Robert Vescio has worked as a photo editor and production manager in the publishing industry and is now a widely published, award-winning children’s author. As a Books in Homes Role Model, his aim is to enthuse and inspire children to read and write and to leave them bursting with imaginative ideas.
In his 12 years in the publishing industry, Robert worked on a number of photographic magazines. He enjoyed sourcing photographic material from world-renowned photographers including Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz, and Jean-Baptiste Mondino.
Robert has previously written 12 picture books, making The Art of Words his 13th. His previous books with EK Books are Finn and Puss (2017; illustrated by Melissa Mackie), The Voyage (2019; illustrated by Andrea Edmonds) and The Box Cars (2019; illustrated by Cara King). Four of his picture books were listed on NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge, and Eric Finds A Way and Finn and Puss were shortlisted in the CBCA Bilby Awards in 2018. Robert lives in Sydney and enjoys spending time with his children, who are an endless source of humour and inspiration.
Joanna Bartel is a designer and illustrator. Previously, she has been a graphic designer for a boutique fashion label, a senior art and design teacher and an English teacher in Melbourne and Brisbane, and a copywriter and graphic designer in marketing. Now she brings her experience in Arts education, design, teaching and creative marketing to her illustration work! Joanna particularly loves character design and creating imaginative and playful images to engage children and enhance imaginative learning.
While growing up, Joanna loved books, reading to her younger brothers, and writing and illustrating her own stories. Art, Design and English were always her favourite subjects at school and these interests guided her university studies and pursuit of varied roles in the creative industries.
Joanna moved to Brisbane with her husband for his work in 2013 and, since becoming a mother to two small children, is now balancing family life with her other great loves of drawing and writing.