About Wende

Wende Essrow headshotWende Essrow is the author and illustrator of the children’s books If You Listen To The Trees, The Paintbrush Dreamer,and a coffee table photography and poetry book for adults titled At First Light.

She taught young children for over 30 years while painting and writing whenever she could. Wende has painted and made up stories for her three children and students as long as she can remember. With a Bachelor’s degree in English literature and a Master’s in Education, she has celebrated telling stories and beautiful children’s books and shares her books with much pride.

Wende lives in a small community North Carolina with her husband Michael and her two golden retrievers. She has always felt most at home in the woods and spends a lot of time hiking through the densely wooded area surrounding her home.

“On a perfect day I head out at sunrise and hike through the woods, and listen to the wind. If I am lucky I hear the owls and spot a white tail deer peeking between the trees.”

It is this passion for the natural world that she hopes to share with children through the stories and illustrations in her books.

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