Congratulations, Alyssa!! Lucha and Lola just hit the 1000 mark! 1000 children in Philadelphia have read this beautiful story and been inspired by its message of friendship and adventure. Go, Liss!
Morning Circle Media Illustrators:
Alyssa Kreilick is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. She has illustrated three Morning Circle Media books to date: Slide!; Lucha and Lola; and Baker Bear Bakes a Cake. Her newest book, The Rise and Fall of Sandcastle Town, debuts in 2017.
In addition to illustrating children’s picture books, Alyssa works for Kreilick Conservation, LLC as an historic preservationist.
Frito Bastien was born in 1954 in Jacmel, a town on Haiti's southern peninsula. He started his painting career at thirteen. Frito fled Haiti in 1991, without his wife or children, due to threats by the military under Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier. His colorful murals can be seen on buildings and factories all over Philadelphia.
Frito's first book with Morning Circle Media is The Whispering Benches, in English and Haitian-Kreyol.
Philadelphia artist, Mohammed Ahmed, created the beautiful watercolor illustrations for Morning Circle Media's first Arabic/English book, Let's Cook For Ramadan!
Mohammed earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design from the University of Sudan. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Philadelphia.