Nicholas Beatty is a children’s book author working primarily in multicultural stories. He loves folktales, local legends and history. He finds his inspiration when he travels around the world, and his passion is in sharing those stories with others. -more

Coleen McIntyre is a children's book illustrator/fine artist. She mostly works in watercolor and gouache, and uses her paint to tell a story. She sees illustration as the purest form of communication that both children and adults can understand. -more

Nick and Coleen met in 2007 during the creation of the children's cookbook, Baking with Friends: Recipes, Tips and Fun Facts for Teaching Kids How to Bake. Nick recalls, "We were searching through portfolio after portfolio – and eventually came across Coleen's illustrations. She has a whimsical… yet understated quality about her work. At that moment I knew I had to work with her."

There was a real professional spark between the two, and they knew it wouldn't be long before their next creative project presented itself.

Together Nick and Coleen have won 5 national awards for their work in children's literature.