Notes: Thomas Locker acknowledges two great passions—-painting and nature. Born in New York, Locker began his career as a landscape painter. His paintings have been featured in more than fifty exhibitions in major galleries throughout the United States and abroad. Locker began illustrating books for children when he discovered that few of the books published for young readers were dedicated to teaching them an appreciation for the type of landscape paintings one might find in the National Galleries of the world. Today, Locker’s paintings and illustrations grace the pages of thirty books, several of which he also wrote. These unique books, expressing Locker’s profound love of and respect for the natural world, have honored with numerous awards, including the Christopher Award, the John Burroughs Award, and a New York Times Award for best illustration.