Birthday, new Baby, Christmas, are all milestone events in our kids lives. Although these topics are not new to children’s literature, they are presented here with a unique perspective. And they are unique in another way, too: each book has the distinction of having been illustrated by a different artist, all of whom are from San Francisco.






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Carine Roch is the author of the countdown book series Ten Days Till...

She was a creative writing literature teacher in Switzerland and has led numerous writing courses and workshops over the years. She has always tried to develop and encourage good writing and reading habits by playing and having fun with words, with their sound, shape or meaning.

She now lives in San Francisco where she is on staff as a storyteller in French and English in the most inspiring children’s bookstore.

Above all, as a mother of three, she has fun anticipating big and small moments in life.





Jeff Gomez is an illustrator, artist, book seller and musician. He studied at California College of the Arts where he acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. Originally from Southern California, he now calls San Francisco his home. For fun he likes to read, pack his suitcase and go on summer vacation. He illustrated the book Ten Days Till my Summer Vacation!






Shiri Ashkenazi graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem in 2009. She is now a freelance illustrator and lives in San Francisco with her family. She illustrated the book Ten Days Till my Birthday!





Monica Fimbrez is the composer and musical director of her band Soul y Agua in which she performs a combination of original music and traditional Latin music.  Monica has been writing music since 2001 and began teaching preschool music classes in 2006. She began creating “Heart Songs” - custom folk songs for children - because she believed it would be a magical way to connect children, families and communities to music and the arts, in a way that reminds us that music is meant to be created by and for each one of us. 

She has written and composed the song For My Birthday to sing along with the book Ten Days Till my Birthday!



Sukhada Rahalkar is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer who uses her training in Animation and Film Making to bring her illustrations to life. She loves writing and illustrating books for young children and her picture book, 'Lost and Found', published by Pratham Books, has been translated into twenty five languages and is available in e-versions as well. She has also designed and illustrated various child development aids including cards, puzzles and vocabulary games.  Her heart's desire is to create images that will capture every child's imagination. 

She currently lives in foggy and windy San Francisco, taking every opportunity to toast in the sun, just like her spirit animal, the cat. When she is not working you’ll find her taking long walks, sipping coffee and watching people. She is also an aspiring potter and an amateur clay modeler. You must be warned though that she is a ........chocolate monster with a voracious sweet tooth! Go near her with even the slightest hint of chocolate or sugar crumbs and you will be doing so at great peril!!!

Sukhada is the illustrator of the book Ten Days Till Baby!


Marilia Poggiali is a Brazilian illustrator and Graphic Designer based in San Francisco. She is passionate about family fun and when she is not illustrating, she creates games at her small business Jogojoy.

She's the illustrator of the countdown book Ten Days Till Christmas!









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