Lynne Avril is the illustrator of more than 50 books for children. She is best known as the illustrator of the Young Amelia Bedelia series, written by Herman Parish. Avril graduated with a bachelor of arts in art from the University of Montana, married, had two children, and ended up living in Phoenix, where she has been since 1984. She began illustrating children’s books in the late 1980s, and at last count, had more than 100 books to her name. Outside of illustrating books, Avril is a painter and plays bass in a blues band. She loves to travel to France and spends most every fall in Paris, where she finds great inspiration. She loves to read and to knit and to spend time in the great outdoors of beautiful Arizona.