Author: Mother-daughter team Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates

Where the author lives: Carlisle

Title of the book: “The Big Umbrella”

Description: Inspired by a conversation by her 11-year-old daughter as they walked to school in the rain the day after the 2016 presidential election, illustrator Amy June Bates makes her authorial debut with this timely picture book about acceptance.

Lush illustrations and simple, lyrical text subtly address themes of inclusion and tolerance in this story that Bates co-wrote with her daughter, Juniper.

Date of Release: Feb. 6, 2018

Signing Events: Signed books available at Whistlestop Bookstore and Midtown Scholar, and one potential book signing soon at Barnes & Noble in Camp Hill.

How many books have you written/illustrated: First book written and illustrated, over 50 books illustrated.

Website: amyjbates.com