About Leo

About Leo

Meet Leo—creative, shy, and in search of a special talent he can share with the world. He wonders how he’ll know what his unique gift might be . . . and then, with the unknowing help of his sister, he discovers music. Leo may seem quiet, but the piano gives him a big voice, helps his confidence soar, and propels him to embrace the treasure inside him and share it with the world.

Leo’s Gift beautifully illustrates with words and pictures, the importance of discovering, nurturing, and celebrating the unique gifts that all children possess and the value in sharing those gifts to bless others. Sometimes children – like Leo – need a loving nudge from someone else to help them realize their talents. Leo’s Gift is a wonderful way to encourage children not only to think about their personal talents and to explore how they might share them to help others, but also to urge children to recognize and champion the unique gifts in others.


Susan Blackaby – Author​

Susan Blackaby pursues her creative and professional lives across a flurry of pages. On the clock, Suz specializes in early literacy and has written hundreds of fiction and nonfiction titles for the K–8 audience. She is the author of Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox and Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise; Cleopatra: Egypt’s Last and Greatest Queen; and Nest, Nook, and Cranny, winner of the 2011 Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry. She writes in a cozy retreat at the foot of the Cascades overlooking the Columbia River.

Joellyn Cicciarelli – Author

Joellyn Cicciarelli has been developing books and media for children, parents, and teachers for nearly three decades. She spent two wonderful years as editor for Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and is coauthor of The InvestiGator Club, a preschool program that earned the Association of Educational Publishers Golden Lamp and Distinguished Achievement Award. A wife and mother of two, Joellyn lives in Illinois, is an avid reader and collector of children’s books, and loves to inspire others to share their gifts with the world.

Carrie Schuler – Illustrator

Carrie Schuler is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. Known for layered, textural illustrations composed of ephemera she collects, Carrie’s most recent book, Drop by Drop (Loyola Press), earned a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, the International Book Award, and an Excellence in Publishing Award. Carrie practices, polishes, and shares her gifts in Chicago, where she lives with her wonderful daughter and whimsical cat.

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