Josie the Great!


A distinguished mother and daughter collaborate as author and illustrator of Josie the Great, an irresistible story that helps readers ages 4 to 8 prepare for the arrival of a new sibling.


"What a gift it has been to be able to collaborate on Josie the Great with my daughter Anne. The opportunity to work with your own child as an adult, is truly special."

- Pam Saxelby

Author Pam Saxelby is an expert in early childhood education after more than twenty five years in the classroom. Both books written by Pam Saxelby, 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. Anne is the first of Pam’s 3 children. Pam lives in Chicago and Islamorada, Florida.


The Illustrator, Anne Saxelby, studied art at NYU and is a national figure in the artisan food movement, as owner of Saxelby Cheesemongers. Her two young children were Pam’s inspiration for both books, so Anne drew from life.  Josie the Great is Anne’s debut as a book illustrator. Anne and her family live in Brooklyn, NY.

So many things are changing for Max and Bear. They've moved into a new house in a new neighborhood, and now ... a new baby? Max's parents keep talking about someone named Josie, but who is that? With his trusty friend Bear by his side, Max navigates the changes in his life and wonders what it all means.