Rita Goldner, author and illustrator of children's picture books, is a recent winner of the Nautilus Book Silver Award, for Children's Picture Books, Non-Fiction.My educational background is Elementary Education, with a concentration in Art. I've always had a passion for drawing and painting, especially in whimsical, colorful illustrations. I served in the Navy after college, and traveled all over the world, absorbing the beauty of diversity in landscapes, customs and cultures. My curiosity led me to a beginner's class on picture book writing and illustrating, but I soon got "hooked" and attended many more classes and workshops, and devoured how-to books. My writing style is whimsical and fun, and my illustrations colorful and child-like.I like to educate children with my books, but not at the cost of high-spirited adventure!