Roberta Baird grew up loving both books and art. As an illustrator, she combines both of these passions to create whimsical pictures for children. Her house is full of pets, including Bailey (pictured), who is one of three dogs that, Roberta says, “own” her. There’s also a cat, rats, a hermit crab, fish, and birds—including one very colorful Amazon parrot. Outside, right by her backyard in Texas, there is a swamp with turtles, bullfrogs, snakes and even a gator or two! Illustrating animals is one of her favorite things to do.