Amy Nielander, is a College for Creative Studies alumni and Children’s Picture Book Author-Illustrator. Her first wordless picture book, The Ladybug Race, exhibited at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair as a finalist in the Silent Book Contest. The book later received a Bronze Medal Book Award in the Children’s Picture Books All Ages Category by Independent Publisher. In 2020, she was selected by the Muskegon Museum of Art to participate in the 20 for 20: Celebrating Michigan Illustrators exhibit. Her second picture book, Grama’s Hug, received a starred review from Booklist and is published by Page Street Kids. When she is not working on picture books, she enjoys traveling with her family, going on walks with her havanese and being her kids year-round cheerleader.