and we would spend hours just doodling. We drew crazy cars, monsters, fighting machines, goofy people...that kind of stuff." Soon after, his love for doodling turned into a serious interest in being an artist. Woolbur was the first children's book he illustrated.