About the Author & Illustrator

Pam Saxelby



Author Pam Saxelby is an expert in early childhood education after more than twenty five years in the classroom. Pam's books Max and Bear and Josie the Great reflect her years working with, and listening to, very young children: as a pre-K teacher, as a mother and as a grandmother. In addition to her books for Children, Pam authors parenting advice blog. Pam lives in Chicago and Islamorada, Florida.

Even before writing her own children's books, Pam found inspiration in the books of other authors. 

“As a young teacher I was inspired by the art and appeal of Eric Carle’s work. His use of color and play in what he designs is magic. Mo Willems is brilliant, and his use of what’s just a little bit naughty, as well as fun appeals to all children. And then there’s Jon Klassen, who is so irreverent and subtle in the books he composes, that I take “my hat” off to him!”
— Author Pam Saxelby

Anne Saxelby



Anne Saxelby is founder and co-owner of Saxelby Cheesemongers in New York City. In addition to being a national leader in the artisan food movement, Anne is an artist who graduated from NYU’s studio art program. Anne illustrated Josie the Great (which was inspired by her children) and created the illustrations for The Great Grace Escape, based on her young niece. Anne and her family live in Brooklyn.