Deborah Zemke has written and/or illustrated more than fifty books for young readers. These range from the popular Doodles drawing books to the acclaimed Bea Garcia chapter book series. Her newest book, Bea Garcia: The Tree and Me, comes out this May. Deborah is a frequent contributor to Ranger Rick magazine and the designer of the ITC Zemke Hand font. As the co-founder and mentor of the Grant School Book Project, she has helped more than 1,000 fourth graders write and illustrate hardcover books. Deborah grew up drawing, dreaming, reading, and climbing trees near Detroit, Michigan and now, many years later, does exactly the same thing in Columbia, Missouri.