Preview of 2010 Title A Day on the Mountain

Illustrator Erin Hunter specializes in entomological and botanical illustration. She received a B.A. in graphic design with a minor in Spanish at California State University, Chico, and went on to take classes at the Art Students’ League (New York City) and complete the Science Illustration program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Erin interned as an illustrator at the California Academy of Sciences and the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History.

Illustrator Erin Hunter

Illustrator Erin Hunter

In addition to illustrating books for young students, she has taught botanical illustration and field sketching at UC Santa Cruz. Her portfolio includes print and online design projects for clients ranging from marketing firms to culinary groups to educational organizations. Erin lives with her husband on California’s Monterey Peninsula. When she’s not sketching and painting, she tends to flowers, fruit trees and vegetables in her backyard garden. For additional information, visit her website:

Erin is new to the Sylvan Dell illustrator list. Her first book with us, A Day on the Mountain, will be released in fall 2010. The follow up to Kevin Kurtz’s A Day in the Salt Marsh, A Day on the Mountain tackles educational aspects of a different habitat—the mountaintop. Told in rhyme, this story takes children from the bottom of a mountain to the top. Five-thousand feet above sea level, watch a herd of rams as they graze. Five-hundred feet higher and hummingbirds hover! With the help of vibrant illustrations from Erin, Kurtz shows children how the mountain habitats change with climate and elevation. Familiarity with different habitats broadens children’s environmental awareness and teaches them to value the Earth, from near and far. And here is a preview of the interior art…


See a sneak peak of all 2010 titles here:

And a quick note from our Editor, Donna German: “I just updated the submissions looking for/wish list on the website: I also want to let authors know that I’m running about two weeks opening initial submissions. If you submitted something to me before two weeks ago but haven’t heard anything, you should resend. If you have submitted something in the last two weeks, please be patient with me. Thanks!”


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