Apropos to the storyline, I have been thoroughly enjoying the process of working with several talented people on this project; hailing from many corners of the world, each contribute their own special expertise to help the book come to fruition. While I truly appreciate everyone involved, there is one person that I would like to highlight here. Without him, my picture book would lack the illustrations that are breathing life and emotion into my story.
I have had the pleasure and privilege to work with my very talented illustrator, Rasel Rana. Rasel is the one responsible for making my thoughts look good! He lives in Bangladesh … just about literally half way across the world from my home in New York, but there is not a bit of distance in cohesion between my words and conception, and the way Rasel weaves and connects his visual narrative throughout my story. I am beyond grateful that our paths have crossed.
Pam Dworetz-Sofarelli grew up reading everything she could get her hands on, including the back of cereal boxes, record album credits, the telephone book and just about every children’s fiction book before it actually hit the library shelves. Pam is a mother, author, tutor, vision therapist and occasional Oreo cookie binger who lives in NY with her wife and their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. She never misses a chance to be outside; kayaking, just enjoying the beach and nature, or scouting out Osprey nests and the best lobster rolls on Long Island’s east end. Pam has always loved creating, whether it's writing, drawing, or taking photos, she isn't afraid to allow her vivid imagination to take the lead. Inspired by experiences of her own, and those of her children, it is her value of authenticity that shines through on the pages of her debut children’s book, Archie Finds His Voice, where kids will learn the importance of knowing and being proud of their true selves while embracing the differences of others.
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