About the Author
Susan Levine grew up in Cincinnati, attended Miami University and started her career in packaged goods marketing with Procter and Gamble. She then moved on to become VP of Marketing and Environmental Affairs with SIG, an international packaging company. A wildlife enthusiast, Susan has traveled extensively to learn and study about endangered species. After the birth of her two children, Susan focused her energy on being a Brownie and Cub Scout leader, volunteering at the Childhood League Center, a pre-school for children with special needs, and serving as an enrichment specialist at her children's schools . It was in this role that she identified the need for children's picture books about the major cities in Ohio. Always on the go with her children, Susan has a thorough knowledge of all that Columbus and Cincinnati have to offer families. In Packard Takes Flight, A Bird's-Eye View of Columbus and Harriett's Homecoming, A High-Flying Tour of Cincinnati, Susan blends her interest in wildlife with her knowledge of Ohio to create books that entertain and teach young children, while being a great resource for teachers and parents.
About the Illustrator
Erin Burchwell grew up traveling through much of Eastern Europe as a child. She developed a deep love of color, texture, and the arts which is evident in her illustrations. She graduated with a B.S. degree in Speech Education with an art minor in 2001. After teaching drama and art for 7 years she had her daughter, Gracie Jane, and decided to stay at home and pursue her long awaited dreams of publishing. In October 2010, she illustrated her first book, Packard Takes Flight. Her next project was an online, interactive book entitled Bella B and the Seventeen Nights. Most recently, Erin finished Harriett’s Homecoming. She is now teaching middle school art at Worthington Christian School while still promoting her Ohio books through school visits and book signings. Her continued passion for the arts is evident in her various hobbies which include designing theatre and opera sets, working with other illustrators through COSCBWI, creating jewelry for local shops, designing flowers for weddings and corporate events, and volunteering for several local arts-related fundraising committees.