Carolyn Cory Scoppettone
With every step and stumble, Mika discovers the wonders of nature, as well as the ability to pick herself up after a fall. But the real discover for both daughter and parent comes at the end, when they unearth a true treasure that will last a lifetime. As Carolyn Cory Scoppettone gently explores the changing relationship between a father and a daughter, Priscilla Alpaugh's evocative watercolors bring the joy of an outdoor treasure hunt to life. Young readers will delight in the tiny cast of woodland creatures who follow in Mika's footsteps to uncover the beauty of the woods.
After working as a newspaper reporter in Los Angeles, Carolyn Cory Scoppettone moved to small town New England to raise her children. Her new job as a freelance writer allowed time for walks in the woods. The children would race ahead, returning frequently with woodland treasures. Their sheer joy at exploring nature inspired Carolyn to write Hold This! In addition to picture books, Carolyn writes poetry, creative nonfiction, and middle grade novels. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont, with her husband Greg (a television director), their daughters, Sophia, Anna, and Nadia, plus two cats, one dog, and a puppy.Priscilla Alpaugh earned her BFA in Painting and Illustration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and studied for her MFA in Illustration at Syracuse University. Priscilla creates illustrations for the children's market. She also has been known to paint murals and traffic control boxes, design logos and bookplates and make digital animations. She works primarily in traditional mediums such as pencil, colored pencil, ink and watercolor, but will use digital methods as required. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers.