About Billy Baldwin

BILLY BALDWIN is an award-winning author and the creator of numerous stories for children and young adults. Envisioning fictional worlds & characters, then building story structures to bring them to life, is Billy's true passion. 

 

Diagnosed with dyslexia at an early age, Billy overcame the challenges he faces with reading and writing to transform them to his creative advantage.  His rich imagination and determination to bring his stories to life helped him develop skills and methods to effectively express his vision.

The theme for all of Billy's books is the celebration of the underdog.  His stories feature heroes who overcome adversity and learn to celebrate their idiosyncrasies for the gifts they are.

 

In addition to his creative endeavors, Billy is involved with numerous Not-For-Profit organizations and activities.  He co-founded the Web Innovation Center for Dyslexia along with Dr. Gertrude Web.  Combining his passion for water sports with his love for the natural environment, Billy founded the Great Peconic Race.  GPR is an annual paddleboard race around Shelter Island and the proceeds from this event helps fund the Nature Conservancy's Mashomoack Preserve.

Billy lives in the idyllic beachside town of Sag Harbor, NY.

About The Illustrator

Liesl Bell

Born and raised by artists in South Africa, Liesl moved to New York after obtaining a university degree in set and costume design. She worked in fashion and advertising in the Big Apple and eventually started her illustration career by creating corporate illustrations for IBM and Xerox’s Human Resources Intranet website.

After 13 years she went back to the warmth of the South African sun and started a line of handcrafted greeting cards and illustrated numerous educational and private children’s books, one of which was awarded the ‘This Book Rocks’ Award for Illustration.

Liesl's motto is: Create with a smile and a wink.  She now lives and illustrates fulltime in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, with her young son and their menagerie of pets, in a house that overlooks the world-famous Supertubes surf spot.

Liesl and Billy have created six books together.